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125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones’ debut no-hitter

Bumpus Jones
Bumpus Jones
Today is the 125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones’ debut no-hitter.

Charles Leander “Bumpus” Jones made his major-league debut for the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, October 15, 1892, and made the most of it, no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates at League Park for a 7-1 win.

Reds player-manager Charles Comiskey, who had watched Jones pitch well in an 1892 exhibition, gave Jones the opportunity to pitch Cincinnati’s final game of the ’92 season. Two pitchers – Ted Breitenstein and Alva “Bobo” Holloman – have thrown no-hitters in their first major league starts, but only Jones did so in his first major league appearance.

The Boston Red Sox’s Bill Rohr came within one strike of the feat in 1967.

Rohr made his major league debut against New York at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967, and reached the ninth inning without allowing a hit. (He had allowed six base runners to reach on five walks and one on an error.)

Tom Tresh led off the ninth inning by hitting a fly ball to left, and Carl Yastrzemski saved the day with a diving catch. After Joe Pepitone flied out to right for the second out, Rohr served up a 3-2 flat curve to Elston Howard and Howard lined it to right center for a single. Rohr got Charley Smith to fly out to right to complete the 3-0 complete-game one-hitter.

Rohr took it in stride.

“It would have been nice to have a no-hitter, but it’s awfully nice to be 1-0 in the big leagues,” he said after the game.

Rohr made just 26 more appearances in the majors (seven of those as starts) with his last for the Cleveland Indians in 1968. He played out his final three years in the minors before retiring with an MLB 3-3 record.

Happy 141st birthday, Rube Waddell

Happy birthday to the Hall of Famer Rube Waddell, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter in 1905.

Waddell, throwing for the Philadephia Athletics, no-hit the St. Louis Browns for five innings at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park on Tuesday, August 15, 190.5 before the game was called with a 2-0 score.

Waddell and Jim Dygert are also listed in the unofficial record books of throwing a combined five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the White Sox in 1906, though nearly every box score I’ve found lists it as a one-hitter.

Dygert got the start for the A’s at Columbia Park on Wednesday, August 29, 1906, but Dygert was pulled after 3 innings with a no-no intact and replaced with Waddell. Rube threw two no-hit innings before the game was called with a 4-3 score.

Columbus’ Gastright tosses 8-inning no-hitter vs. Toledo, 127 years ago today

The Colombus Solons’ Hank Gastright threw an eight-inning no-hitter 127 years ago today, but the accomplishment is not considered an official no-no as the game was called due to darkness.

During a Sunday, October 12, 1890, American Association match-up in front of 4,000 fans at Columbus’ Recreation Park, Gastright no-hit the Toledo Maumees for a 6-0 victory. The game was called after eight innings.

Gastright walked just one batter while striking out six, and Columbus committed one error.

Horiuchi hits three home in his own no-hitter, 50 years ago today

A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu's sanyonara home run no-no in '73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi's 3 homers during his '67 no-hitter.
A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu’s sanyonara home run no-no in ’73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi’s 3 homers during his ’67 no-hitter.
The Yomiuri Giants’ Tsuneo Horiuchi hit three home runs while throwing a Japanese no-hitter, 50 years ago today.

On Tuesday, October 10, 1967, during a game at Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium against the Hiroshima Carp, Horiuchi blasted three home runs en route to an 11-0 win over the Carp.

The major leaguer who came the closest to duplicating the feet is the Philadelphia Phillies’ Rick Wise, who hit two homers during his 4-0 no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 23, 1971.

Only four other major league pitchers have hit single home runs while throwing a no-hitter: the Columbus Buckeyes’ Frank Mountain (1884), the Cleveland Indians’ Wes Ferrell (1931), the Boston Braves’ Jim Tobin (1944) and the Boston Red Sox’s Earl Wilson (1962).

Scherzer takes no-no into the 7th but Cubs top Nats to take lead in NLDS

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before losing his bid on a one-out double by the Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist. The Cubs won 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Divisional Series.

Jayson Werth barehanded Zobrist’s liner to left center from the Wrigley Field ivy, but Zobrist reached second safely on a headfirst slide just ahead of Werth’s throw. The Nationals went to the bullpen, and Sammy Solis gave up an RBI single to pinch hitter Albert Almora Jr. to tie the game at 1.

The Cubs scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Anthony Rizzo blooped a ball onto the outfield grass between Washington’s left fielder, center fielder and shortstop.

Today is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game

donlarsenmemorabiliaToday is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — the first no-hitter in MLB postseason history.

Larsen retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters he faced at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 1956 for a 2-0 win.

In the ninth, Larsen enticed outs from Carl Furillo and Roy Campanella before Dodgers manager Walter Alston called back pitcher Sal Maglie and sent pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to the plate. With a 2-2 count, catcher Yogi Berra called for a fastball. Mitchell tried to check his swing, but home-plate umpire Babe Pinelli already called it Strike 3.

Berra jumped into Larsen’s arms, and the picture of that embrace remains on of baseball’s most quintessential images.

Nats’ Strasburg takes NLDS no-hitter into the 6th inning

The Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg took a National League Divisional Series no-hitter into the sixth inning on Friday night in the team’s opening game against the Chicago Cubs.

With a runner on second and two out in the sixth, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant singled to break up the no-hitter and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Bryant reached second on the throw and later scored.

Phillies’ Halladay throws 2nd postseason no-no, 7 years ago today

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in post-season history, seven years ago today.

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.

The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The only other pitcher to throw a no-hitter on this date is Matt Kilroy, back in 1886, but it was a regular season match-up. Kilroy, pitching for the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.

Indians’ Bauer takes ALDS no-no into 6th vs. Yankees

The Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees Thursday night but gave up his bid on a one-out Aaron Hicks double to left.

Bauer was looking to toss the first post-season no-no since Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series. Halladay’s 4-0 gem marked his second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.

The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Only no-hitter with a 0-0 score was thrown 133 years ago today

Sam Kimber
Sam Kimber
The Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw baseball’s only tie-game no-hitter, 133 years ago today.

On Saturday, October 4, 1884, Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings at Brooklyn’s Washington Park but his team couldn’t score him a run off Toledo pitcher Frank Olin, who yielded just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.

Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.