Maloney was a catcher's dream.
- Reds catcher Johnny Edwards who used a golf glove and a sponge to ease the sting of Maloney's fastball. Maloney's speed pitch was clocked as high as 99.5 MPH.
Jim Maloney was born in Fresno, California, in 1940, and he appeared in his first Major League game with the Reds in 1960. Sporting a blazing fastball, Maloney would go down in history as one of the greatest pitchers ever to wear a Reds uniform. In 1963, he tied a Reds record by striking out 16 batters in one game, and two years later, he fanned 18 Mets in an 11-inning game. However, the aforementioned contest with New York was a heartbreaker for Maloney. He had no-hit the Mets through 10 innings, but the Reds couldn't dent the plate that night at Crosley Field. Maloney surrendered a lead-off 11th inning home run and lost the game, 1-0. Later that same season, he found himself in a similar spot against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Through nine innings, Maloney had not given up a hit and the Reds had not been able to score. But in the top of the 10th, Leo Cardenas hit a solo home run staking Maloney to a 1-0 lead. After giving up a lead off walk in the bottom of the inning, Maloney got Billy Williams to fly out to left for out number one. He then induced Ernie Banks to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game, giving Maloney his first unblemished no-hitter.
On April 30, 1969, Maloney showed that he still could bring it with the best of them, taking a no-hitter into the ninth at Crosley Field against the Houston Astros. This time, his teammates provided ample help by staking Maloney to an 8-0 lead after four innings, and a 10-0 lead after eight. After walking Jimmy Wynn with two outs in the ninth, Maloney fanned Doug Rader for yet another no-hit game. (Interestingly, the Reds were no-hit by the Astros' Don Wilson in the very next game). Maloney led the Reds in strikeouts for five seasons, complete games for three seasons, and tied for the league lead in shutouts with 5 in 1966. Among his other accomplishments were team highs in wins with 23 in 1963 and 16 in 1966 and 1968. When his career was over, Maloney ranked number one all-time in Reds history with 1592 strikeouts and fifth in wins with 134. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1973.