Today is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game

donlarsenmemorabiliaToday is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — the first no-hitter in MLB postseason history.

Larsen retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters he faced at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 1956 for a 2-0 win.

In the ninth, Larsen enticed outs from Carl Furillo and Roy Campanella before Dodgers manager Walter Alston called back pitcher Sal Maglie and sent pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to the plate. With a 2-2 count, catcher Yogi Berra called for a fastball. Mitchell tried to check his swing, but home-plate umpire Babe Pinelli already called it Strike 3.

Berra jumped into Larsen’s arms, and the picture of that embrace remains on of baseball’s most quintessential images.

Nats’ Strasburg takes NLDS no-hitter into the 6th inning

The Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg took a National League Divisional Series no-hitter into the sixth inning on Friday night in the team’s opening game against the Chicago Cubs.

With a runner on second and two out in the sixth, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant singled to break up the no-hitter and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Bryant reached second on the throw and later scored.

Phillies’ Halladay throws 2nd postseason no-no, 7 years ago today

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in post-season history, seven years ago today.

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.

The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The only other pitcher to throw a no-hitter on this date is Matt Kilroy, back in 1886, but it was a regular season match-up. Kilroy, pitching for the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.

Indians’ Bauer takes ALDS no-no into 6th vs. Yankees

The Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees Thursday night but gave up his bid on a one-out Aaron Hicks double to left.

Bauer was looking to toss the first post-season no-no since Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series. Halladay’s 4-0 gem marked his second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.

The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Only no-hitter with a 0-0 score was thrown 133 years ago today

Sam Kimber
Sam Kimber
The Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw baseball’s only tie-game no-hitter, 133 years ago today.

On Saturday, October 4, 1884, Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings at Brooklyn’s Washington Park but his team couldn’t score him a run off Toledo pitcher Frank Olin, who yielded just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.

Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.

Grier throws baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 91 years ago today

Claude “Red” Grier threw baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 91 years ago today.

On Sunday, October 3, 1926, in the Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series between Grier’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the opposing Chicago American Giants, Grier no-hit the American Giants for a 10-0 win in front of just 2,857 fans at Maryland Baseball Park in Baltimore.

Thirty years later, the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen threw the first Major League Baseball no-hitter in the 1956 World Series, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Wolverines’ Getzien, Red Sox’s Hansack threw rain-shortened no-nos on this date

Charlie "Pretzels" Getzien
Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien
Two rain-shortened no-hitters, which are not considered official, were thrown on this date.

On Wednesday, October 1, 1884, the Detroit Wolverines’ Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien threw a six-inning no-no against the Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit’s Recreation Park. The Wolverines were leading 1-0 when Milt Scott and Getzien hit back-to-back singles in the seventh inning before the rain started to fall.

“It did not rain very hard nor very long, but [umpire Sterwart] Decker decided that the grounds were too wet, it was already too dark and he called the game,” noted the Detroit Free Press.

And how did the German-born Getzien earn the nickname “Pretzels”? Sporting Life explains the right-hander’s “pretzel curve.”

“In delivering his ‘pretzels,’ ‘Gets’ faces third base with one foot in either corner of the lower end of the box,” the paper said. “Bending the left knee slightly, he draws his right arm well luck. Then, straightening up quickly, he slides the left foot forward with a characteristic little skip, and, bringing his arm around with a swift overhand swing, drives the ball at a lively pace.”

The other rain-shortened no-no was tossed by the Boston Red Sox’s Devern Hansack on Sunday, October 1, 2006. He no-hit the Orioles for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead, but umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain. Hansack’s no-no was one of his three career starts in the majors, as he appeared in just nine major league games between 2006-2008 while compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.

Angels’ Witt hurls perfect game to close ’84 season, 33 years ago today

langstonwittcardThe California Angels’ Mike Witt threw a perfect game on the final game of the 1984 season, 33 years ago today.

On Sunday, September 30, 1984, Witt needed just 94 pitchers to retire all 27 of the Texas Rangers he faced for a 1-0 win in front of just 8,375 fans at Arlington Stadium. Witt struck out 10 batters.

Witt also threw the final two innings of a combined Angels no-no on Wednesday, April 11, 1990, at Anaheim Stadium. Mark Langston got the start and threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners, but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Witt came in and threw two perfect innings.

Zimmermann tosses Nats’ first no-no, 3 years ago today

Jordan Zimmermann tossed the Washington Nationals’ first no-no since the franchise’s move to the nation’s capital, three years ago today.

Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins on the final game of the 2014 season at Nationals Park on September 28, striking out 10 batters while issuing just a single walk for a 1-0 victory.

The Nats’ Steven Souza Jr. saved the no-no on the final play with a diving catch. Souza, a rookie outfielder inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth, chased down a two-out deep fly ball to left center and made the grab near the warning track for the game’s final out. Teammates mobbed Zimmermann,

The losing pitcher was Henderson Alvarez, who tossed a no-no for the Marlins on the last day of the 2013 regular season. That game ended on a rare walk-off wild-pitch.

Although it was the first no-hitter for the Nationals, the franchise had recorded four no-hitters north of the border as the Montreal Expos:

  • Bill Stoneman, April 17, 1969, against the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Stoneman, Oct. 2, 1972 (game one of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.
  • Charlie Lea, May 10, 1981 (game two of doubleheader), against the San Francisco Giants
  • Dennis Martinez, July 28, 1991, a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Nats’ Max Scherzer has since tossed the second and third Nationals no-hitters:

  • Saturday, June 20, 2015, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Saturday, October 3, 2015 (second game of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.

Boston Americans’ Dinneen throws no-no, 112 years ago today

Bill Dinneen
The Boston Americans’ pitcher Bill Dinneen threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox 112 years ago today.

Dinneen no-hit the White Sox at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds during the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, September 27, 1905. Boston topped Chicago 2-0, and Dinneen struck out six.

Dinneen retired in 1909 after pitching 12 seasons and compiling a 170-177 record with a 3.01 ERA. He transitioned into the role of a major league umpire and was behind the plate for five no-hitters.

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