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‘Toothpick’ Sam Jones 1st African-American to throw MLB no-no, 62 years ago yesterday

Sam "Toothpick" Jones
Sam “Toothpick” Jones
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 62 years ago yesterday.

Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.

Also throwing no-hitters on May 12 are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.

Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.

‘Toothpick’ Sam Jones 1st African-American to throw MLB no-no, 61 years ago today

Sam "Toothpick" Jones
Sam “Toothpick” Jones
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 61 years ago today.

Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.

Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.

Happy birthday A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett's no-no ball in the Hall of Fame.
A.J. Burnett’s no-no ball in the Hall of Fame.
Happy 39th birthday to A.J. Burnett, who threw the Florida Marlins’ third no-hitter in their brief nine-year history in 2001.

At Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001, Burnett no-hit the San Diego Padres for a 3-0 win despite facing 36 Padres batters. Burnett walked nine and broke Padres second-baseman Damian Jackson’s thumb by hitting him with a pitch, but he held the team hitless for one of the most unlikely no-nos in modern-era Major League history. Every Padres position player reached base, and Burnett threw only 65 of 129 pitches for strikes.

The game tied Dock Ellis’ record for most batters faced in a nine-inning no-hitter (36), yet Ellis accomplished his feat while hallucinating on LSD. The Cincinnati Reds’ Jim Maloney faced 40 batters during his 10-inning no-no against the Chicago Cubs in 1965, walking 10 and hitting another batter with a pitch.

Burnett’s no-no was one of two thrown against the Padres in 2001. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Bud Smith, a 21-year-old rookie making his 11th career start, tossed his in September.

Here’s the last out of Burnett’s no-no:

#20, the Miami Marlins

The NoNoHitters 30Twenty days until opening day, so we’re highlighting the 20th team on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown, the Miami Marlins.

The team, which went by the name "Florida Marlins" for the franchise’s first 19 years of existence, has five no-hitters since joining the National League in 1993.

Al Leiter threw the club’s first in 1996 during a home game against the Colorado Rockies. He was followed by Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Anibal Sanchez and Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez’s 2013 no-no was a interesting one, in which he was in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning of a 0-0 game when the Marlins’ game-winning run scored on a walk-off wild pitch.

Here are the Marlins’ no-hitters:

1 Al Leiter
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1996
Florida Marlins 11, Colorado Rockies 0
Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami)
2 Kevin Brown
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Florida Marlins 9, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
3 A.J. Burnett
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Saturday, May 12, 2001
Florida Marlins 3, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)
4 Anibal Sanchez
  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.)
4 Henderson Alvarez
  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.)

Here’s our list so far from 20 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Top of post Photo by mrlaugh