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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

Nimoy, played for Brooklyn Loons, dies at 83.

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Long before “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” and “Major League” hit the silver screen, Leonard Nimoy played an uncredited part of a ballplayer in a film about a once feral cat owning a major league club.

SpockNimoy, best known for portraying “Mr. Spock” on “Star Trek,” died today at the age of 83. In the 1951 film “Rhubarb,” Nimoy played a baseball player for the Brooklyn Loons, a team owned by eccentric T.J. Banner until he dies and wills his money – and the Loons – to a cat named Rhubarb.

Nimoy is sitting at the lower left of the card table in this scene. His big line comes at 4:52 into the clip: “Wait a minute. Rhubarb will be at the game tomorrow, won’t he Eric?”

Live long and prosper, Leonard.

Padres 2nd triple play, 43 years ago today

Of the three baseball rare feats – the no-hitter, the hit-for-the-cycle and the triple play – the San Diego Padres are void of two. But despite still seeking the club’s first no-hitter and hit-for-cycle, the Padres have turned seven triple plays during their 45 years of existence, and the second occurred 43 years ago today.

Clay Kirby was protecting a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning at San Diego Stadium on Aug. 1, 1971 when he gave up a leadoff single to the Atlanta Braves’ Earl Williams. Williams reached second on a wild pitch before Kirby walked Hal King, bringing Oscar Brown to the plate.

Second baseman Don Mason snagged a hard-hit liner off Brown’s bat and threw to first-baseman Nate Colbert to double King off first. Colbert then threw to shortstop Enzo Hernandez to triple Williams off second for the 4-3-6 triple play.

Kirby held on for a 2-0 complete-game shutout.

See a list of all the Padres’ triple plays here.

Fewest hits in an ASG? The NL only got 2 in 1990

1990asgWith only seven shutouts in All-Star history, it’s no surprise that there have been no no-hitters since the tradition began in 1933.

Midsummer classic fans have never even got to witness a one-hitter, but the American League staff did take a one-hitter into the ninth inning during the 1990 All-Star Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The possibility of an All-Star no-no had been killed early when the San Francisco Giants’ Will Clark tagged the Oakland As’ Bob Welch for a first-inning single. Welch managed to keep the NL hitless for the rest of his two-inning stint, and Dave Steib, Bret Saberhagen, Bobby Thigpen, Chuck Finley held the fort through eight when Dennis Eckersley was called on for the save.

Eckersley gave up a lead-off single to the Phillies’ Lenny Dykstra before retiring the next three to getting the save and preserve the only two-hitter in All-Star history.

Final score: American League 2, National League 0.

Keeping up with the no-nos

iphone_notifcation_half_sizeIf you love no-hitters and have an iPhone or iPad, a must-have app is No-Hitter Alerts created by Ben Packard.

This great 99-cent app will inform you of any no-no in progress in whatever inning you want choose. (To me, it’s worth tuning into MLB TV for teams you don’t care about when a game reaches the 7th inning without a hit.) The app will also let 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’ll get a heads up in the fifth.)

The app’s website is if you want to learn more. There’s no Android version as of yet.

Foley 1st to hit for cycle 132 years ago today

Curry Foley Digital ID: 56697. New York Public Library132 years ago today, Charles J “Curry” Foley became the first Major League player to hit for the cycle.

Foley accomplished the feat on May 25, 1882, while playing right field for Buffalo during the Bisons’ 20-1 National League crushing of the Cleveland Blues.

“The game proved a Waterloo for the visitors, and was robbed of all interest at an early stage by the terrific slugging,” an unnamed newspaper writer penned from Riverside Grounds. “Nothing like it was ever seen before.”

Hitting for the cycle involves notching a single, double, triple and homer in the same game. It’s about as rare as a no-hitter, with 304 over baseball’s history compared to 292 no-nos. Though the term “hit-for-cycle” apparently wasn’t used back then, the box score says that Foley went 4-for-6 and those hits included a double, a triple and a home run that “cleared the bases.”

Foley, who was born in Ireland, made his last appearance on a ball field in 1888 due to rheumatism. He died on Oct. 21, 1898, at the age of 42 after being bedridden for years.

“He was a very bright fellow, using superior judgment in his work,” the writer of his obituary noted. “Not only did he excel as a ball player, but he made his mark as a writer. He had a wonderful memory, and his reminiscences of feats on the ball field were most interesting and entertaining.”

Padres’ 4th triple play, 36 years ago today

tripleplays7The San Diego Padres turned their fourth of the franchise’s seven triple plays, 36 years ago today.

On April 11, 1978, the Braves were trying to get on the board during a scoreless game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium when Dale Murphy and Rod Gilbreath hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the second inning. Up came Braves’ starting pitcher Phil Niekro, who hit a grounder to third-baseman Bill Almon. Almon steps on third to force out Gilbreath, throws to second-baseman Derrel Thomas to retire Murphy and then Thomas throws to first-baseman Gene Richards to get Niekro.

The Padres would go on to win 3-1.

Padres record 6th triple play, 25 years ago today

tripleplays725 years ago today, the San Diego Padres turned their sixth of seven triple plays in franchise history.

On April 9, 1989, after Eric Show began the bottom of the eighth inning by walking Kevin Bass, Manager Jack McKeon brought in Mark Davis to face Greg Gross. Gross laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached first on an error by second baseman Roberto Alomar. Ken Caminiti stepped to the plate and hit a liner down the third base line, which was fielded by third-baseman Luis Salazar, who threw to Alomar for one, and Alomar threw to Jack Clark for the double play.

Clark realized that Bass was heading home and threw to catcher Mark Parent, who tagged out Bass at the plate. The Padres wound up winning 5-4.

Since 1969, the Padres have turned seven triple plays. (Read about the others on our Padres triple plays page.)