Three Rivers Stadium imploded, 15 years ago today

Three Rivers Stadium, which hosted no-hitters by Bob Gibson, John Candelaria and Francisco Cordova/Ricardo Rincon, was imploded 15 years ago today.

The Pirates made Three Rivers the team’s home from 1970 through 2000, and the ballpark fared much better in no-nos than the Bucs’ previous home. Forbes Field, the Pirates’ home from 1909 through 1970, never hosted a no-hitter.

Here are the no-hitters thrown at Three Rivers Stadium:

1 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
2 John Candelaria
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Monday, August 9, 1976
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
3 Francisco Cordova (9 inn.)
Ricardo Rincon (1 inn.)
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, July 12, 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Houston Astros 0 (10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Here’s the implosion:
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Allie Reynolds, tossed 2 Yankees no-nos, born 99 years ago today

Allie Reynolds
Allie Reynolds
Allie Reynolds, who tossed a pair of no-hitters for the New York Yankees in 1951, was born 99 years ago today.

The Bethany, Oklahoma, native threw both of his no-hitters in a 2½-month span during the 1951 season, in which he posted a 17-8 record. He improved on that for 1952, going 20-8 with an American League-leading 2.06 ERA. He retired with a 182–107 record and 3.30 ERA.

Here are Reynolds’ no-nos:

1 Allie Reynolds
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Thursday, July 12, 1951
New York Yankees 1, Cleveland Indians 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
2 Allie Reynolds
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Friday, September 28, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
New York Yankees 8, Boston Red Sox 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)

Satchel Paige voted in the Hall, 45 years ago today

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige became the first Negro Leagues star voted into the Hall of Fame, 45 years ago today.

Paige was the first player to be selected by a 10-person committee honoring the contributions of the Negro Leagues to baseball’s history.

Paige may have thrown dozens of no-hitters in barnstorming, semipro and minor league games. But the Negro Leagues no-hitters list compiled by SABR and Noir Tech Research has two entries for Paige:

1 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
2 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Wednesday, July 4, 1934
Pittsburgh Crawfords 4, Homestead Grays 0
(Paige struck out 17 batters)

A 9-inning college softball no-no, 7 years ago today

Kylie Reynolds (Kent State photo)
Kylie Reynolds
(Kent State photo)
It’s rare for a softball pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter, if only because softball games are only scheduled to go seven innings.

But Kent State’s Kylie Reynolds accomplished the feat seven years ago today, no-hitting Stetson for nine innings during the championship game of the Stetson Leadoff Classic in Deland, Fla.

Reynolds struck out a school-record 18 batters, holding Stetson hitless until Holly Finchum’s RBI single drove home Kalie Germaine in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

Happy birthday Burt Hooton, threw ’72 no-no in fourth start

Burt Hooten
Burt Hooten
A happy 66th birthday to Burt Hooton, who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in just his fourth major-league start.

Hooton was just 22 when he tossed the April 16, 1972 no-no at Wrigley Field, leading the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hooton walked seven and struck out seven, and, according to the AP, a 16-mph wind blowing in helped keep the ball in the park for the Texas right-hander.

Cubs shortstop Don Kessinger saved the no-no in the third with a leaping catch of a Denny Doyle line drive, and outfielder Rick Monday snagged a Luzinski line drive at the left-center field wall in the seventh to keep it intact.

Baseball lost Lew Burdette, who threw ’60 no-no, 9 years ago today

Lew Burdette
Lew Burdette
Lew Burdette, who threw a 1960 no-no for the Milwaukee Braves, died nine years ago today.

Burdette, born in Nitro, West Virginia in 1926, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, August 18, 1960, for a 1-0 win at Milwaukee County Stadium. His no-no was one of 203 victories over an 18-year career, and Burdette posted no less than 17 wins per season between 1956 and 1961. He was 80 when he died of lung cancer in 2007.

Burdette’s grandson Nolan Fontana plays in the Houston Astros organization. The infielder drove in 40 runs for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies in 2015.

Baseball lost another no-no pitcher on this date. Frank “Noodles” Hahn, who died on February 6, 1960, tossed a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, July 12, 1900, for a 4-0 win over the Phillies at League Park.

Happy birthday Devern Hansack, threw 5-inning, rain-shortened no-no in ’06

Devern Hasack (Hey Devern, Game is Over! by Eric Kilby licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Devern Hasack by Eric Kilby licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Happy 38th birthday to Devern Hansack, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2006.

Major League Baseball’s committee for statistical accuracy had already determined that rain-shortened no-nos were not official no-hitters, but Hansack made the most of his October 1, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season. He no-hit the O’s for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead. Umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain.

You can find the full list of such “close but no cigar” outings on our No-hitters not officially recognized page.

Hansack’s no-no was one of his three career starts in the majors, as he appeared in just nine major league games between 2006-2008 while compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.

“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor born 100 years ago today

"Schoolboy" Johnny Taylor
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor, who no-hit Satchel Paige’s Dominican All-Stars in 1937, was born 100 years ago today.

Taylor, a New York Cubans pitcher, was representing the Negro All-Star Team on Sunday, September 19, 1937, during a benefit All-Star game at the Polo Grounds. Taylor held Paige’s team hitless and issued just two bases on balls. Paige allowed two runs on eight hits, with the damaging one coming on a two-run home run by Jim West in the eighth inning.

Taylor, a native of Hartford, holds the Connecticut state record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. In his final high school game in 1933, Taylor fanned 25 batters in a game on June 2, 1933, Taylor, according to the Hartford Courant.

Sydney’s Welch throws ABL playoff no-hitter, 5 years ago today

bluesoxSyndey Blue Sox pitcher David Welch threw the first no-hitter in the history of the new Australian Baseball League, five years ago today.

On Feb. 4, 2011, in Game 1 of a best-of-three playoff series, Welch no-hit the Adelaide Bite for an 8-0 win in front of 1,162 fans at Blacktown Olympic Park. The 27-year-old southpaw walked three batters while striking out 10.

This year’s ABL Championship is set to begin Friday with the Brisbane Bandits hosting the Adelaide Bite in a best-of-three series. The Bite advanced to face first-place Brisbane after topping the Canberra Cavalry with a 9-2 victory in the deciding game of the preliminary round.

Welch’s 2011 playoff performance was actually the third time he had been a part of a no-hitter during his pro career. On Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, Welch threw two innings of a four-pitcher no-hitter for the Helena Brewers during the Pioneer League squad’s 11-0 win over the Billings Mustangs.

Welch followed that with a AA seven-inning no-hitter on June 2, 2008 — his 25th birthday — leading his Huntsville Stars to victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts.

But the Aussie right-hander never was able to take his no-no prowess to the show, and Welch returned to his home country after playing four games of the 2010 season in the Mexican League. He retired from the game in July 2011, five months after his ABL playoff no-no.

You can view our list of Australian no-hitters, and also check out some of our other international no-hitters lists we’ve recently added to the site.

(Feature photo Night at the ballpark by Simon_sees licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Happy birthday Lou Criger, Cy Young’s favorite catcher

Lou Criger
Lou Criger
Lou Criger, Cy Young’s favorite catcher who caught two of his no-hitters, was born 144 years ago today.

Criger caught Young’s 1897 no-no for the Cleveland Spiders during the opening game of a September 18 doubleheader at Cleveland’s League Park. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0. Criger was also behind the plate for Young’s May 5, 1904, perfect game for the Boston Americans against the Philadelphia Athletics at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

The legendary battery was disconnected in 1908 when Boston traded Criger to the Cleveland Naps.

Although it’s not an official no-hitter, Criger also caught New York Highlanders pitcher Tom Hughes’s 1910 no-hitter through nine. Hughes lost that no-no in the 10th and the game in the 11th.

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