Happy birthday to the Hall of Famer Rube Waddell, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter in 1905.
Waddell, throwing for the Philadephia Athletics, no-hit the St. Louis Browns for five innings at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park on Tuesday, August 15, 190.5 before the game was called with a 2-0 score.
Waddell and Jim Dygert are also listed in the unofficial record books of throwing a combined five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the White Sox in 1906, though nearly every box score I’ve found lists it as a one-hitter.
Dygert got the start for the A’s at Columbia Park on Wednesday, August 29, 1906, but Dygert was pulled after 3 innings with a no-no intact and replaced with Waddell. Rube threw two no-hit innings before the game was called with a 4-3 score.
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.
Amos Rusie threw the first New York Giants no-hitter, 126 years ago today.
Rusie, getting the start at the Polo Grounds on Friday, July 31, 1891, Rno-hit the Brooklyn Grooms for a 6-0 win.
According to the New York Times, Rusie injured his hand just a week earlier and it was feared that he might miss some action, but he asked team captain Buck Ewing to get the start against Brooklyn. Rusie did walk seven batters, but the Times said that 16 batters were retired on grounders “of a very weak character.”
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date in 1888 is the Philadelphia Athletics’ Gus Weyhing, who no-hit the Kansas City Cowboys for a 4-0 win at Philly’s Jefferson Street Grounds.
Jim Bibby threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, 44 years ago today.
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.
Two perfect games and one plain old no-hitter were thrown on this date.
At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, July 28, 1991, the Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martínez retired all of the 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced for a 2-0 win.
Three years to the day later, on Thursday, July 28, 1994, the Texas Rangers’ Kenny Rogers threw a 4-0 perfecto against the California Angels at The Ballpark at Arlington.
The other no-hitter was a combination effort by the Chicago White Sox’s John “Blue Moon” Odom (5 inn.) and Francisco Barrios (4 inn.), who no-hit the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, July 28, 1976, for a 2-1 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.
The Cleveland Indians’ Dick Bosman threw a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics, 43 years ago today.
On Friday, July 19, 1974, at Cleveland Stadium, Bosman no-hit the A’s for a 4-0 win. He would have had a perfect game if not for his own error. With two outs in the fourth, the slow-footed Sal Bando dribbled a swinging bunt down the third base line. Bosman fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw pulled first baseman Tommy McCraw off the bag, and Bando had his base.
Bosman walked none and struck out four on the night.
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.