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Evers hits majors’ only two-triple cycle, 67 years ago today

Hoot Evers (Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Hoot Evers (Photos from Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
The Detroit Tigers’ Hoot Evers became the only major league player to notch two triples while hitting for the cycle, 67 years ago today.

Evers accomplished the feat on Thursday, September 7, 1950, on the road at Cleveland’s Briggs Stadium, and the Indians had already built a 7-0 lead and knocked Tigers starter Art Houtteman off the mound before Evers got his first at bat. Evers immediately got the toughest part out of the way by tripling off the Indians’ Bob Feller to score Vic Wertz and cut the Indians’ lead to 7-3. That led Cleveland skipper Lou Boudreau to yank Feller after just a third of an inning in place of Jesse Flores.

Evers came up in the third inning and hit an RBI double off Flores, which again prompted Boudreau to go to the bullpen. Evers grounded out to short in the fifth before hitting a second RBI triple in the sixth, this one off of Al Benton. He then hit a two-run home run off in the eighth off Sam Zoldak before singling off Marino Pieretti to complete the cycle in the bottom of the 10th. The game was called after 10 as a 13-13 tie.

See our full list of major league cycles here.

Chicago American Giants’ Dougherty notches no-no day after Johnson

Charles “Pat” Dougherty threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants a day after a teammate threw one, 103 years ago today.

On Monday, June 9, 1913, Dougherty no-hit Paterson Smart Set for an 8-0 win. Dougherty struck out seven and walked one.

The previous day, Louis Decatur “Dicta” Johnson no-hit the same squad for a 9-0 win. It might be the only time in major baseball history that a team notched back-to-back no-hitters.

Haddix tosses 12 perfect innings and loses, 58 years ago today

Harvey Haddix
Harvey Haddix
Today, May 26, marks the 58th anniversary of what is perhaps the greatest baseball game ever thrown by a pitcher.

On May 26, 1959, in Harvey Haddix’s first season with the Pirates, the Medway, Ohio southpaw retired 36 Milwaukee Braves batters for a perfect game through 12 innings, but his team couldn’t score. Haddix lost the perfect game when Don Hoak threw a routine grounder in the dirt, then lost the no-hitter and the game when Joe Adcock launched a ball over the right-center field fence.

Haddix was later immortalized by The Baseball Project, which asks in its chrous, “Why don’t we add ‘ol Harvey to the list?”

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.

Evers hits majors’ only two-triple cycle, 66 years ago today

Hoot Evers (Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Hoot Evers (Photos from Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
The Detroit Tigers’ Hoot Evers became the only major league player to notch two triples while hitting for the cycle, 66 years ago today.

Evers accomplished the feat on Thursday, September 7, 1950, on the road at Cleveland’s Briggs Stadium, and the Indians had already built a 7-0 lead and knocked Tigers starter Art Houtteman off the mound before Evers got his first at bat. Evers immediately got the toughest part out of the way by tripling off the Indians’ Bob Feller to score Vic Wertz and cut the Indians’ lead to 7-3. That led Cleveland skipper Lou Boudreau to yank Feller after just a third of an inning in place of Jesse Flores.

Evers came up in the third inning and hit an RBI double off Flores, which again prompted Boudreau to go to the bullpen. Evers grounded out to short in the fifth before hitting a second RBI triple in the sixth, this one off of Al Benton. He then hit a two-run home run off in the eighth off Sam Zoldak before singling off Marino Pieretti to complete the cycle in the bottom of the 10th. The game was called after 10 as a 13-13 tie.

Rusie throws first New York Giants no-hitter, 125 years ago today

Amos Rusie
Amos Rusie
Amos Rusie threw the first New York Giants no-hitter, 125 years ago today.

At the Polo Grounds on Friday, July 31, 1891, Rusie no-hit the Brooklyn Grooms for a 6-0 win.

According to the New York Times, Rusie injured his hand just a week earlier and it was feared that he might miss some action, but he asked Capt. Buck Ewing to get the start against Brooklyn. Rusie did walk seven batters, but the Times said that 16 batters were retired on grounders “of a very weak character.”

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date in 188 is the Philadelphia Athletics’ Gus Weyhing, who no-hit the Kansas City Cowboys on Tuesday, July 31, 1888, for a 4-0 win at Philly’s Jefferson Street Grounds.

Koufax ties record with 3rd no-no, 52 years ago today

koufaxThe Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax threw his third career no-hitter, 52 years ago today.

On Thursday, June 4, 1964, at Connie Mack Stadium, Koufax no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-0 win. Koufax struck out 12 and faced the minimum number of batters (27), with his only blemish issuing a fourth-inning walk to Dick Allen. Allen was caught attempting to steal second base.

Koufax’s performance that night tied Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller for most career no-hitters.

Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965, but his record would fall in 1981 when Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-no.

MLB Now

I’ll be appearing on MLB Network’s MLB Now from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT today as a panelist alongside host Brian Kenney, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and commentator and former MLB pitcher Joe Magrane. Please tune in!

Happy 30th birthday to Homer Bailey

bailey34Happy 30th birthday to Homer Bailey, the Cincinnati Reds hurler who tossed two no-nos in 2012 and 2013.

Bailey, who is still trying to return to the mound from Tommy John surgery, first no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, September 28, 2012 for a 1-0 win at PNC Park.

Less than a year later, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, Bailey no-hit the San Francisco Giants at home at Great American Ball Park for a 3-0 victory.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Bailey has had a slight setback in his push to return after developing some inflammation following a rehab outing.