CLEVELAND -- Jack Kralick, the pitcher who threw the first no-hitter in Twins history, has died, according to team president Dave St. Peter. Kralick was 77.
Kralick, who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, became an original Twin, coming with the Washington Senators in 1961. On Aug. 26, 1962, he retired the first 25 batters for the Kansas City Athletics at Metropolitan Stadium before walking George Alusik with one out in the ninth inning. Kralick lost his bid for a perfect game but completed the no-hitter in a 1-0 Twins victory.
Kralick went 26-26 for the Twins before being traded to the Indians in 1963 for Jim Perry. Kralick, who debuted with the Senators in 1959, pitched his final season in the majors in 1967, finishing with a 67-65 career record.
“Sad to report passing of former Twins pitcher Jack Kralick,” St. Peter tweeted Wednesday (@TwinsPrez). “Always remembered for throwing a no-hitter. Sympathies to the Kralick family.”