This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – July 25, 1973 – Robert Dean & Paulo DeLeon No-Hit Danville

On July 25, 1973, Robert Dean and Paulo DeLeon combined to pitch Cedar Rapids’ fourth no-hitter since joining the Midwest League. Dean opened the game with two scoreless innings allowing a pair of walks. DeLeon entered in the third and struck out four batters while walking three in five scoreless frames to earn the win as the Cedar Rapids Astros topped the Danville Warriors 6-0. Steve Englishbey supplied the offense with a three-run HR in the fourth inning. Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Famer Fred Mims had an RBI triple in the first inning to give the Astros an early edge. Rain forced the postponement of the second game of the scheduled double header.  The article also mentions the arrival of new pitcher Mike Stanton, who went on to play in the big leagues with the Astros, Indians, Mariners and White Sox.

This following article was published in the July 26, 1973 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Danville Warriors held on July 25, 1973. The 1973 Cedar Rapids Astros featured six players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Art Gardner, Al Javier, Luis Sanchez, Jose Sosa, Mike Stanton and Rick Williams). The 1973 Cedar Rapids Astros posted a 61-60 record under manager Leo Posada’s guidance.

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