Happy birthday America … and George Mullin

It’s America’s birthday, and it’s also the 135th birthday of the Detroit Tigers’ George Mullin, who was born on July 4 and threw a no-hitter on July 4.

Mullin, born July 4, 1880, threw a no-hitter on his 32nd birthday — July 4, 1912 — during the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns at Navin Field. The Tigers won 7-0.

Also throwing an Independence Day no-hitter is the New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse, who no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 1-0 win in the first game of a July 4, 1908 doubleheader. Wiltse was perfect through 26 batters at the Polo Grounds before hitting George McQuillen with a pitch to kill the perfect game. He finished with a 10-inning no-hitter.

And also, as pointed out by Bob, we shpuld mention Dave Righetti’s 1983 July 4 no-no for tye New York Yankees.