Tigers trade Trucks after two no-nos, 64 years ago today

127_virgiltrucksThe Detroit Tigers traded right-hander Virgil Trucks after he threw no-hitters in a season, 64 years ago today.

On December 4, 1952, Detroit dealt Trucks, Johnny Groth and Hal White to the St. Louis Browns for Owen Friend, Bob Nieman and Jay Porter. During his 11th season with the Tigers, Trucks threw two no-hitters despite posting just a 5-19 record on the year. The no-hitters were:

The no-hitters were:

1 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
2 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)

The only other major league pitchers to toss two no-hitters in a season are Johnny Vander Meer (who tossed back-to-back no-nos), Allie Reynolds, Nolan Ryan and Max Scherzer. And none of them were sent packing after their accomplishments.

Trucks, who was dealt in the middle of the 1953 season to the White Sox, spent 2 1/2 seasons in Chicago before he was traded back to the Tigers for the 1956 season. It was short lived, as Trucks was sent with Wayne Belardi, Ned Garver, Gene Host and cash to the Kansas City Athletics for Jack Crimian, Jim Finigan, Bill Harrington and Eddie Robinson. after the season’s end.

The Birmingham, Alabama native retired in 1958 after 17 seasons, posting a 177-135 record with a 3.39 ERA.

No-no thrower ‘Bullet’ Joe Bush born 124 years ago today

“Bullet” Joe Bush, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, was born 124 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 26, 1916, at Shibe Park, Bush held the Cleveland Indians hitless en route to a 5-0 win. Bush allowed his only base runner in the first inning by issuing a walk to Jack Graney. Bush struck out seven Cleveland batters to complete the no-no, which was witnessed by some 10,000 fans.

Happy birthday, Matt Garza

mattgarzaHappy 33rd birthday to Matt Garza, who threw the only no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.

On Monday, July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field, Garza no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 win. The Tigers’ Max Scherzer was also working on a no-hitter that night but lost it on a Matt Joyce grand slam in the sixth.

Garza’s no-hitter came just three months after another team exited the no no-no club — the Colorado Rockies. On April 17 of that year, Ubaldo Jiménez tossed a no-hitter at Turner Field for a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.

With the Rockies and Rays getting their first no-nos, that left the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres as the only major league franchises without one.

Santana kicked the Mets out of the club in June 2012, and the Padres continue to await their first no-no.

Happy 90th birthday, Lew Burdette

Lew Burdette, who threw a no-hitter for the Milwaukee Braves in 1960, was born 90 years ago today.

On Thursday, August 18, 1960, Burdette no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 1-0 win at Milwaukee County Stadium. Tony Gonzalez became the lone Philadelphia base runner after Burdette hit him with a pitch in the fifth inning. Gonzalez was quickly sent back to the dugout when Lee Walls lined into a 5-3 double-play.

Burdette, who spent five years in the New York Yankees’ minor league system, is best known for his performance in the 1957 World Series. He beat the Yankees in Game 2, Game 5 and Game 7 to lead the Braves to a title and win the MVP.

Burdette was also the winning pitcher in the 1959 regular season game in which the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings, only to lose the game (and the no-hitter) in the 13th.
Burdette’s line that day was 13 IP, 0 R, 12 H, 2 SO, 0 BB.

Happy birthday, Tom Seaver

Happy 72nd birthday to Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets.

Tom Terrific finally got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

Happy 81st birthday, Bob Gibson

Happy 81st birthday to Bob Gibson, who pitched a no-hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971.

On Saturday, August 14, 1971, Gibson no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Gibson struck out 10 and walked three batters while helping his team at the plate with three RBIs. One came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and the others reached home on Gibby’s eighth-inning bases-loaded single.

The Nebraska-born Hall of Famer won 251 games over a 17-year career spent entirely with the Cardinals and was inducted in 1981.

Also born on this day in 1886 is Nick Maddox, who threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Friday, September 20, 1907, Maddox no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas for a 2-1 home victory at
Exposition Park.

Happy birthday to Walter Johnson, John Candelaria

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
Walter Johnson, a 400+ game winner who threw a 1920 no-hitter for the Washington Senators, was born 129 years ago today.

Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 1, 1920, for a 1-0 victory. He finished out a 21-year Hall of Fame career with a record of 417-279.

Also born on this day is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria, who threw a no-hitter in 1976. The “Candy Man” no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday, August 9, 1976 for a 2-0 win. Wishing him a happy 63rd birthday!

Happy 100th to Opening Day no-no thrower Leon Day

Today would be the 100th birthday of Leon Day, who threw an Opening Day no-hitter in the Negro National League in 1946.

On Sunday, May 5, 1946, Day, a pitcher for the Newark Eagles, no-hit the Philadelphia Stars at Newark’s Ruppert Stadium for a 2-0 win, allowing just three runners to reach first via a pair of walks and an error. He struck out six batters.

Day had just returned from serving his country in World War II, having stormed Utah Beach during the Allied Forces’ invasion of France.

The Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore is having a centennial birthday celebration for Day this afternoon. Day died in 1995.

Bibby, threw no-no, born on this day in ’44

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, was born on this day in 1944.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.

Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run, but he never appeared in a game.

Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.

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