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Ohr-O'Keefe Museum remembers Chris Taranto's record-setting year

OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART 
 Barry Lyons, with Stephen Taranto, brother of Chris Taranto, with part of the Chris Taranto display at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum.
OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART Barry Lyons, with Stephen Taranto, brother of Chris Taranto, with part of the Chris Taranto display at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum.

Fifty-five years ago Thursday, Notre Dame baseball star Chris Taranto appeared in Life Magazine for setting a national High School record with six consecutive no-hitters in 1961. Taranto finished his senior campaign with nine no-hitters.

Taranto's incredible senior year was prominently displayed in a three-page spread in the May 19, 1961, issue of Life Magazine. Life Magazine planned to do a cover story on Taranto, but he was bumped inside because astronaut Alan Shepherd became the first American in space.

Taranto's record of six straight no-hitters stood for 28 years until Tom Engle of Ohio tied the mark in 1989. But Taranto's nine no-hitters for the season and 12 career no-hitters are still national records.

Taranto, who died two years ago, was inducted into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

A display of Taranto's record-breaking season can be seen at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, most of it provided by his younger brother, Stephen Taranto.

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