This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – June 7, 1969 – Larry Bowlby No-Hitter

This article was published in the June 8, 1969 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League game against the Decatur Commodores held on June 7, 1969. The 1969 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured three players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ken Reitz, Jorge Roque and Bob Sadowski). The 1969 squad went on to finish the season with a 55-68 record in the Midwest League under manager Roy Majtyka.

Bowlby Pitches No-Hitter for Cedar Rapids

Larry Bowlby of the Cedar Rapids Cardinals pitched the first no-hitter of his professional career and the first of the Midwest League this year with a 2-0 shutout in 10 innings over Decatur Saturday night in the second game of a twin bill.

Bowlby’s masterpiece, coupled with the Cards’ 5-3 win in the opener, increased C.R.’s winning streak to seven games and moved them into third place in the league standings with an 18-14 record.

It was Bowlby’s first appearance for Cedar Rapids this year, as he joined the club only last Thursday. The 6-5, 215-pounder hurled for Cedar Rapids two years ago, but spent last season with Modesto in the California League.

Saturday night, Larry struck out eight and walked three. One runner was thrown out by catcher Dave Cichon while attempting to steal second. Only one runner reached second and that came in the seventh on Bowlby’s wild pitch.

Four Decatur errors helped the Cards score their three runs in the 10th. Jorge Roque reached base on an error, was sacrificed to second by Gary Marion and came all the way around on Jerry Bartee‘s infield hit. That run proved enough for the win.

Bartee picked up two of the four C.R. hits in the game, with Lou Cosenza and Marion getting the others. It was the seventh straight loss for Decatur and their 10th in the last 11 games.

The Cards scored all their runs in the top of the seventh in the first game, ironically, with the help of five infield hits. However, Hector Navarro got the big blow with a line single that scored two runs and aided Jack Price in winning his first game after two losses.

Transcribed from the digital archives of the Cedar Rapids Library.

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