A busy day for no-hitter birthdays, with Ed Lafitte, Tom Phoebus and Bill Stoneman born on this day.
Lafitte, born on this day in 1886, began his career with the Detroit Tigers. He moved over to the competing Federal League in 1914 and was pitching for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops when he threw his no-hitter against the Kansas City Packers during the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, September 19, 1914 at Brooklyn’s Washington Park.
Phoebus, a Baltimore native who turns 73 today, tossed a no-no for his hometown Orioles on Saturday, April 27, 1968 at Memorial Stadium. The O’s topped the Boston Red Sox in that game 6-0.
Stoneman, now 71, threw two no-hitters for the Montreal Expos. His first came in the club’s ninth game, as Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, April 17, 1969 at Connie Mack Stadium. His second came during the first game of a Parc Jarry doubleheader on Monday, October 2, 1972, as the Expos topped the New York Mets 7-0.