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On September 2, 1972, Milt Pappas of the Chicago Cubs pitches a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres and comes within one strike of hurling a perfect game. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Pappas runs the count to 1-and-2 on pinch-hitter Larry Stahl, but then throws three consecutive balls. Pappas argues with home plate umpire Bruce Froemming after the last ball, then settles down to retire pinch-hitter Garry Jestadt on a lazy pop-up. The Cubs win the game, 8-0.