“Bullet” Joe Bush, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, was born 125 years ago today.
On Saturday, August 26, 1916, at Shibe Park, Bush held the Cleveland Indians hitless en route to a 5-0 win. Bush allowed his only base runner in the first inning by issuing a walk to Jack Graney. Bush struck out seven Cleveland batters to complete the no-no, which was witnessed by some 10,000 fans.
Happy 34th birthday to Matt Garza, who threw the only no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.
On Monday, July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field, Garza no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 win. The Tigers’ Max Scherzer was also working on a no-hitter that night but lost it on a Matt Joyce grand slam in the sixth.
Garza’s no-hitter came just three months after another team exited the no no-no club — the Colorado Rockies. On April 17 of that year, Ubaldo Jiménez tossed a no-hitter at Turner Field for a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. With the Rockies and Rays getting their first no-nos, that left the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres as the only major league franchises without one.
Santana kicked the Mets out of the club in June 2012, and the Padres continue to await their first no-no.
Happy 73rd birthday to Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets.
Tom Terrific finally got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.
The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.
Walter Johnson, a 400+ game winner who threw a 1920 no-hitter for the Washington Senators, was born 130 years ago today.
Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 1, 1920, for a 1-0 victory. He finished out a 21-year Hall of Fame career with a record of 417-279.
Also born on this day is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria, who threw a no-hitter in 1976. The “Candy Man,” who turns 64 today, no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday, August 9, 1976 for a 2-0 win. Wishing him a happy 64th birthday!
Today would be the 73rd birthday of Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history.
On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.
Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.
Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.
Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run but never appeared in a game.
Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.
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.
Happy 135th birthday to the New York Giants’ Red Ames, who threw nine innings of no-hit ball on Opening Day in 1909 before giving up a hit in the 10th and losing the game in the 13th.
On April 15, 1909, Ames no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas over nine innings at the Polo Grounds but neither team could score a run, as Brooklyn’s Kaiser Wilhelm held the Giants to just one hit.
The Superbas’ Whitey Alperman tagged Ames for a one-out double to left center in the 10th inning, but Ames stranded Alperman at third to keep the game scoreless. Brooklyn scored three runs in the top of the 13th for the victory, with Ames giving up a total of 7 hits. Wilhelm yielded just four hits.
Today would be the 111th birthday of pitching great Satchel Paige.
Paige, born July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama, estimated he threw 55 no-hitters over his long, storied career that included stints with numerous teams. When Paige wasn’t pitching in league games, he was barnstorming across the country competing against anyone who would take the ball field against his All-Stars.
But just two of Paige’s no-nos against professional-level teams are documented in
the most well-researched list, put together by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Negro League Committee and Noir Tech Research:
Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
Wednesday, July 4, 1934
Pittsburgh Crawfords 4, Homestead Grays 0 (Paige struck out 17 batters)
Paige was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 as the first player voted in by the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues.
Today would be the 96th birthday of Bill McCahan, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics as a rookie in 1947.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander from Philadelphia no-hit the Washington Senators at Shibe Park on Wednesday, September 3, 1947. McCahan struck out two yet didn’t walk a single batter. His perfect game was marred by a second-inning throwing error by first-baseman Ferris Fain.
McCahan told the AP that he didn’t know he was pitching a no-no until the ninth inning.