There have been six Subway Series no-nos over New York’s baseball history, with the Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitting the New York Giants three times, the Giants topping Brooklyn twice and the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen throwing a perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series.
And then there’s the "Cookie Game" in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series, when the New York Yankees’ Bill Bevens threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before Cookie Lavagetto lined a double off the right field wall to kill the no-no and drive home two runs for the Dodgers win.
But on Sept. 9, 1971, the New York Mets nearly no-hit the New York Yankees in the annual Mayor’s Trophy Game exhibition. (For those who don’t remember the pre-interleague play tradition, the Mayor’s Trophy Game was a once-a-year contest between New York’s AL and NL teams to benefit the city’s sandlot baseball program.)
In front of a Shea Stadium crowd of 48,872, the Mets’ Jim McAndrew and Nolan Ryan no-hit the Yankees for seven innings as the Mets nursed an early 1-0 lead. Ron Taylor took the ball for the eighth and got the first two outs before Frank Baker singled to left for the game’s first hit. The Yankees wound up winning 2-1 in the ninth.
Here are the true Subway Series no-nos.
Brooklyn Grooms (NL)
Monday, June 22, 1891 Brooklyn Grooms 4, New York Giants 0 Eastern Park (Brooklyn)
New York Giants (NL)
Friday, July 31, 1891 New York Giants 6, Brooklyn Grooms 0 Polo Grounds (New York)
Richard "Rube" Marquard
New York Giants (NL)
Thursday, April 15, 1915 New York Giants 2, Brooklyn Robins 0 Polo Grounds (New York)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
Thursday, September 9, 1948 Brooklyn Dodgers 2, New York Giants 0 Polo Grounds (New York)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
Saturday, May 12, 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers 3, New York Giants 0 Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) (His second of two no-hitters)
New York Yankees (WS Game 5)
Monday, October 8, 1956 New York Yankees 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0 Yankee Stadium (New York) (Perfect game in Game 5 of 1956 World Series)
February 20 is the birthday of four no-no pitchers – Justin Verlander, Clyde Wright, Jim Wilson and Dave Davenport – but there is one date of the year that’s more prolific with five no-hitter pitchers born.
What is the date and who are the pitchers? Comment, tweet or Facebook reply your answers.
Happy birthday to four no-no pitchers: Justin Verlander, who threw two no-nos for the Detroit Tigers, Clyde Wright, who threw one for the California Angels, Jim Wilson, who tossed one for the Milwaukee Braves, and Dave Davenport, who threw one for the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League.
Verlander, who turns 32 today, threw his on:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Detroit Tigers 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Comerica Park (Detroit)
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Detroit Tigers 9, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
Wright, who turns 74, threw his on:
Friday, July 3, 1970
California Angels 4, Oakland Athletics 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
Wilson, born 93 years ago on this day, threw his on:
Sunday, June 12, 1954
Milwaukee Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
Davenport, born 125 years ago on this day, threw his on:
Tuesday, September 7, 1915 (First game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Terriers 3, Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 0
Handlan’s Park (St. Louis)
Twenty years ago today, the Los Angeles Dodgers introduced 26-year-old Hideo Nomo as the team’s newest pitcher. The five-time Japanese all-star was the first major league player from that country to appear in a U.S. major league game.
Nomo threw one no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers and followed it up five years later with one for the Boston Red Sox. Here they are:
Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)Tuesday, September 17, 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Colorado Rockies 0 Coors Field (Denver)
Boston Red Sox (AL) Wednesday, April 4, 2001 Boston Red Sox 3, Baltimore Orioles 0
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)
Today would be the 70th birthday of Don Wilson, who threw no-hitters for the Houston Astros in 1967 and 1969. The right-handed flamethrower, who pitched one game in 1966, was a mainstay of the Houston rotation from 1967 to 1974, winning 104 games.
He died of accidental asphyxiation in his home on Jan. 5, 1975 when he left his car running after pulling into his garage. His son, who was upstairs, also died.
The Astros retired Wilson’s No. 40.
Here are Wilson’s no-nos.
Sunday, June 18, 1967
Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)