VIDEO: Jim Maloney's 1965 No-Hitter vs. Cubs

You've likely never seen baseball video quite like this one.

This was posted by BCBer JOVE23 in the FanShots... and after watching it, I thought I'd bring it to the front page.

I had always wondered if any video had been saved from Jim Maloney's 10-inning no-hitter for the Reds over the Cubs on August 19, 1965 at Wrigley Field. (The image attached to this post on the front page is the 1965 scorecard cover.)

It's not the entire game; it picks up in the top of the eighth inning, with Lloyd Pettit calling the action. Pettit often called the eighth, giving Jack Brickhouse a break. Brickhouse returns for the ninth and 10th innings. It's complete with commercials, including one in which Pettit and Brickhouse play bartenders. (Seriously. You've got to see it. It's the very first commercial, after the top of the eighth.)

It was very, very rare to have anything videotaped in color in 1965; this is likely the earliest surviving color videotape of a baseball game, and is likely among the oldest surviving color videotapes of any television.

You can see that WGN-TV was using just four cameras in that era. There were two cameras behind the plate (one at field level, one in the upper deck), another in the upper deck behind third base, and the center-field shot. Still, they were able to cover the action quite well. There were none of what we consider staples of today's telecasts: crowd shots or closeups of players before the action, and virtually no graphics, not even a score graphic. The score was shown by a shot of the scoreboard at the end of each half-inning.

This game was unusual in several respects. It's the last complete-game extra-inning no-hitter; Maloney issued 10 walks and the Cubs still couldn't score. They left the bases loaded twice, including in the bottom of the ninth. The 10 walks is the most ever by a pitcher (or team) who threw a no-hitter, and the only run scored on a solo home run.

The video includes the beginning of a postgame, on-field interview of Maloney by Pettit and Lou Boudreau, during which Maloney notes he had a similar game broken up against the Mets earlier in the year. Here's the boxscore from that June 14, 1965 game; Maloney threw 10 no-hit innings that day before he allowed a leadoff homer in the 11th. He struck out 15 in the first nine innings and walked just one. Maloney was a hard-throwing strikeout pitcher whose career was basically done at 29 due to injury; among his top comps on his baseball-reference page are Carlos Zambrano, Justin Verlander and Jake Peavy.

Enjoy this amazing slice of baseball, and television, history. I've never seen any video quite like it; the video quality is good enough, as one of the commenters on the YouTube page noted, that if you didn't see the curved corners, it could pass for video from the 1980s.

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