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Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas dies at age 76

Pappas(Photo by Stephen Green)

Chicago Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts has issued the following statement on the passing of Milt Pappas, 76, who was a 17-year MLB veteran and pitched for the Cubs from 1970-1973.

“The Cubs organization is sad to learn of the passing of Milt Pappas, who not only had a special place on the field with the team in the early 1970s, but also maintained a relationship with Cubs fans as a frequent guest at Wrigley Field, the Cubs Convention and other team events. Milt will forever be remembered for one of the most dramatic pitching performances in team history as he delivered a no-hitter that neared perfection in 1972. Pappas ended his impressive career wearing a Cubs uniform and we will always consider him part of the Chicago Cubs family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends, relatives and fans as we mourn this loss.”

Over his career, Pappas went 209-164 with a 3.40 ERA between Baltimore (1957-65), Cincinnati (1966-68), Atlanta (1968-70) and the Cubs.

Hear Wrigley Field’s history from the players who made it

Milt Pappas on Alumni-Guided Tour

Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas, who threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field in 1972, leads a Wrigley Field tour. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs fans have been taking advantage of the ultimate insider’s look at the Friendly Confines, Wrigley Field Tours, for several years, but in 2011, there’s a whole new way to experience the bricks and ivy. The Cubs have added Alumni-Guided Tours, with one led last week by 1970-73 Cub Milt Pappas.

Check out all the new tours options at, and bring your group out to experience Wrigley Field first-hand like never before.

Lineups and happenings

Johnson, CF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Bradley, RF
Soriano, LF
Baker, 2B
Hill, C
Zambrano, RHP

Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (10-6, 2.72 ERA) pitches for the Astros.

Homestand happenings

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpg? Milt Pappas was at Wrigley Field on Friday, the day after Mark Buehrle threw an exciting perfect game down on the South Side. Pappas, of course, narrowly missed his own perfect game Sept. 2, 1972, on a controversial ball-four call with two outs in the ninth. He did finish with a no-hitter, the last until Carlos Zambrano’s last season.

? Today, Chicago Cubs Charities will be presenting a $50,000 check to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). A total of $150,000 raised in connection with the recent concerts at Wrigley Field will be donated to organizations serving Chicago.

? Yesterday was Lou Gehrig Day at the ballpark, hosted by the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Lou Piniella, who himself lost his father-in-law to ALS, annually does public-service announcements and hosts a charity golf tournament for the organization. A few weeks ago, I talked with Lou about the organization’s charitable work, and here’s what he had to say:

“[Community work is] one of the things we do here, and I like this aspect of the organization a lot. And we adhere it, and we’re happy to do so. Family is so important. The health of a family and well-being of a family is so important. So we bend over backwards here to make this as family friendly as we can. We recognize that baseball games are important, but we recognize la familia is the most important.”

? Tying into Chicago’s 2016 bid, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Shawn Johnson will be singing the stretch tonight.

A walk down no-hit lane: 1972


In 1972, the Cubs were never really in it. Chicago came close midway through June, closing within 2.0 games of the Pirates, but after that steadily fell out of contention to finish 11.0 games behind Pittsburgh by years end. However, the pennant race was not the exciting part of the ’72 season – it was the two no-hitters thrown by Cubs pitchers Burt Hooton and Milt Pappas.

The 22-year-old Hooton was the Cubs first-round draft pick the year before and actually pitched in three games, earning two wins the same year. The Cubs had high hopes for the rookie, naming him their No. 2 prior to the season.

Hooton’s no-hitter came on the second game of the season against the Phillies at Wrigley Field to a small crowd of 9,583. The Texas native was far from perfect that day, walking seven, including two in the top of the seventh. However, Hooton got through it by striking out Denny Doyle, one of seven on the day. The no-no was topped off in less dramatic form when Hooton got Willie Montanez to ground out to second, Deron Johnson to strikeout and got Greg Luzinski to followed suite, ending the game in a 4-0 win.

At the time, no-hitters had become somewhat of the norm for the Cubs as Ken Holtzman did it twice in the two years prior. After 1972, however, Chicago would have to wait until Sunday for Carlos Zambrano to accomplish the feat – 36 years and 12 days later.

The second no-hitter of 1972 came Sept. 2, in a near-perfect game thrown by Pappas. Cubs fans got to see another no-hitter at Wrigley, this time to a slightly better attendance of 11,144. Pappas was dominant all night, striking out six, while forcing 12 ground balls.

This game is one of the most disputed no-hitters of all time, not because of an error that could have gone either way, but because of home plate umpire Bruce Froemming’s ball call to walk San Diego’s Larry Stahl with two outs in the top of the ninth. Froemming later said that he did not realize it was a perfect game until after the call was made.

The 1972 season might not have been most memorable year in terms of the standings, but for two days at Wrigley Field, two Cubs pitchers, one toeing on the line of perfection, threw what only 10 other Cubs players have ever done-a no-hitter.

Zach Martin