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New Jersey’s first MLB game

Aerial photo of Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
Aerial photo of Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
Today is the 59th anniversary of New Jersey’s first major league baseball game.

The Brooklyn Dodgers played 15 regular-season games at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium during the 1956 and 1957 seasons.

The first was on April 19, 1956, and the Dodgers topped the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 5-4 win in an error-filled game (5 errors for the Dodgers, 3 for the Phillies). Just over 12,000 fans watched the game.

The Dodgers actually went 6-1 at Roosevelt Stadium in 1956 and clinched the National League pennant, but the team lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, thanks in part to Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5.

Jiménez ejected from a no-no in progress

Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez on Friday night in the middle of him throwing a no-hitter. Granted it was only the fourth inning, but I don’t recall ever seeing that before.

Jiménez hit Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game, and Baker surmised that the pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game.

In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.

Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.

Jiménez tossed a no-hitter in 2010 – the first in Colorado Rockies history:

  Ubaldo Jiménez
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)

League celebrates Jackie Robinson

jackierobinsoncomicwebToday marks the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the major leagues color barrier.

Robinson on April 15, 1947 made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base and going 0-3 with a run scored. He batted .297 that season to take Rookie of the Year honors.

Robinson’s iconic No. 42, retired throughout baseball, will be worn by every major league player today, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners for tonight’s Civil Rights Game. Jackie’s widow, Rachel Robinson, and Hall of Fame southpaw Sandy Koufax are expected to participate in the first-pitch ceremony.

Happy birthday to no-no thrower Bret Saberhagen

Happy 51st birthday to Bret Saberhagen, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals in 1991.

Saberhagen had a lot of success with the Royals, winning Cy Young awards in 1985 (20-6 with a 2.87 ERA) and 1989 (23-6 with a 2.16 ERA). His no-hitter came on Aug. 26, 1991 during a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, but it was not without controversy.

In the fifth inning of the game, Royals outfielder Kirk Gibson got a late jump on a Dan Pasqua line drive, according to Baseball Digest. Gibson made a last-ditch-effort jump at the warning track but the ball tipped off his glove, letting Pasqua reach second. The official scorer initially ruled it a hit but changed it to a two-base error after watching replays.

Saberhagen’s no-no remained intact, and he retired 14 of the next 15 batters while issuing just his second base on balls in the eighth.

A’s Gray reaches 8th, Scherzer and Kluber 6th in no-no attempts

Bob Feller in 2010 (Credit: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.)
Bob Feller in 2010 (Credit: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.)
The Athletics’ Sonny Gray took a no-no bid into the eighth inning Monday night before giving up a no-out single, ensuring that Bob Feller’s 75-year-old feat of throwing baseball’s only Opening Day no-hitter remains intact.

Gray’s effort was the best 2015 Opening Day effort of many. The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and the Cleveland Indians Cory Kluber’ no-hit their Opening Day opponents through 5 2/3 innings on Monday.

Also on Monday, the Detroit Tigers’ David Price threw 4 1/3 innings of perfect ball before the Minnesota Twins’ Kennys Vargas broke it up with a one-out single.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchinson threw 3 2/3 no-hit innings before the New York Yankees’ Brian McCann singled to right.

Feller, who threw an Opening Day no-no for the Cleveland Indians on August 16, 1940, tossed two additional no-hitters for Cleveland.

Padres count climbing again

nohitters0San Diego starter James Shields yielded a leadoff single to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jimmy Rollins Monday as the Padres no no-hitter count climbed for the first time in about six months, reaching 7,329 regular season games.

The Padres, home since 1969 to such great pitchers like Randy Jones, Jake Peavy and Clay Kirby, are the only major league team without a no-hitter.

Kirby came close, several times, and perhaps Kirby’s start on July 21, 1970 reveals the origin of The Curse.

In that game, the New York Mets were beating the Padres 1-0 but Kirby still had a no-hitter going through eight innings. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, San Diego skipper Preston Gomez decided to pull Kirby for a pinch hitter, Cito Gaston. Gaston struck out, reliever Jack Baldschun gave up a ninth-inning lead-off single to Bud Harrelson and the Mets rallied to pad their lead to 3-0, which would be the final score.

Would Kirby have reached base and started a rally that would have given them a 2-1 lead and an eventual no-no win?

Would Kirby have struck out, yet kept the no-hitter alive through the top of the ninth to set up a ninth-inning Padres walk-off victory? We’ll never know, and the club still has no no-no.

No Opening Night no-hitter

Bob Feller’s 75-year-old record of throwing baseball’s only Opening Day no-hitter will not be tied with an Opening Night no-hitter.

The Chicago Cubs Jon Lester gave up a first-inning double to Jason Heyward, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright gave up a Dexter Fowler leadoff double to left.

Feller threw his no-no on April 16, 1940 on a day when all 16 teams were in action. He struck out eight as the Cleveland Indians topped the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey Park.

Of course the rest of the major league teams are in action on Monday, so an Opening Day no-hitter could still be in the cards, it just technically wouldn’t be thrown on baseball’s Opening Day.

Don’t miss a no-no

iphone_notifcation_half_sizeNo one likes hearing about a no-hitter after the fact, and even if you don’t watch the whole game you’d like to at least catch the last couple of innings of something that has occurred only 287 times in baseball history.

For a mere 99 cents, iPhone and iPad owners can make sure they stay in the came with the No-hitter Alerts app by Ben Packard. The app will notify you of any no-no in progress in whatever inning you want choose.

No-hitter Alerts lets you set a different inning for teams you care about, so if I happen to be missing a Mets or Padres game on a particular night I get a heads up in the fifth, while other teams are set to the seventh.

The app’s website is if you want to learn more. Sorry Android users, it’s Apple products only.

Hugh Daily, the only Irish-born no-hit pitcher

hughdailyAs we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to honor the only no-hit pitcher actually born in Ireland – Hugh Daily.

Daily, throwing for the National League’s Cleveland Blues, no-hit the Philadelphia Quakers on Sept. 13, 1883 at Recreation park in Philadelphia. Daily, who had one arm due to a gun accident years earlier, was purported to be a hard thrower with a surly disposition.

#21, the Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos)

The NoNoHitters 30The No. 21 spot in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is taken up by the Washington Nationals franchise, which pulled into a tie with the Miami Marlins and the Texas Rangers on the final game of the 2014 season.

The Washington Nationals, formerly playing north of the border as the Montreal Expos, have thrown a total of five no-hitters during the franchise’s history dating back to 1969.

The Expos wasted no time in exiting the no no-no club. In the team’s ninth game on April 17, 1969, reliever-turned-starter Bill Stoneman struck out eight and walked five but gave up no-hits during the Expos’ 8-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. 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 the final game of last year.

Here is the list of Nationals/Expos no-hitters:

1 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Thursday, April 17, 1969
Montreal Expos 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His first of two no-hitters)
2 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Monday, October 2, 1972 (First game of doubleheader)
Montreal Expos 7, New York Mets 0
Parc Jarry (Montreal)
(His second of two no-hitters)
3 Charlie Lea
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Sunday, May 10, 1981 (Second game of doubleheader)
Montreal Expos 4, San Francisco Giants 0
Olympic Stadium (Montreal)
4 Dennis Martinez
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Sunday, July 28, 1991
Montreal Expos 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game)
5 Jordan Zimmerman
  Washington Nationals (NL)
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
Washington Nationals 1, Miami Marlins 0
Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)
(Zimmerman throws first no-no for the Nationals after the team’s move from Montreal.)

Here’s our list so far from 21 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise

5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres