105th anniversary of Joss’ 2nd no-no

Cleveland Naps pitcher Addie Joss, Bain News Service, 1910, LC-DIG-ggbain-08196.
Addie Joss
The Cleveland Naps’ (Indians’) Addie Joss threw the second of his two no-hitters 105 years ago today.

Joss on Wednesday, April 20, 1910 no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at South Side Park.

It was his second no-no against Chicago. On Friday, October 2, 1908, Joss threw a perfect game against the White Sox at home at League Park.

With the pair of gems, Joss became the first person to throw two no-hitters against the same team. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum duplicated the feat in 2013 and 2014, no-hitting the San Diego Padres in each.)

New Jersey’s first MLB game

Aerial photo of Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
Aerial photo of Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
Today is the 59th anniversary of New Jersey’s first major league baseball game.

The Brooklyn Dodgers played 15 regular-season games at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium during the 1956 and 1957 seasons.

The first was on April 19, 1956, and the Dodgers topped the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 5-4 win in an error-filled game (5 errors for the Dodgers, 3 for the Phillies). Just over 12,000 fans watched the game.

The Dodgers actually went 6-1 at Roosevelt Stadium in 1956 and clinched the National League pennant, but the team lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, thanks in part to Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5.

Buerhle tosses first no-no, 8 years ago today

Eight years ago today, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle tossed his first of two no-hitters. Buehrle on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

Two years later, on Thursday, July 23, 2009, Buehrle pitched a 5-0 perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at home.

Happy birthday Henderson Alvarez

Happy 25th birthday to the Miami Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez, who ended the 2013 season with a no-hitter.

Alvarez, who is currently on the disabled list with shoulder and elbow discomfort, no-hit the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Marlins Park.

The game was tied at 0 in the bottom of the ninth when the winning run scored on a walk-off wild pitch.

Jiménez ejected from a no-no in progress

Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez on Friday night in the middle of him throwing a no-hitter. Granted it was only the fourth inning, but I don’t recall ever seeing that before.

Jiménez hit Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game, and Baker surmised that the pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game.

In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.

Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.

Jiménez tossed a no-hitter in 2010 – the first in Colorado Rockies history:

  Ubaldo Jiménez
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)

Happy birthday to Charlie Ferguson, threw Philadelphia’s first no-no

Happy birthday to Charlie Ferguson, who threw the Philadelphia Phillies franchise’s 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.
Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies’ first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.

Ferguson, born 152 years ago today, no-hit the National League’s Providence Grays on Saturday, August 29, 1885 at Philadelphia’s Recreation Park.

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.

Nats/Expos, Rockies franchises celebrate anniversary of first no-nos

The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies franchises are celebrating anniversaries of their first no-hitters today.

Forty-six years ago today, on April 17, 1969, Montreal’s Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium in the Expos’ ninth game. It’s the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list.

Five years ago today, on April 17, 2010, Ubaldo Jimenez lifted the Rockies out of the no no-no club by throwing a 4-0 no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in the Rockies franchise’s 20th season.

75th anniversary of Feller’s Opening Day no-no

Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Today is the 75th anniversary of baseball’s only Opening Day no-hitter.

Twenty-one-year-old Bob Feller used his “heater from Van Meter” fastball on April 16, 1940 to mow down eight White Sox batters as the Cleveland Indians topped Chicago 1-0. Feller’s parents and sister, Marguerite, were among the 14,000 fans at Chicago’s Comiskey Park that afternoon.

“I knew I had a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth,” Feller told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “but I tried to put the thought out of my mind by reminding myself you never have a no-hitter until the last man is out.”

Feller threw two additional no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for a major league record that would later be broken by Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan:

2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)

Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
Feller nearly had some company on April 16, 1940. With all 16 teams in action, Boston Red Sox southpaw Lefty Grove took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was broken up with a single by the Washington Senators’ Cecil Travis. Grove retired the game’s first 21 batters but lost the perfecto on an eighth-inning error. He settled for a two-hit 1-0 complete-game shutout.

Asked by an AP reporter if he was disappointed by Travis’ single, Grove said, “No. No-hitters are bad luck.”

Two other no-hitters were thrown on the date of April 16:

1 Burt Hooton
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)

Happy birthday, ‘Dutch’ Leonard

dutchleonardwebSending out birthday wishes to the Boston Red Sox’ Hubert "Dutch" Leonard, who threw no-hitters in 1916 and 1918.

Leonard, born 123 years ago today, first no-hit the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 30, 1916 for a 4-0 win. On Monday, June 3, 1918 on the road at Navin Field, Leonard no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 victory.

Leonard holds the modern-era record for the lowest single-season ERA, holding opposing batters to an amazing 0.96 runs per nine innings in 1914.

League celebrates Jackie Robinson

jackierobinsoncomicwebToday marks the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the major leagues color barrier.

Robinson on April 15, 1947 made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base and going 0-3 with a run scored. He batted .297 that season to take Rookie of the Year honors.

Robinson’s iconic No. 42, retired throughout baseball, will be worn by every major league player today, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners for tonight’s Civil Rights Game. Jackie’s widow, Rachel Robinson, and Hall of Fame southpaw Sandy Koufax are expected to participate in the first-pitch ceremony.

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