The St. Louis Brown Stockings’ George Washington Bradley threw what is considered to be Major League Baseball’s first no-hitter, 139 years ago today.
On Saturday, July 15, 1876, Bradley no-hit the Hartford Dark Blues for a 2-0 win at the Grand Avenue Ball Grounds. Bradley struck out three batters while walking one, and the Brown Stockings committed eight errors.
Here are the other two July 15 no-nos:
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New York Giants (NL)
Monday, July 15, 1901
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis) (His first of two no-hitters)
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California Angels (AL)
Sunday, July 15, 1973
California Angels 6, Detroit Tigers 0
Tiger Stadium (Detroit) (His second of seven no-hitters)
The Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker tossed a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos 39 years ago today.
Dierker on Friday, July 9, 1976 no-hit the Expos for a 6-0 win at the Astrodome. He walked four and struck out eight, and was aided by key defensive plays by second baseman Rob Andrews and center fielder José Cruz.
Dierker’s gem marked the first no-hitter against the Expos franchise, which has since moved to Washington as the Nationals. The Nats have yet to be no-hit as residents of the nation’s capital.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Frank “Red” Donahue threw a no-hitter against the Boston Beaneaters, 117 years ago today.
Donahue, who lost a league leading 35 games for the St. Louis (NL) Browns in 1897, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the season. On Friday, July 8, 1898, he no-hit the 1897 NL pennant winners at National League Park. Donahue issued two walks and the Phillies committed one error.
“He gave the most brilliant exhibition of twisting the sphere that has been seen on the local grounds this season,” noted The Times of Philadelphia. “Not a Champion got beyond second base during the entire nine innings, and not a single Champion got a safe hit during the entire nine innings.”
The Beaneaters eventually adopted the name of the Braves, moving to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.
It’s America’s birthday, and it’s also the 135th birthday of the Detroit Tigers’ George Mullin, who was born on July 4 and threw a no-hitter on July 4.
Mullin, born July 4, 1880, threw a no-hitter on his 32nd birthday — July 4, 1912 — during the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns at Navin Field. The Tigers won 7-0.
Also throwing an Independence Day no-hitter is the New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse, who no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 1-0 win in the first game of a July 4, 1908 doubleheader. Wiltse was perfect through 26 batters at the Polo Grounds before hitting George McQuillen with a pitch to kill the perfect game. He finished with a 10-inning no-hitter.
And also, as pointed out by Bob, we shpuld mention Dave Righetti’s 1983 July 4 no-no for tye New York Yankees.
Twenty five years ago today, the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzula threw no-hitters on the same day.
In a day game at Toronto’s Skydome, Stewart no-hit the Blue Jays for a 5-0 victory for the A’s.
Valenzuela watched part of that game in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse before promising to his teammates that he would do the same that night. Living up to his word, Valenzuela no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 6-0 victory.
It marked only the second time that no-hitters were thrown on the same day. The other two were back in 1898:
Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Friday, April 22, 1898
Cincinnati Reds 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
League Park (Cincinnati)
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Baltimore Orioles (NL)
Friday, April 22, 1898
Baltimore Orioles 8, Boston Beaneaters 0
Union Park (Baltimore)
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Rick Wise became the only major league pitcher to hit two home runs during his own no-hitter, 44 years ago today.
On Wednesday, June 23, 1971, Wise no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium for a 4-0 win – and he drove in three of those runs. Wise was protecting a 1-0 lead when he hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He followed it up with a solo shot in the eighth.
Four other major league pitchers have hit single home runs while throwing a no-hitter. Here they are:
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Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
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Cleveland Indians (AL)
Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
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Boston Braves (NL)
Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
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Boston Red Sox (AL)
Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
The Brooklyn Grooms’ Tom Lovett threw a no-hitter against the New York Giants, 124 years ago today.
Or, as the New York Sun put it, Lovett “accomplished a feat that would make any pitcher who ever rubbed dirt on a new ball feel as hilarious as a steer in a vegetable garden.” (I love these old newspaper accounts!)
Lovett on Monday, June 22, 1891 allowed no hits and walked just three as the Grooms topped the Giants 4-0 at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The Giants’ hitters tried bunting, pushing, chopping and “even held their bats motionless” to no avail.
“Lovett’s delivery was basely deceptive,” said the Sun. “He had perfect control, and used a drop curve with telling effect.”
Boston Red Sox hurler George “Rube” Foster threw a no-hitter against the New York Yankees, 99 years ago today.
Foster on Wednesday, June 21, 1916 no-hit the Yankees for a 2-0 win at Fenway Park. He had been throwing a perfect game until issuing a walk in the seventh inning, and he walked two more before completing the no-no.
The New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson threw the second of his two no-hitters, 110 years ago today.
Mathewson, nicknamed “The Christian Gentleman,” no-hit the Chicago Cubs at West Side Park for a 1-0 win. The right-hander from Factoryville, Pennsylvania faced just 28 batters, with the only Cubs base runners coming courtesy of errors by Bill Dahlen and Billy Gilbert (one runner was doubled up).
“Neither run, nor hit, nor base on balls did Mathewson allow Chicago in the full nine innings, and if his support had been perfect, he would have tied “Cy” Young’s record of not permitting an opponent to reach first base,” the New York Times noted.
Mathewson’s first no-no came on Monday, July 15, 1901, when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals on the road at Robison Field 5-0.
Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters in major league history, tossed the first of those no-nos 77 years ago today.
The lefty from Prospect Park, New Jersey was a starter for the 1938 Cincinnati Reds. Pitching at Crosley Field on Saturday, June 11, Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees (Braves) for a 3-0 victory. In his next start four days later in Brooklyn, Vander Meer no-hit the Dodgers for a 6-0 win in Ebbets Field’s first ever night game.
The feat has never been duplicated. The San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston, who pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets on Tuesday, will make a go at tying Vander Meer’s record in his next scheduled start, Sunday against the Diamondbacks.