Saturday, April 8, 2006

Stewart Pitches No-Hitter vs. Arkansas

Razorbacks Lose Opener By 2-0 Count
(Columbia Daily Tribune, Saturday April 14, 1956)

Norm Stewart, who had started three games and wearied off the mound in each before it was over, went the route for the first time yesterday - and chalked up a no-hitter for himself in Missouri's 2-0 victory over Arkansas in the first game of a two-game series with the Razorbacks. Wade LaDue, erstwhile reliefer [sic], was scheduled to start against the visitors in the second game of the series this afternoon.

If Stewart was getting tired against Arkansas yesterday, he didn't show any signs of it in the late innings. With a no-hit game in sight he bore down hard in the last two frames. He struck out three in the eighth and another in the ninth, with the other two final inning outs on infield balls.

Only four Arkansas players reached first in the game. Stewart struck out 10 and walked only three. It was a masterful performance to add to the honors he won earlier in the year as he set new individual scoring records in virtually every department in varsity basketball.

Stewart's three previous starts were against Oklahoma A. & M., Tulsa U., and Washington U. LaDue was his relief in all three games. LaDue got credit for the victories over the Oklahoma teams and Stewart was the winner against the Bears. Yesterday, with Stewart never looking like he might get into trouble, it was no game for relief action.

Stewart also led the attack. He singled in the third, advanced on a sacrifice and a passed ball, and then scored when Arkansas' Everett Thomas walked three men in a row. Jay Hankins, one of those walked, scored on a bad throw to first by Joe Kretschmer, Arkansas shortstop from Jefferson City.

MU All-Time No-Hitters

Norm Stewart
vs. Arkansas

Ernie Nevers-Don Miller-Ralph Schultz
vs. Washington (Mo)

Larry Bohannon
vs. Iowa State

Dennis Musgraves
vs. Kansas State

Steve Shockey
vs. Saint Louis

Craig Fitzpatrick
vs. Purdue

Dave Spreckles-Bob Baker
vs. Iowa

Jim Maddock
vs. Nebraska

Max Scherzer-Michael Cole
vs. Texas Tech