Negro Leagues no-hitters

Satchel Paige (Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Satchel Paige
(Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Negro League games weren’t well documented, which makes it impossible to come up with a complete list of no-hitters. The teams’ use of classifications such as barnstorming, semipro, and minor league further clouds what to include and what not to include.

This list, put together by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Negro League Committee and Noir Tech Research, which is being included in Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats is perhaps the best when the goal is to look at feats considered on par with those thrown in the preintegrated majors. The list includes pre–Negro League games between legitimately top-level black teams irrespective of a league affiliation. It also includes a number of interleague games, postseason games, and exhibition games between teams comprising top-level Negro League players.

Here are the Negro Leagues no-hitters:

1 John Goodgame
  West Baden Sprudels
  Friday, April 21, 1911
West Baden Sprudels 3, French Lick Plutos 0
2 “Cannonball” Dick Redding
  Lincoln Giants
  Wednesday, August 28, 1912
Lincoln Giants 1, Cuban Stars 0
3 Louis Decatur “Dicta” Johnson
  Chicago American Giants
  Sunday, June 8, 1913
Chicago American Giants 9, Paterson Smart Set 0
4 Charles “Pat” Dougherty
  Chicago American Giants
  Monday, June 9, 1913
Chicago American Giants 8, Paterson Smart Set 0
5 Frank Wickware
  Chicago American Giants
  Wednesday, August 26, 1914
Chicago American Giants 1, Indianapolis ABCs 0
6 Dizzy Dismukes
  Indianapolis ABCs
  Sunday, May 9, 1915
Indianapolis ABCs 5, Chicago Giants 0
7 Dick Whitworth
  Chicago American Giants
  Sunday, September 19, 1915 (first game of doubleheader)
Chicago American Giants 4, Chicago Giants 0
8 Bill Gatewood
  St. Louis Giants
  Saturday, May 13, 1916
St. Louis Giants 4, Cuban Stars 1
(Gatewood’s first of two no-hitters on this list)
9 Bernardo Baró
  Cuban Stars
  Sunday, July 21, 1918 (first game of doubleheader)
Cuban Stars 11, Indianapolis ABCs 0
10 “Smokey” Joe Williams
  Lincoln Giants
  Sunday, May 4, 1919 (first game of doubleheader)
Lincoln Giants 1, Brooklyn Royal Giants 0
11 Tom Johnson
  Chicago American Giants
  Tuesday, June 17, 1919
Chicago American Giants 7, Detroit Stars 3
12 Bill Gatewood
  Detroit Stars
  Monday, June 6, 1921
Detroit Stars 4, Cincinnati Cubans 0
(First Negro National League no-hitter; Gatewood’s second of two no-hitters on this list)
13 Phil Cockrell
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Monday, September 5, 1921 (second game of doubleheader)
Hilldale 3, Detroit Stars 0
(Cockrell’s first of two no-hitters on this list)
14 Bill Force
  Detroit Stars
  Tuesday, June 27, 1922
Detroit Stars 3, St. Louis Giants 0
15 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
  Wednesday, July 26, 1922
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 7, Indianapolis ABCs 1
(Winters’ first of two no-hitters on this list)
16 Phil Cockrell
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Saturday, August 19, 1922
Hilldale 5, Chicago American Giants 0
(Cockrell’s second of two no-hitters on this list)
17 José Méndez (5 inn.)
Bullet Rogan (4 inn.)
  Kansas City Monarchs
  Sunday, August 5, 1923 (second game of doubleheader)
Kansas City Monarchs 7, Milwaukee Bears 0
(Méndez pitched 5 perfect innings; Rogan allowed one base runner)
18 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1924 (first game of doubleheader)
Hilldale 2, Harrisburg Giants 0
(First Eastern Colored League no-hitter; Winters’s second of two no-hitters on this list)
19 Andy Cooper
  Detroit Stars
  Sunday, June 28, 1925 (second game of doubleheader)
Detroit Stars 1, Indianapolis ABCs 0
20 Rube Currie
  Chicago American Giants
  Tuesday, July 13, 1926
Chicago American Giants 16, Dayton Marcos 0
21 Claude “Red” Grier
  Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
  Sunday, October 3, 1926
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 10, Chicago American Giants 0
(Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series)
22 Laymon Yokely
  Baltimore Black Sox
  Sunday, May 15, 1927 (second game of doubleheader)
Baltimore Black Sox 8, Cuban Stars 0
23 Joe Strong
  Baltimore Black Sox
  Thursday, August 4, 1927
Baltimore Black Sox 2, Hilldale 1 (11 inn.)
24 Willie Powell
  Chicago American Giants
  Sunday, August 14, 1927
Chicago American Giants 5, Memphis Red Sox 0
25 “Army” Cooper (7⅓ inn.)
Chet Brewer (1⅔ inn.)
  Kansas City Monarchs
  Saturday, June 29, 1929
Kansas City Monarchs 4, Chicago American Giants 0
(Cooper was relieved with one out in the eighth after walking the bases loaded)
26 Paul Carter
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Monday, September 7, 1931 (second game of doubleheader)
Hilldale 6, Baltimore Black Sox 0
27 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Friday, July 8, 1932 (second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Crawfords 6, New York Black Yankees 0
(Paige’s first of two no-hitters on this list)
28 Bill Foster
  Chicago American Giants
  Sunday, September 24, 1933 (first game of doubleheader)
Chicago American Giants 6, New Orleans Crescent Stars 0
29 Satchel Paige
  Pittsburgh Crawfords
  Wednesday, July 4, 1934
Pittsburgh Crawfords 4, Homestead Grays 0
(Paige struck out 17 batters; his second of two no-hitters on this list)
30 Hilton Smith
  Kansas City Monarchs
  Sunday, May 16, 1937 (first game of doubleheader)
Kansas City Monarchs 4, Chicago American Giants 0
(First Negro American League no-hitter)
31 “Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor
  Negro All-Star Team
  Sunday, September 19, 1937
Negro All-Star Team 2, Paige’s Dominican All-Stars 0
(Benefit All-Star Game played at the Polo Grounds)
32 Gene Smith
  St. Louis Stars
  Friday, June 27, 1941
St. Louis Stars 6, New York Black Yankees 1
33 Leon Day
  Newark Eagles
  Sunday, May 5, 1946
Newark Eagles 2, Philadelphia Stars 0
(An Opening Day no-hitter)
34 Eugene Marvin Collins
  Kansas City Monarchs
  Sunday, May 22, 1949
Kansas City Monarchs 14, Houston Eagles 0

Sources: SABR Negro League Committee and Noir Tech Research using the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Afro American, Kansas City Call, Kansas City Star-Times, Pittsburgh Courier, and St. Louis Argus.

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