Champagne order jinxes Farrell’s no-no, 27 years ago today

farrellcardThe Cleveland Indians’ John Farrell lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning, 27 years ago today.

Farrell, who is now the manager of the Boston Red Sox, was no-hitting the Kansas City Royals through eight on May 4, 1989, when the Royals’ Kevin Seitzer led off the ninth by dropping a fly ball the dropped inside the right-field line for a base hit.

A United Press International game story noted that Indians clubhouse manager Cy Buynak jinxed the no-no just before Seitzer’s hit by calling the Stadium Club restaurant to order three bottles of champagne.

“That was the whammy,” Stadium Club manager Jim Kerlin told UPI. “I told my assistant not to take them down.”

The bottles were apparently the same three bottles the Toronto Blue Jays called for when Dave Stieb took a no-no into the ninth in 1988. Stieb had four late-inning misses before finally getting his no-no in 1990.

Twins’ Liriano no-hits White Sox, 5 years ago today

liriano47Francisco Liriano threw the Minnesota Twins’ most recent no-hitter, five years ago today.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at U.S. Cellular Field, Liriano no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory. It was Liriano’s first shutout and his first complete game, including his time in the minors.

The southpaw from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, is now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Happy 30th birthday to Homer Bailey

bailey34Happy 30th birthday to Homer Bailey, the Cincinnati Reds hurler who tossed two no-nos in 2012 and 2013.

Bailey, who is still trying to return to the mound from Tommy John surgery, first no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, September 28, 2012 for a 1-0 win at PNC Park.

Less than a year later, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, Bailey no-hit the San Francisco Giants at home at Great American Ball Park for a 3-0 victory.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Bailey has had a slight setback in his push to return after developing some inflammation following a rehab outing.

Weaver no-hits Twins, 4 years ago today

weaverjerseyFour years ago today, the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver no-hit the Minnesota Twins for a 9-0 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Weaver walked just one batter, and the only other Twins player to reach base, Chris Parmelee, did so by striking out and running out a passed ball by Chris Iannetta.

Four years before his credited no-no, Weaver was involved in an unofficial no-no on the road against the crosstown Los Angeles Dodgers. Weaver threw six innings of no-hit ball on Saturday, June 28, 2008, but let the Dodgers take a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a couple of errors, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. Jose Arrendondo threw another two innings of no-hit ball, but the Angels never scored so the game was over after 8 1/2.

(Feature photo Angel Stadium Panorama by Bryce Edwards under license CC BY 2.0.)

Baseball’s only 9-inning double no-no, 99 years ago today

Today is the 99th anniversary of baseball’s only double nine-inning no-hitter.

James 'Hippo' Vaughn
James ‘Hippo’ Vaughn is not credited with an official no-no.

The Chicago Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney each held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball at Weeghman Park on Wednesday, May 2, 1917. The game went to the 10th, and the Reds scored on a single, an error and a error on a swinging bunt. Toney got the no-no and the 1-0 victory, but Vaughn had to settle for a stellar performance that’s not recognized as an official no-hitter.

Also on this date in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver no-hit the Minnesota Twins for a 9-0 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Today is the 25th anniversary of Nolan Ryan’s 7th no-hitter

Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan threw his major league record seventh no-hitter, 25 years ago today.

Ryan, pitching for the Texas Rangers at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991, struck out 16 Blue Jays and held the others to no hits as the Rangers topped Toronto 3-0. Said Rangers pitching coach Tom House to the Dallas Morning News, the Blue Jays, “just got n the way of a train.”

Three other no-hitters were thrown on May 1 in other years – Al Atkinson, Johnny Lush and Don Wilson.

Here are the May Day no-nos:

21 of 295 Al Atkinson
  Philadelphia Athletics (AA)
  Saturday, May 1, 1886
Philadelphia Athletics 3, New York Metropolitans 2
Jefferson Street Grounds (Philadelphia)
(His second of two no-hitters)
53 of 287 Johnny Lush
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Brooklyn Superbas 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
170 of 295 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
225 of 295 Nolan Ryan
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Wednesday, May 1, 1991
Texas Rangers 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Arlington Stadium (Texas)
(His seventh of seven no-hitters, finalizing his major league record.)

Five no-hitters (one for a loss) thrown on this date

Steve Barber
Steve Barber
Five no-hitters have been thrown on this date (April 30), but only four of the pitchers (Charlie Robertson, James “Tex” Carleton, Bob Feller and Jim Maloney) also earned a victory. The Baltimore Orioles’ tandem of Steve Barber (8 2/3 in), Stu Miller (1/3 in) combined to throw a no-hit loss.

Here are the April 30 no-nos:

93 of 295 Charlie Robertson
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Sunday, April 30, 1922
Chicago White Sox 2, Detroit Tigers 0
Navin Field (Detroit)
(Perfect game)
110 of 295 James "Tex" Carleton
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1940
Brooklyn Dodgers 3, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
116 of 295 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of three no-hitters)
169 of 295 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Cincinnati Reds 10, Houston Astros 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
159 of 295 Steve Barber (8 2/3 inn.)
Stu Miller (1/3 inn.)
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Sunday, April 30, 1967 (First game of doubleheader)
Detroit Tigers 2, Baltimore Orioles 1
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
(Barber and Miller combine for a loss.)

Marlins fall short of combined no-no, starter Conley pulled with 2 out in 8th

The Miami Marlins just missed throwing baseball’s 296th no-hitter on Friday night, failing to get the final four outs for starter Adam Conley. Conley threw 7⅔ of no-hit ball against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park as the Marlins held on for a rocky 6-3 win.

Jose Urena (⅔) got the final out of the eighth inning after misplaying a ball on the first batter he faced. The play was generously ruled and E-1, and Urena properly played the second come-backer to escape the inning. He got the first out in the ninth before Jonathan Lucroy blooped a single to right to kill the combined no-no.

The game would have been the first in major-league history to feature both a no-hitter and a triple play.

In the top of the fifth with no out and two on, third-baseman Aaron Hill fielded a ball off the bat of Marcell Ozuna and started a 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple-play.

It would have been the sixth no-hitter in the Marlins’ 25-year history. The last was on Sunday, September 29, 2013, by Henderson Alvarez for a 1-0 win at Marlins Park. Alvarez launched into his celebrated his no-no celebration from the on-deck circle on a walk-off wild pitch.

The last no-hitter against the Brewers was on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, by the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander for a 4-0 Detroit win at Comerica Park.

Miller Park’s only no-no remains a neutral site no-no by the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano.

Conley was trying to become the third pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter while wearing the No. 61. The other two are Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett. If Conley and Urena could have notched a combined no-no, it would have been the first started by a No. 61 and completed by a No. 62.

In Seattle, the Kansas City Royals’ Kris Medlen took a no-hitter against the Mariners into the sixth inning before losing it on a Seth Smith lead-off homer.

Happy birthday Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters, threw two no-nos

Jesse 'Nip' Winters
Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters
Happy birthday to Jesse “Nip” Winters, who threw two Negro Leagues no-hitters.

Winters, born on this day in 1899 in Washington D.C., tossed his no-nos while pitching for the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and Hilldale.

Winters spent the final 30 years of his life until his death in 1971 in Hockessin, Delaware. The town honored him with a historical marker in 2015, according to the Hockessin Community News.

Here are Winters’ no-hitters:

1 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
  Wednesday, July 26, 1922
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 7, Indianapolis ABCs 1
(Winters’ first of two no-hitters on this list)
2 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1924 (first game of doubleheader)
Hilldale 2, Harrisburg Giants 0
(First Eastern Colored League no-hitter; Winters’s second of two no-hitters on this list)

Ferrell hits homer while tossing no-no, 85 years ago today

Wes Ferrell
Wes Ferrell
Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns and helped his cause with a homer, 85 years ago today.

On Wednesday, April 29, 1931 at Cleveland’s League Park, Ferrell no-hit the Browns for a 9-0 victory. Ferrell struck out eight while walking three and also contributed at the plate with a 2-for-4 day including a home run, a double and 4 RBIs.

Only three other pitchers have hit a homer while pitching a no-hitter (Rick Wise actually hit two). Here are those games:

1 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
(Tobin went 1-for-3 with an 8th-inning leadoff homer off Fritz Ostermueller, 1 RBI)
2 Earl Wilson
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(Wilson went 1-for-3 with a one-out homer off Bo Belinsky in the 3rd inning, 1 RBI)
3 Rick Wise
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)
(Wise went 2-for-3 with a 5th-inning, two-run homer off Ross Grimsley and an 8th innings solo shot off Clay Carroll, 3 RBIs)

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