On This Day In 1976: Ken Brett Loses A No-Hitter With Two Outs In The Ninth

I normally would have a Hostess card on Sunday but I couldn’t resist this tale of woe, even though I don’t have an appropriate Hostess card to go with it.

Ken Brett was making just his second start for the White Sox, having been traded from the Yankees with Rich Coggins for Carlos May.
1977 Topps Ken Brett

There was no score between the homestanding Angels and the White Sox, but Brett had held the Angels hitless through 8.2 innings.  Second baseman Jerry Remy…
1976 Topps Jerry Remy
…came to bat and hit a slow roller down the third base line.

The ball rolls under the glove of White Sox third baseman Jorge Orta
1977 Topps Jorge Orta
but it’s ruled a hit even though many think it should’ve been called an error. Of course, even if Orta fields the ball and gets the runner at first, it’s still not a no-hitter because the game would’ve gone to the 10th inning.

Losing pitcher Don Kirkwood allowed only one run over 11 innings.  Talk about your hard-luck losses.

Ken Brett also lost a no-hitter in the 9th inning one time before, against the Padres in 1974

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