Eckersley no-hits Angels, 39 years ago today

eckersleyThe Cleveland Indians’ Dennis Eckersley threw a no-hitter against the California Angels, 39 years ago today.

On Monday, May 30, 1977, Eckersely walked just one batter at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians topped the Angels 1-0. Eckersley, who also pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s, now does some studio work for NESN.

Halladay throws perfect game, 6 years ago today

doctobercolorThe Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, six years ago today.

On Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium, Halladay sent every Marlins batter he faced back to the dugout, and a lone unearned run in the third was all the Phillies needed to defeat Florida 1-0.

Halladay added a second no-hitter in the 2010 postseason, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in the first game of the National League Divisional Series.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is Ed Morris, who tossed one for the American Association’s Columbus Buckeyes 132 years ago today. On Thursday, May 29, 1884 at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park, Morris shut down the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 5-0, no-hit win.

Alexander pitches for final time, 86 years ago today

The winningest pitcher to not throw a no-hitter played his last major-league game, 86 years ago today.

Grover Cleveland Alexander
Grover Cleveland Alexander

On May 28, 1930, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Grover Cleveland Alexander finished out his career with a relief appearance during the team’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Braves. The Phils were already down 3-1 at Braves Field when Alexander came in and pitched two innings, giving up two runs and two hits.

Alexander compiled a 373-208 record with a 2.56 ERA over a 20-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. He returned to the Phillies for the 1930 season, but only added three losses to his record before hanging up the cleats.

“Ol’ Pete” came close to a no-no in 1915. He was dominating the St. Louis Cardinals on June 5, 1915, and was one out away from a no-hitter when Cardinals shortstop Artie Butler popped a single into short center field. Alexander held on for a 3-0 complete-game one-hit shutout. It was the first of his four career one-hitters.

Terry’s tosses 2nd no-no, 128 years ago today

Adonis Terry
Adonis Terry
Brooklyn’s Adonis Terry threw the second of his two no-hitters, 128 years ago today.

On Sunday, May 27, 1888, Terry no-hit Louisville at Brooklyn’s Ridgewood Park to give the
Bridegrooms a 4-0 win over the Colonels.

His first no-no came on Saturday, July 24, 1886, when Terry no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 1-0 win at the Brooklyn Grays’ new home of Washington Park.

Haddix tosses 12 perfect innings and loses, 57 years ago today

Harvey Haddix
Harvey Haddix
Today marks the 57th anniversary of what is perhaps the greatest baseball game ever thrown by a pitcher.

On May 26, 1959, in Harvey Haddix’s first season with the Pirates, the Medway, Ohio southpaw retired 36 Milwaukee Braves batters for a perfect game through 12 innings, but his team couldn’t score. Haddix lost the perfect game when Don Hoak threw a routine grounder in the dirt, then lost the no-hitter and the game when Joe Adcock launched a ball over the right-center field fence.

Haddix was later immortalized by The Baseball Project, which asks in its chrous, “Why don’t we add ‘ol Harvey to the list?”

Happy 66th birthday, John Montefusco

John Montefusco
John Montefusco
Happy 66th birthday to John Montefusco, who threw a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants in 1976.

On Wednesday, September 29, 1976, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, “The Count” no-hit the Atlanta Braves for a 9-0 win. Montefusco struck out four and allowed just one base runner, issuing a fourth-inning walk to Jerry Royster.

A’s pitcher Atkinson no-hits Pittsburgh, 132 years ago today

At Atkinson
At Atkinson
The Philadelphia Athletics’ Al Atkinson no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates), 132 years ago today.

On Saturday, May 24, 1884, in an American Association match-up at Philadelphia’s Recreation Park, Atkinson notched his first-of two no-nos for a 10-1 victory.

The right-hander from Clinton, Illinois, who also played outfield for the A’s, threw his second no-no against the New York Metropolitans at Jefferson Street Grounds on Saturday, May 1, 1886.

Phillies’ Green no-hits Expos, 25 years ago today

Tommy Greene
Tommy Greene
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Tommy Greene threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 25 years ago today.

On Thursday, May 23, 1991, Greene no-hit the Expos for a 2-0 win at Olympic Stadium. Greene struck out 10 but walked seven batters, needing 130 pitches to complete the no-no. Five days later, Greene threw a complete-game three-hit shutout against the Expos, striking out nine while walking none for a 12-0 win at Veterans Stadium.

Happy birthday Jordan Zimmermann, ‘Deacon’ Phillippe

Charles "Deacon" Phillippe
Charles “Deacon” Phillippe
Happy 30th birthday to the Detroit Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins for a 1-0 victory at Nationals Park. It was the first no-hitter for the Nationals franchise since its move from Montreal to D.C. (Expos pitchers tossed four no-hitters.)

Also born on this date, 144 years ago today, is Charles “Deacon” Phillippe, who tossed a no-hitter for the National League’s Louisville Colonels on Thursday, May 25, 1899. Phillippe no-hit the New York Giants for a 7-0 at Louisville’s Eclipse Park.

Monarchs’ Eugene Marvin Collins no-hits Eagles, 67 years ago today

My autographed photo of Gene Collins.
My autographed photo of Gene Collins.
The Kansas City Monarchs’ Eugene Marvin Collins threw what is considered to be the final no-hitter in major Negro Leagues history, 67 years ago today.

On Sunday, May 22, 1949, Collins no-hit the Houston (relocated from Newark) Eagles for a 14-0 victory that may have been called early due to the mercy rule. Collins, a Kansas City native, was later signed by the Chicago White Sox but didn’t make it out of the minors. He also played in the Mexican League.

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