Today is the 56th anniversary of baseball’s greatest pitching performance.
On May 26, 1959, in Harvey Haddix’s first season with the Pirates, the Medway, Ohio southpaw retired 36 Milwaukee Braves batters for a perfect game through 12 innings, but his team couldn’t score. Haddix lost the perfect game when Don Hoak threw a routine grounder in the dirt, then lost the no-hitter and the game when Joe Adcock launched a ball over the right-center field fence.
Haddix was later immortalized by The Baseball Project, which sang, “Why don’t we add ‘ol Harvey to the list?”
Happy birthday to the St. Louis Cardinals Grant “Stoney” McGlynn, who threw a 7-inning darkness-shortened no-hitter in 1906.
McGlynn, who was born on this day in 1872, no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas at Brooklyn’s Washington Park for seven innings during the nightcap of a September 24, 1906 doubleheader before the 1-1 game was called due to darkness.
Happy 29th birthday to the Washington Nationals Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season.
Zimmermann on Sunday, September 28, 2014 no-hit the Miami Marlins for a 1-0 victory at Nationals Park. It was the first no-hitter for the Nationals franchise since its move from Montreal to D.C. Expos pitchers tossed four no-hitters.
Happy 68th birthday to Jim Colborn, who threw the first home stadium no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals.
Steve Busby threw two no-nos before Colborn, but both were on the road. On May 14, 1977, at Royals Stadium, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win. It was the first Royals no-no at the ball park now known as Kauffman Stadium.
Sending wishes for a happy 52nd birthday to David Wells, who threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1998.
On Sunday, May 17, 1998, Wells threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium for a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Wells later said in his autobiography that he was still half drunk from a Saturday Night Live cast party the night before.
The Atlanta Braves’ Shelby Miller came just one out from throwing the first no-hitter of the 2015 season on Sunday, holding the Miami Marlins hitless through 8 2/3 innings at Marlins Park.
Miller struck out four and walked just one as he sough to throw the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves’ 15th no-hitter in franchise history. Justin Bour broke up the no-no with a single up the middle. Miller ended the game with a complete game, 2-hit 6-0 shutout.
The last Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Kent Mercker, who blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, April 8, 1994
The last time the Marlins were no-hit was on the final day of the 2014 season. The Washington Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann threw that one.
Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):
Atlanta Braves (NL)
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
Trevor Bauer (6 inn) Kyle Crockett (1 inn) Scott Atchinson (1 inn) Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
Chris Young (5 inn) Ryan Madson (2 inn) Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
Kansas City Royals (AL)
Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
Oakland Athletics (AL)
Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
Los Angeles Angels (AL)
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
San Francisco Giants (NL)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)