Happy birthday Henderson Alvarez

Happy 25th birthday to the Miami Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez, who ended the 2013 season with a no-hitter.

Alvarez, who is currently on the disabled list with shoulder and elbow discomfort, no-hit the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Marlins Park.

The game was tied at 0 in the bottom of the ninth when the winning run scored on a walk-off wild pitch.

Jiménez ejected from a no-no in progress

Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez on Friday night in the middle of him throwing a no-hitter. Granted it was only the fourth inning, but I don’t recall ever seeing that before.

Jiménez hit Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game, and Baker surmised that the pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game.

In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.

Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.

Jiménez tossed a no-hitter in 2010 – the first in Colorado Rockies history:

  Ubaldo Jiménez
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)

Happy birthday to Charlie Ferguson, threw Philadelphia’s first no-no

Happy birthday to Charlie Ferguson, who threw the Philadelphia Phillies franchise’s first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.

Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies' first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.
Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies’ first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.

Ferguson, born 152 years ago today, no-hit the National League’s Providence Grays on Saturday, August 29, 1885 at Philadelphia’s Recreation Park.

The Reading Times noted a rivalry between Quakers pitchers Ferguson and Ed Daily, who held Providence to two hits the day before.

“Both are doing remarkably fine work just at present,” the paper noted, “but Ferguson’s achievement Saturday of retiring the Providence club without a hit ranks as first.”

The two hurlers pitched quite similarly over the 1885 season. Ferguson posted a 26-20 record with a 2.22 ERA, while Daily notched a 26-23 record with a 2.21 ERA.

Nats/Expos, Rockies franchises celebrate anniversary of first no-nos

The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies franchises are celebrating anniversaries of their first no-hitters today.

Forty-six years ago today, on April 17, 1969, Montreal’s Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium in the Expos’ ninth game. It’s the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list.

Five years ago today, on April 17, 2010, Ubaldo Jimenez lifted the Rockies out of the no no-no club by throwing a 4-0 no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in the Rockies franchise’s 20th season.

75th anniversary of Feller’s Opening Day no-no

Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Today is the 75th anniversary of baseball’s only Opening Day no-hitter.

Twenty-one-year-old Bob Feller used his “heater from Van Meter” fastball on April 16, 1940 to mow down eight White Sox batters as the Cleveland Indians topped Chicago 1-0. Feller’s parents and sister, Marguerite, were among the 14,000 fans at Chicago’s Comiskey Park that afternoon.

“I knew I had a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth,” Feller told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “but I tried to put the thought out of my mind by reminding myself you never have a no-hitter until the last man is out.”

Feller threw two additional no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for a major league record that would later be broken by Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan:

2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)

Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
Feller nearly had some company on April 16, 1940. With all 16 teams in action, Boston Red Sox southpaw Lefty Grove took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was broken up with a single by the Washington Senators’ Cecil Travis. Grove retired the game’s first 21 batters but lost the perfecto on an eighth-inning error. He settled for a two-hit 1-0 complete-game shutout.

Asked by an AP reporter if he was disappointed by Travis’ single, Grove said, “No. No-hitters are bad luck.”

Two other no-hitters were thrown on the date of April 16:

1 Burt Hooton
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)

Happy birthday, ‘Dutch’ Leonard

dutchleonardwebSending out birthday wishes to the Boston Red Sox’ Hubert "Dutch" Leonard, who threw no-hitters in 1916 and 1918.

Leonard, born 123 years ago today, first no-hit the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 30, 1916 for a 4-0 win. On Monday, June 3, 1918 on the road at Navin Field, Leonard no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 victory.

Leonard holds the modern-era record for the lowest single-season ERA, holding opposing batters to an amazing 0.96 runs per nine innings in 1914.

League celebrates Jackie Robinson

jackierobinsoncomicwebToday marks the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the major leagues color barrier.

Robinson on April 15, 1947 made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base and going 0-3 with a run scored. He batted .297 that season to take Rookie of the Year honors.

Robinson’s iconic No. 42, retired throughout baseball, will be worn by every major league player today, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners for tonight’s Civil Rights Game. Jackie’s widow, Rachel Robinson, and Hall of Fame southpaw Sandy Koufax are expected to participate in the first-pitch ceremony.

100th anniversary of Rube Marquard no-no

rubemarquardwebOne hundred years ago today, the New York Giants’ Richard “Rube” Marquard no-hit the Brooklyn Robins/Suberpas at the Polo Grounds in just the second game of the 1915 season.

The Hall of Famer allowed only three Brooklyn batters to reach base, two on walks and one on an error, as the Giants topped Brooklyn 2-0.

“Marquard had everything a pitcher should have, and a whole heap besides,” noted the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “His speed was not dazzling, but there was an abundance of hop on the ball when he felt that the time was at hand to make Superbas pop foolishly. His control was excellenet.”

The Robins’ George Napoleon “Nap” Rucker, who had thrown a no-hitter against the Boston Doves in 1908, took the loss for Brooklyn.

Eddie Cicotte’s no-hitter, 98 years ago today

eddiecicotteChicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte, one of eight players permanently banned from major league baseball in 1920 for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series, threw a no-hitter 98 years ago today.

Cicotte no-hit the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park on Saturday, April 14, 1917 for an 11-0 victory.

Cicotte and seven teammates, including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, were banned for life due to their involvement in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal. Cicotte’s catcher for the no-no, Ray Schalk, was not involved in the ’19 Series scheme and continued playing until 1929, catching two additional official no-nos.

Mets’ no-perfecto streak reaches 8,461 games

nonoIt was the New York Mets’ no no-hitter streak that gave birth to this website, so it’s fitting on the day of the Mets’ home opener (a great 2-0 victory) to note two still-running streaks.

Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis’ 3rd-inning single off the Mets’ Jacob deGrom marked the 441nd game without a no-hitter since Johan Santana’s June 1, 2012 gem. It also marked the 8,461st regular season Mets game without a perfect game, but the no-perfecto streak is not nearly as remarkable at the team’s former 8,019 games without a no-hitter streak.

Several far-older franchises have failed to notch a perfect game, and the list includes the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. Newer clubs also without a perfecto include the Miami Marlins, the K.C. Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Colorado Rockies, the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres.

The Padres, of course, are the only team without any no-hitter, a streak that has gone 7,335 games through Sunday night. That’s 664 games shy of the Mets’ mark – a little over four seasons.

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