‘Honest’ John Clapp, caught first no-hitter, died 111 years ago today

"Honest" John Clapp
“Honest” John Clapp
“Honest” John Clapp, who caught the major’s first officially recognized no-hitter in 1876, died 111 years ago today.

Clapp, the catcher for the National League’s St. Louis Brown Stockings, was behind the plate for George Washington Bradley’s 2-0 no-no over the Hartford Dark Blues at St. Louis’ Grand Avenue Ball Grounds on Saturday, July 15, 1876.

Clapp, an Ithaca, New York-native who played in the NL from 1872-1883, batted .305 during the 1876 season.