Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library

Happy 51st birthday, Juan Nieves

Nieves jerseyHappy 51st birthday to Juan Nieves, who threw the only no-hitter in Milwaukee Brewers history.

Nieves, who was born in the Santurce section of San Juan, is the first Puerto Rico-born pitcher to throw a major-league no-hitter. At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, April 15, 1987, Nieves no-hit the Orioles for a 7-0 win. The Brewers’ Robin Yount made a diving catch in right-center field for the final out.

Also born on this date in 1888 is George “Rube” Foster, who threw a Boston Red Sox no-hitter against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, June 21, 1916, at Fenway Park for a 2-0 win.

(Feature image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)