Happy birthday, Tom Seaver

Happy 72nd birthday to Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets.

Tom Terrific finally got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

Happy 81st birthday, Bob Gibson

Happy 81st birthday to Bob Gibson, who pitched a no-hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971.

On Saturday, August 14, 1971, Gibson no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Gibson struck out 10 and walked three batters while helping his team at the plate with three RBIs. One came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and the others reached home on Gibby’s eighth-inning bases-loaded single.

The Nebraska-born Hall of Famer won 251 games over a 17-year career spent entirely with the Cardinals and was inducted in 1981.

Also born on this day in 1886 is Nick Maddox, who threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Friday, September 20, 1907, Maddox no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas for a 2-1 home victory at
Exposition Park.

Happy birthday to Walter Johnson, John Candelaria

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
Walter Johnson, a 400+ game winner who threw a 1920 no-hitter for the Washington Senators, was born 129 years ago today.

Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 1, 1920, for a 1-0 victory. He finished out a 21-year Hall of Fame career with a record of 417-279.

Also born on this day is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria, who threw a no-hitter in 1976. The “Candy Man” no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday, August 9, 1976 for a 2-0 win. Wishing him a happy 63rd birthday!

Happy 100th to Opening Day no-no thrower Leon Day

Today would be the 100th birthday of Leon Day, who threw an Opening Day no-hitter in the Negro National League in 1946.

On Sunday, May 5, 1946, Day, a pitcher for the Newark Eagles, no-hit the Philadelphia Stars at Newark’s Ruppert Stadium for a 2-0 win, allowing just three runners to reach first via a pair of walks and an error. He struck out six batters.

Day had just returned from serving his country in World War II, having stormed Utah Beach during the Allied Forces’ invasion of France.

The Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore is having a centennial birthday celebration for Day this afternoon. Day died in 1995.

Bibby, threw no-no, born on this day in ’44

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, was born on this day in 1944.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.

Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run, but he never appeared in a game.

Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.

Happy birthday Weldon Henley, “Smokey” Joe Wood

Happy birthday to a pair of old-time no-no throwers.

Weldon Henley, born on this day in 1880, threw a no-no for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Browns during the opener of a Saturday, July 22, 1905, doubleheader at St. Louis’ Robison Field. The A’s topped the Browns 6-0.

“Smokey” Joe Wood, born on this day in 1889, tossed a no-no for the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Saturday, July 29, 1911, doubleheader at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. The Red Sox topped the Browns 5-0.

Happy birthday to 4 no-no throwers, Blackwell, Bunning, Leiter and Smith

Four no-hitter throwers were born on this date: Ewell Blackwell, Jim Bunning, Al Leiter and Bud Smith.

Blackwell, born on this date in 1922, threw a no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, against the Boston Braves. In his following start, Blackwell just missed duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s mark of two straight no-nos, losing his second no-no after 8 1/3 innings against Brooklyn.

Bunning, who turns 85 today, threw a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on July 20, 1958. Bunning followed up that gem six years later as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing a perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium during the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader on Sunday, June 21, 1964. Bunning was the first major-league pitcher to throw no-nos in both the AL and NL.

Leiter, celebrating his 51st birthday today, tossed the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ first no-hitter in franchise history. He blanked the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, May 11, 1996, for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Bud Smith, who turns 37 today, threw a no-hitter as a St. Louis Cardinals rookie on Monday, September 3, 2001, shutting down the San Diego Padres for a 4-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium.

Happy birthday, Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
Happy 71st birthday to Jim Palmer, who threw a no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles in 1969.

At Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, August 13, 1969, Palmer no-hit the Oakland Athletics for an 8-0 win. Palmer walked six batters while striking out eight to improve to 11-2 on the season. He finished the year with a 16-4 record and a 2.34 ERA. Palmer won his Cy Young Awards in 1973, ’75 and ’76.

Bumpus Jones’ no-hitter in 1st appearance, 124 years ago today

Bumpus Jones
Bumpus Jones
Today is the 124th anniversary of the latest calendar year major-league no-hitter, but it wasn’t thrown in a postseason game.

The Cincinnati Reds’ Charles “Bumpus” Jones made his major-league debut 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 have thrown no-hitters in the first major league starts, but no one else has done it in their first major league appearance.

Yomiuri Giants’ Horiuchi hits 3 homers during no-hitter, 49 years ago today.

A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu's sanyonara home run no-no in '73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi's 3 homers during his '67 no-hitter.
A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu’s sanyonara home run no-no in ’73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi’s 3 homers during his ’67 no-hitter.
The Yomiuri Giants’ Tsuneo Horiuchi hit three home runs while throwing a Japanese no-hitter, 49 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).

The online home for baseball's no-hitters