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Random Game Callback, July 2, 1964
2006-07-02 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

Jim Maloney threw a four-hit shutout as the Cincinnati Reds routed the Chicago Cubs, 7-0 and sent Ernie Broglio to his third straight defeat since joining the Cubs in a trade from St. Louis on June 15. The game was played before a crowd of 6,814 at Crosley Field.

Maloney, a hard-throwing righthander, was Cincinnati manager's Fred Hutchinson's aces and he was one of the best pitchers in the NL during a time when pitchers reigned. In an era when Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, and Don Drysdale, got most of the notoriety, Maloney was another dominating presence on the hill. Maloney threw a 10-inning no hitter against the Cubs in 1965. He also threw nine no-hit innings against the Mets on June 14, 1965, but eventually lost in 11 innings, 1-0. Maloney got another no-hitter in 1969 against Houston.

Broglio had been acquired from the Cardinals at the trading deadline of the day, June 15. The trade is one of the most infamous ones in Cubs history as St. Louis got Lou Brock in exchange. (Bobby Shantz, Doug Clemens, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth also changed teams). Brock had been an erratic fielder in Chicago, who never put up good numbers. Broglio had won 21 games in 1961 and 18 in 1963. Brock would still be an erratic fielder, but in St. Louis he would become a good hitter, a great base stealer and put up some of the best performances in the history of the World Series.

On this day, Broglio did not make it out of the third. He walked catcher Johnny Edwards to lead off the inning. Third baseman Steve Boros grounded out and Edwards went to second. Maloney grounded out to first and Edwards went to third. But Broglio never got the third out of the inning. Second baseman Pete Rose singled to score Edwards. Right fielder Marty Keough walked. Center fielder Vada Pinson singled to score Rose and Keough went to third. Left fielder Frank Robinson tripled to score Keough and Pinson. Shortstop Leo Cardenas singled home Robinson and Cubs manager Bob Kennedy took out Broglio and brought in Wayne Schurr.

Rose singled in Boros to put Cincinnati up 6-0 in the fourth. Keough homered in the seventh off of Sterling Slaughter for the Reds' seventh run. Maloney struck out eight in the win and didn't give up a hit until Cubs catcher Dick Bertell singled to lead off the sixth. Bertell would be the only Cubs batter to reach third.

When the Cubs made the trade for Broglio on June 15, they were at .500 and 5 1/2 games behind the first place Giants and Phillies. When the season ended, the Cubs were in 8th place at 76-86, 17 games out of first. The Reds finished tied for second with Philadelphia, one game behind the Cardinals, in one of the wildest pennant races in NL history.

Coming into play on September 21, the Phillies led the Reds and Cardinals by 6 1/2 games with just 12 left to play. That night, the Reds would beat the Phllies, 1-0, with the only run coming on a steal of home by Chico Ruiz. The Phillies would lose nine more in a row, three of them to the Reds, four to the Braves, and three to the Cardinals. The Phillies would rally to beat the Reds in the last two games of the year and that allowed the Cardinals to sneak in for the pennant.

Reds manager Fred Hutchinson would not be around for the end of the season as he was battling cancer. He stepped down for good in August and Dick Sisler took over as manager. Hutchinson passed away on November 12, 1964 at age 45. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle is named in his memory.

Maloney would be one of the top pitchers in the NL through the 1969 season. Early in 1970, Maloney tore an achilles tendon running the bases and was out of baseball after the 1971 season at the age of 31.

Sources: Retrosheet,, Chicago Tribune

2006-07-02 22:42:24
1.   Linkmeister
Those Reds were scary. I remember Pinson and Robinson playing the outfield, and Joey Jay was another hard-throwing pitcher for that team, I think. Maloney was always good for a great matchup with Big D or Sandy.

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