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Baseball’s first same-day no-nos, 119 years ago today

Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Ted Breitenstein and Jim Jay Hughes threw no-hitters on the same day, 119 years ago today.

Ted Breitenstein, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park on Friday, April 22, 1898. That same day, Jim Jay Hughes, of the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Boston Beaneaters.

The feat wasn’t duplicated until 1991, when the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw same-day no-nos.

Wilson, threw 2 Astros no-nos, born 72 years ago today

Don Wilson
Don Wilson
Today would be the 72nd birthday of Don Wilson, who threw no-hitters for the Houston Astros in 1967 and 1969. The right-handed flamethrower, who pitched one game in 1966, was a mainstay of the Houston rotation from 1967 to 1974, winning 104 games.

He died of accidental asphyxiation in his home on Jan. 5, 1975, when he left his car running after pulling into his garage. His son, who was upstairs, also died.

The Astros retired Wilson’s No. 40 in 1975.

Here are Wilson’s no-nos.

  • Sunday, June 18, 1967
    Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
    Astrodome (Houston)
  • Thursday, May 1, 1969
    Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
    Crosley Field (Cincinnati)

Happy birthday to 4 no-no throwers, Blackwell, Bunning, Leiter and Smith

Four no-hitter throwers were born on this date: Ewell Blackwell, Jim Bunning, Al Leiter and Bud Smith.

Blackwell, born on this date in 1922, threw a no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, against the Boston Braves. In his following start, Blackwell just missed duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s mark of two straight no-nos, losing his second no-no after 8 1/3 innings against Brooklyn.

Bunning, who turns 85 today, threw a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on July 20, 1958. Bunning followed up that gem six years later as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing a perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium during the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader on Sunday, June 21, 1964. Bunning was the first major-league pitcher to throw no-nos in both the AL and NL.

Leiter, celebrating his 51st birthday today, tossed the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ first no-hitter in franchise history. He blanked the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, May 11, 1996, for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Bud Smith, who turns 37 today, threw a no-hitter as a St. Louis Cardinals rookie on Monday, September 3, 2001, shutting down the San Diego Padres for a 4-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium.

Koufax perfecto sets new career no-no mark, 51 years ago today

nonotriviaHall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter in the form of a perfect game, 51 years ago today.

On September 9, 1965, Koufax retired each of the 27 Chicago Cubs batters he faced at Dodger Stadium to set a new record for career no-hitters. Nolan Ryan would eventually break the mark of 4 and extend his record to 7. But Koufax’s perfecto had such an impact on the Cubs that the team avoided being no-hit for nearly 50 years, with the finally streak ending at 7,921 games in 2015 at the hands of Cole Hamels.

Also throwing no-hitters on this day are:

1 George Davis
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Wednesday, September 9, 1914 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
2 Dick Fowler
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
3 Rex Barney
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1948
Brooklyn Dodgers 2, New York Giants 0
Polo Grounds (New York)

Hilldale’s Cockrell no-hits Detroit Stars, 105 years ago today

Phil Cockrell
Phil Cockrell, pictured here, and Nap Rucker, above, threw no-hitters on this date.
Hilldale’s Phil Cockrell threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter, 105 years ago today.

On September 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win.He followed that up with another no-no less than a year alter, no-hitting the Chicago American Giants for a 5-0 win on Saturday, August 19, 1922.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Brooklyn Superbas’ George Napoleon “Nap” Rucker. On September 5, 1908, during the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Rucker no-hit the Boston Doves for a 6-0 win.

25th anniversary of Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter

alvareznohitclubWilson Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the 1991 Chicago White Sox in just his second major league start, 25 years ago today.

Alvarez, a 6-foot-1 southpaw from Maracaibo, Venezuela, no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on August 11, 1991, walking five and striking out seven.

His outing at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium went considerable better than his major-league debut, in which he left the game after facing five batters without getting a single out. On July 24, 1989 as a member of the Texas Rangers, Alvarez yielded a leadoff single to Junior Felix and then served up back-to-back homers to Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber. Bobby Valentine pulled Alvarez after the southpaw issued back-to-back bases on balls to George Bell and Fred McGriff.

Alvarez went on to carve out a 14-year career, posting a 102-92 record with a 3.96 ERA. He retired in 2005 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Boston Braves’ Vern Bickford, who no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field on Friday, August 11, 1950 for a 7-0 win.

Happy birthday Larry Corcoran, first to toss 3 no-nos

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Happy 157th birthday to Larry Corcoran, the first pitcher to toss three career no-hitters.

Corcoran, who born on this day in 1859 in Brooklyn, threw all of his no-nos for the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, later renamed the Cubs. All were accomplished at home at Lake Front Park.

Joining Corcoran in the three no-hitters club are Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. Koufax added a fourth, and Ryan went on to throw seven no-hitters.

Here are Corcoran’s no-hitters:

1 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1880
Chicago White Stockings 6, Boston Red Caps 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
2 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
3 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1884
Chicago White Stockings 6, Providence Grays 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)

Willis no-hit Senators, 117 years ago today … or did he?

Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Vic Willis is credited with throwing the second no-hitter for the Braves franchise 117 years ago today, although accounts in both the home and away newspapers recorded this game as a one-hitter.

Willis, pitching for the National League’s Boston Beaneaters at the Huntington Avenue Grounds on Monday, August 7, 1899, no-hit the Washington Senators for a 7-1 win, according to the official no-hitter list.

But The Washington Times had a different take, noting in its sub-headline: “Washington Secures Only One Little Scratch Hit of Willis.

“Dinneen made the only hit off him,” the paper said, “accomplishing this feat in the sixth inning, when he was the first man to bat.”

The Boston Globe agreed, and the headline on Globe sportswriter Tim Murnane’s story read “Only One Hit Off Willis in the Full Nine Innings,” although Murnane said the hit was “was not worth the name.”

Box scores in both the Washington and Boston papers show one hit.

But the wire service accounts and box scores that spread across the nation show the game as a no-hitter, and that’s how it stands in the MLB record books. And people still give me crap about the Carlos Beltran fair/foul call in Johan Santana’s no-hitter!

Beaneasters’ Stivetts no-hits Grooms, 124 years ago today

32_jackstivettsJack Stivetts threw a no-hitter for the Boston Beaneaters, 124 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 6, 1892, in front of 7,107 fans at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park, Stivetts no-hit the Brooklyn Grooms for a 11-0 win. Stivetts walked five, and two Grooms reached base on Boston errors.

The “Waterloo defeat,” according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, did not leave Brooklyn “even the sorry excuse of crying out that they ‘were robbed of the game by their umpire.'”

Phillies’ Donahue no-hits Beaneaters, 118 years ago today

39_frankreddonahueThe Philadelphia Phillies’ Frank “Red” Donahue threw a no-hitter against the Boston Beaneaters, 118 years ago today.

Donahue, who lost a league leading 35 games for the St. Louis (NL) Browns in 1897, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the season. On Friday, July 8, 1898, he no-hit the 1897 NL pennant winners at National League Park. Donahue issued two walks and the Phillies committed one error.

“He gave the most brilliant exhibition of twisting the sphere that has been seen on the local grounds this season,” noted The Times of Philadelphia. “Not a Champion got beyond second base during the entire nine innings, and not a single Champion got a safe hit during the entire nine innings.”

The Beaneaters eventually adopted the name of the Braves, moving to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.