Jim Colborn gave Texas a peek at his act in 1973, but Saturday night he gave them a command performance.
The 30-year-old righthander pitched the major-league's first no-hitcher of 1977 as the Royals blanked the texas Rangers at Royals Stadium, 6-0. Colborn, now 5-3, faced just 28 batter, walking one and hitting another.
On May 9, 1973, Colborn pitched his only one-hitter - against Texas. Jeff Burroughs broke that one up with a fifth-inning homer off Colborn, who was then playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. Colborn was 20 games for the Brewers that season , but he struggled to three straight losing seasons before the Royals acquired him last winter in a five-player trade.
Outfielders Tom Poqutte and Al Cowens each made two sparkling fielding plays to preserve Colborn's no-hitter, while Fred Patek knocked in two Royal runs with a bunt single and a triple.
Colborn struck out six, and had a perfect game going before he hit Toby Harrah with a pitch with two out in the fifth inning. Harrah stole second, but Colborn struck out Bump Wills. Only one other Ranger reached second base against the 6-foot-1, 190-pound veteran.
The only other no-hitter at Royals Nolan Ryan in 1973.