Cone throws perfect game for Yankees, 16 years ago today

The New York Yankees David Cone threw a perfect game against the Montreal Expos, 16 years ago today.

July 18, 1999 was Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, as fans celebrated the beloved catcher’s return to the historic ballpark. Cone marked the day by retiring 27 straight Expos for a 6-0 win.

It was just the second Yankees perfect game since Berra celebrated the 1956 World Series perfecto with Don Larsen. (David Wells threw one in 1998.)

Bradley throws MLB’s first no-no, 139 years ago today

The St. Louis Brown Stockings’ George Washington Bradley threw what is considered to be Major League Baseball’s first no-hitter, 139 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 15, 1876, Bradley no-hit the Hartford Dark Blues for a 2-0 win at the Grand Avenue Ball Grounds. Bradley struck out three batters while walking one, and the Brown Stockings committed eight errors.

Here are the other two July 15 no-nos:

44 of 289 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Monday, July 15, 1901
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)
186 of 289 Nolan Ryan
  California Angels (AL)
  Sunday, July 15, 1973
California Angels 6, Detroit Tigers 0
Tiger Stadium (Detroit)
(His second of seven no-hitters)

1990: The All-Star Game two-hitter

mathformulaThe calculations are in, and it appears that the chance of an All-Star Game no-hitter on Tuesday night are just a fraction above 0 percent.

With only seven shutouts in All-Star history, it’s no surprise that there have been no no-hitters since the tradition began in 1933. Midsummer classic fans haven’t even gotten to witness a one-hitter, but the American League staff did take a one-hitter into the ninth inning during the 1990 All-Star Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The possibility of an All-Star no-no had been killed early when the San Francisco Giants’ Will Clark tagged the Oakland As’ Bob Welch for a first-inning single. Welch managed to keep the NL hitless for the rest of his two-inning stint, and Dave Steib, Bret Saberhagen, Bobby Thigpen, Chuck Finley held the fort through eight when Dennis Eckersley was called on for the save.

Eckersley gave up a lead-off single to the Phillies’ Lenny Dykstra before retiring the next three to getting the save and preserve the only two-hitter in All-Star history.

Final score: American League 2, National League 0.

Padres just miss no-no, 4 years ago today

padrescount7415Four years ago today, on July 10, 2011, the San Diego Padres nearly left the Mets alone in the notoriety of being the only major league franchise without a no-hitter.

Padres pitchers on that day had been no-hitting the Los Angeles Dodgers through eight innings, with starter Aaron Harang making it through six and Josh Spence, Chad Qualls and Mike Adams each pitching a hitless inning. But the Dodgers’ Juan Uribe broke up San Diego’s no-hitter with a two-out double against Luke Gregorson in the ninth inning, and the Dodgers wound up winning the game 1-0.

Until Johan Santana’s achievement for the New York Mets in June 2012, the Mets had gone without a no-no since 1962, while the Padres have been at it since 1969. The Rockies and Rays were also in the no no-hitter club at the start of the 2010 season but broke free with gems by Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Garza that year.

And so the quest for the first Padres’ no-hitter continues, with the no no-no count reaching 7,415 games.

Dierker no-hits Expos, 39 years ago today

The Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker tossed a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos 39 years ago today.

Dierker on Friday, July 9, 1976 no-hit the Expos for a 6-0 win at the Astrodome. He walked four and struck out eight, and was aided by key defensive plays by second baseman Rob Andrews and center fielder José Cruz.

Dierker’s gem marked the first no-hitter against the Expos franchise, which has since moved to Washington as the Nationals. The Nats have yet to be no-hit as residents of the nation’s capital.

Phils’ Donahue no-hits Beaneaters, 117 years ago today

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Frank “Red” Donahue threw a no-hitter against the Boston Beaneaters, 117 years ago today.

Donahue, who lost a league leading 35 games for the St. Louis (NL) Browns in 1897, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the season. On Friday, July 8, 1898, he no-hit the 1897 NL pennant winners at National League Park. Donahue issued two walks and the Phillies committed one error.

“He gave the most brilliant exhibition of twisting the sphere that has been seen on the local grounds this season,” noted The Times of Philadelphia. “Not a Champion got beyond second base during the entire nine innings, and not a single Champion got a safe hit during the entire nine innings.”

The Beaneaters eventually adopted the name of the Braves, moving to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.

Cubs’ Lester takes no-no into 7th inning

Jon Lester
Jon Lester (Photo by Dirk Lammers)
The Chicago Cubs’ Jon Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Monday before losing it on a hard-hit ball to third.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Jhonny Peralta lined the ball just over the bag, making a tough play for third baseman Kris Bryant. Peralta reached safety and the official scorer rightfully ruled the play a hit. The Cardinals scored two runs in the inning.

Lester threw his only career no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2008.

Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):

8⅔ Shelby Miller
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
8⅔ Carlos Carrasco
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Spoiler: Joey Butler, single to right over the head of second baseman with two out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 8, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Florida)
8⅓ Trevor Bauer (6 inn)
Kyle Crockett (1 inn)
Scott Atchinson (1 inn)
Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center off Nick Hagadome with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
7⅓ Chad Bettis
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Friday, May 29, 2015
Spoiler: Cody Asche, one-out single to left with shift deployed in the eighth inning
Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
7⅓ Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Spoiler: Logan Forsythe, infield single with one out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 1, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
7⅓ Anibal Sanchez
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Friday, July 3, 2015
Spoiler: Ezequiel Cabrera, one-out single to left field in the eighth inning
Detroit Tigers 8, Toronto Blue Jays 6
Comerica Park (Detroit)
7 Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Friday, June 19, 2015
Spoiler: Jimmy Paredes broken-bat bloop single to left with no out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
7 Chris Young (5 inn)
Ryan Madson (2 inn)
Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left off Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
7 Sonny Gray
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0 Coliseum (Oakland)
6⅔ Corey Kluber
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny Peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
6⅔ Mike Leake
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Spoiler: Maikel Franco, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
6⅓ Garrett Richards
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
6⅓ Cody Anderson
  Cleveland Indains (AL)
  Monday, June 29, 2015
Spoiler: Grady Sizemore, one-out home run in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 7, Tampa Bay 1
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
6⅓ Chris Young
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Spoiler: Trevor Plouffe, one-out triple to right in the seventh inning
Kansas City Royals 2, Minnesota Twins 0
Target Field (Minneapolis)
6⅓ Chase Anderson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 2015
Spoiler: Buster Posey, one-out comebacker that struck Anderson and dribbled for a single in the seventh inning
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, San Francisco Giants 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6⅓ Mike Montgomery
  Seattle Mariners (AL)
  Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Spoiler: Yangervis Solarte, one-out double to left in the seventh inning
Seattle Mariners 1, San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park (San Diego)
6⅓ Jon Lester
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Monday, July 6, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny Peralta, one-out lined single to third in the seventh inning
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
6 Madison Bumgarner
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Max Scherzer
  Washington Nationals (NL)
  Sunsday, June 14, 2015
Spoiler: Carlos Gomez, bloop single over the second baseman to lead off the seventh inning
Washington Nationals 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Miller Park (Milwaukee)
6 Michael Pineda
  New York Yankees (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Spoiler: Christian Yelich, solo home run to right center to lead off the seventh inning
New York Yankees 2, Miami Marlins 1
Yankee Stadium (New York)

Happy birthday to Reds no-no thrower Hod Eller

hodellerHappy birthday to The Cincinnati Reds’ Horace “Hod” Eller, who threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1919.

Eller, born on July 5, 1894 in Muncie, Indiana, no-hit the Cards on May 11, 1919 for a 6-0 win at Redland Field. Three St. Louis batters reached first base on walks, but two of them were thrown out trying to steal second.

“This effort of Mr. Eller’s was not only remarkable in that he held the enemy to no bingles, but in that not a single hard ball was hit off him during the entire nine rounds,” noted the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Jack Ryder. “Not one left a Cardinal bat with a crack of a hard smash resounding from it.”

Happy birthday America … and George Mullin

It’s America’s birthday, and it’s also the 135th birthday of the Detroit Tigers’ George Mullin, who was born on July 4 and threw a no-hitter on July 4.

Mullin, born July 4, 1880, threw a no-hitter on his 32nd birthday — July 4, 1912 — during the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns at Navin Field. The Tigers won 7-0.

Also throwing an Independence Day no-hitter is the New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse, who no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 1-0 win in the first game of a July 4, 1908 doubleheader. Wiltse was perfect through 26 batters at the Polo Grounds before hitting George McQuillen with a pitch to kill the perfect game. He finished with a 10-inning no-hitter.

And also, as pointed out by Bob, we shpuld mention Dave Righetti’s 1983 July 4 no-no for tye New York Yankees.

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