Artifacts tell story of Wise's incredible no-hitter
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“I was coming off the flu and I felt very weak,” Wise said. “And it was hot, too. It was Cincinnati and the heat was coming off the carpet there. Man, it was smoking. But I think it sweated it out of me. I remember warming up and it seemed like the ball was stopping about halfway to the catcher. I said to myself, ‘Man, I better locate my pitches because this team with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Pérez can do some severe damage with their hitters.’
“But I had a good tempo and they were putting the ball in play early. I only made 94 pitches that day and it was an hour and 53 minutes. And only six balls were hit out of the infield, and I wasn’t a groundball pitcher either. I was a fly ball pitcher.”
Wise donated the bat, his glove and a ball to from his no-hitter to the Hall of Fame.
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum