Five no-no birthdays today

Ray Caldwell, born this day in 1988, threw a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 1919.
Ray Caldwell, born this day in 1988, threw a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 1919.
Today is one of two days throughout the calendar year in which we’re most flush with no-no birthdays. Five pitchers of no-hitters celebrate April 26 as the day of their entrances into the world: Ray Caldwell (born in 1888), Jesse Barnes (born in 1892), Virgil Trucks (pictured above, born in 1917), Sal Maglie (born in 1917) and Mike Scott (born in 1955, turns 61 today).

The other day with five no-no throwers born is June 1.

Here are the no-hitters pitched by those celebrating birthdays today:

91 of 295 Ray Caldwell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, September 10, 1919 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, New York Yankees 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
94 of 295 Jesse Barnes
  New York Giants (NL)
  Sunday, May 7, 1922
New York Giants 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
127 of 295 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
129 of 295 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of two no-hitters)
135 of 295 Sal Maglie
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, September 25, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
215 of 295 Mike Scott
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, September 25, 1986
Houston Astros 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Game clinches National Leauge West division for Astros.)

Yankees’ Eovaldi takes no-hitter into 7th vs. Rangers

The New York Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers on Monday night before losing his bid on a lead-off seventh-inning single by Nomar Mazara.

Eovaldi, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound right-hander, attended the same Texas high school as Nolan Ryan – Alvin High School. And Eovaldi wears No. 30 for the Yankees, the number Ryan wore when he threw four no-nos for the California Angels.

But it wasn’t to be on Monday night. Eovaldi gave up two hits in the seventh but kept the Rangers from notching a run. The Yankees went on to win by a score of 3-1.

The Yankees’ last no-hitter was 17 years ago, when David Cone threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium against the Montreal Expos.

The last time the Rangers fell victim to a no-hitter was in 2008, when the Chicago White Sox’s Mark Buehrle no-hit Texas on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at U.S. Cellular Field.

Top of post Photo by Rich Anderson

Mullane, threw majors’ sixth no-no, died 72 years ago today
Tony Mullane
Tony Mullane, the Louisville Eclipse pitcher who threw the sixth no-hitter in major-league history, died 72 years ago today.

On Monday, September 11, 1882, Mullane no-hit the Cincinnati Red Stockings for a 2-0 win at Cincinnati’s Bank Street Grounds.

Mullane, who could throw both lefty and righty, pitched for 13 seasons, amassing a 284-220 record with a 3.05 ERA. He also holds the major-league record for wild pitches with 343.

Mullane died on April 25, 1944.

Happy birthday to Hall of Famer Andy Cooper

Andy Cooper
Andy Cooper
Today would be the 120th birthday of Andy Cooper, who threw a Negro National League no-hitter for the Detroit Stars in 1925.

On Sunday, June 28, 1925, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, Cooper no-hit the Indianapolis ABCs for a 1-0 win.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound southpaw from Waco, Texas, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Happy birthday, Bill Singer and 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 72nd 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, 52 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, 52 years ago today.

I had the honor of interviewing Johnson on May 2014 as I was just beginning to write Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders. He talked with me about that April 23, 1964 Houston Colt .45’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Colt Stadium, in which he threw nine innings of no-hit ball yet lost 1-0.

The Reds clawed for that 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.

Johnson seemed touched that someone still wanted to talk at length about that game.

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

Johnson died in November at the age of 82.

Happy birthday Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn (Image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Warren Spahn (Images courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Today would be the 95th birthday of two-time no-no thrower Warren Spahn.

The southpaw from Buffalo, N.Y., spent the majority of his 21-year career with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves, compiling a 363-245 record with a 3.09 ERA. The Hall of Famers was a 14-time All Star and won the Cy Young Award in 1957. He led the American League in complete games for nine seasons, and captured the AL strikeout crown for four straight seasons from 1949-1952.

Spahn threw his two no-hitters within a 7-month stretch in 1960-’61 at Milwaukee County Stadium:

1 Warren Spahn
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Friday, September 16, 1960
Milwaukee Braves 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His first of two no-hitters)
2 Warren Spahn
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Friday, April 28, 1961
Milwaukee Braves 1, San Francisco Giants 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His second of two no-hitters)

70th anniversary of Ed Head’s no-no

Ed Head
Ed Head
Ed Head threw a no-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers, 70 years ago today.

Head, a 6-foot-1 right-hander from Selma, Alabama, no-hit the Boston Braves on April 23, 1946, for a 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. Four Braves reached base – three on walks issued by Head and one on an error by Dodgers’ shortstop Pee Wee Reese.

Head told the AP after the game: “I knew I had it all the time – don’t ask me how, but I knew it.”

Baseball’s first same-day no-nos, 118 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, 118 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.

Cubs’ Arrieta no-hits the Reds

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 last no-no was on Sunday, 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 have 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.

(Feature photo Great American Ballpark by peterrieke under CC BY 2.0)

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