May 5, 1962 – Bo Belinsky throws first no-hitter in Angel History against the Baltimore Orioles.
Bo Belinsky’s career with the Angels was known more for his off-field antics than his pitching. Belinsky was known to be out on the town almost every night with some of the most famous women in Hollywood including Mamie Van Doren, Tina Louise, Ann Margaret and even Marilyn Monroe.
However on a cool evening in May, Belinsky joined a special list of baseball pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter. Belinsky held the Orioles scoreless in the first three innings. In the top of the fourth Belinsky got in trouble as the Orioles loaded the bases with two walks and an error. Belinsky came back to strike out Dave Nicholson and then Ron Hansen flew out to end the threat.
The Angels took an early 2 -0 lead and Belinsky made it stand up retiring 12 of the next 13 batters. In the top of the ninth the 15,000 or so fans in attendance at Dodger Stadium were on the edge of their seats as Belinsky took the mound three outs away from a no-hitter.
Jackie Brandt struck out for the first out. Gus Triandos then grounded out to shortstop for the second out. The last batter standing in Belinsky’s way was Dave Nicholson who hit a pop-up to third baseman Felix Torres for the third and final out and Belinsky had the Angels first no-hitter in club history.