Morris’ no-hitter gets Tigers’ historic ’84 season rolling
With wins in their first three games, Detroit was in the initial stages of a run that would take them to a remarkable 35-5 start to the season. And while no one could have predicted the Tigers’ incredible stretch of wins, Jack Morris gave the Game of the Week audience on April 7, 1984, a taste of what was to come by pitching a no-hitter.
He got some help from his manager, however, when Sparky Anderson put Dave Bergman in the game in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement for Barbaro Garbey at first base. With Luzinski on first and one out, Tom Paciorek hit a liner headed to right field that Bergman caught while leaping.
Then in the eighth inning, Bergman snagged a hot grounder hit by Jerry Hairston, falling to the ground before flipping the ball to Morris to record the force out.
“Any time someone is going for a no-hitter, you have to dive for balls,” Bergman told the AP. “I’m just happy for Jack that the ball went into my glove.”
The no-hitter was the fifth in Tigers history and the first since Jim Bunning’s gem on July 20, 1958. It also tied the then-record for the earliest no-hitter, originally set by Houston’s Ken Forsch on April 7, 1979, vs. the Braves.
“I had a few walks, and there was nervous moments,” Morris said. “But somehow, I weathered through it.”
The Tigers went on to win the World Series that season, completing one of the most dominant seasons in history.
Morris was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2018.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum