This day in baseball: Almost perfect

On May 13, 1952, pitcher Ron Necciai of the Class D Appalachian League’s Bristol Twins struck out 27 batters, becoming the only pitcher to do so in a nine-inning, professional league game.  Four of the opposing Welch Miners hitters did reach base, via a walk, an error, a hit batsman, and a passed ball error on catcher Harry Dunlop.  More astonishing, the nineteen-year-old Necciai pitched the game in spite of painful stomach ulcers, and the Twins won the game 7-0.

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