Anniversary of Walsh, Pearson no-nos

Today marks the anniversary of no-hitters thrown by the Chicago White Sox’s Ed Walsh (104 years) and the New York Yankees’ Monte Pearson (77 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 Cleveland Indians during the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 1938. The Yankees topped Cleveland 13-0.

Verlander nearly joins exclusive 3 no-hitter club

The Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander fell three outs short of throwing his third career no-hitter on Wednesday night, missing the milestone on Chris Iannetta’s ninth-inning double.

Verlander would have become only the sixth pitcher in baseball history to throw three no-nos, joining Larry Corcoran, Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan in the exclusive club. Koufax threw a fourth no-no (a perfect game), and Ryan threw a total of seven no-hitters

Verlander struck out nine and walked 2 to lead the Tigers to a 5-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

Verlander threw his first two no-nos against the Milwaukee Brewers in June 2007 and the Toronto Blue Jays in May 2011.

40th anniversary of Halicki’s no-no against the Mets

Today’s the 40th anniversary of San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Ed Halicki’s no-hitter against the New York Mets.

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.

Astros’ Fiers no-hits Dodgers for 292nd no-no in history

The Houston Astros’ Mike Fiers has thrown a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first no-no at Minute Maid Park.

Fiers walked three and struck out 10 on the night. Nolan Ryan was watching.

The last no-hitter thrown by the Astros was the first six-pitcher no-no in major league history. Roy Oswalt (1 inn.), Peter Munro (2 2/3 inn.), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 inn.), Brad Lidge (2 inn.), Octavio Dotel (1 inn.) and Billy Wagner (1 inn.) combined to no-hit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, June 11, 2003.

The last no-hitter thrown against the Dodgers was the Seattle Mariners tied that mark. The six-pitcher tandem of Kevin Millwood (6 inn.), Charlie Furbush (2/3 inn.), Stephen Pryor (1/3 inn.), Lucas Luetge (1/3 inn.), Brandon League (2/3 inn) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1 inn.), no-hit L.A. on Friday, June 8, 2012, at Safeco Field.

White Sox’s Keegan no-hits Senators, 57 years ago today

Bob Keegan threw a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox, 57 years ago today.

Keegan, starting the second game of Tuesday, August 20, 1957, doubleheader at Comiskey Park, no-hit the Washington Senators for a 6-0 win. Keegan walked two and struck out one.

Also on this date — 135 years ago — the Buffalo Bison’s Pud Galvin threw the first of his two no-hitters. On Friday, August 20, 1880, Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win at Buffalo’s Riverside Park.

Maloney tosses 10-inning no-no vs. Cubs, 50 years ago today

The Cincinnati Reds’ Jim Maloney threw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs, 50 years ago today.

Maloney, pitching the first game of a Thursday, August 19, 1965, doubleheader at Wrigley Field, no-hit the Cubs for nine innings. The Reds failed to score a run, so the game went into the top of the 10th, when Leo Cardenas hit a one-out homer off Larry Jackson. Maloney finished out the game to complete the 1-0 no-no.

Just two months earlier, Maloney threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the New York Mets only to lose the no-no, and game, in the 11th inning. Maloney did notch a second official career no-hitter in 1969.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this day — 135 years ago — is the Chicago White Stockings’ Larry Corcoran.

Corcoran on Thursday, August 19, 1880, no-hit the Boston Red Caps for a 6-0 win at Lake Front Park. It was his first of three career no-hitters, then a major league record.

Also today, a happy 109th birthday to James “Tex” Carleton, who threw a no-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940. Carleton, born August 19, 1906 in Comanche, Texas, no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field on Tuesday, April 30, 1940, for a 3-0 win.

55th anniversary of Burdette no-hitter

The Milwaukee Braves’ Lew Burdette threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies, 55 years ago today.

Burdette on Thursday, August 18, 1960 no-hit the Phillies at Milwaukee County Stadium for a 1-0 win. Tony Gonzalez became the lone Philadelphia base runner after Burdette hit him with a pitch in the fifth inning. Gonzalez was quickly sent back to the dugout when Lee Walls lined into a 5-3 double-play.

Burdette, who spent five years in the New York Yankees’ minor league system, is best known for his performance in the 1957 World Series. He beat the Yankees in Game 2, Game 5 and Game 7 to lead the Braves to a title and win the MVP.

Tannehill, Gross threw no-hitters on this date

The Boston Americans’ Jesse Tannehill and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kevin Gross threw no-hitters on this date.

Tannehill on Wednesday, August 17, 1904, no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 6-0 win at South Side Park. Tannehill walked one, hit a batter and struck out three to complete the third no-hitter in American League history.

Gross no-hit the San Francisco Giants on Monday, August 17, 1992, for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium. He retired 22 of the last 23 batters to complete the no-no.

Celebrating a no-no birthday today is Vern Bickford, who would have turned 95 today. Bickford on Friday, August 11, 1950, threw a no-hitter for the Boston Braves at Braves Field against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He died of cancer in 1960.

122nd anniversary of first 60-foot-6-inch no-hitter

Bill Hawke threw the first no-hitter at the current 60-foot-6-inch pitching distance, 122 years ago today.

Hawke, a starter for the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the NL Washington Senators on Wednesday, August 16, 1893 at Boundary Field. It was the first no-no since the National League extended the distance from 50 feet. The league also eliminated the pitching box in favor of a 12-inch-by-4-inch pitching rubber.

Also throwing a no-no on this date in 1915 is Miles “Alex” Main. a hurler for the Federal League’s Kansas City Packers. Main on Monday, August 16, 1915, no-hit the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues for a 5-0 win at Buffalo’s International Fair Association Grounds.

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