Maloney tosses 10-inning no-no vs. Cubs, 50 years ago today

The Cincinnati Reds’ Jim Maloney threw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs, 50 years ago today.

Maloney, pitching the first game of a Thursday, August 19, 1965, doubleheader at Wrigley Field, no-hit the Cubs for nine innings. The Reds failed to score a run, so the game went into the top of the 10th, when Leo Cardenas hit a one-out homer off Larry Jackson. Maloney finished out the game to complete the 1-0 no-no.

Just two months earlier, Maloney threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the New York Mets only to lose the no-no, and game, in the 11th inning. Maloney did notch a second official career no-hitter in 1969.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this day — 135 years ago — is the Chicago White Stockings’ Larry Corcoran.

Corcoran on Thursday, August 19, 1880, no-hit the Boston Red Caps for a 6-0 win at Lake Front Park. It was his first of three career no-hitters, then a major league record.

Also today, a happy 109th birthday to James “Tex” Carleton, who threw a no-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940. Carleton, born August 19, 1906 in Comanche, Texas, no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field on Tuesday, April 30, 1940, for a 3-0 win.

55th anniversary of Burdette no-hitter

The Milwaukee Braves’ Lew Burdette threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies, 55 years ago today.

Burdette on Thursday, August 18, 1960 no-hit the Phillies at Milwaukee County Stadium for a 1-0 win. Tony Gonzalez became the lone Philadelphia base runner after Burdette hit him with a pitch in the fifth inning. Gonzalez was quickly sent back to the dugout when Lee Walls lined into a 5-3 double-play.

Burdette, who spent five years in the New York Yankees’ minor league system, is best known for his performance in the 1957 World Series. He beat the Yankees in Game 2, Game 5 and Game 7 to lead the Braves to a title and win the MVP.

Tannehill, Gross threw no-hitters on this date

The Boston Americans’ Jesse Tannehill and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kevin Gross threw no-hitters on this date.

Tannehill on Wednesday, August 17, 1904, no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 6-0 win at South Side Park. Tannehill walked one, hit a batter and struck out three to complete the third no-hitter in American League history.

Gross no-hit the San Francisco Giants on Monday, August 17, 1992, for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium. He retired 22 of the last 23 batters to complete the no-no.

Celebrating a no-no birthday today is Vern Bickford, who would have turned 95 today. Bickford on Friday, August 11, 1950, threw a no-hitter for the Boston Braves at Braves Field against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He died of cancer in 1960.

122nd anniversary of first 60-foot-6-inch no-hitter

Bill Hawke threw the first no-hitter at the current 60-foot-6-inch pitching distance, 122 years ago today.

Hawke, a starter for the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the NL Washington Senators on Wednesday, August 16, 1893 at Boundary Field. It was the first no-no since the National League extended the distance from 50 feet. The league also eliminated the pitching box in favor of a 12-inch-by-4-inch pitching rubber.

Also throwing a no-no on this date in 1915 is Miles “Alex” Main. a hurler for the Federal League’s Kansas City Packers. Main on Monday, August 16, 1915, no-hit the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues for a 5-0 win at Buffalo’s International Fair Association Grounds.

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.

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