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Feller tosses Opening Day no-no, 77 years ago today

Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
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:

2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
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:

1 Burt Hooton
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2 Bob Forsch
  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)

Hall of Famers Johnson, Feller, threw no-nos on this date

Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson
Hall of Famers Walter Johnson and Bob Feller threw no-hitters on this date.

On Thursday, July 1, 1920, Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for a 1-0 Washington Senators victory. Senators second baseman Bucky Harris could be considered both the hero and the goat in the game. He plated the only run with a seventh-inning RBI hit, but he also made an error that allowed the Red Sox’s only base runner to reach first, killing the chance for a perfecto.

A plaque celebrating Bob Feller's three no-hitters at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, Iowa.
A plaque celebrating Bob Feller’s three no-hitters at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, Iowa.
On July 1, 1951, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, Feller threw his last of three Cleveland Indians no-hitters. Facing the Tigers at Cleveland Stadium, Feller no-hit Detroit for a 2-1 win. No-no No. 3 tied Feller with Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for most career no-nos, a record that would be broken by Sandy Koufax (who threw his fourth in 1965) and shattered by Nolan Ryan, who finished his career with seven no-nos.

Five no-hitters (one for a loss) thrown on this date

Steve Barber
Steve Barber
Five no-hitters have been thrown on this date (April 30), but only four of the pitchers (Charlie Robertson, James “Tex” Carleton, Bob Feller and Jim Maloney) also earned a victory. The Baltimore Orioles’ tandem of Steve Barber (8 2/3 in), Stu Miller (1/3 in) combined to throw a no-hit loss.

Here are the April 30 no-nos:

93 of 295 Charlie Robertson
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Sunday, April 30, 1922
Chicago White Sox 2, Detroit Tigers 0
Navin Field (Detroit)
(Perfect game)
110 of 295 James "Tex" Carleton
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1940
Brooklyn Dodgers 3, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
116 of 295 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of three no-hitters)
169 of 295 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Cincinnati Reds 10, Houston Astros 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
159 of 295 Steve Barber (8 2/3 inn.)
Stu Miller (1/3 inn.)
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Sunday, April 30, 1967 (First game of doubleheader)
Detroit Tigers 2, Baltimore Orioles 1
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
(Barber and Miller combine for a loss.)

Feller tosses Opening Day no-no, 76 years ago today

Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history, 76 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:

2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
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:

1 Burt Hooton
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2 Bob Forsch
  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)

Carlton, holds modern-day NL one-hitter record, elected to Hall 22 years ago today

Carlton jerseySteve Carlton, one of most proficient major league pitchers not to throw a no-hitter, was elected to the Hall of Fame 22 years ago today.

The 329-game winner never even reached the ninth inning with a no-hitter intact, but he holds the modern-day National League record for one-hitters with six.

On July 4, 1979, Carlton retired 19 New York Mets in a row at Veterans Stadium before Elliott Maddox killed his perfecto by driving a double to the left-center field gap. Carlton held on for the 1-0 complete-game one-hitter, having scored the game’s only run in the third. Carlton hit a one-out double, and Bake McBride followed with another.

Bob Feller and Nolan Ryan share the major league record with 12 one-hitters, but all of Feller’s one-ers were thrown for the AL’s Cleveland Indians, and only three of Ryan’s one-hitters (one for Mets, two for Astros) were thrown in the NL.

“Old Hoss” Radbourn threw seven NL one-hitters for the Providence Grays, Boston Beaneaters and the Cincinnati Reds back in the game’s early days.

Feller enlists 2 days after Pearl Harbor, 74 years ago today

bobfellernavyposterOpening Day no-no thrower Bob Feller became the first player to enlist in the military after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, 74 years ago today.

Feller, who had just completed a 25-13 season — the third straight in which he led the league in victories — enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a chief boatswain’s mate just two days after the Pearl Harbor attack. He entered service three days later and reported to the Naval Training Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

In Feller’s first start back in the majors on Aug. 24, 1945, Feller threw a complete game four-hitter as the Cleveland Indians topped the Detroit Tigers 4-2. He went on to throw two more no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for the major league career record.

Feller died of leukemia in 2010 at the age of 92

No-hitter hat trick thrower Feller born on this day in 1918

Getting in under the wire here, but had to commemorate what would have been Bob Feller’s 97th birthday today.

Feller used his trademark Heater from Van Meter fastball to throw three no-hitters:

1 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 16, 1940
Cleveland Indians 1, Chicago White Sox 0
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
(Baseball’s first and only opening-day no-no.)
2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)

Also born on this date (in 1945) is Ken Holtzman, who turns 70 today. Holtzman threw no-hitters for the Chicago Cubs in 1969 and 1971.

75th anniversary of Feller’s Opening Day no-no

Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
Today is the 75th anniversary of baseball’s only Opening Day no-hitter.

Twenty-one-year-old Bob 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:

2 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
3 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
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:

1 Burt Hooton
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1972
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2 Bob Forsch
  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)

#6, the Cleveland Indians

The NoNoHitters 30Cleveland Indians pitchers have thrown 14 no-hitters, which gives the club the No. 6 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown.

Cleveland was awarded one of the American League’s eight charter franchises in 1901 when the AL declared itself a competing major league, but the team wasn’t initially known as the Indians

Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.

The franchise, known as the Cleveland Bluebirds for its first two seasons, changed its name to the Cleveland Naps in 1903 after its star second baseman and eventual player/manager team Nap Lajoie. The franchise needed a new nickname when Lajoie was traded in 1915, and the team settled on the Cleveland Indians. Naps and Indians pitchers have thrown 14 no-hitters throughout the team’s history, including three by fastball ace Bob Feller.

Here they are:

1 Bob "Dusty" Rhoads
  Cleveland Naps (AL)
  Friday, September 18, 1908
Cleveland Naps 2, Boston Red Sox 1
League Park (Cleveland)
2 Addie Joss
  Cleveland Naps (AL)
  Friday, October 2, 1908
Cleveland Naps 1, Chicago White Sox 0
League Park (Cleveland)
(Perfect game, his first of two no-hitters)
3 Addie Joss
  Cleveland Naps (AL)
  Wednesday, April 20, 1910
Cleveland Naps 1, Chicago White Sox 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters; first major league pitcher to no-hit the same team twice. Tim Lincecum would duplicate the feat in 2013 and 2014.)
4 Ray Caldwell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, September 10, 1919 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, New York Yankees 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
5 Wes Ferrell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
6 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 16, 1940
Cleveland Indians 1, Chicago White Sox 0
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
(His first of three no-hitters, baseball’s first and only opening-day no-no.)
7 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of three no-hitters)
8 Don Black
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Thursday, July 10, 1947 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
9 Bob Lemon
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, June 30, 1948
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
10 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
(His third of three no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young – a record that would be broken by Sandy Koufax in 1965.)
11 Sonny Siebert
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, June 10, 1966
Cleveland Indians 2, Washington Senators 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
12 Dick Bosman
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, July 19, 1974
Cleveland Indians 4, Oakland Athletics 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
13 Dennis Eckersley
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Monday, May 30, 1977
Cleveland Indians 1, California Angels 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
14 Len Barker
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, May 15, 1981
Cleveland Indians 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 6 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


14 Cleveland Indians
  (Cleveland Bluebirds/Cleveland Naps)
14 Atlanta Braves
  (Boston Red Caps/Boston Beaneaters/Boston Doves/Boston Rustlers/Boston Bees/Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves)
13 Chicago Cubs
  (Chicago White Stockings/Chicago Colts/Chicago Orphans)
12 Philadelphia Phillies
  (Philadelphia Quakers)
11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
10 St. Louis Cardinals
  (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Perfectos)
9 Baltimore Orioles
  (Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns)
7 Minnesota Twins
  (Washington Senators)
7 Detroit Tigers
6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
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