Happy 132nd birthday to Miles ‘Alex’ Main, threw no-no for K.C. Packers

76_milesalexmainMiles “Alex” Main, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Packers in 1915, was born 132 years ago today.

Main no-hit the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues in a Federal League match-up at Buffalo’s International Fair Association Grounds on August 16, 1915. Only three Buffeds reached base thanks to one walk and a couple of Kansas City errors as the Packers won 5-0.

Main also pitched briefly for the Detroit Tigers (1914) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1915).

‘Toothpick’ Sam Jones 1st African-American to throw MLB no-no, 61 years ago today

Sam "Toothpick" Jones
Sam “Toothpick” Jones
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 61 years ago today.

Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.

Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.

Honoring Milt Pappas’ birthday

Milt Pappas
Milt Pappas
Today would have been the 77th birthday of Milt Pappas, who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 1972.

Pappas, who also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves, died of natural causes last month at his home in the South suburb of Beecher.

While pitching for the ’72 Cubs, Pappas no-hit the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on Sept. 2, 1972, but lost his perfect game by walking the 27th batter. I interviewed him about a year ago and he was still upset with umpire Bruce Froemming for not giving him calls on the final batter to give him the perfecto. Pappas told me that people still came up to him to talk about that game.

“I’m still being recognized and still going out and signing autographs, and I’m wondering to myself on numerous occasions, ‘If I would have done the perfect game, would I be getting this kind of adulation?” he asked. “I wouldn’t have had the 40 years of ‘Man, you got screwed’ and ‘Who’s that umpire that called that?’”

No-nos on this date: Eller, Koufax and Leiter

The Cincinnati Reds' "Hod" Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
The Cincinnati Reds’ “Hod” Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
Al Leiter, Sandy Koufax, Horace “Hod” Eller and threw no-hitters on this date.

On Saturday, May 11, 1996, Leiter threw the Florida Marlins first no-hitter 20 years ago today. The New Jersey native no-hit the Colorado Rockies for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Koufax, who threw four no-hitters with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossed his second no-no against the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1963.

Eller, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Redland Field 97 years ago today.

Expos’ Charlea Lea no-hits Giants, 35-years ago today

206_charlieleaThe Montreal Expos’ Charlie Lea threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants, 35 years ago today.

On May 10, 1981, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, Lea walked four and struck out eight as the Expos beat the Giants 4-0 at Olympic Stadium. It was the Expos’ third no-hitter, with Bill Stoneman throwing ones in the Expos’ ninth ever game in 1969 and following it up in 1972.

ABCs’ Dismukes no-hits Chicago Giants, 101 years ago today

Dizzy Dismukes threw a no-hitter for the Indianapolis ABCs, 101 years ago today.

On Sunday, May 9, 1915, no-hit the Chicago Giants for a 5-0 win.

According to the Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum at the Kansas State University College of Education, Dismukes was a right-handed submariner and was regarded as one of the Negro Leagues’ best pitchers during the 1910s and early 1920s. He was a smart, studios college man with a wonderful memory, according to the state.

6th anniversary of Braden’s perfect Mother’s Day game

The Oakland Athletics’ Dallas Braden threw the majors’ 19th perfect game, six years ago today.

Braden on May 9, 2010 – Mother’s Day – retired each of the 27 Tampa Bay Rays he faced during a 4-0 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Most of the outs were routine, but Braden’s no-no was aided by several great plays by third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.

‘Catfish’ Hunter tosses perfect game, 48 years ago today

Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter threw a perfect game, 48 years ago today.

On Wednesday, May 8, 1968, Hunter retired all 27 Minnesota Twins he faced for a 4-0 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Hunter’s perfecto was the third of the 1960s, following gems by Jim Bunning (1964) and Sandy Koufax (1965).

Also throwing no-nos on this date are the Boston Doves’ Frank “Big Jeff” Pfeffer and the New York Giants’ Carl Hubbell.

Pfeffer in 1907 no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 6-0 win at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

In 1929, Hubbell no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 victory at the Polo Grounds.

Verlander tosses second no-no, 5 years ago today

verlander35The Detroit Tigers’ Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, five years ago today.

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, Verlander no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-0 victory at the Rogers Centre. Verlander walked just one batter in the eighth inning while striking out 4.

The New York Giants' Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
Also throwing a no-no on this date is the New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes.

Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, May 7, 1922 for a 6-0 win. Barnes faced the minimum 27 batters, walking Cy Williams in the fifth inning but retiring him and batter Art Fletcher on a double play.

Philadelphia coaches asked for the game ball in the middle of the seventh inning and showed umpire Bob Hart several cuts, prompting Hart to throw it out of the game.

Bobo throws no-no, 53 years ago today

Bobo Holloman (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Bobo Holloman (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
The St. Louis Browns’ “Bobo” Holloman threw a no-hitter in his first major league start, 53 years ago today.

On May 6, 1953, Holloman no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics at Busch Stadium for a 6-0 victory. It marked the only time a pitcher thew a no-no in his first major league start in the modern era.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Bob Groom and Cliff Chambers.

Groom, a Browns pitcher, no-hit the Chicago White Sox (3-0 score) during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader on May 6, 1917 at Sportsman’s Park. Groom’s no-no came one day after one pitched by teammate Ernie Koob, but the two games were not consecutive.

Chambers, a Pittsburgh Pirates hurler, no-hit the Boston Braves during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at Braves Field on May 6, 1951. Chambers was wild, walking eight and throwing a wild pitch.

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