No-no birthdays today for Caldwell, Barnes, Trucks, Maglie and Scott

It’s a busy no-no birthday on April 26, with five pitchers of no-hitters celebrating the day: Ray Caldwell (born in 1888), Jesse Barnes (born in 1892), Virgil Trucks (born in 1917), Sal Maglie (born in 1917) and Mike Scott (born in 1955, turns 60 today).

nonotriviaApril 26 is half of the answer to our trivia question from February 20, which asked what is the date when the most (5) no-no birthdays. The other date is coming up later this season (any guesses?)

Here are the no-hitters pitched by those celebrating birthdays today:

91 of 287 Ray Caldwell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, September 10, 1919 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, New York Yankees 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
94 of 287 Jesse Barnes
  New York Giants (NL)
  Sunday, May 7, 1922
New York Giants 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
127 of 287 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
129 of 287 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of two no-hitters)
135 of 287 Sal Maglie
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, September 25, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
215 of 287 Mike Scott
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, September 25, 1986
Houston Astros 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Game clinches National Leauge West division for Astros.)

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Happy birthday to no-no throwers Singer and Ehmke

No-no birthday wishes today to Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke.

Singer, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher celebrating his 71st birthday, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Monday, July 20, 1970 for a 5-0 win.

Ehmke, born 121 years ago today, pitched for the Boston Red Sox. On Friday, September 7, 1923, he no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics on the road at Shibe Park for a 4-0 victory.

Century-old no-nos

Two no-hitters were thrown on this date back in 1915 and 1917.

One hundred years ago today, on April 24, 1915, Frank Allen of the Federal League’s Pittsburgh Rebels threw a no-hitter. Allen no-hit the St. Louis Terriers for a 2-0 victory at St. Louis’ Handlan’s Park.

Ninety-eight years ago today, on April 24, 1917, the New York Yankees’ George Mogridge no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 2-1 win at Fenway Park.

Ed Head’s no-hitter, this day in ’46

Ed Head threw a no-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers, 69 years ago today.

Head, a 6-foot-1 righthander from Selma, Alabama, no-hit the Boston Braves on April 23, 1946 for a 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. Four Braves reached base – three on walks issued by Head and one on an error by Dodgers’ shortstop Pee Wee Reese.

Head told the AP after the game: “I knew I had it all the time – don’t ask me how, but I knew it.”

Anniversary of majors’ first same-day no-nos

On this day in 1898, Ted Breitenstein and Jim Jay Hughes threw no-hitters on the sane day.

Ted Breitenstein, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park. That same day, Jim Jay Hughes, of the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Boston Beaneaters.

The feat wasn’t duplicated until 1991, when the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw same-day no-nos.

Humber’s perfecto, three years ago today

Three years ago today, the Chicago White Sox’ Philip Humber threw a perfect game.

Humber threw his April 21, 2012 perfecto against the Seattle Mariners during the Sox’ 4-0 win at Safeco Field.

Twenty-seven consecutive outs almost weren’t enough. Humber won the game on a strikeout of pinch hitter Brendan Ryan, but it required a 2-3 putout to put the game in the books. Humber’s low-and-outside pitch got away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski, and Ryan paused to argue the call with home plate umpirer Paul Runge before running to first base. Pierzynski threw the ball to first and Humber had his perfecto.

Humber, the New York Mets’ first-round draft in 2004, made his first Major League start in September 2007 against the Washington Nationals. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal, but his next start wasn’t until August 2010 as a Kansas City Royal. When Humber threw his perfect game, he became the seventh ex-Met to do so (See the archive of our No-hitters … after they left the Mets page.

Santana, of course, finally broke the Mets’ curse less than two months later.

105th anniversary of Joss’ 2nd no-no

Cleveland Naps pitcher Addie Joss, Bain News Service, 1910, LC-DIG-ggbain-08196.
Addie Joss
The Cleveland Naps’ (Indians’) Addie Joss threw the second of his two no-hitters 105 years ago today.

Joss on Wednesday, April 20, 1910 no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at South Side Park.

It was his second no-no against Chicago. On Friday, October 2, 1908, Joss threw a perfect game against the White Sox at home at League Park.

With the pair of gems, Joss became the first person to throw two no-hitters against the same team. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum duplicated the feat in 2013 and 2014, no-hitting the San Diego Padres in each.)

New Jersey’s first MLB game

Aerial photo of Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
Aerial photo of Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
Today is the 59th anniversary of New Jersey’s first major league baseball game.

The Brooklyn Dodgers played 15 regular-season games at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium during the 1956 and 1957 seasons.

The first was on April 19, 1956, and the Dodgers topped the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 5-4 win in an error-filled game (5 errors for the Dodgers, 3 for the Phillies). Just over 12,000 fans watched the game.

The Dodgers actually went 6-1 at Roosevelt Stadium in 1956 and clinched the National League pennant, but the team lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, thanks in part to Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5.

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