» September 4, 1923: Yankee Sam Jones no-hits the Athletics, 2–0, beating Bob Hasty. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game as he slips a point behind Detroit's Harry Heilmann in the batting race. Not till Ken Holtzman's no-hitter in 1969, will another pitcher record a no-hitter with no strikeouts.
» July 17, 1966:
The Cubs clip the Cardinals, 7–2, behind the pitching of Ken Holtzman and the slugging of Billy Williams, who hits for the cycle.
» August 12, 1966:
In Los Angeles, Ken Holtzman and the Cubs edge the Dodgers, Don Sutton, 2–1. The Cubs will hand Sutton another loss in two days, beating him in the nitecap of two, 12–10 in 10 innings.
» September 21, 1966: The players almost outnumber the fans at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs draw just 440 for a game with the Reds. Chicago wins 9–3 behind Ken Holtzman, with Sammy Ellis taking the loss.
» September 25, 1966: In a matchup of Jewish pitchers, the Cubs Ken Holtzman outduels Sandy Koufax, to win 2–1. The Dodgers go hitless over the first eight innings. Holtzman, who spent much of the season in military service, will finish the year at 9–0, the first pitcher since Howie Krist (10–0) in 1940 to win that many without a loss.
» May 20, 1967: At Wrigley, the Cubs pound Brooklyn, 20–3 to give Ken Holtzman (5–0) a win before he leaves tomorrow for a 6-month tour of duty in the Army. The hitting stars are Adolpho Phillips with 6 RBI, Randy Hundley with a grand slam, and Glenn Beckert with a double and an inside-the-park HR. Rounding out the scoring is Ted Savage's steal of home. In the Dodger dugout in 7th inning, Don Drysdale waves a white handkerchief of surrender. Holtzman will pitch on weekend passes and tack on another 4 wins without a loss.
» July 28, 1968:
Ken Holtzman and the Cubs beat the Dodgers Don Sutton, 1–0. It is Sutton's 2nd straight 1–0 loss to Chicago; he is now 0-10 against the Cubs, and Holtzman will top him the next three times they face each other.
» May 13, 1969: Cubs 1B Ernie Banks has seven RBI—including his 1,500th—on two 3-run homers and a double in Chicago's 19–0 blowout against San Diego, matching the biggest shutout margin in modern National League history. Cubs pitcher Dick Selma is the recipient, allowing just three hits, while Dick Kelley takes the loss. The Pads swapped Selma earlier in the season and he gives the Cubs their 3rd shutout in a row. Banks, Billy Williams and Randy Hundley leave after Oliver's home run in the 6th makes it 14–0, and Don Young caps a 5-run 7th with a 3-run homer. Selma's shutout follows consecutive shutouts by Ferguson Jenkins and Ken Holtzman.
» May 20, 1969: At Los Angeles, the Cubs beat the Dodgers Don Sutton, 7–0. Ken Holtzman is the winner for the second time in two weeks. Chicago hands Sutton his 12th loss in a row against them.
» May 24, 1969: Padres rookie 2B John Sipin debuts with a pair of triples, only the 4th
player to do so, in a 7–5 San Diego loss to the Cubs. They are the only
triples of his 68-game career. Sipin bangs his three-baggers in the 1st and
4th innings, off Ken Holtzman.
» June 27, 1969: Cubs southpaw Ken Holtzman retires the first 20 batters, before the Cards erupt for two runs in the 7th and one in the 8th to win, 3–1. Steve Carlton (8-5) strikes out 12.
» July 24, 1969: At Wrigley, Ken Holtzman tops Don Sutton for the 4th straight time—three this year—as Chicago beats the Dodgers, 5–3. For a frustrated Sutton, it is a Cubs-record 13th straight loss to Chicago stretching back to his rookie year.
» August 10, 1969:
Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to the Cubs with a 4–2 win at Los Angeles, but needs relief help to do it. Sutton tops Ken Holtzman, who handed Sutton his last four losses to Chicago. It was one short of the most consecutive losses by any pitcher to one club in ML history, and is the National League record for straight losses to a team from the start of a career. Sutton will close out his career with a record of 18-20 versus the Cubs.
» August 19, 1969: Cub Ken Holtzman (14-7) pitches the 5th no-hitter of 1969. Ron Santo's 3-run home run off Phil Niekro provides first-place Chicago with a 3–0 win against Atlanta. Holtzman is the first no-hit hurler with no strikeouts since Sam Jones (on September 4, 1923). LF Billy Williams, with his back against the vines, hauls in Aaron's drive in the 7th to preserve the no-hitter.
» August 27, 1969:
Chicago loses for the 7th time in the last eight games, a 6–3 loss to the Reds Tony Cloninger. Ken Holtzman is the loser. Chicago is now just two games ahead of the Amazing Mets.
» September 5, 1969: Billy Williams has all four of Chicago's hits, as the Cubs lose a 9–2 decision to Steve Blass and the Pirates. There's nothing cheap about Billy's hits -- two doubles and two homers -- as he sets an National League record for most hits in a game with no other hits, tying the major-league record of Norm Elberfeld (August 1, 1903). Blass helps his own cause with his only ML homer, a 3-run blast, off Ken Holtzman, and three singles. The win is Pittsburgh's first at Wrigley since July 5, 1968, a string of 13 losses. They'll win the next two to sweep the series and drop the Cubs lead to two 1/2 games.
» July 16, 1970:
Chicago's Ken Holtzman gives up two hits and two Astro runs—both unearned—and drops a 2–1 decision at Houston. Billy Williams makes a bid for a game-tying homer in the 9th but his long fly hits an Astrodome speaker and drops foul.
» July 20, 1970:
With the score tied 1–1 in the 9th, Chicago's Ken Holtzman walks Hank Aaron and Tommie Aaron homers for a 3–1 Braves victory.
» July 24, 1970:
The Cubs pound the Braves for 16 hits and 11 runs and Ken Holtzman allows six hits as the Cubs roll, 11–1. Williams and Santo drive in four runs apiece and Beckert scores four times.
» August 22, 1970:
Hal Lanier's 8th inning single is the only hit Ken Holtzman allows in the Cubs, 15–0 mauling of the Giants. Gaylord Perry gives up eight runs in one 1/3 inning to seal the outcome for the Giants. Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams each have a double, homer, and score three runs.
» September 15, 1970:
Ken Holtzman wins his 15th, and the Cubs top the Cardinals, 5–3. Chicago moves into 3rd place, just a game behind the first-place Mets and Pirates.
» September 24, 1970: The Cubs stop the Cards, 7–1, behind Ken Holtzman's 7-hitter, and stay two 1/2 games in back of the Pirates. Chicago will lose its next two games and Pittsburgh will clinch the divisional title on the 27th.
» May 30, 1971:
Willie Stargell clocks a Ken Holtzman pitch deep into the right field upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium, one of four he will park there, and the Corsairs coast to a 10–0 romp over the Cubs. Bob Moose is the victor over Holtzman.
» June 3, 1971: At Cincinnati, Cub southpaw Ken Holtzman tosses the 2nd no-hitter of his career, victimizing the Reds 1–0. Holtzman scores the only run, unearned, in the 3rd inning to beat Gary Nolan.
» November 29, 1971: In three blockbuster deals, the Cubs trade P Ken Holtzman to the A's for OF Rick Monday; the Giants trade P Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Indians for P Sam McDowell; and the Reds trade 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms, and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan, OF Cesar Geronimo, and P Jack Billingham. This trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine, as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win two MVPs.
» October 6, 1974:
The A's even the American League series behind Ken Holtzman's 5–0 shutout and homers by Ray Fosse and Sal Bando.
» October 12, 1974: Oakland slugging star Reggie Jackson connects for a homer off Andy Messersmith to start the scoring, and pitcher Ken Holtzman scores the 2nd run in the 5th on a suicide squeeze. The A's win the World Series opener 3–2 as the Dodgers strand 12 base runners
» October 16, 1974: Ken Holtzman, who hadn't hit all season, belts a 3rd-inning home run and gets the win 5–2 with Rollie Fingers in relief. Oakland scores four in the 6th to wrap up the 4th game 5–2.
» June 8, 1975: Detroit's Tom Veryzer doubles with two out in the 9th to stop Oakland's Ken Holtzman's no-hitter. Outfielder Bill North misjudges Veryzer's hit, but is not charged with an error. Holtzman retires the last hitter for a 4–0 victory.
» April 2, 1976: The A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman, together with a minor league pitcher, to the Orioles for OF Don Baylor and pitchers Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell.
» June 15, 1976:
In what stands as one of the O's best trades ever, Baltimore obtains pitchers Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and C Rick Dempsey from the Yankees for veteran pitchers Doyle Alexander, Ken Holtzman, Grant Jackson and C Elrod Hendricks. The veterans will help the Yankees win in 1976 and then fade.
» April 21, 1977:
Yankee manager Billy Martin, faced with a 2-8 slump in the past 10 games, draws his lineup out of a hat. Chris Chambliss, batting 8th, drives in five runs on two doubles and a homer and New York beats Toronto, 8–6. Ken Holtzman is the winner.
» June 10, 1978:
The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs, his first team, in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York, and he will not recapture his form in Chicago. Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14–2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. The previous mark was 13 wins by Yankee Wilcy Moore.
» September 9, 1978: Ron Guidry (21–2) gives up two singles in the 1st inning and that's it. New York sends 12 runners to the plate and scores seven runs in the 4th inning to win 7–0 against Dennis Eckersley and cut the Boston lead to a single game. For Guidry, it is his 7th shutout of the year, and the first lefty shutout in Fenway since 1974 (Ken Holtzman, August 5th). With the Brewers' victory over the Twins, Milwaukee trails by just four 1/2 games.