‘Ice Box’ Chamberlain born on this day

Elton Ice Box ChamberlainElton “Ice Box” Chamberlain, who threw a 7-inning darkness-shortened no-hitter in 1893, was born 148 years ago today.

Chamberlain threw his unofficial no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, September 23, 1893, during the second game of doubleheader at League Park. The 6-0 game against the Boston Beaneaters was called after 7 innings when the light ran out.

According to Chamberlain’s SABR bio written by Charles F. Faber, baseball writers dubbed him Ice Box “for the ice water that flowed through his veins.”