5-year anniversary of Braden’s perfect game

The Oakland Athletics’ Dallas Braden threw the majors’ 19th perfect game, five 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’ throws perfecto, 47 years ago today

Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter threw a perfect game, 47 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.

Anniversary of Barnes, Verlander no-nos

The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes and the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander threw no-hitters on this date.

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.
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.

Also on this date – Saturday, May 7, 2011 – Verlander threw his second career no-hitter against 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 12.

Hoosiers’ McKeon no-hits Porkopolitans for 6, 131 years ago today

Larry McKeon pitched a rain-shortened no-hitter for the Indianapolis Hoosiers, 131 years ago today.

indianapolishoosiersThe American Association game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings ended in a 0-0 tie, called after six innings due to rain. It’s not considered an official no-no, as no-hitters of less than nine innings were purged from the list in 1991.

The May 7, 1884 Cincinnati Enquirer story about the game, headlined “A Tiresome Affair,” is a hoot.

“It was lacking in hard hitting, one of the most essential requisites to make a contest interesting,” the curmudgeonly writer penned.

He also complained that rain “only made a slow game slower,” the field was in sloppy condition, the ball was soggy and numerous foul balls “did not increase the interest a bit.”

I found a web site selling this Cincinnati Porkopolitans shirt, but it's only offered in S and XS.
I found a web site selling this Cincinnati Porkopolitans shirt, but it’s only offered in S and XS.
But my favorite quote from the story is one that uses the Cincinnati team’s then alternate nickname – the Porkopolitans.

“McKeon’s delivery was a fifteen puzzle for the Porkopolitans, add in the six innings they failed to size it up for a single safe drive.

I have got to find a way to work a 15-puzzle reference into my upcoming book.

Bobo’s no-no, 52 years ago today

The St. Louis Browns’ “Bobo” Holloman threw a no-hitter in his first major league start, 52 years ago today.

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

Holloman on May 6, 1952, 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.

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.

Young, Koob and Belinsky notched May 5 no-hitters

Three no-hitters were thrown on this date, and one of them was the majors’ third perfect game.

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card

Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) on Thursday, May 5, 1904, retired all 27 Philadelphia Athletics he faced for a 3-0 win at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. It was his second of career no-hitters that would tie him for the career lead with Larry Corcoran.

On this date in 1917, the St. Louis Browns’ Ernie Koob no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at home at Sportsman’s Park. Browns teammate Bob Groom also no-hit the White Sox the next day, but Groom’s gem came in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader so the two weren’t consecutive.

Decades later, on May 5, 1962, Los Angeles Angels rookie Bo Belinsky no-hit the Baltimore Orioles for a 2-0 win that launched the former Trenton pool shark into Hollywood stardom.

Happy birthday Lee Richmond, ‘Chief’ Bender

Happy birthday to a couple of old-time no-no pitchers, Lee Richmond and “Chief” Bender.

Richmond, born on this date in 1857, threw the majors’ first perfect game. The Worcester Ruby Legs southpaw retired 27 Cleveland Blues in a row on Saturday, June 12, 1880 during a National League match up at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds.

Bender, the Philadelphia Athletics pitcher born on this date in 1884, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910.

Bumgarner no-hits Padres through 6, Upton breaks through

The San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner no-hit the San Diego Padres through six innings on Monday night, losing his bid on a Justin Upton single to lead off the seventh inning.

Bumgarner was trying to become the third Giants pitcher to no-hit the Giants.

Jonathan Sanchez no-hit the Padres at AT&T Park on July 10, 2009, striking out 11 and not issuing a single walk. He had a perfect game in tact in the eighth inning but lost that quest when Chase Headley reached base on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe.

Tim Lineceum no-hit the Friars twice, with the first on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Petco Park and the second on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at AT&T Park.

See the whole list of no-hitters against the Padres here.

Champagne order jinxes Farrell’s no-no, 26 years ago today

The Cleveland Indians’ John Farrell lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning, 26 years ago today.

Farrell was no-hitting the Kansas City Royals through eight on May 4, 1989 when the Royals’ Kevin Seitzer led off the ninth by dropping a fly ball the dropped inside the right-field line for a base hit.

A United Press International game story noted that Indians clubhouse manager Cy Buynak jinxed the no-no just before Seitzer’s hit by calling the Stadium Club restaurant to order three bottles of champagne.

“That was the whammy,” Stadium Club manager Jim Kerlin told UPI. “I told my assistant not to take them down.”

The bottles were apparently the same three bottles the Toronto Blue Jays called for when Dave Stieb took a no-no into the ninth in 1988. Stieb had four late-inning misses before finally getting his no-no in 1990.

Lesson? Wait for the bubbly.

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