As Chicago Cubs fans celebrate Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, we also commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender’s no-hitter against the New York Giants.
Lavender’s gem came during the first game of a Tuesday, August 31, 1915 doubleheader at the Polo Grounds.
The Giants’ Fred Merkle, immortalized by a 1908 baserunning blunder that became known as “Merkle’s Boner,” was the only New Yorker to reach first base this game—once on a second-inning error by Bob Fisher and another on Lavender’s only walk in the eighth. Merkle never reached second.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Chicago White Sox’s Vern Kennedy, who no-hit the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, August 31, 1935 at Comiskey Park — 80 years ago today.
Happy 47th birthday to Hideo Nomo, the only pitcher to throw no-hitters before and after stints with the New York Mets.
Nomo, born August 31, 1968, in Osaka, Japan, notched his first no-no as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, September 17, 1996 at Coors Field. The Dodgers topped the Rockies 9-0.
Nomo’s second no-no came with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, April 4, 2001, when the Sox topped the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 at Camden Yards.
In between those no-hitters, Nomo appeared in 17 games with the Mets, posting a 4-5 record with a 4.82 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta has thrown the majors’ 293rd no-hitter, blanking the Cubs for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium.
Arrieta walked just one and fanned 12 on the night, blazing through the ninth inning by striking out the side. The only other Dodgers base runner reached on a Starlin Castro error in the third inning. But Castro reached out for a liner with two outs in the seventh to save Arrieta’s no-no.
Arrieta told ESPN’s Buster Olney in a post-game interview that his stuff was good and he commanded the ball well. He had reached the late innings before with a no-no intact before, but never the ninth.
“It was kind of familiar territory until I got to the ninth,” he said just before teammates doused him with a bucket of Gatorade.
The Dodgers were last no-hit just nine days earlier by the Houston Astros’ Mike Fiers, who dominated the team at Minute Maid Park on August 21 for a 3-0 win.
The last Cubs’ no-hitter was Carlos Zambrano’s neutral site no-no on September 14, 2008. against the Houston Astros at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Earl Hamilton threw the first no-hitter for the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise, 103 years ago today.
On Friday, August 30, 1912, Hamilton no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the road at Navin Field for a 5-1 win. It was Ty Cobb who single-handedly killed Hamilton’s shutout. Cobb reached first on a fourth-inning walk, took second and third on a grounder booted by Browns’ second baseman Del Pratt and snagged home on an attempted steal of second. Cobb took off on catcher Walt Alexander’s throw to second, then slid around Alexander on the return throw to the plate.
Browns’ pitchers threw three more hitters, and the Orioles notched five while in Baltimore.
Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Hubert “Dutch” Leonard (Red Sox, 1916) and Lon Warneke (Cardinals, 1941).
Today marks the anniversary of no-hitters thrown by the Chicago White Sox’s Ed Walsh (104 years) and the New York Yankees’ Monte Pearson (77 years).
Waslsh no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 5-0 win at Comiskey Park on Sunday, August 27, 1911,
Pearson threw his no-no against the Cleveland Indians during the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 1938. The Yankees topped Cleveland 13-0.
The Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander fell three outs short of throwing his third career no-hitter on Wednesday night, missing the milestone on Chris Iannetta’s ninth-inning double.
Verlander would have become only the sixth pitcher in baseball history to throw three no-nos, joining Larry Corcoran, Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan in the exclusive club. Koufax threw a fourth no-no (a perfect game), and Ryan threw a total of seven no-hitters
Verlander struck out nine and walked 2 to lead the Tigers to a 5-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.
Verlander threw his first two no-nos against the Milwaukee Brewers in June 2007 and the Toronto Blue Jays in May 2011.
Today’s the 40th anniversary of San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Ed Halicki’s no-hitter against the New York Mets.
The Mets actually had 12 hits on August 24, 1975, the day that Halicki hurled his no-no at Candlestick Park. Unfortunately, all 12 hits came in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mets won the opener 9-5, thanks in part to a fifth-inning Grand Slam by Dave Kingman.
Halicki struck out 10 and walked two in the nightcap, which turned a bit controversial in the fifth inning when the Mets’ Rusty Staub hit a line drive up the middle.
The ball ricocheted off of Halicki’ shin and rolled to second baseman Derrel Thomas. Thomas bobbled it before throwing to first, allowing the far-from-fleet-footed Grande L’Orange to beat the throw. The official scorer received cheers when he ruled the play an E-4, a call that New York Daily News columnist Dick Young took issue with. Halicki has since said he thought the call was correct.
The Houston Astros’ Mike Fiers has thrown a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first no-no at Minute Maid Park.
Fiers walked three and struck out 10 on the night. Nolan Ryan was watching.
The last no-hitter thrown by the Astros was the first six-pitcher no-no in major league history. Roy Oswalt (1 inn.), Peter Munro (2 2/3 inn.), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 inn.), Brad Lidge (2 inn.), Octavio Dotel (1 inn.) and Billy Wagner (1 inn.) combined to no-hit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, June 11, 2003.
The last no-hitter thrown against the Dodgers was the Seattle Mariners tied that mark. The six-pitcher tandem of Kevin Millwood (6 inn.), Charlie Furbush (2/3 inn.), Stephen Pryor (1/3 inn.), Lucas Luetge (1/3 inn.), Brandon League (2/3 inn) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1 inn.), no-hit L.A. on Friday, June 8, 2012, at Safeco Field.
The Chicago White Sox’s Ted Lyons threw a no-hitter, 89 years ago today.
On Saturday, August 21, 1926, Lyons no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for a 6-0 win. Lyons walked just one batter — the lead-off hitter — but the Red Sox committed three errors.
Bob Keegan threw a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox, 57 years ago today.
Keegan, starting the second game of Tuesday, August 20, 1957, doubleheader at Comiskey Park, no-hit the Washington Senators for a 6-0 win. Keegan walked two and struck out one.
Also on this date — 135 years ago — the Buffalo Bison’s Pud Galvin threw the first of his two no-hitters. On Friday, August 20, 1880, Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win at Buffalo’s Riverside Park.