Gail Eason Hopkins (born February 19, 1943) is a former baseball player and coach. he was a catcher and first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played from 1968-1974 with the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He subsequently played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Nankai Hawks in the Japanese Leagues.
In Nolan Ryan's first career no-hitter (May 15, 1973), Hopkins appeared as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th inning, and hit a bloop fly that Angels shortstop Rudy Meoli caught with a running catch. Ryan stated in his autobiography "Throwing Heat" that Hopkins' out was the closest he came to losing the no-hitter.
After his baseball career ended, he became a doctor and is currently on the board of directors for Ohio Valley University.
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