On June 25, 1999, St. Louis rookie Jose Jimenez entering the game with an 6+ ERA, faces only 28 batters and no-hits the Diamondbacks, 1 – 0. The Cardinal hurler is the first National League rookie since 1972 and the first Cardinal since 1983 to throw a hitless game. It is the first no-hitter of the season. The Cards score the lone run on a broken bat single with two outs in the 9th. Jimenez strikes out eight in the contest, while losing P Randy Johnson fans 14, including the 2500th of his career. Jimenez walks two and hits a batter in becoming the first rookie to toss a no-no since Wilson Alvarez in 1991.
Two months later, Jimenez’s fortune turns upside-down when he is sent to the minor leagues.