To celebrate the unbelievable no-hit game thrown by the Giants Jonathan Sanchez, PlayBall! Alameda’s Sandlot Blog commemorates another no-no in history. This one from the ARPD Park League vault.
In June 1970, the Washington Pirates squared off against the Lincoln Lions in an early eason Little Coast game. On the mound for Lincoln was Terry White, the former Franklin Eagles star. Taking the hill for the Bucs was pitching ace Larry Groves.
Terry White struck out five Pirate batters, but nine walks and timely Washington hitting unraveled his effort. In the end it was Larry Groves who’s great command throughout the day led to twelve K’s and only four walks en route to the 6-0 No-Hit victory! Ken Money and Packy Bosworth were on the receiving end for Groves marvelous seven inning effort.
Much like Sanchez’ gem, the only real threat for Groves came in the final stanza. Lincoln’s lead-off batter, Dave Marlow, drew a walk followed by a Washington miscue that allowed the Lion runner to advance to third. In a thrilling attempt to steal home, Marlow was tagged out at the plate thus preserving the shutout. Jerry Jordan and Tom Ravey were the hitting stars for Washington, as each contributed key doubles.
Over the years, the late Larry Groves remained an outstanding pitcher in the park leagues and beyond with outstanding control and a blazing fast ball.
Caps off to the Giants Jonathan Sanchez and ARPD All-Star Larry Groves!