RHP 1960-67, 69 Braves, Astros , Reds, Yankees, Cubs
Nottebart broke in with the Braves as a competent reliever who could spot-start and
was acquired by the fledgling Colt .45s for 1963. He had his best season, going 11-8
with a 3.17 ERA as Houston's third starter, and on May 17 he no-hit the Phillies,
walking two and winning 4-1. Nottebart slumped to 6-11, 3.90 in 1964 and then to
4-15, 4.67 in 1965. The Reds picked him up and returned him to the bullpen, and he
had two more decent seasons, going 5-4 with 11 saves and a 3.07 ERA in 1966, and
0-3, 1.93, with four saves in 1967.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» August 9, 1961:
The Dodgers win their 17th out of 20 to stay a game ahead of the Reds, beating the Braves 8–3, Don Drysdale hits a grand slam, off Don Nottebart in the 2nd, and allows just four hits while striking out 11. Two of the four hits are homers by Joe Adcock. |
» May 17, 1963: Don Nottebart pitches the first no-hitter in Houston's ML history with a 4–1 win against the Phils. Carl Warwick goes 4-for-4 with a home run to back Nottebart, now 5–1 for the 9th-place Colt 45s.
» September 13, 1965: Willie Mays's 500th home run (off Don Nottebart) and Juan Marichal's 22nd victory beat Houston 5–1. The win is the Giants 11th straight and gives them a two 1/2 game lead.