I’m heading to New Comiskey this evening on the 49th anniversary of Joel “Joe” Horlen’s Chicago White Sox no-hitter.
Sure, the new Comiskey is now called U.S. Cellular Field and will soon be branded Guaranteed Rate Field, but since it’s built next door to the historic park, I’d rather consider it New Comiskey as I watch the Chisox take on the Kansas City Royals.
It was 49 years ago today, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at the old Comiskey Park, that Horlen no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 win. Hoping that James Shields can duplicate the feat tonight.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Caldwell, who no-hit the New York Yankees on September 10, 1919, during the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader for a 3-0 win at the Polo Grounds.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter in the form of a perfect game, 51 years ago today.
On September 9, 1965, Koufax retired each of the 27 Chicago Cubs batters he faced at Dodger Stadium to set a new record for career no-hitters. Nolan Ryan would eventually break the mark of 4 and extend his record to 7. But Koufax’s perfecto had such an impact on the Cubs that the team avoided being no-hit for nearly 50 years, with the finally streak ending at 7,921 games in 2015 at the hands of Cole Hamels.
Also throwing no-hitters on this day are:
Boston Braves (NL)
Wednesday, September 9, 1914 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
Thursday, September 9, 1948
Brooklyn Dodgers 2, New York Giants 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
Darryl Kile threw a Houston Astros no-hitter, 23 years ago today.
Kile struck out nine while walking one in the Wednesday, September 8, 1993, game at the Astrodome in which the Astros won 7-1. Kile retired the first 10 New York Mets batters, but the Mets got their run in the fourth thanks to a walk followed by an Astros defensive breakdown.
After walking Jeff McKnight, Kile threw a wild pitch that catcher Scott Servais thought hit Joe Orsulak on the foot. It didn’t, and as McKnight ran to third, first baseman Jeff Bagwell grabbed the ball and threw it off-line, allowing McKnight to score.
Kile, who later played for the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals, died tragically on June 22, 2002, of a heart attack.
The Detroit Tigers’ Hoot Evers became the only major league player to notch two triples while hitting for the cycle, 66 years ago today.
Evers accomplished the feat on Thursday, September 7, 1950, on the road at Cleveland’s Briggs Stadium, and the Indians had already built a 7-0 lead and knocked Tigers starter Art Houtteman off the mound before Evers got his first at bat. Evers immediately got the toughest part out of the way by tripling off the Indians’ Bob Feller to score Vic Wertz and cut the Indians’ lead to 7-3. That led Cleveland skipper Lou Boudreau to yank Feller after just a third of an inning in place of Jesse Flores.
Evers came up in the third inning and hit an RBI double off Flores, which again prompted Boudreau to go to the bullpen. Evers grounded out to short in the fifth before hitting a second RBI triple in the sixth, this one off of Al Benton. He then hit a two-run home run off in the eighth off Sam Zoldak before singling off Marino Pieretti to complete the cycle in the bottom of the 10th. The game was called after 10 as a 13-13 tie.
The St. Louis Terriers’ Dave Davenport, the Boston Red Sox’s Howard Ehmke and Hilldale’s Paul Carter threw no-hitters on this date.
In the Federal League, Davenport pitched the fifth and final no-hitter in the league’s short history on September 7, 1915 during the opening game of a Tuesday doubleheader at St. Louis’ Handlan’s Park. The Terriers topped the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 3-0.
In the American League, Ehmke no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics on the road at Shibe Park on Friday, September 7, 1923, for a 4-0 victory.
In the Negro Leagues, Carter no-hit the Baltimore Black Sox, on September 7, 1931 during the second game of a Monday doubleheader.
Frank Smith, Jeff Tesreau and Anibal Sanchez threw no-hitters on this date.
Smith, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, threw his first of two career no-hitters during the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader at Detroit’s Bennett Park on September 6, 1905. Smith had plenty of run support in this game, as the Sox accumulated 15 runs to shut out the Tigers.
Tesreau, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Ironton, Missouri, shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 during the first game of a Friday, September 6, 1912, doubleheader at National League Park. The scorecard initially credited Phillies leadoff batter Dode Paskert with a first-inning hit, but the official scorer changed his ruling after the game to give Tesreau the no-no. The disputed play was Paskert’s short fly ball near home plate that dropped between first baseman Fred Merkle and catcher Art Wilson.
“Each fielder got under the ball,” noted a story in the Washington Post. “Then fearing a collision, they permitted the ball to drop to the ground.”
Sanchez threw the fourth Florida Marlins no-hitter on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Pro Player Stadium for a 2-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.
Hilldale’s Phil Cockrell threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter, 105 years ago today.
On September 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win.He followed that up with another no-no less than a year alter, no-hitting the Chicago American Giants for a 5-0 win on Saturday, August 19, 1922.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Brooklyn Superbas’ George Napoleon “Nap” Rucker. On September 5, 1908, during the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Rucker no-hit the Boston Doves for a 6-0 win.
For the first time in major league history, a deep no-hit bid has zapped by replay.
The Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez had been no-hitting the Oakland Athletics through 7 2/3 innings, when A’s shortstop Marcus Semien hit a ball off Rodriguez’s leg. Rodriguez picked up the ball and threw to first and Semien was called out, but the A’s challenged the call and it was overturned. The A’s had their first hit, and Rodriguez lost the no-no.
The call reversal was correct. Semien was safe. But that has to hurt for Rodriguez.
Today is the anniversary of two New York Yankees no-hitters thrown 70 years apart.
The first was thrown on Tuesday, September 4, 1923, by the Yankees’ “Sad” Sam Jones, and he accomplished the feat without throwing a single strikeout. Jones no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics for a 2-0 win at Shibe Park.
The second was thrown on Saturday, September 4, 1993, by Jim Abbott, who no-hit the Cleveland Indians that day for a 4-0 win. Abbott, who was born with one hand, conveyed his amazing story in his 2012 autobiography Imperfect: An Improbable Life and he continues to share his inspiring message through motivational speeches throughout the country.
When Abbott arrived at Yankee Stadium the next day, reporters from as far off as Philadelphia and Boston surrounded his locker to talk about the previous day’s no-no. He knew that their questions would be centered on the one-handed pitcher making his way — a story line he never cared for.
“The stories could say what they wanted, but two-handed guys and one-handed guys don’t throw no-hitters. Pitchers throw them,” he wrote.
(Jim Abbott photo from National Baseball Hall of Fame)
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Bud Smith no-hit the San Diego Padres, 15 years ago today.
Smith, appearing in just his 13th major league game on Monday, September 3, 2001, struck out seven and walked four while holding the Padres hitless at Qualcomm Stadium en route to a 4-0 win. Smith threw 134 pitches during the game, and his Cardinals career wound up being short, and he pitched his last major league ballgame in July 2002.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Philadelphia Athletics’ Bill McCahan. At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park on Wednesday, September 3, 1947, McCahan no-hit the Washington Senators for 3-0 win.