On This Day in History | 1961

Masterson winds up

On this day 50 years ago, pitcher Mike Masterson came tantalizingly close to perfection in a 6-0 no-hitter vs. St. Paul’s. The right-hander allowed no hits and no walks and, if not for two errors by his defense, he would have walked off the mound with the first perfect game in Stony Brook history. The Blue and White built a substantial lead in the first two innings, scoring all six of their runs with help from a slew of St. Paul’s errors. It proved to be five runs more than Masterson would need.

After the sophomore struck out the first batter of the game, one of his 10 Ks on the day, an error by the shortstop put a runner on base. From there, Masterson sat down the next 16 batters he faced, seven on strikeouts, before a second error was made with two outs in the top of the 6th. The win evened the boys’ record at 3-3 as Dave Kleinschmidt led the offense with 3 RBIs.


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