(Editor's Note: Second in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)
The 21-year-old right-hander's knuckle curve was a pitch that New York hitters were apparently unfamiliar with and any of the butterflies Hooton had experienced in his major league debut - five walks and three hits allowed in 3 1/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 17 - were no longer present.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the Cubs leading 2-0, Hooton had allowed no hits, struck out 10 and had set down 16 consecutive hitters since issuing a walk to Ken Singleton in the second inning. But the no-hitter was broken up by a Mike Jorgensen single and the shutout went by the boards when Singleton launched a two-run, game-tying homer.
But Hooton seemed to quickly shake off the disappointment, striking out Duffy Dyer to end the seventh and setting the Mets down in order in the eighth.
A solo pinch homer by Billy Williams in the top of the ninth put the Cubs back in front and Hooton returned to the mound to complete his three-hit masterpiece in the bottom half.
Hooton's 15 strikeouts en route to his first major league win tied Dick Drott's 14-year-old club record.