Claude “Red” Grier threw baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 91 years ago today.
On Sunday, October 3, 1926, in the Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series between Grier’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the opposing Chicago American Giants, Grier no-hit the American Giants for a 10-0 win in front of just 2,857 fans at Maryland Baseball Park in Baltimore.
Thirty years later, the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen threw the first Major League Baseball no-hitter in the 1956 World Series, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Two rain-shortened no-hitters, which are not considered official, were thrown on this date.
On Wednesday, October 1, 1884, the Detroit Wolverines’ Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien threw a six-inning no-no against the Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit’s Recreation Park. The Wolverines were leading 1-0 when Milt Scott and Getzien hit back-to-back singles in the seventh inning before the rain started to fall.
“It did not rain very hard nor very long, but [umpire Sterwart] Decker decided that the grounds were too wet, it was already too dark and he called the game,” noted the Detroit Free Press.
And how did the German-born Getzien earn the nickname “Pretzels”? Sporting Life explains the right-hander’s “pretzel curve.”
“In delivering his ‘pretzels,’ ‘Gets’ faces third base with one foot in either corner of the lower end of the box,” the paper said. “Bending the left knee slightly, he draws his right arm well luck. Then, straightening up quickly, he slides the left foot forward with a characteristic little skip, and, bringing his arm around with a swift overhand swing, drives the ball at a lively pace.”
The other rain-shortened no-no was tossed by the Boston Red Sox’s Devern Hansack on Sunday, October 1, 2006. He no-hit the Orioles for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead, but umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain. Hansack’s no-no was one of his three career starts in the majors, as he appeared in just nine major league games between 2006-2008 while compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.
The California Angels’ Mike Witt threw a perfect game on the final game of the 1984 season, 33 years ago today.
On Sunday, September 30, 1984, Witt needed just 94 pitchers to retire all 27 of the Texas Rangers he faced for a 1-0 win in front of just 8,375 fans at Arlington Stadium. Witt struck out 10 batters.
Witt also threw the final two innings of a combined Angels no-no on Wednesday, April 11, 1990, at Anaheim Stadium. Mark Langston got the start and threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners, but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Witt came in and threw two perfect innings.
Jordan Zimmermann tossed the Washington Nationals’ first no-no since the franchise’s move to the nation’s capital, three years ago today.
Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins on the final game of the 2014 season at Nationals Park on September 28, striking out 10 batters while issuing just a single walk for a 1-0 victory.
The Nats’ Steven Souza Jr. saved the no-no on the final play with a diving catch. Souza, a rookie outfielder inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth, chased down a two-out deep fly ball to left center and made the grab near the warning track for the game’s final out. Teammates mobbed Zimmermann,
The losing pitcher was Henderson Alvarez, who tossed a no-no for the Marlins on the last day of the 2013 regular season. That game ended on a rare walk-off wild-pitch.
Although it was the first no-hitter for the Nationals, the franchise had recorded four no-hitters north of the border as the Montreal Expos:
Bill Stoneman, April 17, 1969, against the Philadelphia Phillies
Stoneman, Oct. 2, 1972 (game one of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.
Charlie Lea, May 10, 1981 (game two of doubleheader), against the San Francisco Giants
Dennis Martinez, July 28, 1991, a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Nats’ Max Scherzer has since tossed the second and third Nationals no-hitters:
Saturday, June 20, 2015, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 (second game of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.
Nolan Ryan threw the fifth of his major-league record seven no-hitters, 36 years ago today.
On September 26, 1981, as a member of the Houston Astros, Ryan broke Sandy Koufax’s 16-year-old mark of four career no-nos with a 5-0 no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan struck out 11 and walked three, making great use of his breaking ball.
Koufax had set the record of four no-hitters on September 9, 1965, tossing a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium.
The San Diego Padres’ Jhoulys Chacín took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Saturday night before DJ LeMaheiu singled with two out, extending the club’s streak of no no-hitters to 7,807 regular season games (and 34 post-season contests).
LeMaheiu lined a ball to center field just out of the reach of a diving Manuel Margot, Margot trapped the ball to hold LeMaheiu to a single. It was the only hit yielded by Chacín during his six innings of work, as the Padres topped the Colorado Rockies 5-0.
The Padres are the only major league franchise to have never thrown a no-hitter, a streak in its 48th year.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Dean and the Oakland Athletics’ Vida Blue threw no-hitters on this date.
On Friday, September 21, 1934, during the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader against Brooklyn, Dean no-hit the Dodgers for a 3-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of game days at 535 (more than three years!), a record that stands today.
Older brother Dizzy Dean pitched the opener of that doubleheader, holding the the Dodgers to three hits for a 13-0 complete-game win.
On Monday, September 21, 1970, Blue no-hit the Minnesota Twins at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for a 6-0 victory. At 21 years, 1 month and 24 days, Blue set the new modern-era mark for a youngster.
Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium, 48 years ago today.
At Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969, Moose struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. (My father and two of my sisters were at the game. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.
Five other no-hitters were thrown on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 48 years since Moose’s no-no. September 20’s six no-hitters ties three other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 and September 28.
Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:
8 of 296
Chicago White Stockings (NL)
Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago) (His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 296
James "Nixey" Callahan
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (First American League no hitter)
56 of 296
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 296
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 296
Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)