May 25, 1950 |
Long Branch, New Jersey
|September 3, 1974, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 1, 1986, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||3.54|
|Career highlights and awards|
John Joseph Montefusco Jr. (born May 25, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1974 to 1986 for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and New York Yankees. Named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1975, Montefusco's nickname was "The Count", a pun on his last name which sounds like Monte Cristo. In his 13-year career, his record was 90-83, with 1,081 strikeouts, and a 3.54 ERA. He was a National League All-Star in 1976, winning a career high 16 games that year.
On September 29, 1976, Montefusco threw a no-hitter for the Giants in a 9-0 victory versus the Atlanta Braves. It was the last no-hitter to be thrown by a Giant until Jonathan Sanchez threw one on July 10, 2009.  He also is one of only a handful of pitchers to hit a home run in his first at bat (September 3, 1974).
Montefusco is one of two players to hit a home run in his first at bat and win the Rookie of the Year Award. The other is Wally Moon.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
September 29, 1976