Happy 130th birthday, Rube Marquard

rubemarquardwebToday would have been the 130th birthday of The New York Giants’ Richard “Rube” Marquard, who no-hit the Brooklyn Robins/Suberpas at the Polo Grounds in just the second game of the 1915 season.

The Hall of Famer allowed only three Brooklyn batters to reach base, two on walks and one on an error, as the Giants topped Brooklyn 2-0.

“Marquard had everything a pitcher should have, and a whole heap besides,” noted the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “His speed was not dazzling, but there was an abundance of hop on the ball when he felt that the time was at hand to make Superbas pop foolishly. His control was excellent.”

The Robins’ George Napoleon “Nap” Rucker, who had thrown a no-hitter against the Boston Doves in 1908, took the loss for Brooklyn.

60th anniversary of Larsen’s WS perfecto

donlarsenmemorabiliaToday is the 60th anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees 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 for the “Postseason Perfection” chapter of my book Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders. 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.”

Baseball’s tie-game no-hitter, 132 years ago today

Sam Kimber
Sam Kimber
The Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw baseball’s only tie-game no-hitter, 132 years ago today.

On Saturday, October 4, 1884, Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings at Brooklyn’s Washington Park but his team couldn’t score him a run off Toledo pitcher Frank Olin, who yielded just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.

Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.

Grier throws baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 90 years ago today

Claude “Red” Grier threw baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 90 years ago today.

On Sunday, October 3, 1926, in the Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series between Grier’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the opposing Chicago American Giants, Grier no-hit the American Giants for a 10-0 win in front of just 2,857 fans at Maryland Baseball Park in Baltimore.

Thirty years later, the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen threw the first Major League Baseball no-hitter in the 1956 World Series, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Expos’ Stoneman no-hits Mets, 44 years ago today

The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the New York Mets, 44 years ago today.

On October 2, 1972, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Stoneman no-hit the Mets at Parc Jarry for a 7-0 win. Stoneman struck out nine but walked seven.

The Mets got a runner 90 feet from homeplate in the fifth inning but couldn’t drive him in. With one out and Bill Sudakis on first from a walk, Don Hahn reached first on an error by Stoneman and Ted Martinez advanced Sudakis to third on 3-6 force aply, but Stoneman struck out pinch hitter Dave Marshall to exit the inning unscathed.

It was Stoneman’s second no-hitter. On Thursday, April 17, 1969, in the Expos franchise’s ninth game, Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium for a 7-0 win.

Also tossing a no-no on this date was the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who threw a perfecto against the Chicago White Sox 104 years ago today at League Park.

Witt hurls perfecto on final game of ’84 season, 32 years ago today

langstonwittcardThe California Angels’ Mike Witt threw a perfect game on the final game of the 1984 season, 32 years ago today.

On Sunday, September 30, 1984, Witt needed just 94 pitchers to retire all 27 of the Texas Rangers he faced for a 1-0 win in front of just 8,375 fans at Arlington Stadium. Witt struck out 10 batters.

Witt also threw the final two innings of a combined Angels no-no on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium. Mark Langston got the start and threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners, but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Witt came in and threw two perfect innings.

Alvarez finishes 2013 season with walk-off wild pitch no-hitter

marlinsalvareznonoticketcolorThe Miami Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez finished off the 2013 season with a no-hitter that ended with a walk-off wild pitch, three years ago today.

Alvarez, pitching at Marlins Park on Sunday, September 29, 2013, no-hit the Detroit Tigers through nine innings, but the Marlins couldn’t score a single run. Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, and then Luke Putkonen plunked pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, sending Giancarlo Stanton home for the 1-0 no-hit victory.

Two other no-nos were thrown on this date

198 of 295 John Montefusco
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, September 29, 1976
San Francisco Giants 9, Atlanta Braves 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
211 of 295 Mike Warren
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, September 29, 1983
Oakland Athletics 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)

Cardinals’ Paul Dean, Athletics’ Vida Blue throw no-hitters on this date

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Dean and the Oakland Athletics’ Vida Blue threw no-hitters on this date.

On Friday, September 21, 1934, during the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader against Brooklyn, Dean no-hit the Dodgers for a 3-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of game days at 535 (more than three years!), a record that stands today.

Older brother Dizzy Dean pitched the opener of that doubleheader, holding the the Dodgers to three hits for a 13-0 complete-game win.

On Monday, September 21, 1970, Blue no-hit the Minnesota Twins at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for a 6-0 victory. At 21 years, 1 month and 24 days, Blue set the new modern-era mark for a youngster.

Bob Moose no-hits Mets 47 years ago today, 1 of 6 on this date

173_bobmooseSeptember 20 is a popular day for a no-hitter.

Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.

Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.

September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.

Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:

8 of 295 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
(His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 295 James "Nixey" Callahan
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(First American League no hitter)
56 of 295 Nick Maddox
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 295 Frank Smith
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 295 Hoyt Wilhelm
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

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