Ron Necciai (June 18, 1932 in Gallatin, Pennsylvania), is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1952 season. He batted and threw right-handed.
Necciai was called up to the Pirates when he was still 19. In his brief major league career, he posted a 1-6 record with 31 strikeouts and a 7.08 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched.
But Necciai is best remembered for the unique feat of striking out 27 batters in a nine-inning game .
On May 13, 1952, while playing for the Class-D Appalachian League Bristol Twins (not related in any way to the much later Minnesota Twins), Necciai struck out 27 batters while pitching a 7-0 no-hitter against the Welch Miners. Four of the Welch hitters did reach base on a walk, an error, a hit by pitch and a passed ball charged to Twins' catcher Harry Dunlop on a swinging third strike. But 27 outs were recorded that night via strikeout. Actually, there were four in the ninth inning, by Dunlop's miscue, and one batter was retired on a grounder in the second inning.
In his next start, Necciai threw a 24-strikeout two-hitter. In that season he struck out 109 hitters in 43 innings with Bristol, and a Carolina League-high 172 in 126 innings at Durham before getting the call to Pittsburgh.
Necciai, suffering from a severe attack of stomach ulcers, also was hampered by a torn rotator cuff injury, which at the time he played was a career-ending injury. He tried for three years to come back with the Pirates, but after a brief try in 1955, he gave up.