“Dicta” Johnson threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants, 104 years ago today.
On Sunday, June 8, 1913, Louis Decatur “Dicta” Johnson no-hit Paterson Smart Set for a 9-0 win. Johnson struck out seven and walked four.
The next day, teammate Charles Dougherty threw a no-no against the same team.
Johnson, a 5-foot-7, 134-pounds right-hander from Elizabethtown, Illinois, pitched from 1908 through 1923 and briefly served as a player-manager for the Pittsburgh Keystones and as a player-coach for the Toledo Tigers late in his career.
The Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood threw the first Negro National League no-hitter, 96 years ago today.
On Monday, June 6, 1921, Gatewood no-hit the Cincinnati Cubans for a 4-0 win. It was his second of two documented no-hitters. On Saturday, May 13, 1916, while pitching for the St. Louis Giants, Gatewood through a no-no against the Cuban Stars for a 4-1 win.
Frank Mountain threw the second and final no-hitter in Columbus Buckeyes history, 133 years ago today.
Mountain, on June 5, 1884, no-hit the Washington Nationals of the American Association for a 12-0 win on the Capitol Grounds. Just a week earlier, teammate Ed Morris no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates) for a 5-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.
in 1884, the New York Metropolitans captured the AA pennant but lost the World Series 3-0 to the National League champion Providence Grays.
The Buckeyes folded before the start of the 1885 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax threw his third career no-hitter, 53 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.
Today is the fifth anniversary of Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ no no-hitters streak at 8,019 games. As always, we celebrate by repeating our original post from June 1, 2012.
The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards
For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.
Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams — not the Mets.
Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.
Sanatana’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.
The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.
In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.
The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).
Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.
Helping to Rewrite Record Book and the Tone of a Web Site – New York Times, June 1, 2012 – New York Times writer Vincent Mallozzi, who featured NoNoHitters.com in a May 2011 profile, puts it quite bluntly in his lede: “The curse is history — so is the Web site.” The Web site lives on, actually, but with a new focus chronicling the San Diego Padres’ streak of never throwing a no-no.
‘No-No-Hit’ Blog Loses Its Reason for Being – Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2012 – Wall Street Journal writer Jared Diamond tells the tale of how NoNoHitters.com made history in just one night. The story talks about the superstitious method in which I watched the game (video tuned to SNY on the iPad; audio tuned to WFAN on the Android phone) in order to not jinx the no-no.
Mets’ No Hitter Means NoNoHitters Is No More – The Atlantic Monthly website, June 1, 2012 – Atlantic Wire writer Connor Simpson features NoNoHitters.com in a collection of media reactions to Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ longstanding curse.
Joe Benz threw the fifth no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history, 103 years ago today.
At Comiskey Park, on Sunday, May 31, 1914, Benz no-hit the Cleveland Naps for a 6-1 win in a game with six total blunders, three by each time.
“Errors were plentiful on both sides,” noted one newspaper report. “Two of Chicago’s came together in the fourth round to produce Cleveland’s run.”
The Naps’ run was scored by Roy Wood, who reached base and advanced to second on an errant throw by Sox shortstop Buck Weaver. Wood took third when third baseman Scotty Alcock muffed Weaver’s assist on Rivington Bisland’s grounder, then scored when Jack Graney grounded into a no-out double play.
Benz also issued two walks during the game, but both of those base runners were sent back to the dugout on double plays.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the no-hitter thrown by the Cleveland Indians’ Dennis Eckersley.
On Monday, May 30, 1977, Eckersely walked just one Angels batter at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians topped California 1-0. Eckersley, who also pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s, currently serves as a special assistant to A’s team presdident Dave Kaval.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, seven years ago today.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium, Halladay sent every Marlins batter he faced back to the dugout, and a lone unearned run in the third was all the Phillies needed to defeat Florida 1-0.
Halladay added a second no-hitter in the 2010 postseason, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in the first game of the National League Divisional Series.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is Ed Morris, who tossed one for the American Association’s Columbus Buckeyes 132 years ago today. On Thursday, May 29, 1884 at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park, Morris shut down the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 5-0, no-hit win.
Former major-league pitcher Ravelo Manzanillo threw the second no-hitter in the history of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, 25 years ago today.
On Thursday, May 21, 1992, Manzanillo, playing for the Brother Elephants, no-hit the Wei Chuan Dragons for a 4-0 win.
Nine years later, while pitching for the Mexican League’s Yucatan Lions on June 28, 2001, Manzanillo threw a 7-inning no-hitter gainst the Campeche Pirates, according to Baseball-Reference.com. And Ravelo’s brother, Josias Manzanillo, pitched the 100th no-hitter in the history of the AA Eastern League on July 12, 1989, according to the site.
You can view our full list of Chinese no-hitters here.