Jim Tobin, who threw a no-hitter for the Boston Braves in 1944, was born 103 years ago today.
The knuckleballer from Oakland no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 2-0 win at Braves Field on Thursday, April 27, 1944. Tobin had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when he added an insurance run with his own home run.
Only four other major league pitchers have hit a home run while throwing a no-hitter:
|13 of 287||Frank Mountain|
|Columbus Buckeyes (AA)|
|Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
|101 of 287||Wes Ferrell|
|Cleveland Indians (AL)|
|Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
|145 of 287||Earl Wilson|
|Boston Red Sox (AL)|
|Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
|179 of 287||Rick Wise (2 home runs)|
|Philadelphia Phillies (NL)|
|Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)
Tobin was no stranger to the home run. Just two years earlier, Tobin set a yet-to-be-duplicated mark by becoming the only pitcher to hit three home runs in game on Wednesday, May 13, 1942 — two off Chicago Cubs starter Jake Mooty and another off reliever Hi Bithorn.