A happy 66th birthday to Burt Hooton, who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in just his fourth major-league start.
Hooton was just 22 when he tossed the April 16, 1972 no-no at Wrigley Field, leading the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hooton walked seven and struck out seven, and, according to the AP, a 16-mph wind blowing in helped keep the ball in the park for the Texas right-hander.
Cubs shortstop Don Kessinger saved the no-no in the third with a leaping catch of a Denny Doyle line drive, and outfielder Rick Monday snagged a Luzinski line drive at the left-center field wall in the seventh to keep it intact.
Lew Burdette, who threw a 1960 no-no for the Milwaukee Braves, died nine years ago today.
Burdette, born in Nitro, West Virginia in 1926, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, August 18, 1960, for a 1-0 win at Milwaukee County Stadium. His no-no was one of 203 victories over an 18-year career, and Burdette posted no less than 17 wins per season between 1956 and 1961. He was 80 when he died of lung cancer in 2007.
Burdette’s grandson Nolan Fontana plays in the Houston Astros organization. The infielder drove in 40 runs for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies in 2015.
Baseball lost another no-no pitcher on this date. Frank “Noodles” Hahn, who died on February 6, 1960, tossed a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, July 12, 1900, for a 4-0 win over the Phillies at League Park.
Happy 38th birthday to Devern Hansack, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2006.
Major League Baseball’s committee for statistical accuracy had already determined that rain-shortened no-nos were not official no-hitters, but Hansack made the most of his October 1, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season. He no-hit the O’s for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead. Umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain.
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor, who no-hit Satchel Paige’s Dominican All-Stars in 1937, was born 100 years ago today.
Taylor, a New York Cubans pitcher, was representing the Negro All-Star Team on Sunday, September 19, 1937, during a benefit All-Star game at the Polo Grounds. Taylor held Paige’s team hitless and issued just two bases on balls. Paige allowed two runs on eight hits, with the damaging one coming on a two-run home run by Jim West in the eighth inning.
Taylor, a native of Hartford, holds the Connecticut state record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. In his final high school game in 1933, Taylor fanned 25 batters in a game on June 2, 1933, Taylor, according to the Hartford Courant.
Syndey Blue Sox pitcher David Welch threw the first no-hitter in the history of the new Australian Baseball League, five years ago today.
On Feb. 4, 2011, in Game 1 of a best-of-three playoff series, Welch no-hit the Adelaide Bite for an 8-0 win in front of 1,162 fans at Blacktown Olympic Park. The 27-year-old southpaw walked three batters while striking out 10.
This year’s ABL Championship is set to begin Friday with the Brisbane Bandits hosting the Adelaide Bite in a best-of-three series. The Bite advanced to face first-place Brisbane after topping the Canberra Cavalry with a 9-2 victory in the deciding game of the preliminary round.
Welch’s 2011 playoff performance was actually the third time he had been a part of a no-hitter during his pro career. On Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, Welch threw two innings of a four-pitcher no-hitter for the Helena Brewers during the Pioneer League squad’s 11-0 win over the Billings Mustangs.
Welch followed that with a AA seven-inning no-hitter on June 2, 2008 — his 25th birthday — leading his Huntsville Stars to victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts.
But the Aussie right-hander never was able to take his no-no prowess to the show, and Welch returned to his home country after playing four games of the 2010 season in the Mexican League. He retired from the game in July 2011, five months after his ABL playoff no-no.
You can view our list of Australian no-hitters, and also check out some of our other international no-hitters lists we’ve recently added to the site.
Lou Criger, Cy Young’s favorite catcher who caught two of his no-hitters, was born 144 years ago today.
Criger caught Young’s 1897 no-no for the Cleveland Spiders during the opening game of a September 18 doubleheader at Cleveland’s League Park. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0. Criger was also behind the plate for Young’s May 5, 1904, perfect game for the Boston Americans against the Philadelphia Athletics at Huntington Avenue Grounds.
The legendary battery was disconnected in 1908 when Boston traded Criger to the Cleveland Naps.
Although it’s not an official no-hitter, Criger also caught New York Highlanders pitcher Tom Hughes’s 1910 no-hitter through nine. Hughes lost that no-no in the 10th and the game in the 11th.
Happy 48th birthday to Scott Erickson, who threw a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins in 1994.
Erickson had been struggling when he took the ball on Wednesday, April 27, 1994, entering the game with a 7.48 ERA. But he treated the 18,000 fans at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome by no-hitting Milwaukee Brewers for a 6-0 win, walking four and striking out five.
Erickson’s gem was only the second no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers, coming 20 years after the Kansas City Royals’ Steve Busby no-hit Milwaukee on June 19, 1974.
It was also the first no-no in the Metrodome, which had a reputation as a hitter’s park. The dome saw just one other no-hitter during its history from 1982 to 2009 – Eric Milton’s 7-0 no-hitter against the Anaheim Angels in 1999.
Wes Ferrell, who tossed a Cleveland Indians no-hitter in 1931 while driving in four runs, was born 108 years ago today.
On Wednesday, April 29, 1931, Ferrell held the St. Louis Browns hitless at Cleveland’s League Park for a 9-0 win. He was just as impressive at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a two-RBI home run and a two-RBI double.
Ferrell struck out eight and walked three. The other Brownie base runner was Wes’ brother Rick Ferrell (the St. Louis catcher), who reached base in the eighth inning on shortstop Bill Hunnefield’s error.