Bob Gibson wasn’t having a great year in 1971. When he took the mound against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, he was 10-10. The Cardinals were 4 1/2 games behind the Pirates, who were marching to their World Series championship.
But that evening, Gibson was awesome. It was his only no-hitter. Though he walked three, he struck out 10, including Willie Stargell to end it. His teammates, who often failed to give their greatest pitcher adequate run support, banged out 16 hits and 11 runs against four Pirate pitchers.