A’s hurler Henley no-hits Browns, 111 years ago today

Weldon Henley threw a Philadelphia Athletics no-hitter, 111 years ago today.

On July 22, 1905, during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader, Henley no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 6-0 win at St. Louis’ Robison Field.

The St. Louis Republic‘s story from the next morning called Henley a “magnificent specimen of the Southern lad,” saying he took rank with Christy Mathewson and Cy Young and “lifted himself from a mediocre place into the loftiest niche in American pitcherdom.”

He didn’t quite reach the marks set by those two, finishing with a 32-43 record but a respectable 2.94 ERA.

Singer, Bunning and Eason threw no-hitters on this date

Jim Bunning
Jim Bunning
The Los Angeles Dodgers Bill Singer, the Detroit Tigers’ Jim Bunning and the Brooklyn Superbas’ Mal Eason and all threw no-hitters on this date.

Singer threw his on July 20, 1970, against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium for a 5-0 win.

Bunning in 1958 threw his first of two no-hitters, blanking the Boston Red Sox 3-0 during the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Eason in 1906 no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2-0 win at Robison Field.

Indians’ Bosman no-hits A’s, 42 years ago today

Dick BosmanThe Cleveland Indians’ Dick Bosman threw a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics, 42 years ago today.

On Friday, July 19, 1974, at Cleveland Stadium, Bosman no-hit the A’s for a 4-0 win. He would have had a perfect game if not for his own error. With two outs in the fourth, the slow-footed Sal Bando dribbled a swinging bunt down the third base line. Bosman fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw pulled first baseman Tommy McCraw off the bag, and Bando had his base.

Bosman walked none and struck out four on the night.

Cone tosses perfecto at Yankee Stadium, 17 years ago today

The New York Yankees’ David Cone threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 17 years ago today.

It was Sunday, July 18, 1999, “Yogi Berra Day” at Yankee Stadium, as the Hall of Fame catcher made his triumphant return to the Bronx after a 14-year absence fueled by a dispute with owner George Steinbrenner.

Don Larsen, the only pitcher to toss a World Series perfect game, threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and Cone followed with 88 real pitches to retire 27 straight Expos.

Edwin Jackson flirts with no-no in first Padres start

Edwin Jackson nearly made San Diego Padres history Sunday afternoon, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing it on a Conor Gillaspie three-run homer.

Jackson, who threw a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, walked five batters in this contest before serving up the dinger. It was his first start for the Padres.

Six years earlier, the German-born journeyman pitcher needed 149 pitches to no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays for a 1-0 victory at Tropicana Field. The 26-year-old right-hander told Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch that it would take a hit to get him off the mound, and he completed the no-no by retiring Jason Bartlett on a groundout on pitch No. 149. We added him to our No-hitters … before they were Padres page.

Jackson’s effort marked the Padres deepest no-hit effort since May 5, when Colin Rea went 6⅔ innings against the New York Mets. That bid was ended by Yoenis Céspedes, who singled during a shift to the exact spot where the second baseman is normally stationed with two outs in the 7th inning.

Baseball’s first no-hitter, 140 years ago today

George Washington BradleyThe father of no-hitters, George Washington Bradley, threw baseball’s first no-no, 140 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 15, 1876, the 5-foot-10½-inch, lanky St. Louis Brown Stockings right-hander worked his way down the Hartford Dark Blues lineup during a one-hour-50-minute contest, striking out three batters while walking one. The Brown Stockings’ defense was of little help, committing eight errors, but St. Louis won the game 2-0.

Two other pitchers — both Hall of Famers — also through no-nos on this date.

On Monday, July 15, 1901, the New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 5-0 win at Robison Field. It was Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters.

And on Sunday, July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan threw the second of his major-league record seven no-hitters. Ryan, pitching for the California Angels, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.

Dodgers’ Martínez no-hits Marlins, 21 years ago today

Ramón Martínez threw a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 21 years ago.

Martínez no-hit the Florida Marlins on July 14, 1995 for a 7-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. The 6-foot-4 right-handed fastballer struck out eight and walked just one, and he didn’t throw a single breaking ball after the third inning.

Ramón’s brother Pedro never got an official no-hitter, but Pedro did pitch nine perfect innings against the San Diego Padres a month earlier in 1995 before losing his no-no in extra innings.

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BoSox’s Parnell no-hits ChiSox, 60 years ago today

Mel ParnellThe Boston Red Sox’s Mel Parnell no-hit the Chicago White Sox, 60 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 14, 1956, Parnell held the White Sox hitless while walking two and striking out four for a 4-0 win at Fenway Park.

Big accomplishment, right? Well, the 6-foot, 180-pound southpaw from New Orleans told the Boston Globe it didn’t mean a thing.

“I didn’t give a damn about a no-hitter,” Parnell told the Globe. “All I wanted to do was win the game.”

Then owner Tom Yawkey told Parnell the no-no earned him a $500 bonus, and it was more of “a thing.”

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