Busby was the first pitcher to hurl no-hitters in each of his first two full major-league
seasons (1973-74). The TSN AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1973, he won 16 and no-hit Detroit on April 27. His second no-hitter came on June 19, 1974, as he retired the last 24 Milwaukee batters. During his next start, he retired the first nine, for an AL-record 33 straight. Over a 17-inning stretch he faced 54 batters, allowing no hits and three walks. A two-time All-Star, Busby set a Royal record with 22 wins in 1974. After three stellar seasons, knee and rotator cuff injuries ended his career.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 20, 1972:
At Anaheim, Royals pitcher Steve Busby loses a grand slam when 1B ump John Rice signals that he had called time before the gopher pitch. John Mayberry had already hit a grand slam in the inning.
»April 27, 1973: In 50-degree Detroit weather, Royals rookie Steve Busby no-hits the Tigers 3–0. It is the first Royals no-hitter, and the first in Tiger Stadium since Virgil Trucks's in 1952. Busby is the first no-hit game pitcher not to bat.
»June 19, 1974: George Scott, who walks to lead off the 2nd inning, is the Brewers' only base runner as the Royals Steve Busby hurls a 2–0 no-hitter. Busby is the first ML pitcher to throw no-hitters in his first two seasons.
»June 24, 1974: Steve Busby retires the first nine White Sox to set an American League record with 33 consecutive batsmen retired. The Royals lose, however, 3–1.