Ken Johnson (right-handed pitcher)

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Ken Johnson
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Born: (1933-06-16)June 16, 1933
West Palm Beach, Florida
Died: November 21, 2015(2015-11-21) (aged 82)
Pineville, Louisiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1958, for the Kansas City Athletics
Last MLB appearance
April 18, 1970, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 91–106
Earned run average 3.46
Strikeouts 1,042
Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Travis "Ken" Johnson (June 16, 1933 – November 21, 2015) was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who became the first and so far only pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter.

No-hit game[edit]

Pitching for the Houston Colt .45s on April 23, 1964 at Colt Stadium, Johnson gave up no hits in a 1–0 loss to his former team, the Cincinnati Reds. The game's only run was scored in the top of the ninth after Pete Rose reached second base on an error (by Johnson himself), went to third on a ground-out, and scored on a second error, this one by second baseman Nellie Fox on Vada Pinson's ground ball.[1] Opposing pitcher Joe Nuxhall retired the side in the bottom half to make Johnson a no-hit loser. Johnson still is the only player to ever lose an official no-hitter by himself.[2]

Baseball career[edit]

He pitched for the Kansas City Athletics (1958–61), Cincinnati Reds (1961), Houston Colt .45/Astros (1962–65), Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1965–69), New York Yankees (1969), Chicago Cubs (1969), and Montreal Expos (1970).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cincinnati Reds 1, Houston Colt .45s 0". April 23, 1964. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rare Feats: No-hit game in losing cause". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Juan Marichal
No-hitter pitcher
April 23, 1964
Succeeded by
Sandy Koufax