Bob Hendley was born on Sunday, April 30, 1939, in Macon, Georgia. Hendley was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 23, 1961, with the Milwaukee Braves. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bob Hendley baseball stats page.
"I don't sweat it (losing a 1-hitter). I not only got beat by one of the all-time great pitchers, but I got beat by class. I never met a finer gentleman than Sandy Koufax . My mother and dad taught me what was important in life. It is not what you accomplish, but the type person you are. Give more than you think you can, and no matter what, never give less than 100 percent. No matter how bleak things may look, never give up. Tomorrow could be the best day of your life." - Bob Hendley in Georgia Trend Magazine (July 2012, Gene Asher, 'When A One-Hitter Wasn't Enough', Page 5)
Bob Hendley Autograph on a 1964 Topps Baseball Card (#189 | Checklist )
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The Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award is presented annually by the New York Baseball Writers Association to a person judged to baseball personalities forever linked in history - Bob Hendley, Sandy Koufax & Vin Scully won in 2014, forever linked due to a perfect game [ box ].
Bob Hendley was pitching when the Major League record for fewest hits ever in a regular season game by both teams took place. In that same game, only two batters made it on base, also a record for the fewest baserunners ever in a nine-inning game. Hendley allowed exactly one hit, gave up one run (though not from the hit), and his opponent, Sandy Koufax , was perfect .
The Perfect Play. Bob Hendley vs. Sandy Koufax. ( Pitched Battle: 35 of Baseball's Greatest Duels from the Mound . John Kilma. McFarland Publishing. October 2002. Page 111). An excerpt:
On September 9, 1965 , the dominance of Sandy Koufax reached theatrical proportions. On the unforgiving stage of the pitching mound, the left-hander worked nine-acts of perfection. Put into the strict parameters of baseball, the duel between Koufax and left-hander Bob Hendley of the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium is the greatest pitched game in baseball history . Only two batters set foot on base, the fewest baserunners ever in a nine-inning game.
But the performance belonged to Koufax . In an era of artistry, Koufax's performance was the play of ages. He had reached a level few pitchers would ever know. His four season span in the 1960s arguably is the most dominating stretch in baseball history. He would never be better than on this day he pitched the perfect play.
Koufax was at a level of performance few men will ever know. He would finish with 382 strikeouts to establish the (modern) National League single season record, which has only been surpassed by Nolan Ryan's 383 strikeouts in 1973.
Koufax won 26 games and had a 2.04 earned run average in 1965. He threw eight shutouts, none of which would be more impressive than the duel he would win over Hendley.
Hendley was one of those pitchers. An otherwise unheralded left-hander toiling in obscurity and cursed with the bad luck of the Cubs, Hendley took the mound against the man who could scarcely lose and quite nearly beat the master of silence at his own game.
Though the Dodgers of the Koufax era were a lineup that lacked power and relied on generating runs with scratch hits and bold baserunning, Koufax had the ability to take one run and prove it could be as insurmountable as a dozen. All it took was one mistake from the opposing pitcher or his defense, and Koufax could beat that man.
Hendley pitcher like he would not be that man. Even Koufax would lose eight times in 1965. What ensued is an elegant duel, stained only be the error that would cost Hendley the victory.
Life is Good for a Tough-Luck Battery. ( Where have All Our Cubs Gone? George Castle. Taylor Trade Publishing. March 2005. Page 210). An excerpt:
"I was laid-back and low-key. I was never a star."
You'll never get Bob Hendley to toot his own horn. He could if he wanted too, having overcome shoulder problems for more than a decade-long pro baseball career and three decades of successful high school baseball coaching in his native Macon, Georgia.
Hendley would never seek out publicity. But his connection to one of baseball's greatest-ever pitching duels would envelop him with notoriety, cut up into two increments thirty-seven years apart.
His name rings a bell to anyone who followed the better-than-big-league career of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax . On September 9, 1965, Koufax hurled the fourth and last of his career no hitters, a perfect game against the Cubs, at Dodger Stadium. He won 1-0 as losing pitcher Hendley allowed just one hit, a seventh inning bloop double by ex-Cub Lou Johnson , that had nothing to do with the sole unearned run resulting from batterymate Chris Krug's throwing error on a Johnson steal attempt two innings previously.
The one hit in the game for both sides set a record for fewest hits eve in a major-league game, thanks to southpaws Koufax and Hendley each pitching the game of their lives. But Hendley ended up with the toughest-luck loss in Cubs history this side of Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series .
The Alton Evening Telegraph | September 10, 1965 | Page 12
Did you know, that exactly five days after the record setting game, Bob Hendley faced off against Sandy Koufax again, on September 14, 1965 , this time in Wrigley Field, and in that game Hendley allowed four hits, across nine innings, struck out seven batters, allowed one run to score; and Koufax allowed five hits, across six innings, struck out three batters, and allowed two-runs to score?
Janesville Daily Gazette | September 15, 1965 | Page V