Manzanillo throws Chinese league no-hitter, 24 years ago today

manzanillocardFormer major-league pitcher Ravelo Manzanillo threw the second no-hitter in the history of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, 24 years ago today.

On Thursday, May 21, 1992, Manzanillo, playing for the Brother Elephants, no-hit the Wei Chuan Dragons for a 4-0 win.

Nine years later, while pitching for the Mexican League’s Yucatan Lions on June 28, 2001, Manzanillo threw a 7-inning no-hitter gainst the Campeche Pirates, according to Baseball-Reference.com. And Ravelo’s brother, Josias Manzanillo, pitched the 100th no-hitter in the history of the AA Eastern League on July 12, 1989, according to the site.

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Lester throws no-no for Red Sox, 8 years ago today

Jon Lester
Jon Lester (Photo by Dirk Lammers)
He might have fell 2⅔ innings short of a no-no on Sunday, but Jon Lester completed a no-no for the Boston Red Sox, eight years ago today.

On Monday, May 19, 2008, Lester no-hit the Kansas Royals for a 7-0 victory at Fenway Park. It was the fourth no-hitter caught by Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who set a new major league record. That record was tied by the Philadelphia Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz last year.

On Sunday pitching for the Chicago Cubs, Lester threw 6⅓ innings of no-hit ball at Wrigley Field before the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Sterling Marte popped a one-out single in the 7th.

Randy Johnson throws perfect game at age 40, 12 years ago today

Randy Johnson threw the majors’ 17th perfect game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first no-hitter, 12 years ago today.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2004, the 40-year-old Johnson retired all of the 27 Atlanta Braves batters he faced at Turner Field for a 2-0 victory to become the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game.

It was Johnson’s second no-hitter. His first one thrown back in 1990 was the Seattle Mariners’ first no-no.

Happy birthday to Frank Mountain, threw no-no with homer

Frank Mountain
Frank Mountain
Happy 156th birthday to Frank Mountain, one of five major league pitchers to hit a home run while throwing a no-hitter.

Mountain, a hurler for the American Association’s Columbus Buckeyes, threw the majors’ 13th no-no against the Washington Nationals on June 5, 1884. The National Republican’s account of the game was not particularly kind to the hometown Nats.

“The Columbus club yesterday played a fine game in the field and at the bat,” the newspaper said. “The Washingtons fielded poorly and batted like school boys, the net result being a well earned victory for the former and a well deserved defeat for the latter.”

Here are the four no-hitters in which the pitcher hit one homer:

13 of 295 Frank Mountain
  Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
  Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
101 of 295 Wes Ferrell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
112 of 295 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
145 of 295 Earl Wilson
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)

… and here is the only no-hitter in which the pitcher hit two homers:

179 of 295 Rick Wise
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)

Anniversaries of Wells’ perfecto, Nottebart’s no-no

Don Nottebart
Don Nottebart
The New York Yankees’ David Wells tossed a perfect game and the Houston Colt .45s’ Don Nottebart threw a no-hitter on this date.

Eighteen years ago today, on Sunday, May 17, 1998, Wells threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium for a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Wells later said in his autobiography Perfect I’m Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball that he was still half drunk from a Saturday Night Live cast party the night before.

On Friday, May 17, 1963, 53 years ago today, Nottebart no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 4-1 win at Colt Stadium. It was the first no-hitter for the franchise now known as the Houston Astros.

Smith tosses first Negro American League no-no, 79 years ago today

Hilton Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001
Hilton Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001
Hilton Smith threw the first Negro American League no-hitter, 79 years ago today.

On May 16, 1937, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, Smith threw a no-no as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. The right-hander from Giddings, Texas no-hit the Chicago American Giants for a 4-0 win.

According to his SABR bio written by Ralph Berger, Smith became a school teacher after baseball and also worked for the Armco Steel Company in Kansas City as a foreman until 1978.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.

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