Tag Archives: bob forsch

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)

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)

Bob Forsch, threw 2 no-hitters, born 66 years ago today

Bob Forsch
Bob Forsch
Bob Forsch, who threw no-hitters in 1978 and 1983 for the St. Louis Cardinals, was born 65 years ago today. On April 16, 1978, Forsch no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 5-0 win. On Sept. 26, 1983, the right-hander from Sacramento, California threw a 3-0 no-no against the Montreal Expos. Forsch died in Weeki Wachee, Florida in 2011.

Forsch’s brother, Ken Forsch, also threw a no-hitter while with the Houston Astros – a 6-0 win on over the Atlanta Braves on April 7, 1979.

Ken Forsch, Jack Morris throw no-nos on this date

Two no-hitters were thrown on this date in 1979 and 1984.

On April 7, 1979, the Houston Astros’ Ken Forsch no-hit the Atlanta Braves 6-0 in a historic moment at the Astrodome based on family ties. His brother, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Bob Forsch, had thrown a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978, making the duo the first major league brothers to pitch no-hitters. (Bob added a second no-hitter in 1983.)

On this date in 1984, the Detroit Tigers’ Jack Morris tossed a no-no against the Chicago White Sox for a 4-0 win at Comiskey Park.

#14, the St. Louis Cardinals

The NoNoHitters 30The St. Louis Cardinals, a franchise that also played under the names of the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Perfectos in the team’s early days, have thrown 10 no-hitters.

44cardshomefrontOf the Dean brothers, oddly, it is Paul, not Dizzy, who has a Cards no-no to his credit. Bob Forsch is the only Cardinals pitcher to throw two for the team, and he’s half of baseball’s only brotherly duo (Ken Forsch, Houston) to throw sibling no-nos.

Ted Breitenstein has the franchise’s first no-hitter, an 1891 gem thrown when the Browns (as the Cards were originally known) were an American Association club. The team, for some reason, considers its birth in 1882 when the Browns joined the National League so Breitenstein’s no-no does not appear on the team list.

Here are the Cardinals’ no-hitters:

1 Ted Breitenstein
  St. Louis Browns (AA)
  Sunday, October 4, 1891 (First game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Browns 8, Louisville Colonels 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters; his first career start)
2 Jesse Haines
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Thursday, July 17, 1924
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Boston Braves 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
3 Paul Dean
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, September 21, 1934 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(Dean breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.)
4 Lon Warneke
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 30, 1941
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
5 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
6 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
7 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)
8 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 26, 1983
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Montreal Expos 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His second of two no-hitters)
9 Jose Jimenez
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, June 25, 1999
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Chase Field/Bank One Ballpark (Phoenix)
10 Bud Smith
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 3, 2001
St. Louis Cardinals 4, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

Here’s our list so far from 14 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


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
 

Bob Forsch, who threw 2 no-hitters, born 65 years ago today

Bob Forsch, who threw no-hitters in 1978 and 1983 for the St. Louis Cardinals, was born 65 years ago today. On April 16, 1978, Forsch no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 5-0 win. On Sept. 26, 1983, the right-hander from Sacramento, California threw a 3-0 no-no against the Montreal Expos. Forsch died in Weeki Wachee, Florida in 2011.

Forsch’s brother, Ken Forsch, also threw a no-hitter while with the Houston Astros – a 6-0 win on over the Atlanta Braves on April 7, 1979.