Cubs’ Lavender no-hits Giants, 101 years ago today

Jimmy Lavender
Jimmy Lavender
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender’s no-hit the New York Giants, 101 years ago today

Lavender’s gem came during the first game of a Tuesday, August 31, 1915 doubleheader at the Polo Grounds.

The Giants’ Fred Merkle, immortalized by a 1908 baserunning blunder that became known as “Merkle’s Boner,” was the only New Yorker to reach first base this game. He took first once on a second-inning error by Bob Fisher and another time on Lavender’s only walk in the eighth. Merkle never reached second.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Chicago White Sox’s Vern Kennedy, who no-hit the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, August 31, 1935 at Comiskey Park — 80 years ago today.

100th anniversary of ‘Dutch’ Leonard’s Red Sox no-no

dutchleonardwebToday’s the 100th anniversary of “Dutch” Leonard’s first Boston Red Sox no-hitter.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1916, Leonard no-hit the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park for a 4-0 win. Leonard walked just two late batters, holding on to the perfect game until the eighth inning. He added his second no-hitter two years later.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are the St. Louis Browns’ Earl Hamilton (1912), the St. Louis Cardinals’ Lon Warneke (1941) and the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta (2015).

On Friday, August 30, 1912, Hamilton no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the road at Navin Field for a 5-1 win. It was Ty Cobb who single-handedly killed Hamilton’s shutout. Cobb reached first on a fourth-inning walk, took second and third on a grounder booted by Browns’ second baseman Del Pratt and snagged home on an attempted steal of second. Cobb took off on catcher Walt Alexander’s throw to second, then slid around Alexander on the return throw to the plate.

On Saturday, August 30, 1941, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Warneke no-hit the Reds for a 2-0 win. Warneke walked just one batter and the AP in its report said Warneke was backed by a strong defense.

“They stopped almost everything, and some of the balls were tagged for greener pastures,” the wire story noted.

At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, August 30, 2015, Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 2-0 win. Arrieta walked just one and fanned 12, blazing through the ninth inning by striking out the side. The only other Dodgers base runner reached on a Starlin Castro error in the third inning, but Castro redeemed himself by reaching out for a liner with two outs in the seventh to save Arrieta’s no-no.

Ferguson throws Philadelphia’s first no-hitter, 131 years ago today

Charlie Ferguson threw the first no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, 131 years ago today.

Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies' first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.
Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies’ first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.

Ferguson, pitching for the Philadelphia Quakers on Saturday, August 29, 1885 at home at Recreation Park, no-hit the National League’s Providence Grays for a 1-0 win. The Reading Times noted a rivalry between Quakers pitchers Ferguson and Ed Daily, who held Providence to two hits the day before.

“Both are doing remarkably fine work just at present,” the paper noted, “but Ferguson’s achievement Saturday of retiring the Providence club without a hit ranks as first.”

The two hurlers pitched quite similarly over the 1885 season. Ferguson posted a 26-20 record with a 2.22 ERA, while Daily notched a 26-23 record with a 2.21 ERA.

White Sox’s Walsh, Yankees’ Pearson threw no-nos on this date

Monte Pearson, pictured here, and Ed Walsh, pictured above, threw no-hitters on this date.
Monte Pearson, pictured here, and Ed Walsh, pictured above, threw no-hitters on this date.
Today marks the anniversary of no-hitters thrown by the Chicago White Sox’s Ed Walsh (105 years) and the New York Yankees’ Monte Pearson (78 years).

Waslsh no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 5-0 win at Comiskey Park on Sunday, August 27, 1911,

Pearson threw his no-no against the Indians during the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 1938. The Yankees topped Cleveland 13-0.

Chicago American Giants’ Wickware no-hits ABCs, 102 years ago today

Frank Wickware threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants, 102 years ago today.

On Wednesday, August 26, 1914, Wickware no-hit the Indianapolis ABCs for a 1-0 win.

According to Wickware’s SABR bio written by Stephen V. Rice, Wickware allowed just one base runner. The ABCs’ George Shively led off the game by drawing a walk and was thrown out trying to steal second. Wickware then retired the next 26 batters for the nearly perfect game..

Giants’ Moore misses no-no by one out on bloop single

The San Francisco Giants’ Matt Moore came one out away from a no-hitter Thursday night before yielding a bloop single to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager — on Corey Seager bobblehead night at Chavez Ravine.

Moore reached 133 pitches, so once the no-no was off the board, pitching coach Dave Righetti (who is no stranger to no-nos) called to the bullpen for Santiago Castilla. Castilla threw one pitch to secure the 4-0 shutout.

The Giants were trying to become the first team to throw no-hitters in five consecutive seasons. They’ve done it over the last four years:

1 Matt Cain
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  pg100Wednesday, June 13, 2012
San Francisco Giants 10, Houston Astros 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(Perfect game)
2 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Saturday, July 13, 2013
San Francisco Giants 9, San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park (San Diego)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
San Francisco Giants 4, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(His second of two no-hitters; Lincecum becomes only pitcher since Addie Joss to no-hit the same team twice.)
4 Chris Heston
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
San Francisco Giants 5, New York Mets 0
Citi Field (New York)

The only other team to throw no-hitters in four consecutive seasons is the Dodgers, and they were all by Sandy Koufax (1962, ’63, ’64, ’65).

Twins’ Dean Chance no-hits Indians, 49 years ago today

Dean ChanceDean Chance threw a complete-game no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins 49 years ago today, just 19 days after throwing a rain-shortened perfect game.

Chance no-hit the Cleveland Indians during the second game of a Friday doubleheader on August 25, 1967, for a 2-1 win at Cleveland Stadium. Chance yielded an earned run in the first inning on two walks, an error and a wild pitch. He settled down and scattered three walks over the next eight innings, striking out a total of eight batters.

Just four starts earlier, on Thursday, August 6, 1967, Chance retired the only 15 Boston Red Sox batters he faced at Metropolitan Stadium for a 2-0 rain-shortened victory. Such games were considered official no-hitters until 1991.

Chance died in October at the age of 74.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Detroit Tigers’ Virgil Trucks. On Monday, August 25, 1952, trucks no-hit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium for a 1-0 win. It was Trucks’ second no-no.

Gary Thorne on ‘Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders’

Gary Thorne, MASN’s play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, just posted an amazing review of “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders” on his Hitting the Books blog.

I’m extremely humbled and honored by the review and so thankful he enjoyed it and appreciated the research. The text version of the review can be found on his blog at

As a Mets fan, I of course first started listening to Thorne when he was doing a four-year radio stint with the New York Mets in the mid-1980s. To me, his voice is synonymous with playoff hockey, and I loved when it was Thorne and Bill Clement teaming for the EA NHL hockey video games.

Giants’ Halicki no-hits Mets, 41 years ago today

The San Francisco Giants’ Ed Halicki tossed a no-hitter against the New York Mets, 41 years ago today.

The Mets actually had 12 hits on August 24, 1975, the day that Halicki hurled his no-no at Candlestick Park. Unfortunately, all 12 hits came in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mets won the opener 9-5, thanks in part to a fifth-inning Grand Slam by Dave Kingman.

Halicki struck out 10 and walked two in the nightcap, which turned a bit controversial in the fifth inning when the Mets’ Rusty Staub hit a line drive up the middle.

The ball ricocheted off of Halicki’ shin and rolled to second baseman Derrel Thomas. Thomas bobbled it before throwing to first, allowing the far-from-fleet-footed Grande L’Orange to beat the throw. The official scorer received cheers when he ruled the play an E-4, a call that New York Daily News columnist Dick Young took issue with. Halicki has since said he thought the call was correct.

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