The Texas Rangers’ Colby Lewis took a perfect game into the eighth inning and a no-hitter into the ninth, one year ago today.
On Thursday, July 15, 2016, Lewis lost his perfecto by issuing a two-out walk to the Oakland Athletics’ Yonder Alonso. He escaped the eighth with the no-no intact but lost it in the ninth on a leadoff double by Max Muncy. Lewis had to settle for a 5-1 complete-game victory.
Today would be the 96th 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.
Happy 60th birthday to Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart, who threw a no-hitter for the Oakland Athletics in 1990.
On Friday, June 29, 1990, Stewart no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 5-0 victory at the Skydome. Hours later and thousands of miles away, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 6-0 win at Dodger Stadium.
The games marked only the second time that no-hitters were thrown on the same day. The other two were back in 1898:
Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Friday, April 22, 1898
Cincinnati Reds 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
League Park (Cincinnati)
Jim Jay Hughes
Baltimore Orioles (NL)
Friday, April 22, 1898
Baltimore Orioles 8, Boston Beaneaters 0
Union Park (Baltimore)
Happy 73rd birthday to Dick Bosman, who thew a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 1974.
Bosman got the start against the Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Stadium on Friday, July 19, 1974, and no-hit the A’s for a 4-0 victory. The Kenosha, Wisconsin right-hander struck out four and didn’t walk a single batter, but his own error killed the perfect game.
In the fourth inning, Sal Bando hit a slow hopper to the right of the mound and Bosman’s errant throw to first let Bando take the base.
“Bullet” Joe Bush, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, was born 124 years ago today.
On Saturday, August 26, 1916, at Shibe Park, Bush held the Cleveland Indians hitless en route to a 5-0 win. Bush allowed his only base runner in the first inning by issuing a walk to Jack Graney. Bush struck out seven Cleveland batters to complete the no-no, which was witnessed by some 10,000 fans.
Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, was born on this day in 1944.
On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.
Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.
Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.
Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run, but he never appeared in a game.
Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.
Happy birthday to a pair of old-time no-no throwers.
Weldon Henley, born on this day in 1880, threw a no-no for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Browns during the opener of a Saturday, July 22, 1905, doubleheader at St. Louis’ Robison Field. The A’s topped the Browns 6-0.
“Smokey” Joe Wood, born on this day in 1889, tossed a no-no for the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Saturday, July 29, 1911, doubleheader at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. The Red Sox topped the Browns 5-0.
Happy 71st birthday to Jim Palmer, who threw a no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles in 1969.
At Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, August 13, 1969, Palmer no-hit the Oakland Athletics for an 8-0 win. Palmer walked six batters while striking out eight to improve to 11-2 on the season. He finished the year with a 16-4 record and a 2.34 ERA. Palmer won his Cy Young Awards in 1973, ’75 and ’76.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Dean and the Oakland Athletics’ Vida Blue threw no-hitters on this date.
On Friday, September 21, 1934, during the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader against Brooklyn, Dean no-hit the Dodgers for a 3-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of game days at 535 (more than three years!), a record that stands today.
Older brother Dizzy Dean pitched the opener of that doubleheader, holding the the Dodgers to three hits for a 13-0 complete-game win.
On Monday, September 21, 1970, Blue no-hit the Minnesota Twins at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for a 6-0 victory. At 21 years, 1 month and 24 days, Blue set the new modern-era mark for a youngster.
Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.
Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.
September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.
Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:
8 of 295
Chicago White Stockings (NL)
Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago) (His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 295
James "Nixey" Callahan
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (First American League no hitter)
56 of 295
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 295
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 295
Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)