50 years ago today, on August 19, 1965, Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds threw a no-hitter versus the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Until Cole Hamels recent no hitter there on July 25, 2015, Maloney was the last visiting pitcher to no hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field in 50 years.

This was a paradoxical pitcher’s duel if there ever was one. In the regulation nine innings, Maloney actually walked nine batters and even hit one, but he allowed no hits. Meanwhile, Cubs pitcher Larry Jackson had actually allowed fewer base runners, scattering eight hits while walking no one. As the game moved to the tenth inning tied 0-0, Maloney had a no-hitter going while Jackson had a no-walker.

In the bonus frame, Leonardo Lazaro Alphonso “Chico” Cardenas, a Cuban born shortstop hit a fly ball to left field that was curving from the moment it left his bat. But, it didn’t curve far enough fast enough for Jackson and the Cubs as it actually hit the left field foul pole registering a home run for the Reds. Cincinnati 1, Cubs 0.

Maloney, who seemed to have a rubber arm for all the pitches he threw that day, moved to the mound with that slim lead in the bottom of the tenth. He walked Don Clemons to start the inning, his tenth of the game. But, Billy Williams followed with a fly out and with one out, Ernie Banks hit into a double play giving Maloney his long awaited accomplishment, a no-hitter.

Big Jim flirted with the no-hitter during the entire 1965 campaign. On April 19, Maloney lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Braves and ended up settling for a one hitter.

Even worse, on June 14, Maloney pitched hitless ball for 10 innings, striking out 18 batters against the hapless New York Mets. However, he lost the game and the no-hitter in the eleventh inning when he gave up a leadoff home run to Johnny Lewis (just one of Lewis’ career 22 homers). Mets 1, Reds 0. Maloney loses.

Quotes: Jim Maloney: “I really didn’t think I was that wild.” (Jim struck out twelve batters, but walked ten, even hit a batter and threw 187 pitches for the day.)

“I made some unbelievable 3-2 pitches.” (Fourteen times the count was full and Maloney retired the batter in nine of those situations.)

“But you’ve got to be lucky.” (Agreed.)

11,342 were in attendance for the afternoon game that day. In 1965, for a dollar, you could buy a beer (40 cents), a hot dog (30 cents), a bag of peanuts (15 cents), and a program (15 cents).

How’s that for a little “old time baseball?!”

FOOTNOTE: In case any of you eagle eyed readers noticed, the cover photo is a 1964 program priced at 10 cents. The price went up a nickel in 1965.