Gross tosses Dodgers’ no-no vs. Giants, 24 years ago today

Kevin Gross threw a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 24 years ago today.

On Monday, August 17, 1992, Gross no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium. Gross walked two batters in the second inning and hit pinch-hitter Mark Leonard with a pitch in the ninth.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date in 1904 is the Boston Americans’ Jesse Tannehill. On Wednesday, August 17 of that year, Tannehill no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 6-0 win at Chicago’s South Side Park.

Talking no-hitters on MLB Central

Thanks to Fran Charles, Mark DeRosa, Lauren Shehadi and Preston Wilson for having me on MLB Central this morning.

It was a heck of a lot of fun and I feel it went went incredibly smoothly, except maybe the point when both Mark DeRosa and a producer speaking in my earpiece reminded me that Carlos Beltran’s sixth-inning liner over third was fair on June 1, 2011. As always, I plead the fifth on that one!

Happy birthday Christy Mathewson

Christy Mathewson
Christy Mathewson
Happy 136th birthday to Christy Mathewson, the Hall of Famer who pitched two no-hitters for the New York Giants.

Mathewson, who posted a career record of 373-188 over 17 seasons, threw two no-hitters for the Giants, and both came on the road. They are the second and third no-nos in the history of the Giants franchise, which relocated to San Francisco in 1958:

1 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Monday, July 15, 1901
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
2 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 13, 1905
New York Giants 1, Chicago Cubs 0
West Side Park (Chicago)

Mathewson played 17 seasons for the Giants, but his playing career actually ended in Cincinnati. On July 20, 1916, the Reds named Mathewson their new player-manager, sending Buck Herzog and Red Killefer to the Giants in exchange for Mathewson, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush.

Mathewson took the mound just once in a Reds uniform. During the nightcap of a September 4, 1916, doubleheader against the Cubs on “Mordecai Brown Day” at Weeghman Park, Mathewson faced the 40-year-old Brown, another future Hall of Famer, and eked out a 10-8 win. Mathewson gave up eight earned runs on 15 hits for his 373rd career victory.

Honoring Bill Monbouquette on his birthday

My autographed Mill Monbouquette photo.
Bill Monbouquette
Today would have been the 80th birthday of Bill Monbouquette, who threw a Boston Red Sox no-hitter in 1962.

Monbouquette no-hit the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 1, 1962, in front of 17,185 fans at Comiskey Park. His only blemish was a second-inning base on balls issued to Al Smith, as he struck out seven and the Red Sox committed no errors.

Monbouquette, who was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Medford, Massachusetts, died in January 2015 after battling acute myelogenous leukemia.

He ties Ted Breitenstein with the title of no-no pitchers with the most letters in their last name (12).

25th anniversary of Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter

alvareznohitclubWilson Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the 1991 Chicago White Sox in just his second major league start, 25 years ago today.

Alvarez, a 6-foot-1 southpaw from Maracaibo, Venezuela, no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on August 11, 1991, walking five and striking out seven.

His outing at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium went considerable better than his major-league debut, in which he left the game after facing five batters without getting a single out. On July 24, 1989 as a member of the Texas Rangers, Alvarez yielded a leadoff single to Junior Felix and then served up back-to-back homers to Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber. Bobby Valentine pulled Alvarez after the southpaw issued back-to-back bases on balls to George Bell and Fred McGriff.

Alvarez went on to carve out a 14-year career, posting a 102-92 record with a 3.96 ERA. He retired in 2005 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Boston Braves’ Vern Bickford, who no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field on Friday, August 11, 1950 for a 7-0 win.

Padres’ Jackson takes no-no into the 6th

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
The San Diego Padres’ Edwin Jackson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Wednesday night before giving up a leadoff single to Jordy Mercer. It marked the franchise’s 7,603rd game without a no-hitter.

Jackson reached the 7th inning with a no-hitter intact in his first start for San Diego, his 11th major league team, on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

In that game, the San Francisco Giants’ Conor Gillaspie tagged jackson three-run homer to right with one out in the 7th inning. The Padres held on to win 4-3.

Happy birthday Larry Corcoran, first to toss 3 no-nos

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Happy 157th birthday to Larry Corcoran, the first pitcher to toss three career no-hitters.

Corcoran, who born on this day in 1859 in Brooklyn, threw all of his no-nos for the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, later renamed the Cubs. All were accomplished at home at Lake Front Park.

Joining Corcoran in the three no-hitters club are Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. Koufax added a fourth, and Ryan went on to throw seven no-hitters.

Here are Corcoran’s no-hitters:

1 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1880
Chicago White Stockings 6, Boston Red Caps 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
2 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
3 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1884
Chicago White Stockings 6, Providence Grays 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)

40th anniversary of Candelaria’s no-hitter – first in Pittsburgh since 1915

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria threw the city of Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter since the old Federal League, 40 years ago today.

The 23-year-old southpaw dominated the Dodgers on Monday, August 9, 1976, using 101 pitches to no-hit Los Angeles for a 2-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Candelaria faced 30 batters, with two Dodgers reaching on errors and another reaching on a walk.

It was the first no-hitter in Pittsburgh since the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales’ Claude Hendrix no-hit the Pittsburgh Rebels on Saturday, May 15, 1915 for a 10-0 win at Exposition Park. The Pirates’ longtime home of Forbes Field (1909–1970) never hosted a no-hitter.

Senators’ Burke no-hits Red Sox, 85 years ago today

Bobby Burke
Bobby Burke
Bobby Burke tossed a no-hitter for the Washington Senators, 85 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 8, 1931, at home in front of about 5,000 fans at D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, Burke no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 5-0 win. Burke struck out eight and walked five.

United Press sportswriter George Kirksey noted that Burke was working under a handicap.

“He fell on the hot exhaust pipe of a motor boat while on a fishing trip yesterday and suffered a bad burn across his back,” Kirksey wrote.

Willis no-hit Senators, 117 years ago today … or did he?

Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Vic Willis is credited with throwing the second no-hitter for the Braves franchise 117 years ago today, although accounts in both the home and away newspapers recorded this game as a one-hitter.

Willis, pitching for the National League’s Boston Beaneaters at the Huntington Avenue Grounds on Monday, August 7, 1899, no-hit the Washington Senators for a 7-1 win, according to the official no-hitter list.

But The Washington Times had a different take, noting in its sub-headline: “Washington Secures Only One Little Scratch Hit of Willis.

“Dinneen made the only hit off him,” the paper said, “accomplishing this feat in the sixth inning, when he was the first man to bat.”

The Boston Globe agreed, and the headline on Globe sportswriter Tim Murnane’s story read “Only One Hit Off Willis in the Full Nine Innings,” although Murnane said the hit was “was not worth the name.”

Box scores in both the Washington and Boston papers show one hit.

But the wire service accounts and box scores that spread across the nation show the game as a no-hitter, and that’s how it stands in the MLB record books. And people still give me crap about the Carlos Beltran fair/foul call in Johan Santana’s no-hitter!

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