Ken Johnson (right-handed pitcher)

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This article is about the right-handed pitcher who pitched a no-hitter in a game he lost in 1964. For the left-handed pitcher, see Ken Johnson (left-handed pitcher).
Ken Johnson
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Born: (1933-06-16) June 16, 1933 (age 82)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1958 for the Kansas City Athletics
Last MLB appearance
April 18, 1970 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Win–loss record 91–106
Earned run average 3.46
Strikeouts 1,042
Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Travis Johnson (born June 16, 1933) is a former 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, Johnson gave up no hits in a 1–0 loss to 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. 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.[1]

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).

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