Smith tosses first Negro American League no-no, 79 years ago today

Hilton Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001
Hilton Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001
Hilton Smith threw the first Negro American League no-hitter, 79 years ago today.

On May 16, 1937, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, Smith threw a no-no as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. The right-hander from Giddings, Texas no-hit the Chicago American Giants for a 4-0 win.

According to his SABR bio written by Ralph Berger, Smith became a school teacher after baseball and also worked for the Armco Steel Company in Kansas City as a foreman until 1978.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.