|1962 MU Pitchers Larry Bohannon, Jim Cord, Rich Peterson|
A six-foot-one righthander from Sikeston showed Missouri fans what baseball is all about yesterday.■ 'Bo' Climaxes Comeback (The Maneater)
Larry Bohannon, who got the nod to start the final game in the Iowa State series, faced 22 Cyclones in rapid succession in a 3-0 near-perfect seven-inning no hitter.
"After the third inning I thought I had a chance," Bohannon said. "The guys on the bench let me know I had a no-hitter going about that time."
"I knew I wasn't facing many batters or tiring out. That's when I began to think maybe I could do it," the hurler said.
Bohannon had faced 14 Iowa State men in hour and two-thirds innings when third baseman George Hulett's overthrow to first spoiled the perfect game. The runner die don second and Bohannon disposed of the remaining seven men in quick order.
Few outstanding baseball pitchers can be found who have suffered broken pitching arms and then bounced back to reach even greater heights. And even fewer hurlers can be found whose arm still contains a metal pin used in the bone-mending process.
Yet Larry (Bo) Bohannon, the Missouri Tigers' ace righthander, has rebounded from just such an injury. Larry capped his brilliant comeback last Saturday with a sparkling no=hit, 3-0 victory over Iowa State, his third triumph of the young season.
Two years ago Larry was working in Brewer Fieldhouse when a winch slipped from his grasp and broke both forearms and his left wrist. Pins were required to aid the bones in healing. The pins still remain but, according to the Sikeston righthander, cause him very little distress in performing his mound duties.
And then, the following fall, Larry pitched so impressively in varsity batting drills that Coach John (Hi) Simmons named the gritty hurler his ace pitcher.