Category Archives: No-no birthdays

Happy birthday Larry Corcoran, threw three no-hitters

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Happy 158th birthday to Larry Corcoran, the first pitcher to toss three career no-hitters.

Corcoran, who born on this day in 1859 in Brooklyn, threw all of his no-nos for the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, later renamed the Cubs. All were accomplished at home at Lake Front Park.

Joining Corcoran in the three no-hitters club are Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. Koufax added a fourth, and Ryan went on to throw seven no-hitters.

Here are Corcoran’s no-hitters:

1 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1880
Chicago White Stockings 6, Boston Red Caps 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
2 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
3 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1884
Chicago White Stockings 6, Providence Grays 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)

Happy 135th birthday Red Ames, threw 9 innings of no-hit ball on Opening Day

redamesHappy 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.

Happy 111th birthday, Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige
(Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
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:

1 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
2 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  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.

Happy birthday Bill McCahan, who threw a Philadelphia A’s no-no

119_billmccahanToday 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.

Happy 133rd birthday to Miles ‘Alex’ Main, threw no-no for K.C. Packers

76_milesalexmainMiles “Alex” Main, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Packers in 1915, was born 132 years ago today.

Main no-hit the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues in a Federal League match-up at Buffalo’s International Fair Association Grounds on August 16, 1915. Only three Buffeds reached base thanks to one walk and a couple of Kansas City errors as the Packers won 5-0.

Main also pitched briefly for the Detroit Tigers (1914) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1915).

Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters, threw two no-nos, born on this day

Jesse 'Nip' Winters
Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters
Happy birthday to Jesse “Nip” Winters, who threw two Negro Leagues no-hitters.

Winters, born on this day in 1899 in Washington D.C., tossed his no-nos while pitching for the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and Hilldale.

Winters spent the final 30 years of his life until his death in 1971 in Hockessin, Delaware. The town honored him with a historical marker in 2015, according to the Hockessin Community News.

Here are Winters’ no-hitters:

1 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
  Wednesday, July 26, 1922
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 7, Indianapolis ABCs 1
(Winters’ first of two no-hitters on this list)
2 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1924 (first game of doubleheader)
Hilldale 2, Harrisburg Giants 0
(First Eastern Colored League no-hitter; Winters’s second of two no-hitters on this list)

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.

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.

Happy 36th birthday to Hisashi Iwakuma, threw ’15 no-hitter

Happy 36th birthday to the Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma, who broke a streak of 12 straight National League no-hitters by throwing one against the Baltimore Orioles last year.

At Safeco Field on August 12, 2015, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander struck out seven and walked three while holding the Orioles hitless for a 3-0 victory. Kyle Seager made a spectacular catch for the first out in the ninth, snagging a foul ball behind his back. Iwakuma walked the lead-off batter in the eighth, but recovered with a strikeout looking and a 6-4-3 double play to make it to the ninth.

Iwakuma’s performance marked the first American League no-hitter since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game at Safeco Field on August 15, 2012.

Hisashi Iwakuma