Bickford, Alvarez threw no-hitters on this date

The Boston Braves’ Vern Bickford and the Chicago White Sox’s Wilson Alvarez threw no-hitters on this date.

Bickford on Friday, August 11, 1950, no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 7-0 win at Braves Field. It was the franchise’s last no-no in Boston.

Alvarez, in just his second major league start on Sunday, August 11, 1991, threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles for a 7-0 victory at Memorial Stadium.

Happy birthday to Larry Corcoran, first pitcher to toss 3 no-hitters

A Happy 156th 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)

Candelaria no-hits Dodgers in Pittsburgh (city’s first since 1915), 39 years ago today

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria threw the city of Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter since the old Federal League, 39 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.

Candelaria boasts another odd pitching accomplishment. He is the only pitcher to face just 27 batters in a game yet give up four its. The oddity occurred on July 25, 1982, with Candelaria’s Pittsburgh Pirates facing the Atlanta Braves at Three Rivers.

Candelaria lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a one-out Rafael Ramirez single, but catcher Steve Nicosia threw him out on a steal attempt. Bob Horner led off the second inning with a single to right, but Rufino Linares grounded into a 6-3 double-play. Horner also led off the eighth with a single to right, but this time Linares grounded into a 4-6-3 double-play. Glenn Hubbard got the game’s fourth hit in the ninth with a lead-off infield single, but Bruce Benedict cleared the bases with by hitting into a 6-4-3 double-play.

Senators’ Burke no-hits Red Sox, 84 years ago today

The Washington Senators’ Bobby Burke threw the franchise’s second no-hitter, 84 years ago today.

Burke on Saturday, August 8, 1931 no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 5-0 victory at Griffith Stadium. It was the Senators’ first no-hitter since July 1, 1920, when the great Walter Johnson held the Red Sox hitless for a 1-0 win at Fenway Park.

The no-nos by Johnson and Burke were the only thrown during the Senators’ time in the nation’s capital, as the team moved to Minnesota in 1961 to become the Twins. Twins pitchers round out the list of the franchise’s seven no-hitters:

3 Jack Kralick
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Sunday, August 26, 1962
Minnesota Twins 1, Kansas City Athletics 0
Metropolitan Stadium (Minneapolis)
4 Dean Chance
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Friday, August 25, 1967 (Second game of doubleheader)
Minnesota Twins 2, Cleveland Indians 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
5 Scott Erickson
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Wednesday, April 27, 1994
Minnesota Twins 6, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)
6 Eric Milton
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Saturday, September 11, 1999
Minnesota Twins 7, Anaheim Angels 0
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)
7 Francisco Liriano
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Minnesota Twins 1, Chicago White Sox 0
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago)

Happy 86th birthday to Don Larsen

donlarsenmemorabiliaWishing a happy 86th birthday to Don Larsen, who threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — the first no-hitter in postseason history.

Larsen retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters he faced at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 1956 for a 2-0 win. I had the pleasure of interviewing Larsen recently for the “Postseason Perfection” chapter of my upcoming book Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders, which is due out in March (available for preorders from Amazon in paperback and hardcover). It is one of my all-time favorite interviews. He is, of course, extremely proud of the accomplishment and remembers it in vivid detail. When I asked him how he felt when Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter in the 2010 NLDS, he replied, “It didn’t bother me a bit. It was the playoffs. That wasn’t a World Series game, anyway.”

Also born on this date (1864) is Adonis Terry, who threw a pair of no-hitters for Brooklyn during the club’s time in the American Association.

On Saturday, July 24, 1886, Adonis’ Brooklyn Grays no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 1-0 win at Washington Park. On Sunday, May 27, 1888, Adonis held the Louisville Colonels hitless at his Brooklyn Bridegrooms won 4-0 during a game at Ridgewood Park.

One more anniversary of note: On this day in 1899, the Boston Beaneaters’ Vic Willis no-hit the Washington Senators for a 7-1 win at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds. There’s doubt if the game was truly a no-hitter, as a slow roller by opposing pitcher Bill Dinneen mishandled by third baseman Jimmy Rollins may have actually been ruled a hit, according to some accounts.

Happy 73rd birthday to San Diego native Morehead, threw ’65 no-no

The San Diego Padres still await the club’s first no-hitter, but a man born in San Diego 73 years ago today threw one in 1965.

Boston Red Sox hurler Dave Morehead no-hit the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, September 16, 1965 for a 2-0 victory at Fenway Park.

Morehead played for San Diego’s Herbert Hoover High School before enrolling at San Diego State University and signing with the Red Sox in 1961.

According to Andrew Blume’s great SABR bio, Morehead grew up attending games of the PCL Padres and listening to the AAA team on radio.

Morehead posted a 40-64 record over an eight-year career with the Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals.

Knucksie’s no-no, first for Atlanta, 42 years ago today

Knuckleballer Phil Niekro threw the Braves’ first no-hitter after the club’s move to Atlanta, 42 years ago today.

Sticking with his trademark knuckler from the seventh inning on, Niekro no-hit the San Diego Padres for a 9-0 win at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Sunday, August 5, 1973. Niekro had been mixing in fastballs and sliders in the earlier innings.

Five Padres reached base during the game, three on walks and two on errors.

Beltré ties record with third cycle, hit all in Arlington

beltreThe Texas Rangers’ Adrián Beltré became just the fourth major league player to hit for a third career cycle on Monday, and all three were accomplished in Arlington, Texas.

Beltré hit his third cycle Monday night during the Rangers’ 12-9 win over the Houston Astros with a triple (first inning), double (second inning), single (third inning) and homer (fifth inning).

Beltré’s first cycle came on September 1, 2008 against the Rangers when he was a member of the Seattle Mariners. He notched his second on August 24, 2012 at home against the Minnesota Twins.

The three cycles puts him in a tie with three other major leaguers. Long John Reilly hit for the cycle twice in 1883 and once in 1890, Bob Meusel did it in 1921, 1922, and 1928 and Babe Herman cycled twice in 1931 and once in 1933.

Cycles are just slightly more common than no-hitters. There have now been 308 cycles in the majors, compared to 290 no-hitters.

Happy birthday Red Ames, lost 1909 Opening Day no-hitter in extras

redamesHappy 133rd birthday to the New York Giants’ Red Ames, who threw nine innings of no-hit ball in 1909 before giving up a hit in the 10th and losing the game in the 13th.

On April 15, 1909, Ames no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas over nine innings at the Polo Grounds but neither team could score a run, as Brooklyn’s Kaiser Wilhelm held the Giants to just one hit.

The Superbas’ Whitey Alperman tagged Ames for a one-out double to left center in the 10th inning, but Ames stranded Alperman at third to keep the game scoreless. Brooklyn scored three runs in the top of the 13th for the victory, with Ames giving up a total of 7 hits. Wilhelm yielded just four hits.

Rays, Tigers evoke 98-year-old Toney-Vaughn memories

James 'Hippo' Vaughn
James ‘Hippo’ Vaughn
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers seemed poised today to do something not seen around these parts in 98 years.

The Rays’ Chris Archer and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander kept everyone off the base paths through 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, getting through just over half of what the Chicago Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney completed in 1917.

Verlander lost his perfecto and no-hitter on a fifth-inning homer. Archer scuttled his chance at a perfect game on a one-out 7th-inning infield single. The Tigers took the game 2-1.

On Wednesday, May 2, 1917 at Weeghman Park, Vaughn and Toney each held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball. 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 an official no-hitter.

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