40 years ago today, Seaver loses another no-no in ninth

Mets one-hitter No. 9July 4, 1972 – New York Mets 2, San Diego Padres 0 – first game of Shea Stadium doubleheader
No-no killed by Leron Lee’s ninth-inning single

Tom Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning this day, although he walked two batters in the fourth and two batters in the eighth so the perfect game was off the board.

Seaver took the mound in the ninth and got Dave Roberts to ground out before Leron Lee lined a ball up the middle to end the no-no bid. He then got Nate Colbert to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game for a 2-0 complete-game shutout, Seaver’s fourth career one-hitter.

Seaver struck out 11 batters, and the Mets scored their only runs with two outs in the third when Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool drew bases-loaded walks from the Padres’ Clay Kirby.

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