Phillies’ no-hitter items headed to Cooperstown
Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58), relief pitcher Ken Giles (53), relief pitcher Jake Diekman (63), and starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) are interviewed after a combined no hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
A Cole Hamels game-worn hat. A Phillies game-used ball. A signed Ryne Sandberg lineup card.
Any Philadelphia Phillies fan would want all of the above in their collection, but after the club no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Labor Day it was Cooperstown who requested the memorabilia.
Any no-hitter is historic in its own right and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum took notice to the Phillies’ performance Monday. As a result the items will be going on display.
The no-no was the 12th in the history of the Philadelphia franchise. It was, however, the first combined no-hitter for the Phillies. Hamels started the game and went six innings while relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each contributed one inning.
For Diekman, the experience was clearly a high point in his young career. Thursday he was active on social media to celebrate it as part of “Throwback Thursday.”
The Braves will be digging the rubber from Turner Field’s mound to give it to the Phillies once the season is over.