Former New York Mets pitcher Pat Misch threw a no-hitter for the Lamigo Monkeys in Game 7 of the Taiwan Series, two years ago today.
On Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium, Misch no-hit the Chinatrust Brothers for an 11-0 victory. Misch faced the minimum 27 batters and threw 99 pitches, with his only blemish being a fifth-inning walk issued to Chinatrust first baseman Peng Cheng-min. Misch struck out seven.
The win earned the Monkeys the 2015 Chinese Professional Baseball League Championship.
Misch’s last MLB appearance was for the Mets in 2011. He has since bounced between the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers franchise.
Today is the 125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones’ debut no-hitter.
Charles Leander “Bumpus” Jones made his major-league debut for the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, October 15, 1892, and made the most of it, no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates at League Park for a 7-1 win.
Reds player-manager Charles Comiskey, who had watched Jones pitch well in an 1892 exhibition, gave Jones the opportunity to pitch Cincinnati’s final game of the ’92 season. Two pitchers – Ted Breitenstein and Alva “Bobo” Holloman – have thrown no-hitters in their first major league starts, but only Jones did so in his first major league appearance.
The Boston Red Sox’s Bill Rohr came within one strike of the feat in 1967.
Rohr made his major league debut against New York at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967, and reached the ninth inning without allowing a hit. (He had allowed six base runners to reach on five walks and one on an error.)
Tom Tresh led off the ninth inning by hitting a fly ball to left, and Carl Yastrzemski saved the day with a diving catch. After Joe Pepitone flied out to right for the second out, Rohr served up a 3-2 flat curve to Elston Howard and Howard lined it to right center for a single. Rohr got Charley Smith to fly out to right to complete the 3-0 complete-game one-hitter.
Rohr took it in stride.
“It would have been nice to have a no-hitter, but it’s awfully nice to be 1-0 in the big leagues,” he said after the game.
Rohr made just 26 more appearances in the majors (seven of those as starts) with his last for the Cleveland Indians in 1968. He played out his final three years in the minors before retiring with an MLB 3-3 record.
The Colombus Solons’ Hank Gastright threw an eight-inning no-hitter 127 years ago today, but the accomplishment is not considered an official no-no as the game was called due to darkness.
During a Sunday, October 12, 1890, American Association match-up in front of 4,000 fans at Columbus’ Recreation Park, Gastright no-hit the Toledo Maumees for a 6-0 victory. The game was called after eight innings.
Gastright walked just one batter while striking out six, and Columbus committed one error.
The Yomiuri Giants’ Tsuneo Horiuchi hit three home runs while throwing a Japanese no-hitter, 50 years ago today.
On Tuesday, October 10, 1967, during a game at Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium against the Hiroshima Carp, Horiuchi blasted three home runs en route to an 11-0 win over the Carp.
The major leaguer who came the closest to duplicating the feet is the Philadelphia Phillies’ Rick Wise, who hit two homers during his 4-0 no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 23, 1971.
Only four other major league pitchers have hit single home runs while throwing a no-hitter: the Columbus Buckeyes’ Frank Mountain (1884), the Cleveland Indians’ Wes Ferrell (1931), the Boston Braves’ Jim Tobin (1944) and the Boston Red Sox’s Earl Wilson (1962).
Today is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — the first no-hitter in MLB postseason history.
Larsen retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters he faced at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 1956 for a 2-0 win.
In the ninth, Larsen enticed outs from Carl Furillo and Roy Campanella before Dodgers manager Walter Alston called back pitcher Sal Maglie and sent pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to the plate. With a 2-2 count, catcher Yogi Berra called for a fastball. Mitchell tried to check his swing, but home-plate umpire Babe Pinelli already called it Strike 3.
Berra jumped into Larsen’s arms, and the picture of that embrace remains on of baseball’s most quintessential images.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in post-season history, seven years ago today.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.
The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The only other pitcher to throw a no-hitter on this date is Matt Kilroy, back in 1886, but it was a regular season match-up. Kilroy, pitching for the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.
The Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw baseball’s only tie-game no-hitter, 133 years ago today.
On Saturday, October 4, 1884, Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings at Brooklyn’s Washington Park but his team couldn’t score him a run off Toledo pitcher Frank Olin, who yielded just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.
Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.
Claude “Red” Grier threw baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 91 years ago today.
On Sunday, October 3, 1926, in the Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series between Grier’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the opposing Chicago American Giants, Grier no-hit the American Giants for a 10-0 win in front of just 2,857 fans at Maryland Baseball Park in Baltimore.
Thirty years later, the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen threw the first Major League Baseball no-hitter in the 1956 World Series, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Two rain-shortened no-hitters, which are not considered official, were thrown on this date.
On Wednesday, October 1, 1884, the Detroit Wolverines’ Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien threw a six-inning no-no against the Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit’s Recreation Park. The Wolverines were leading 1-0 when Milt Scott and Getzien hit back-to-back singles in the seventh inning before the rain started to fall.
“It did not rain very hard nor very long, but [umpire Sterwart] Decker decided that the grounds were too wet, it was already too dark and he called the game,” noted the Detroit Free Press.
And how did the German-born Getzien earn the nickname “Pretzels”? Sporting Life explains the right-hander’s “pretzel curve.”
“In delivering his ‘pretzels,’ ‘Gets’ faces third base with one foot in either corner of the lower end of the box,” the paper said. “Bending the left knee slightly, he draws his right arm well luck. Then, straightening up quickly, he slides the left foot forward with a characteristic little skip, and, bringing his arm around with a swift overhand swing, drives the ball at a lively pace.”
The other rain-shortened no-no was tossed by the Boston Red Sox’s Devern Hansack on Sunday, October 1, 2006. He no-hit the Orioles for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead, but umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain. Hansack’s no-no was one of his three career starts in the majors, as he appeared in just nine major league games between 2006-2008 while compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.
The California Angels’ Mike Witt threw a perfect game on the final game of the 1984 season, 33 years ago today.
On Sunday, September 30, 1984, Witt needed just 94 pitchers to retire all 27 of the Texas Rangers he faced for a 1-0 win in front of just 8,375 fans at Arlington Stadium. Witt struck out 10 batters.
Witt also threw the final two innings of a combined Angels no-no on Wednesday, April 11, 1990, at Anaheim Stadium. Mark Langston got the start and threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners, but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Witt came in and threw two perfect innings.