Martinez, Rogers threw perfect games on this date

Two perfect games and one plain old no-hitter were thrown on this date.

At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, July 28, 1991, the Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martínez retired all of the 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced for a 2-0 win.

Three years to the day later, on Thursday, July 28, 1994, the Texas Rangers’ Kenny Rogers threw a 4-0 perfecto against the California Angels at The Ballpark at Arlington.

The other no-hitter was a combination effort by the Chicago White Sox’s John “Blue Moon” Odom (5 inn.) and Francisco Barrios (4 inn.), who no-hit the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, July 28, 1976 for a 2-1 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Angels’ Santana no-hits Indians, 5 years ago today

santana54The Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians despite letting the leadoff batter score, five years ago today.

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Jacobs Field, Santana struck out 10 and walked just one as the Angels beat the Indians 3-1. The Indians scored their run in the first when Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error by Erik Aybar, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.

Also tossing a no-no on this date in 1885 was the Chicago White Stockings’ John Clarkson. On Monday, July 27, 1885, Clarkson no-hit the Providence Grays for a 4-0 win at Providence’s Messer Street Grounds.

Grays’ Radbourn no-hits Blues, 133 years ago today

"Old Hoss" Radbourn
“Old Hoss” Radbourn
Providence Grays pitcher Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn threw a no-hitter, 133 years ago today.

On Wednesday, July 25, 1883, at Cleveland’s Kennard Street Park, Radbourn no-hit the Cleveland Blues for an 8-0 victory.

Radbourn’s greatest season was in 1884, when he posted a 59-12 with a 1.38 ERA, including an amazing 73 complete games. Imagine those numbers in the pitch count era.

A’s hurler Henley no-hits Browns, 111 years ago today

Weldon Henley threw a Philadelphia Athletics no-hitter, 111 years ago today.

On July 22, 1905, during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader, Henley no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 6-0 win at St. Louis’ Robison Field.

The St. Louis Republic‘s story from the next morning called Henley a “magnificent specimen of the Southern lad,” saying he took rank with Christy Mathewson and Cy Young and “lifted himself from a mediocre place into the loftiest niche in American pitcherdom.”

He didn’t quite reach the marks set by those two, finishing with a 32-43 record but a respectable 2.94 ERA.

Singer, Bunning and Eason threw no-hitters on this date

Jim Bunning
Jim Bunning
The Los Angeles Dodgers Bill Singer, the Detroit Tigers’ Jim Bunning and the Brooklyn Superbas’ Mal Eason and all threw no-hitters on this date.

Singer threw his on July 20, 1970, against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium for a 5-0 win.

Bunning in 1958 threw his first of two no-hitters, blanking the Boston Red Sox 3-0 during the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Eason in 1906 no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2-0 win at Robison Field.

Indians’ Bosman no-hits A’s, 42 years ago today

Dick BosmanThe Cleveland Indians’ Dick Bosman threw a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics, 42 years ago today.

On Friday, July 19, 1974, at Cleveland Stadium, Bosman no-hit the A’s for a 4-0 win. He would have had a perfect game if not for his own error. With two outs in the fourth, the slow-footed Sal Bando dribbled a swinging bunt down the third base line. Bosman fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw pulled first baseman Tommy McCraw off the bag, and Bando had his base.

Bosman walked none and struck out four on the night.

Cone tosses perfecto at Yankee Stadium, 17 years ago today

The New York Yankees’ David Cone threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 17 years ago today.

It was Sunday, July 18, 1999, “Yogi Berra Day” at Yankee Stadium, as the Hall of Fame catcher made his triumphant return to the Bronx after a 14-year absence fueled by a dispute with owner George Steinbrenner.

Don Larsen, the only pitcher to toss a World Series perfect game, threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and Cone followed with 88 real pitches to retire 27 straight Expos.

Edwin Jackson flirts with no-no in first Padres start

Edwin Jackson nearly made San Diego Padres history Sunday afternoon, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing it on a Conor Gillaspie three-run homer.

Jackson, who threw a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, walked five batters in this contest before serving up the dinger. It was his first start for the Padres.

Six years earlier, the German-born journeyman pitcher needed 149 pitches to no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays for a 1-0 victory at Tropicana Field. The 26-year-old right-hander told Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch that it would take a hit to get him off the mound, and he completed the no-no by retiring Jason Bartlett on a groundout on pitch No. 149. We added him to our No-hitters … before they were Padres page.

Jackson’s effort marked the Padres deepest no-hit effort since May 5, when Colin Rea went 6⅔ innings against the New York Mets. That bid was ended by Yoenis Céspedes, who singled during a shift to the exact spot where the second baseman is normally stationed with two outs in the 7th inning.

Baseball’s first no-hitter, 140 years ago today

George Washington BradleyThe father of no-hitters, George Washington Bradley, threw baseball’s first no-no, 140 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 15, 1876, the 5-foot-10½-inch, lanky St. Louis Brown Stockings right-hander worked his way down the Hartford Dark Blues lineup during a one-hour-50-minute contest, striking out three batters while walking one. The Brown Stockings’ defense was of little help, committing eight errors, but St. Louis won the game 2-0.

Two other pitchers — both Hall of Famers — also through no-nos on this date.

On Monday, July 15, 1901, the New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 5-0 win at Robison Field. It was Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters.

And on Sunday, July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan threw the second of his major-league record seven no-hitters. Ryan, pitching for the California Angels, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.

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