Today, May 26, marks the 58th anniversary of what is perhaps the greatest baseball game ever thrown by a pitcher.
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 asks in its chrous, “Why don’t we add ‘ol Harvey to the list?”
Former major-league pitcher Ravelo Manzanillo threw the second no-hitter in the history of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, 25 years ago today.
On Thursday, May 21, 1992, Manzanillo, playing for the Brother Elephants, no-hit the Wei Chuan Dragons for a 4-0 win.
Nine years later, while pitching for the Mexican League’s Yucatan Lions on June 28, 2001, Manzanillo threw a 7-inning no-hitter gainst the Campeche Pirates, according to Baseball-Reference.com. And Ravelo’s brother, Josias Manzanillo, pitched the 100th no-hitter in the history of the AA Eastern League on July 12, 1989, according to the site.
You can view our full list of Chinese no-hitters here.
Happy 54th 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. It was the first Yankees’ perfecto since Don Larsen’s gem in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
May 15 is one of four days sharing the record for most no-hitters with six. The others are April 27, September 20 and September 28. Chicago holds two of the May 15 no-nos, with one belonging to the Federal League’s Chi-Feds/Whales and the other property of the Cubbies.
Here are the May 15 no-nos:
75 of 295
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales (FL)
Saturday, May 15, 1915
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 10, Pittsburgh Rebels 0
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
113 of 295
Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Monday, May 15, 1944
Cincinnati Reds 1, Boston Braves 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
127 of 295
Detroit Tigers (AL)
Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit) (His first of two no-hitters)
140 of 295
Chicago Cubs (NL)
Sunday, May 15, 1960 (Second game of doubleheader)
Chicago Cubs 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
185 of 295
California Angels (AL)
Tuesday, May 15, 1973
California Angels 3, Kansas City Royals 0
Royals Stadium (Kansas City) (His first of seven no-hitters)
207 of 295
Cleveland Indians (AL)
Friday, May 15, 1981
Cleveland Indians 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland) (Perfect game)
Dwight Gooden threw a New York Yankees no-hitter, 21 years ago today.
On Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. “Doc” appeared to be running out of steam in the ninth frame as he walked Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez and then threw a wild pitch to allow runners to reach second and third. But he recovered to strike out Jay Buhner and then got Paul Sorrento to pop out to short to complete the no-no. Teammates carried the 31-year-old hero off the Yankee Stadium field to the cheers of more than 20,000 fans.
Gooden thrice came close to getting a no-no while with the New York Mets:
On June 6, 1984, in just his 11th major-league start, the emerging strikeout artist reached the eighth inning with a no-hitter intact before yielding a lead-off single to the Pirates’ Doug Frobel. New York won 2-1 in 13 innings.
On September 7, 1984, Gooden threw a one-hit 10-0 shutout against the Chicago Cubs. The only Cubs hit was a 5th-inning single by Keith Moreland.
On June 5, 1988, Gooden again reached the eighth inning and again lost it on the leadoff batter as the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill singled. Gooden held on for an 11-3 complete-game victory.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Kansas City Royals’ Jim Colborn. On Saturday, May 14, 1977, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win at Royals Stadium.
Miles “Alex” Main, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Packers in 1915, was born 132 years ago today.
Main no-hit the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues in a Federal League match-up at Buffalo’s International Fair Association Grounds on August 16, 1915. Only three Buffeds reached base thanks to one walk and a couple of Kansas City errors as the Packers won 5-0.
Main also pitched briefly for the Detroit Tigers (1914) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1915).
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 62 years ago yesterday.
Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.
Also throwing no-hitters on May 12 are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.
Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Thursday night before losing it on a Gregory Polanco homer to lead off the inning.
The lost no-no leaves us in a drought of more than a year dating back to April 21, 2016, when the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds.
Greinke had been facing the minimum, walking one and striking out 11 before Polanco went yard. The only runner to reach base before the homer, Jordy Mercer, was thrown out stealing in the third inning.
Greinke finished out the eighth and handed the ball to Fernando Rodney, who completed the one-hit 2-1 victory.