Chicago American Giants’ Wickware no-hits ABCs, 102 years ago today

Frank Wickware threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants, 102 years ago today.

On Wednesday, August 26, 1914, Wickware no-hit the Indianapolis ABCs for a 1-0 win.

According to Wickware’s SABR bio written by Stephen V. Rice, Wickware allowed just one base runner. The ABCs’ George Shively led off the game by drawing a walk and was thrown out trying to steal second. Wickware then retired the next 26 batters for the nearly perfect game..

Giants’ Moore misses no-no by one out on bloop single

The San Francisco Giants’ Matt Moore came one out away from a no-hitter Thursday night before yielding a bloop single to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager — on Corey Seager bobblehead night at Chavez Ravine.

Moore reached 133 pitches, so once the no-no was off the board, pitching coach Dave Righetti (who is no stranger to no-nos) called to the bullpen for Santiago Castilla. Castilla threw one pitch to secure the 4-0 shutout.

The Giants were trying to become the first team to throw no-hitters in five consecutive seasons. They’ve done it over the last four years:

1 Matt Cain
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  pg100Wednesday, June 13, 2012
San Francisco Giants 10, Houston Astros 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(Perfect game)
2 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Saturday, July 13, 2013
San Francisco Giants 9, San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park (San Diego)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
San Francisco Giants 4, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(His second of two no-hitters; Lincecum becomes only pitcher since Addie Joss to no-hit the same team twice.)
4 Chris Heston
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
San Francisco Giants 5, New York Mets 0
Citi Field (New York)

The only other team to throw no-hitters in four consecutive seasons is the Dodgers, and they were all by Sandy Koufax (1962, ’63, ’64, ’65).

Twins’ Dean Chance no-hits Indians, 49 years ago today

Dean ChanceDean Chance threw a complete-game no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins 49 years ago today, just 19 days after throwing a rain-shortened perfect game.

Chance no-hit the Cleveland Indians during the second game of a Friday doubleheader on August 25, 1967, for a 2-1 win at Cleveland Stadium. Chance yielded an earned run in the first inning on two walks, an error and a wild pitch. He settled down and scattered three walks over the next eight innings, striking out a total of eight batters.

Just four starts earlier, on Thursday, August 6, 1967, Chance retired the only 15 Boston Red Sox batters he faced at Metropolitan Stadium for a 2-0 rain-shortened victory. Such games were considered official no-hitters until 1991.

Chance died in October at the age of 74.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Detroit Tigers’ Virgil Trucks. On Monday, August 25, 1952, trucks no-hit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium for a 1-0 win. It was Trucks’ second no-no.

Gary Thorne on ‘Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders’

Gary Thorne, MASN’s play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, just posted an amazing review of “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders” on his Hitting the Books blog.

I’m extremely humbled and honored by the review and so thankful he enjoyed it and appreciated the research. The text version of the review can be found on his blog at MASNsports.com.

As a Mets fan, I of course first started listening to Thorne when he was doing a four-year radio stint with the New York Mets in the mid-1980s. To me, his voice is synonymous with playoff hockey, and I loved when it was Thorne and Bill Clement teaming for the EA NHL hockey video games.

Giants’ Halicki no-hits Mets, 41 years ago today

The San Francisco Giants’ Ed Halicki tossed a no-hitter against the New York Mets, 41 years ago today.

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.

Pirates’ Camnitz throws 5-inning, darkness-shortened no-hitter, 109 years ago today

Howie Camnitz
Howie Camnitz
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Howie Camnitz threw a five-inning, darkness-shortened no-hitter, 109 years ago today.

Pitching during the second game of a Friday, August 23, 1907, doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Camnitz no-hit the New York Giants for five innings before the game was called with the Pirates leading 1-0.

Louisville’s Ben Sanders no-hits Orioles, 124 years ago today. Or does he?

Ben Sanders
Ben Sanders
The Louisville Colonels’ Ben Sanders is credited with baseball’s 33rd official no-hitter, 124 years ago today. But there’s some question about whether it really was a no-hitter. Here’s the passage on that game in the “Upon Further Review” sidebar from Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders.

33 Ben Sanders
  Louisville Colonels (NL)
  Monday, August 22, 1892
Louisville Colonels 6, Baltimore Orioles 2
Eclipse Park (Louisville)

The local paper’s headline for this game reads “Only One Hit” based on George Van Haltren’s sharp grounder toward third in the fourth inning. The shot was just missed by third baseman Hughie Jennings. Shortstop Charley Bassett snagged the ball about 20 feet behind third base, but his desperate throw was about 3 feet wide, and Van Haltren was safe at first. “At the time of the play, there was no question about it being a hit,” noted the story in Louisville’s Courier-Journal. “However, when the game was over and that proved to be the only hit made, a few inflammable cranks set up the claim that Jennings and Bassett had made bad errors. They wanted to improve Sanders’ already splendid record, though it could only be done by robbing Van Haltren.” The Courier-Journal box score recorded it as a hit, but Sanders is in baseball’s record books as having thrown a no-hitter.

Geggus’ Nationals no-hitter called after 8 innings, 132 years ago today

Charlie Geggus threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter that’s not considered official, 132 years ago today.

Geggus, pitching for the Union Association club on the Capitol Grounds on Thursday, August 21, 1884, no-hit the Wilmington Quicksteps through eight innings and held a 12-1 lead when the game was called by consent. In 1991, MLB’s Committee for Statistical Accuracy established the first official definition of a no-hitter that required a full nine innings, knocking Geggus’ performance and nearly 50 more off the record books.

Two official no-nos were thrown on this date, both for Chicago teams.

The Chicago Oprhans’ Walter Thornton no-hit the Brooklyn Bridegrooms during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at West Side Park on August 21, 1898, for a 2-0 win. And the Chicago White Sox’s Ted Lyons no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, August 21, 1926, for a 6-0 win.

White Sox’s Keegan no-hits Senators, 59 years ago today

Bob Keegan
Bob Keegan
The Chicago White Sox’s Bob Keegan no-hit the Washington Senators, 59 years ago today.

On August 20, 1957, during the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader at Comiskey Park, Keegan no-hit the Senators for a 6-0 win. Keegan walked two and struck out one, noting that he relied mostly on his sinking fastball and didn’t throw a single curve.

“I know I had a no-hitter going from the first inning on — the only trouble was pitching it,” he told the AP.

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. It was Galvin’s first of two no-nos.

Hilldale’s Phil Cockrell threw his 2nd Negro Leagues no-no, 94 years ago today

Phil CockrellPhil Cockrell threw the second of his no-hitters for Hilldale, 94 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 19, 1922, Cockrell no-hit the Chicago American Giants for a 5-0 win.

His first no-hitter came during on September 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader against the Detroit Stars. Hilldale won 3-0.

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