John Goodgame threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the West Baden Sprudels, 105 years ago today.
On Friday, April 21, 1911, Goodgame no-hit the French Lick Plutos in West Baden, Indiana, for a 3-0 win. The website Agate Type: Reconstructing Negro League & Latin Baseball History dug up a short Indianapolis Freeman write-up about the game, showing that Goodgame, a new recruit out of Talladega College, struck out 11 and walked just one.
The Cleveland Naps’ (Indians’) Addie Joss threw the second of his two no-hitters 106 years ago today.
Joss on Wednesday, April 20, 1910 no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at South Side Park.
It was his second no-no against Chicago. On Friday, October 2, 1908, Joss threw a perfect game against the White Sox at home at League Park.
With the pair of gems, Joss became the first person to throw two no-hitters against the same team. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum duplicated the feat in 2013 and 2014, no-hitting the San Diego Padres in each.)
Very sad to read today about the death of Milt Pappas, one of the major-league pitchers I interviewed while writing Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders.
As told in his obit in the Chicago Tribune, Pappas no-hit the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on Sept. 2, 1972, but lost his perfect game on the last batter. I interviewed him just under a year ago, and it was so much fun. He was, of course, still upset with Bruce Froemming about the umpire 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?’”
I’m also forever thankful to Pappas for reading the book, enjoying the book and taking the time to give me a blurb. He will be missed by many.
New Jersey hosted its first major-league baseball game, 60 years ago today.
The Brooklyn Dodgers played 15 regular-season games at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium during the 1956 and 1957 seasons. The first was on April 19, 1956, and the Dodgers topped the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 5-4 win in an error-filled game (5 errors for the Dodgers, 3 for the Phillies). More than 12,000 fans watched the game.
The Dodgers actually went 6-1 at Roosevelt Stadium in 1956 and clinched the National League pennant, but the team lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, thanks in part to Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle tossed his first of two no-hitters, nine years ago today. On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, Buehrle no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Two years later, on Thursday, July 23, 2009, Buehrle pitched a 5-0 perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at home.
The Colorado Rockies aren’t the only franchise to exit the no no-no club on this day.
Forty-seven years ago today, on April 17, 1969, the Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium in just the Expos’ ninth game. It’s the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list. Stoneman would get one more no-no in 1972 and Expos pitchers would throw two more before the move to D.C. Jordan Zimmermann threw the Nationals’ first no-no on Sept. 28, 2014. Max Scherzer added two Nationals no-hitters last season.
The San Diego Padres, an expansion partner of the Expos, are still awaiting the team’s first no-hitter.
Here’s when the other two 1969 expansion teams exited the no no-no club:
Kansas City Royals
In his 10th Major League start, Kansas City Royals starter Steve Busby no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 3-0 victory on April 27, 1973 despite walking five batters. Busby would throw another no-hitter on June 19, 1974, becoming the first pitcher to ever throw two no-nos in his first two full seasons (he had thrown a couple late-season games in 1972). Other Royals pitchers would throw two more no-hitters to give the franchise a total of four.
The Pilots lasted just one season in Seattle, and the team couldn’t notch a no-hitter or even a one-hitter during those 162 games (they did get three two-hitters). After the squad moved to Milwaukee and was renamed the Brewers, the franchise would have to wait 17 years for its first no-hitter. Juan Nieves became the first Puerto Rico native to throw a no-no on April 15, 1987 as the Brewers topped the Baltimore Orioles 7-0. Robin Yount made a game-ending diving catch to preserve Nieves’ gem, which remains the Brewers’ only no-no.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez was ejected from a no-no in progress, one year ago today.
On Friday, April 17, 2015, home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Jiménez in the fourth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox. Jiménez hit third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball in the fourth inning of the game, and Baker surmised that the pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game.
In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.
Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the combined no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.
Oddly, the no-no ejection came on the fifth anniversary of Jiménez’s no-hitter for the Colorado Rockies, the first in that franchise’s history.
Colorado Rockies (NL)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)
Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history, 76 years ago today.
The 21-year-old Feller used his “heater from Van Meter” fastball on April 16, 1940 to mow down eight White Sox batters as the Cleveland Indians topped Chicago 1-0. Feller’s parents and sister, Marguerite, were among the 14,000 fans at Chicago’s Comiskey Park that afternoon.
“I knew I had a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth,” Feller told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “but I tried to put the thought out of my mind by reminding myself you never have a no-hitter until the last man is out.”
Feller threw two additional no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for a major league record that would later be broken by Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan:
Cleveland Indians (AL)
Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
Cleveland Indians (AL)
Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
Feller nearly had some company on April 16, 1940. With all 16 teams in action, Boston Red Sox southpaw Lefty Grove took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was broken up with a single by the Washington Senators’ Cecil Travis. Grove retired the game’s first 21 batters but lost the perfecto on an eighth-inning error. He settled for a two-hit 1-0 complete-game shutout.
Asked by an AP reporter if he was disappointed by Travis’ single, Grove said, “No. No-hitters are bad luck.”
Two other no-hitters were thrown on the date of April 16:
Chicago Cubs (NL)
Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis) (His first of two no-hitters)
Today would be the 124th birthday of the Boston Red Sox’ Hubert "Dutch" Leonard, who threw no-hitters in 1916 and 1918.
Leonard first no-hit the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 30, 1916 for a 4-0 win. On Monday, June 3, 1918 on the road at Navin Field, Leonard no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 victory. Leonard holds the modern-era record for the lowest single-season ERA, holding opposing batters to an amazing 0.96 runs per nine innings in 1914.