Today is the 23rd anniversary of Matt Young’s uncredited no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher threw eight innings of no-hit ball during the first game of a Sunday, April 12, 1992 doubleheader, but his team trailed 2-1 after the top of the ninth so there was no need for Young to take the mound for the bottom half of the ninth.
Leadoff walks in the first and third innings led to both no-hit runs.
In the first, the Indians’ Kenny Lofton walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a Luis Rivera error. In the third inning, Young walked Lewis, who eventually scored from third on a Carlos Baerga fielder’s choice.
Happy 51st birthday to Bret Saberhagen, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals in 1991.
Saberhagen had a lot of success with the Royals, winning Cy Young awards in 1985 (20-6 with a 2.87 ERA) and 1989 (23-6 with a 2.16 ERA). His no-hitter came on Aug. 26, 1991 during a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, but it was not without controversy.
In the fifth inning of the game, Royals outfielder Kirk Gibson got a late jump on a Dan Pasqua line drive, according to Baseball Digest. Gibson made a last-ditch-effort jump at the warning track but the ball tipped off his glove, letting Pasqua reach second. The official scorer initially ruled it a hit but changed it to a two-base error after watching replays.
Saberhagen’s no-no remained intact, and he retired 14 of the next 15 batters while issuing just his second base on balls in the eighth.
Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Angels’ only combined no-hitter, and the man who threw the final two innings of that game – Mike Witt – is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Halos’ home opener.
Mark Langston got the start for the California Angels on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium, and the San Diego native threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners. But he told the AP that night that he took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there.
Manager Doug Rader brought in Witt, who was no stranger to no-hitters. Witt had pitched a perfect game for the Angels on the final game of the 1984 season, topping the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium for a 1-0 win.
Witt needed to retire just six batters in this contest, and his two perfect innings closed out the combined no-hitter and secured a 1-0 victory for the Angels.
Langston is currently a broadcaster for the Angels.
Happy birthday to the Chicago Cubs’ James “Hippo” Vaughn, who came up on the losing end of baseball’s only double nine-inning no-hitter.
Vaughn, born 127 years ago today and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney both held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball at Weeghman Park on Wednesday, May 2, 1917.
The game went to the 10th, and the Reds scored on a single, an error and a error on a swinging bunt. Toney got the no-no and the 1-0 victory, but Vaughn had to settle for a stellar performance that’s not recognized as a no-hitter.
On this day in 1994, the Atlanta Braves’ Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mercker, who had already thrown 6 innings of a combined no-hitter in 1991, held the Dodgers to four walks (two of them in the first inning) on Friday, April 8, 1994 at Dodger Stadium. Only one Dodger reached second base.
On Wednesday, September 11, 1991 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Mercker threw 6 hitless innings against the San Diego Padres but yielded the seventh to Mark Wohlers. Wohlers kept the no-no going for another 2 innings and Alejandro Pena closed out the ninth for a 1-0 no-hit victory.
Forty-six years ago today, Padres Opening Day starter Dick Selma gave up a leadoff single to the Houston Astros’ Jesus Alou to begin the San Diego Padres no no-hitters count.
Earlier that day, on April 8, 1969, the New York Mets’ no no-hitters count reached 1,137 when Bob Bailey of the Montreal Expos tagged Tom Seaver for a first-inning RBI double. The Mets’ count would climb to 8,019 games over that franchise’s 50-year history before finally halting on June 1, 2012, with Johan Santana’s no-no.
The Padres count, currently at 7,330 games, continues to climb.
Two no-hitters were thrown on this date in 1979 and 1984.
On April 7, 1979, the Houston Astros’ Ken Forsch no-hit the Atlanta Braves 6-0 in a historic moment at the Astrodome based on family ties. His brother, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Bob Forsch, had thrown a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978, making the duo the first major league brothers to pitch no-hitters. (Bob added a second no-hitter in 1983.)
On this date in 1984, the Detroit Tigers’ Jack Morris tossed a no-no against the Chicago White Sox for a 4-0 win at Comiskey Park.
A busy day for no-hitter birthdays, with Ed Lafitte, Tom Phoebus and Bill Stoneman born on this day.
Lafitte, born on this day in 1886, began his career with the Detroit Tigers. He moved over to the competing Federal League in 1914 and was pitching for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops when he threw his no-hitter against the Kansas City Packers during the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, September 19, 1914 at Brooklyn’s Washington Park.
Phoebus, a Baltimore native who turns 73 today, tossed a no-no for his hometown Orioles on Saturday, April 27, 1968 at Memorial Stadium. The O’s topped the Boston Red Sox in that game 6-0.
Stoneman, now 71, threw two no-hitters for the Montreal Expos. His first came in the club’s ninth game, as Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, April 17, 1969 at Connie Mack Stadium. His second came during the first game of a Parc Jarry doubleheader on Monday, October 2, 1972, as the Expos topped the New York Mets 7-0.
The Athletics’ Sonny Gray took a no-no bid into the eighth inning Monday night before giving up a no-out single, ensuring that Bob Feller’s 75-year-old feat of throwing baseball’s only Opening Day no-hitter remains intact.
Gray’s effort was the best 2015 Opening Day effort of many. The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and the Cleveland Indians Cory Kluber’ no-hit their Opening Day opponents through 5 2/3 innings on Monday.
Also on Monday, the Detroit Tigers’ David Price threw 4 1/3 innings of perfect ball before the Minnesota Twins’ Kennys Vargas broke it up with a one-out single.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchinson threw 3 2/3 no-hit innings before the New York Yankees’ Brian McCann singled to right.
Feller, who threw an Opening Day no-no for the Cleveland Indians on August 16, 1940, tossed two additional no-hitters for Cleveland.