Happy 57th birthday, Joe Cowley

Happy 57th birthday to the Chicago White Sox’s Joe Cowley, who threw a no-hitter in 1986.

On Friday, September 19, 1986, at Anaheim Stadium, Cowley no-hit the California Angels for a 7-1 victory despite walking seven batters.

The Angels scored the team’s lone run in the sixth inning after Cowley walked the first three batters and then gave up a sacrifice fly to Reggie Jackson.

Anniversary of King Felix’s perfecto, Mulholland’s no-no

Today’s is the three-year anniversary of “King” Felix Hernandez’s perfect game and the 25th anniversary of Terry Mulholland’s no-hitter.

Hernandez threw a perfect game for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at Safeco Field, retiring all 27 Tampa Bay Rays he faced. The M’s won 1-0.

Mulholland notched his no-no for the Philadelphia Phillies during a Wednesday, August 15, 1990, game at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies shut out the San Francisco Giants 6-0.

Kemp hits first Padres cycle, will a no-no follow?

hitsforcycle1Matt Kemp became the first San Diego Padres player to hit for the cycle on Friday night, knocking one rare feat off of the team’s bucket list. The team is still seeking its first no-hitter after 7,444 games.

Kemp notched his cycle at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies during the Padres’ 9-5 win.

He began by blasting a first-inning homer over the center field fence, then followed with a a third-inning single up the middle and a seventh-inning RBI double over the head of Rockeis center fielder Charlie Blackmon.

The Padres had been in that position before. The team said it had been one hit shy of the cycle 361 times, and on those occasions, 258 of them fell a triple short.

But Kemp completed the cycle by driving Justin Miller’s 1-0 slider deep to center. It took an odd bounce off the top of the wall, and Kemp hustled into third with a stand-up triple.

It was the 309th cycle in major league history but the first in Padres history. The feat leaves the Miami Marlins as the only team void of a cycle.

Bob Gibson’s no-no, 44 years ago today

Hall of Fame great Bob Gibson threw his only career no-hitter, 44 years ago today.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ intimidating flamethrower shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, August 14, 1971, for an 11-0 victory 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.

Gibson won 251 games over a 17-year career spent entirely with the Cardinals. The Omaha, Nebraska, native was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

Birthday wishes to Buchholz, Horlen and Dean

claybuchholzHappy 31st birthday to Clay Buchholz, who threw a no-hitter as a Boston Red Sox rookie on September 7, 2007. Other no-no throwers born on this day are Joel “Joe” Horlen (1937) and Paul Dean (1912).

Buchholz, sidelined since July 10 this season with an elbow injury, threw a no-no in just his second career start as the Red Sox topped the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 at Fenway Park. Buchholz walked three batters and struck out nine.

Horlen, who turns 78 today, tossed a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on September 10, 1967. Horlen didn’t walk a single Tigers batter but hit one with a pitch as the Sox topped the Tigers 6-0 at Comiskey Park. Another base runner reached on an error.

Dean, the brother and St. Louis Cardinals teammate of Dizzy Dean, no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers during the second game of a Friday, September 21, 1934 doubleheader at Ebbets Field. (Dizzy Dean notched a three-hit, complete-game shutout in game one.) Paul Dean’s no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.

Mariners’ Iwakuma throws majors’ 291st no-hitter vs. Orioles

The Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma was thrown the 291st no-hitter in major league history, topping the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound righthander struck out seven and walked three. Kyle Seager made a spectacular catch for the first out in the ninth, snagging a foul ball behind his back. Iwakuma walked the leadoff batter in the eighth, but recovered with a strikeout looking and a 6-4-3 double play to make it to the ninth.

Iwakuma’s performance marked the first American League no-hitter since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game at Safeco Field on August 15, 2012. The National League had notched the majors’ last 12 no-hitters.

The last no-hitter thrown against the Orioles was a gem by the Boston Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz on September 1, 2007 at Fenway Park. The last no-hitter by a Seattle Mariners pitcher was Hernandez’s perfecto.

Here’s the final out:

Bickford, Alvarez threw no-hitters on this date

The Boston Braves’ Vern Bickford and the Chicago White Sox’s Wilson Alvarez threw no-hitters on this date.

Bickford on Friday, August 11, 1950, no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 7-0 win at Braves Field. It was the franchise’s last no-no in Boston.

Alvarez, in just his second major league start on Sunday, August 11, 1991, threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles for a 7-0 victory at Memorial Stadium.

Happy birthday to Larry Corcoran, first pitcher to toss 3 no-hitters

A Happy 156th birthday to Larry Corcoran, the first pitcher to toss three career no-hitters.

Corcoran, who born on this day in 1859 in Brooklyn, threw all of his no-nos for the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, later renamed the Cubs. All were accomplished at home at Lake Front Park.

Joining Corcoran in the three no-hitters club are Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. Koufax added a fourth, and Ryan went on to throw seven no-hitters.

Here are Corcoran’s no-hitters:

1 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1880
Chicago White Stockings 6, Boston Red Caps 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
2 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
3 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1884
Chicago White Stockings 6, Providence Grays 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)

Candelaria no-hits Dodgers in Pittsburgh (city’s first since 1915), 39 years ago today

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria threw the city of Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter since the old Federal League, 39 years ago today.

The 23-year-old southpaw dominated the Dodgers on Monday, August 9, 1976, using 101 pitches to no-hit Los Angeles for a 2-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Candelaria faced 30 batters, with two Dodgers reaching on errors and another reaching on a walk.

It was the first no-hitter in Pittsburgh since the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales’ Claude Hendrix no-hit the Pittsburgh Rebels on Saturday, May 15, 1915 for a 10-0 win at Exposition Park.

Candelaria boasts another odd pitching accomplishment. He is the only pitcher to face just 27 batters in a game yet give up four its. The oddity occurred on July 25, 1982, with Candelaria’s Pittsburgh Pirates facing the Atlanta Braves at Three Rivers.

Candelaria lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a one-out Rafael Ramirez single, but catcher Steve Nicosia threw him out on a steal attempt. Bob Horner led off the second inning with a single to right, but Rufino Linares grounded into a 6-3 double-play. Horner also led off the eighth with a single to right, but this time Linares grounded into a 4-6-3 double-play. Glenn Hubbard got the game’s fourth hit in the ninth with a lead-off infield single, but Bruce Benedict cleared the bases with by hitting into a 6-4-3 double-play.

Senators’ Burke no-hits Red Sox, 84 years ago today

The Washington Senators’ Bobby Burke threw the franchise’s second no-hitter, 84 years ago today.

Burke on Saturday, August 8, 1931 no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 5-0 victory at Griffith Stadium. It was the Senators’ first no-hitter since July 1, 1920, when the great Walter Johnson held the Red Sox hitless for a 1-0 win at Fenway Park.

The no-nos by Johnson and Burke were the only thrown during the Senators’ time in the nation’s capital, as the team moved to Minnesota in 1961 to become the Twins. Twins pitchers round out the list of the franchise’s seven no-hitters:

3 Jack Kralick
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Sunday, August 26, 1962
Minnesota Twins 1, Kansas City Athletics 0
Metropolitan Stadium (Minneapolis)
4 Dean Chance
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Friday, August 25, 1967 (Second game of doubleheader)
Minnesota Twins 2, Cleveland Indians 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
5 Scott Erickson
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Wednesday, April 27, 1994
Minnesota Twins 6, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)
6 Eric Milton
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Saturday, September 11, 1999
Minnesota Twins 7, Anaheim Angels 0
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)
7 Francisco Liriano
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Minnesota Twins 1, Chicago White Sox 0
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago)

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