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Stripling pulled after tossing 7 1/3 innings no-hit ball in MLB debut

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling tossed 7⅓ innings of no-hit ball in his first major-league appearance Friday night before being pulled for a reliever who lost the no-no.

When Stripling hit 100 pitches, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts took the ball and handed it to Chris Hatcher, who yielded a two-run homer to Trevor Brown to kill the chance of a combined no-hitter and even the score at 2-2. The Giants wound up winning the game in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off homer by Brandon Crawford.

Bumpus Jones
Bumpus Jones
The only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first major league appearance is the Cincinnati Reds’ Charles “Bumpus” Jones. Jones got the start for Cincinnati’s final game of the 1892 season on Saturday, October 15, and no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 7-1 home victory at League Park.

Two pitchers (Ted Breitenstein and Bobo Holloman) have thrown no-hitters in the first major league starts, but only Jones did it in his first major league appearance. You can read about Jones, Breitenstein and Holloman in Chapter 4 of Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats.

Happy birthday “Bobo,” thrower of no-no in first start

Bobo Holloman (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Bobo Holloman (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Today would be the 91st birthday of Alva “Bobo” Holloman, who pitched a no-hitter for the St. Louis Browns in 1953.

Holloman no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics 6-0 at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, May 6 of that year. The game was the pinnacle of his brief major league career, which ended after two seasons with a 3–7 record and a 5.23 ERA.

Holloman died in 1987 at the age of 64.

#15, the Baltimore Orioles

The NoNoHitters 30The No. 15 position on our NoNoHitters 30 list belongs to the Baltimore Orioles, an American League franchise that spent the 1901 season in Milwaukee as the Brewers before settling in St. Louis for 51 seasons as the Browns. The ball club has thrown nine no-hitters over 114 years of history.

Earl Hamilton threw the first no-hitter for the Orioles/Browns franchise.
Earl Hamilton threw the first no-hitter for the Orioles/Browns franchise.
Earl Hamilton threw the franchise’s first no-hitter in 1912, and “Bobo” Holloman threw a no-hitter in 1953 in his first major league start. Holloman’s lead-off no-no didn’t lead to much success, as he was sold to Toronto of the International League later that season after posting a 3-7 record.

In 1967, the Orioles became only the second team in history to throw a no-hitter for a loss (Steve Barber, 8 2/3 inn., and Stu Miller 1/3 inn.).

Here are the Orioles/Browns no-hitters:

1 Earl Hamilton
  St. Louis Browns (AL)
  Friday, August 30, 1912
St. Louis Browns 5, Detroit Tigers 1
Navin Field (Detroit)
2 Ernie Koob
  St. Louis Browns (AL)
  Saturday, May 5, 1917
St. Louis Browns 1, Chicago White Sox 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
3 Bob Groom
  St. Louis Browns (AL)
  Sunday, May 6, 1917 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Browns 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
4 Alva "Bobo" Holloman
  St. Louis Browns (AL)
  Wednesday, May 6, 1953
St. Louis Browns 6, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(This was Holloman’s first MLB start, marking the only time that’s been done in the modern era.)
5 Hoyt Wilhelm
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
6 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 combined for a loss.)
7 Tom Phoebus
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 1968
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
8 Jim Palmer
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Wednesday, August 13, 1969
Baltimore Orioles 8, Oakland Athletics 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
9 Bob Milacki (6 inn.)
Mike Flanagan (1 inn.)
Mark Williamson (1 inn.)
Gregg Olson (1 inn.)
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, July 13, 1991
Baltimore Orioles 2, Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)

Here’s our list so far from 15 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise

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