The Longest No-Hitter in San Diego Padres History: Dick Ward’s 1938 Extra-Inning Masterpiece

By Gordon J. Gattie

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

Long before the San Diego Padres' major-league no-hit shortcomings, Dick Ward, pitching for the Padres of the Pacific Coast League, threw 12⅔ innings of no-hit ball during a 16-inning 1-0 marathon victory over the Los Angeles Angels in 1938. Nearly 300 no-hitters have been thrown in the major leagues since 1876, but none of them have been thrown by a San Diego Padre. The closest any Padres pitcher has come to pitching immortality since San Diego joined the National League was on July 18, 1972, when Steve Arlin . . .

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