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Happy birthday Bill Singer, Howard Ehmke

Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke
Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke
Happy birthday to two no-no pitchers, Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke.

Singer, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher celebrating his 73rd birthday, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Monday, July 20, 1970 for a 5-0 win.

Ehmke, born 122 years ago today, pitched for the Boston Red Sox. On Friday, September 7, 1923, he no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics on the road at Shibe Park for a 4-0 victory.

Johnson throws a no-hitter … and loses … 53 years ago today

Ken Johnson of the Colt .45's.
Ken Johnson of the Colt .45’s.
Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter and lost, 53 years ago today.

It was April 23, 1964, and the Houston Colt .45’s were playing the Cincinnati Reds at Colt Stadium. The game was deadlocked at 0.

The Reds clawed for a run on a ninth-inning bunt attempt by Pete Rose in which Johnson threw the ball into the outfield (it apparently wasn’t taboo to bunt to break up a no-no back then). After Rose advanced to third on a ground out, Vada Pinson stepped to the plate and hit a routine two-out grounder to second that was booted by Nellie Fox, allowing Rose to score.

The game remains the only nine-inning no-hitter lost by a single pitcher. The Orioles tandem of Steve Barber and Stu Miller duplicated the feat three years later.

I interviewed Johnson in 2014 and he seemed touched that someone still wanted to talk at length about that game.

“I can’t believe anyone still remembers,” Johnson said.

Johnson died in November 2015 at the age of 82.

Baseball’s first same-day no-nos, 119 years ago today

Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Ted Breitenstein and Jim Jay Hughes threw no-hitters on the same day, 119 years ago today.

Ted Breitenstein, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park on Friday, April 22, 1898. That same day, Jim Jay Hughes, of the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Boston Beaneaters.

The feat wasn’t duplicated until 1991, when the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw same-day no-nos.

One-year anniversary of the last MLB no-hitter

Today marks a full 365 calendar days since the last Major League Baseball no-hitter.

On April 21, 2016, the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, less than eight months after throwing one against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arrieta walked four and struck out six as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 16-0 at Great American Ballpark. Arrieta’s previous no-no was on August 30, 2015, when he no-hit the Dodgers for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium.

The Reds had last been no-hit on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit Cincinnati during the opening game of the NLDS. To find the last regular season no-hitter against the Reds, you had to go back more than 44 years. On Wednesday, June 23, 1971, the Phillies’ Rick Wise no-hit the Reds for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

Goodgame tosses no-no for West Baden, 106 years ago today

John Goodgame threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the West Baden Sprudels, 106 years ago today.

On Friday, April 21, 1911, Goodgame no-hit the French Lick Plutos in West Baden, Indiana, for a 3-0 win. The website Agate Type: Reconstructing Negro League & Latin Baseball History dug up a short Indianapolis Freeman write-up about the game, showing that Goodgame, a new recruit out of Talladega College, struck out 11 and walked just one.

Joss’ second no-hitter, 107 years ago today

Cleveland Naps pitcher Addie Joss, Bain News Service, 1910, LC-DIG-ggbain-08196.
Addie Joss
The Cleveland Naps’ (Indians’) Addie Joss threw the second of his two no-hitters 107 years ago today.

On Wednesday, April 20, 1910, Joss no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at South Side Park.

It was his second no-no against Chicago. On Friday, October 2, 1908, Joss threw a perfect game against the White Sox at home at League Park.

With the pair of gems, Joss became the first person to throw two no-hitters against the same team. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum duplicated the feat in 2013 and 2014, no-hitting the San Diego Padres in each.)

Marlins pull even closer to combined no-hitter, broken up after 8 1/3

The Miami Marlins nearly threw the team’s first combined no-hitter on Tuesday night, blanking the Seattle Mariners 5-0 at Safeco Field but losing the no-no in the 9th.

Wei-Yin Chen threw seven no-hit innings, reaching his 100th pitch on the third out of the 7th. Marlins skipper Don Mattingly gave the ball to Brad Ziegler, who kept the no-no going through the 8th.

Kyle Barraclough came in to close the game, but gave up a one-out double to Mitch Haniger.

The Marlins have thrown five no-hitters. Here they are:

1 Al Leiter
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1996
Florida Marlins 11, Colorado Rockies 0
Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami)
2 Kevin Brown
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Florida Marlins 9, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
3 A.J. Burnett
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Saturday, May 12, 2001
Florida Marlins 3, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)
4 Anibal Sanchez
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Florida Marlins 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Pro Player Stadium (Miami)
(Sanchez breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.)
4 Henderson Alvarez
  Miami Marlins (NL team in IL game)
  Sunday, September 29, 2013
Miami Marlins 1, Detroit Tigers 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
(Alvarez gets his no-no on a walk-off wild pitch.)

Expos throw no-hitter in 9th game, 48 years ago today

Montreal Expos logoThe Montreal Expos tossed a no-hitter in the franchise’s ninth game, 48 years ago today.

On April 17, 1969, Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium, marking the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list. Stoneman would get one more no-no in 1972 and Expos pitchers would throw two more before the move to D.C. Jordan Zimmermann threw the Nationals’ first no-no on Sept. 28, 2014. Max Scherzer added two Nationals no-hitters.

The San Diego Padres, an expansion partner of the Expos, are still awaiting the team’s first no-hitter.

Here’s when the other two 1969 expansion teams exited the no no-no club:

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals logoIn his 10th Major League start, Kansas City Royals starter Steve Busby no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 3-0 victory on April 27, 1973 despite walking five batters. Busby would throw another no-hitter on June 19, 1974, becoming the first pitcher to ever throw two no-nos in his first two full seasons (he had thrown a couple late-season games in 1972). Other Royals pitchers would throw two more no-hitters to give the franchise a total of four.

Seattle Pilots

Seattle Pilots logoThe Pilots lasted just one season in Seattle, and the team couldn’t notch a no-hitter or even a one-hitter during those 162 games (they did get three two-hitters). After the squad moved to Milwaukee and was renamed the Brewers, the franchise would have to wait 17 years for its first no-hitter. Juan Nieves became the first Puerto Rico native to throw a no-no on April 15, 1987 as the Brewers topped the Baltimore Orioles 7-0. Robin Yount made a game-ending diving catch to preserve Nieves’ gem, which remains the Brewers’ only no-no.

Feller tosses Opening Day no-no, 77 years ago today

Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history, 77 years ago today.

The 21-year-old Feller used his “heater from Van Meter” fastball on April 16, 1940, to mow down eight White Sox batters as the Cleveland Indians topped Chicago 1-0. Feller’s parents and sister, Marguerite, were among the 14,000 fans at Chicago’s Comiskey Park that afternoon.

“I knew I had a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth,” Feller told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “but I tried to put the thought out of my mind by reminding myself you never have a no-hitter until the last man is out.”

Feller threw two additional no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for a major league record that would later be broken by Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan:

2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
Feller nearly had some company on April 16, 1940. With all 16 teams in action, Boston Red Sox southpaw Lefty Grove took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was broken up with a single by the Washington Senators’ Cecil Travis. Grove retired the game’s first 21 batters but lost the perfecto on an eighth-inning error. He settled for a two-hit 1-0 complete-game shutout.

Asked by an AP reporter if he was disappointed by Travis’ single, Grove said, “No. No-hitters are bad luck.”

Two other no-hitters were thrown on the date of April 16:

1 Burt Hooton
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)

Happy birthday to Federal League no-no thrower Hendrix

claudehendrixHappy birthday to Claude Hendrix, who threw a Federal League no-hitter in 1915.

Hendrix, born on this day in 1889 in Olathe, Kansas, got the start for the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales on Saturday, May 15, 1915 against the Pittsburgh Rebels at Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park. Hendrix, a former Pittsburgh Pirates hurler, struck out three and walked three for a 10-0 victory.

“Eight fly balls were hit to the outfielders,” according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story. “Eight men died on pop flys to the infield and seven men were thrown out by ground balls by the infielders.”

Hundreds of fans rushed the field to congratulate Hendrix after he got Jimmy Savage to foul out to end the game.

“I got all the breaks and my teammates played great ball behind me,” Hendrix said.