Ubaldo Jiménez in New Balance Spikes

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Ubaldo Jiménez Throws a No-Hitter in New Balance Spikes

The no-hitter is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports, with an average of around two per years. In total, 279 MLB pitchers have thrown no-hitters since 1875. On April 17, 2010 against the Atlanta Baves, Ubaldo Jiménez threw the first no-hitter in Colorado Rockies history. Out of the 31 batters Jiménez stared down, seven struck out and six were walked.

Not only was this the first no-hitter in Rockies history, but it was also the first in New Balance history. Ubaldo wore their baseball spikes for the big game, and the brand later gifted him with a custom pair of 1100 cleats to commemorate the achievement. These weren’t available to the public, but Jiménez would go on to wear them throughout the season.

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