John Goodgame threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the West Baden Sprudels, 106 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 107 years ago today.
On Wednesday, April 20, 1910, Joss 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.)
The Miami Marlins nearly threw the team’s first combined no-hitter on Tuesday night, blanking the Seattle Mariners 5-0 at Safeco Field but losing the no-no in the 9th.
Wei-Yin Chen threw seven no-hit innings, reaching his 100th pitch on the third out of the 7th. Marlins skipper Don Mattingly gave the ball to Brad Ziegler, who kept the no-no going through the 8th.
Kyle Barraclough came in to close the game, but gave up a one-out double to Mitch Haniger.
The Marlins have thrown five no-hitters. Here they are:
Florida Marlins (NL)
Saturday, May 11, 1996 Florida Marlins 11, Colorado Rockies 0 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami)
Florida Marlins (NL)
Tuesday, June 10, 1997 Florida Marlins 9, San Francisco Giants 0 Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
Florida Marlins (NL)
Saturday, May 12, 2001 Florida Marlins 3, San Diego Padres 0 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)
Florida Marlins (NL)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 Florida Marlins 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 0 Pro Player Stadium (Miami) (Sanchez breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.)
Miami Marlins (NL team in IL game)
Sunday, September 29, 2013 Miami Marlins 1, Detroit Tigers 0 Marlins Park (Miami) (Alvarez gets his no-no on a walk-off wild pitch.)
The Montreal Expos tossed a no-hitter in the franchise’s ninth game, 48 years ago today.
On April 17, 1969, Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium, marking 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.
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.
Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history, 77 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)
Happy birthday to Claude Hendrix, who threw a Federal League no-hitter in 1915.
Hendrix, born on this day in 1889 in Olathe, Kansas, got the start for the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales on Saturday, May 15, 1915 against the Pittsburgh Rebels at Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park. Hendrix, a former Pittsburgh Pirates hurler, struck out three and walked three for a 10-0 victory.
“Eight fly balls were hit to the outfielders,” according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story. “Eight men died on pop flys to the infield and seven men were thrown out by ground balls by the infielders.”
Hundreds of fans rushed the field to congratulate Hendrix after he got Jimmy Savage to foul out to end the game.
“I got all the breaks and my teammates played great ball behind me,” Hendrix said.
Happy 36th birthday to the Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma, who broke a streak of 12 straight National League no-hitters by throwing one against the Baltimore Orioles last year.
At Safeco Field on August 12, 2015, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander struck out seven and walked three while holding the Orioles hitless for a 3-0 victory. Kyle Seager made a spectacular catch for the first out in the ninth, snagging a foul ball behind his back. Iwakuma walked the lead-off batter in the eighth, but recovered with a strikeout looking and a 6-4-3 double play to make it to the ninth.
Iwakuma’s performance marked the first American League no-hitter since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game at Safeco Field on August 15, 2012.
Eight Los Angeles Angels pitchers combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners Friday for a 4-0 win Cactus League at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
It marked the second no-hitter of the 2017 spring training season, with the New York Yankees no-hitting the Detroit Tigers just a week ago.
The Angels’ Bud Norris began the game by throwing two perfect innings, and Jose Alvarez, Andrew Bailey, Drew Gagnon, Cam Bedrosian, Abel De Los Santos, Justin Anderson each followed with single no-hit innings.
All three ninth-inning outs were nail-biters. First baseman C.J. Cron made a diving play and tossed to a covering Anderson for the first out, and right fielder Shane Robinson followed with a diving catch on a short liner. Then, third baseman Sherman Johnson made a diving stop and threw to Cron to complete the no-no.
The effort marked the most pitchers used for a nine-inning spring training no-hitter. In 2015, nine Atlanta Braves combined to throw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Houston Astros. That game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Larry McKeon and Charlie Geggus, the earliest no-hitter throwers to have their games tossed off the official list, were both born on this date.
McKeon, born on this date in 1866, threw a six-inning no-hitter for the American Association’s Indianapolis Hoosiers on Tuesday, May 6, 1884. The Hoosiers were locked in a scoreless tie in the sixth inning at League Park when the umpire called the game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings due to rain.
The 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.”
Geggus, born on this date in 1862, threw eight innings of no-hit ball for the Union Association’s Washington Nationals on Thursday, August 21, 1884, but the game was called by consent as the Nationals had built a seemingly insurmountable 12-1 lead over the Wilmington Quicksteps. The Nationals might have chosen to play that final inning had they known what baseball would decide in September 1991.
The Committee for Statistical Accuracy, chaired by then MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the official definition of a no hitter, declaring it a game of nine innings or more that ends with no hits. The stringent definition eliminated 38 no-hitters from the books that were shortened by rain, darkness or other reasons, as well as losing efforts by the away team in which the home team doesn’t bat in the bottom of the ninth. It also wiped out 12 no-hitters by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings.