Today would be the 95th birthday of Bill McCahan, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics as a rookie in 1947.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander from Philadelphia no-hit the Washington Senators at Shibe Park on Wednesday, September 3, 1947. McCahan struck out two yet didn’t walk a single batter. His perfect game was marred by a second-inning throwing error by first-baseman Ferris Fain.
McCahan told the AP that he didn’t know he was pitching a no-no until the ninth inning.
The Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood threw the first Negro National League no-hitter, 95 years ago today.
On Monday, June 6, 1921, Gatewood no-hit the Cincinnati Cubans for a 4-0 win. It was his second of two documented no-hitters. On Saturday, May 13, 1916, while pitching for the St. Louis Giants, Gatewood through a no-no against the Cuban Stars for a 4-1 win.
Frank Mountain threw the second and final no-hitter in Columbus Buckeyes history, 132 years ago today.
Mountain on June 5, 1884 no-hit the Washington Nationals of the American Association for a 12-0 win on the Capitol Grounds. Just a week earlier, teammate Ed Morris no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates) for a 5-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.
in 1884, the New York Metropolitans captured the AA pennant but lost the World Series 3-0 to the National League champion Providence Grays.
The Buckeyes folded before the start of the 1885 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax threw his third career no-hitter, 52 years ago today.
On Thursday, June 4, 1964, at Connie Mack Stadium, Koufax no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-0 win. Koufax struck out 12 and faced the minimum number of batters (27), with his only blemish issuing a fourth-inning walk to Dick Allen. Allen was caught attempting to steal second base.
Koufax’s performance that night tied Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller for most career no-hitters.
Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965, but his record would fall in 1981 when Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-no.
Pedro Martinez threw nine perfect innings but lost the no-no in the 10th, 21 years ago tonight. (Thanks to Dick Enberg for reminding me of this anniversary!)
On June 3, 1995, Martinez retired every San Diego Padres batter he faced, but his Expos couldn’t score a run so it headed for extra innings. The Expos managed to bring a runner home in the top of the tenth, but Martinez gave up a lead-off double in the bottom half of the inning and Mel Rojas was brought in to retire the final three batters. The 1-0 victory is not considered a no-hitter.
Martinez’s near-perfect game is one of 12 performances by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings. A narrow definition of the no-hitter adopted in 1991 keeps Martinez and the others out of the exclusive no-no club.
Happy 76th birthday to Jim Maloney, who threw two official Cincinnati Reds no-hitters and had another broken up in extra innings.
On August 19, 1965, during the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Maloney no-hit the Cubs for nine innings but his Reds failed to score a run. The game went into the top of the 10th, when Leo Cardenas hit a one-out homer off Larry Jackson. Maloney finished out the game to complete the 1-0 10-inning no-no.
Just two months earlier, Maloney threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the New York Mets only to lose the no-no, and game, in the 11th inning. Maloney gave up leadoff home run to Johnny Lewis and allowed one more hit in the losing effort.
Maloney did notch a second official career no-hitter of the typical nine-inning variety four years later. At home at Crosley Field on Wednesday, April 30, 1969, Maloney no-hit the Houston Astros for a 10-0 win.
(Feature image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
I just realized that every year we (of course) celebrate the anniversary of Johan Santana’s no-hitter, the first for the New York Mets, and often neglect the other two thrown on this date.
On Tuesday, June 1, 1937, The Chicago White Sox Bill Dietrich no-hit the St. Louis Browns for an 8-0 win at Comiskey Park.
And on Sunday, June 1, 1975, the California Angels’ Nolan Ryan no-hit the Baltimore Orioles for a 1-0 win at Anaheim Stadium. It was Ryan’s fourth no-hitter of an eventual seven career no-hitters, tying the then major-league record set by Sandy Koufax.