Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters in major league history, tossed the first of those no-nos 77 years ago today.
The lefty from Prospect Park, New Jersey was a starter for the 1938 Cincinnati Reds. Pitching at Crosley Field on Saturday, June 11, Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees (Braves) for a 3-0 victory. In his next start four days later in Brooklyn, Vander Meer no-hit the Dodgers for a 6-0 win in Ebbets Field’s first ever night game.
The feat has never been duplicated. The San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston, who pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets on Tuesday, will make a go at tying Vander Meer’s record in his next scheduled start, Sunday against the Diamondbacks.