The 6'5" 19-year-old Necciai received nationwide attention after his remarkable 27-strikeout,
no-hit game of May 13, 1952, pitching for Bristol against Welch (Appalachian League).
His performance was marred only by a walk, a hit batsman, a dropped third strike,
and an error. His next start was a 24-strikeout two-hitter. That season he fanned
109 batters in 43 innings at Bristol and a Carolina League-high 172 in 126 innings
at Durham before getting the call to Pittsburgh. Branch Rickey said, "There have
been only two young pitchers I was certain were destined for greatness....One of
those boys was Dizzy Dean. The other is Ron Necciai." Rocket Ron went 1-6. Plagued
by ulcers and arm trouble, he soon was out of baseball.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 13, 1952:
P Ron Necciai of Bristol (Appalachian League) no-hits Welch and strikes out 27 batters, including four in one inning, to win, 7–0. In his next start he will strike out 24 while giving up two hits. Necciai will later compile a career 1-6 mark with the Pirates.
»May 26, 1952:
Bill Bell, only 18, a Bristol (Appalachian League) teammate of Ron Necciai, hurls his 2nd consecutive no-hitter, beating Bluefield 4–0.