Geggus’ Nationals no-hitter called after 8 innings, 132 years ago today

Charlie Geggus threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter that’s not considered official, 132 years ago today.

Geggus, pitching for the Union Association club on the Capitol Grounds on Thursday, August 21, 1884, no-hit the Wilmington Quicksteps through eight innings and held a 12-1 lead when the game was called by consent. In 1991, MLB’s Committee for Statistical Accuracy established the first official definition of a no-hitter that required a full nine innings, knocking Geggus’ performance and nearly 50 more off the record books.

Two official no-nos were thrown on this date, both for Chicago teams.

The Chicago Oprhans’ Walter Thornton no-hit the Brooklyn Bridegrooms during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at West Side Park on August 21, 1898, for a 2-0 win. And the Chicago White Sox’s Ted Lyons no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, August 21, 1926, for a 6-0 win.