Hamilton throws Browns/Orioles’ first no-hitter, 103 years ago today

Earl Hamilton threw the first no-hitter for the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise, 103 years ago today.

On Friday, August 30, 1912, Hamilton no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the road at Navin Field for a 5-1 win. It was Ty Cobb who single-handedly killed Hamilton’s shutout. Cobb reached first on a fourth-inning walk, took second and third on a Crawford grounder booted by Browns’ second baseman Del Pratt and then took off for home when third baseman Jimmy Austin threw to second to catch Crawford. Cobb slid around catcher Walt Alexander on the return throw to the plate for the lone Tigers run.

Browns’ pitchers threw three more hitters, and the Orioles notched five while in Baltimore.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Hubert “Dutch” Leonard (Red Sox, 1916) and Lon Warneke (Cardinals, 1941).