The Mets first no-hitter*, 48 years ago today

48 years ago today, on March 21, 1965, the Mets threw their first no-hitter. *

* it came in a Spring Training Game.

In St. Petersburg, Fla., that day, Gary Kroll and Gordy Richardson combined for a nine-inning no-hitter during a 6-0 contest. Page 30 of the 1965 Mets yearbook sports a picture of Richardson throwing a pitch in the ninth inning and another of Kroll and Richardson getting congratulations from the Mets front office brass the following day.

I wonder if either pitcher knew we’d still celebrate that moment until June 1, 2012.

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