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On June 29, 1976, Ted Barnicle pitched the fifth no-hitter in Cedar Rapids Midwest League baseball history to lead the Cedar Rapids Giants to a 5-0 win over the Dubuque Packers. Barnicle, the Giants first round draft pick, eighth overall, in the 1975 draft, posted a 9-10 mark with a 4.03 E.R.A. in 24 games during the 1976 season.
Ted Barnicle would pitch seven seasons between 1975 and 1982 in the minor leagues playing three seasons in the Giants organization, three with the White Sox’s minor league clubs and finishing with the AA affiliate of the Montreal Expos in Memphis. He reached as high as AAA with the Iowa Oaks in 1980 where he posted a 5-0 record with a 3.41 E.R.A. in six games.
The article below was written by Steve Allspach and published in the June 30, 1976 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League game against the Dubuque Packers held on June 29, 1976. The 1976 Cedar Rapids Giants featured four players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Jose Barrios, John Henry Johnson, Rich Murray and Jeff Yurak). The 1976 squad went on to finish the season with a 78-53 record in the Midwest League under manager Salty Parker.
Rich Murray hit .216 with 4 HR and 25 RBI during his 2 season MLB career with the Giants. Rich and his brother Eddie Murray (504 HR) are one of only two sets of brother to combine to hit more than 500 major league home runs. Tommie Aaron (Cedar Rapids Braves -1960) and his brother Hank Aaron are the other set of brother to achieve the feat. Tommie hit a total of 13 major league home runs, with eight of them coming in his first year of 1962, but along with his brother’s then Major League record 755 HR, they hold the Major League record for the most career home runs between two brothers (768).
Rich Murray was a member of the 1976 and 1977 Cedar Rapids Giants teams. Murray hit .264 with 6 HR as the Giants finished 78-53 under manager Salty Parker before losing to Quad Cities in the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs. The 1977 squad finished 74-66 under manager Jack Mull before falling to Burlington in the first round of the playofss. Murray hit .275 with 21 HR and led the team with 94 RBI in 129 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.
On April 26, 1962, Tommie Aaron (1960 Cedar Rapids Braves) went 3-5 with a home run, a triple and 4 RBI while scoring three runs in the Milwaukee Braves 10-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at County Stadium.
Tommie Aaron, the brother of Hank Aaron, hit .229 with 94 RBI during his seven season career with the Braves. He hit a total of 13 major league home runs, with eight of them coming in his first year of 1962, but along with his brother’s then Major League record 755, together they hold the Major League record for the most career home runs between two brothers (768).
The only other brother of a 500-home run man to play in the majors was Rich Murray, (1976-77 Cedar Rapids Giants) brother of Eddie Murray, who hit 4 home runs in a brief major league career.
Tommie Aaron was part of the 1960 Cedar Rapids Braves team that went 71-69 to finish in fourth under manager Jimmy Brown. Aaron led the team with a .299 batting average and hit 20 home runs to go along with 88 RBI that season.