‘Smokey’ Joe Williams no-hits Brooklyn Royal Giants, 98 years ago today

smokeyjoewilliams“Smokey” Joe Williams tossed a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the New York Lincoln Giants, 98 years ago today.

On May 4, 1919, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, Williams no-hit the Brooklyn Royal Giants for a 1-0 victory. The hard throwing righty from Seguin, Texas, who also took on the nickname “Cyclone” Joe, also served as the Lincoln Giants’ player/manager from 1914-1923.

Williams was widely consider the best pitcher of his day. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters, threw two no-nos, born on this day

Jesse 'Nip' Winters
Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters
Happy birthday to Jesse “Nip” Winters, who threw two Negro Leagues no-hitters.

Winters, born on this day in 1899 in Washington D.C., tossed his no-nos while pitching for the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and Hilldale.

Winters spent the final 30 years of his life until his death in 1971 in Hockessin, Delaware. The town honored him with a historical marker in 2015, according to the Hockessin Community News.

Here are Winters’ no-hitters:

1 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)
2 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)

Happy birthday Bill Singer, Howard Ehmke

Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke
Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke
Happy birthday to two no-no pitchers, Bill Singer and Howard Ehmke.

Singer, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher celebrating his 73rd birthday, no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Monday, July 20, 1970 for a 5-0 win.

Ehmke, born 122 years ago today, pitched for the Boston Red Sox. On Friday, September 7, 1923, he no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics on the road at Shibe Park for a 4-0 victory.

Johnson throws a no-hitter … and loses … 53 years ago today

Ken Johnson of the Colt .45's.
Ken Johnson of the Colt .45’s.
Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter and lost, 53 years ago today.

It was April 23, 1964, and the Houston Colt .45’s were playing the Cincinnati Reds at Colt Stadium. The game was deadlocked at 0.

The Reds clawed for a run on a ninth-inning bunt attempt by Pete Rose in which Johnson threw the ball into the outfield (it apparently wasn’t taboo to bunt to break up a no-no back then). After Rose advanced to third on a ground out, Vada Pinson stepped to the plate and hit a routine two-out grounder to second that was booted by Nellie Fox, allowing Rose to score.

The game remains the only nine-inning no-hitter lost by a single pitcher. The Orioles tandem of Steve Barber and Stu Miller duplicated the feat three years later.

I interviewed Johnson in 2014 and he seemed touched that someone still wanted to talk at length about that game.

“I can’t believe anyone still remembers,” Johnson said.

Johnson died in November 2015 at the age of 82.

Baseball’s first same-day no-nos, 119 years ago today

Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Ted Breitenstein and Jim Jay Hughes threw no-hitters on the same day, 119 years ago today.

Ted Breitenstein, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park on Friday, April 22, 1898. That same day, Jim Jay Hughes, of the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Boston Beaneaters.

The feat wasn’t duplicated until 1991, when the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw same-day no-nos.

One-year anniversary of the last MLB no-hitter

Today marks a full 365 calendar days since the last Major League Baseball no-hitter.

On April 21, 2016, the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, less than eight months after throwing one against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arrieta walked four and struck out six as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 16-0 at Great American Ballpark. Arrieta’s previous no-no was on August 30, 2015, when he no-hit the Dodgers for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium.

The Reds had last been no-hit on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit Cincinnati during the opening game of the NLDS. To find the last regular season no-hitter against the Reds, you had to go back more than 44 years. On Wednesday, June 23, 1971, the Phillies’ Rick Wise no-hit the Reds for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

Goodgame tosses no-no for West Baden, 106 years ago today

John Goodgame threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the West Baden Sprudels, 106 years ago today.

On Friday, April 21, 1911, Goodgame no-hit the French Lick Plutos in West Baden, Indiana, for a 3-0 win. The website Agate Type: Reconstructing Negro League & Latin Baseball History dug up a short Indianapolis Freeman write-up about the game, showing that Goodgame, a new recruit out of Talladega College, struck out 11 and walked just one.

Joss’ second no-hitter, 107 years ago today

Cleveland Naps pitcher Addie Joss, Bain News Service, 1910, LC-DIG-ggbain-08196.
Addie Joss
The Cleveland Naps’ (Indians’) Addie Joss threw the second of his two no-hitters 107 years ago today.

On Wednesday, April 20, 1910, Joss no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at South Side Park.

It was his second no-no against Chicago. On Friday, October 2, 1908, Joss threw a perfect game against the White Sox at home at League Park.

With the pair of gems, Joss became the first person to throw two no-hitters against the same team. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum duplicated the feat in 2013 and 2014, no-hitting the San Diego Padres in each.)

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