Cubs History: Don Cardwell shuts down St. Louis
Two days before Don Cardwell threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field, the Cubs swung a multi-player deal to acquire the former Philadelphia Phillies starter. In his first start in a Cubs uniform two days later, Cardwell planted himself in the record books by no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the second game of a doubleheader, Cardwell earned the starting nod. He had made four starts before this, holding a 4.45 ERA coming into his first day in Chicago. In the first inning, Cardwell walked shortstop Alex Grammas. From then on, he was untouchable.
The 1960 Cardinals team included many all-stars, a former MVP, and multiple World Series winners, including center fielder Curt Flood, and future Hall of Fame outfielder and first baseman Stan Musial. In the final moment of the game, left fielder Walt “Moose” Moryn made the save of the day with a shoestring grab as Cardwell became the third Cubs pitcher in the “modern era” to accomplish the feat. Here is the final out via MLB.com’s Youtube channel: