Jack Kralick was born on Saturday, June 1, 1935, in Youngstown, Ohio. Kralick was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1959, with the Washington Senators. 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 Jack Kralick baseball stats page.
"I was sitting on the top step of the dugout. I had to go to the bathroom so bad, but I didn't dare leave because he (Jack Kralick) had a perfect game going until the top of the ninth. He was not a likely candidate to throw a no-hitter. You'd think more of power pitchers doing that, and he was a guy who threw strikes and had good movement. He just had it going that afternoon." - Teammate Jim Kaat in The Star Tribune (Joe Christensen, 09/20/2012, 'Former pitcher Kralick dies at age 77', Source )
Jack Kralick Autograph on a 1966 Topps Baseball Card (#129 | Checklist )
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|1959 Washington Senators||37 , 19||$5,000.00||-||-|
|1960 Washington Senators||15||$7,500.00||-||-|
|1961 Minnesota Twins||15||$10,000.00||-||-|
|1962 Minnesota Twins||15||$12,500.00||-||-|
|1963 Minnesota Twins||15||Undetermined||-||-|
|1963 Cleveland Indians||31||Undetermined||-||-|
|1964 Cleveland Indians||31||Undetermined||Stats||-|
|1965 Cleveland Indians||31||Undetermined||-||-|
|1966 Cleveland Indians||31||Undetermined||-||-|
|1967 Cleveland Indians||31||$18,500.00||-||-|
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Did you know that Jack Kralick caught the Opening Day pitch in 1960 ( April 18th ) which was thrown by President Eisenhower? Did you know the following year, on August 20, 1961 , Kralick hit his first career home run in the top of the third inning off Jim Donohue ? Later in that same game, during the eighth inning, relief pitcher Al Schroll went deep off Art Fowler and it was the last time two American League pitchers have hit home runs in the same game.
Jack Kralick was a part of the
1960 Washington Senators
which moved to Minnesota where he remained and became part of the inaugural
1961 Minnesota Twins
team. A year later, on
August 26, 1962
, Kralick pitched the first no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins. Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of that near perfect game researched and written by author Rich Westcott (
Rich Westcott Books
), original text from
(McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Jack Kralick', Page 211):
Jack Kralick No Hitter Box Score | AP Wire | Photoshopped by Baseball Almanac
Jack Kralick No Hitter (Box Score: 08-26-1962 )
The Twins were in their second season in Minnesota when 27-year-old Jack Kralick took his 9-8 record. to the mound to face the ninth place Kansas City Athletics. The Sunday August 26 game drew a crowd of 23,224 to Metropolitan Stadium to watch the third place Twins face Bill Fischer.
Those who were there nearly saw a perfect game. Kralick came within two outs of becoming the first hurler since 1922 not to allow a batter to reach base.
While treating Minnesota to its first Twins no-hitter, Kralick struck out out three and walked one. A's batters hit only six balls to the outfield.
The game was a classic pitchers' duel. Fischer blanked the Twins on seven hits over the first six innings.
The Twins had two runners on base in three different innings, but couldn't score. They finally broke through in the seventh. Bernie Allen led off with his third hit and moved up a base when A's catcher Bill Bryan threw Zoilo Versalles's bunt too late to second. Kralick then moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and Allen scored from third on Lenny Green's sacrifice fly.
Out on the mound, Kralick was in command throughout. He retired the first 25 A's in a row, starting with Bobby Del Greco's leadoff fly to left, a fly to right be Ed Charles and a ground ot to first by Jerry Lumpe in the first inning. Both fly balls were well hit, and might have been out of the park on a normal day, but a strong wind blew in from center field to keep them and several other long shots from going out.
One of the A's hardest-hit balls was a one-out fourth inning drive to deep right by Charles. The Twins' Bob Allison leaped above the wall to haul down the blow in what was easily the best defensive play of the game.
Leading off the sixth, Wayne Causey drilled a scorching liner that Rich Rollins grabbed at third. That was the last time the A's got good wood on the ball.
Kralick kept mowing them down. In the eighth, he retired Norm Siebern on a ground out to second. Gino Cimoli on a fly out to right and Manny Ramirez on a ground out to first.
Causey bounced out to Allen at second leading off the ninth. Then George Alusik, wh less than three weeks earlier had belted a two-run homer to beat Kralick, came to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Alusik lined a 2-1 pitch just fouled down the third base line before finally walking on a 3-2 pitch.
That broke up Kralick's perfect game. But the lefty forced both Billy Consolo and Del Greco to lift high pops that Vic Power caught in foul territory near the Twins' dugout to end the game.
Kralick ended the season with a 12-11 record. It was the second of four straight years in which he won in double figures.
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