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Happy birthday Hilldale no-no thrower Phil Cockrell

philcockrellToday would be the 121st birthday of Negro Leagues pitcher Phil Cockrell, who threw two documented no-hitters for Darby, Pennsylvania-based Hilldale in the 1920s.

On Sept. 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win. On Saturday, August 19, 1922, Cockrell followed that gem with a 5-0 no-hitter over the Chicago American Giants.

Cockrell, who was born in Augusta, Georgia, on July 9, 1895, later umpired and lived in Philadelphia after his baseball career. He was gunned down while walking out of a Philadelphia a bar on March 31, 1951, by a jealous husband in a case of mistaken identity.