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.
Happy birthday to a pair of old-time no-no throwers.
Weldon Henley, born on this day in 1880, threw a no-no for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Browns during the opener of a Saturday, July 22, 1905, doubleheader at St. Louis’ Robison Field. The A’s topped the Browns 6-0.
“Smokey” Joe Wood, born on this day in 1889, tossed a no-no for the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Saturday, July 29, 1911, doubleheader at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. The Red Sox topped the Browns 5-0.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns and helped his cause with a homer, 85 years ago today.
On Wednesday, April 29, 1931 at Cleveland’s League Park, Ferrell no-hit the Browns for a 9-0 victory. Ferrell struck out eight while walking three and also contributed at the plate with a 2-for-4 day including a home run, a double and 4 RBIs.
Only three other pitchers have hit a homer while pitching a no-hitter (Rick Wise actually hit two). Here are those games:
Boston Braves (NL)
Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston) (Tobin went 1-for-3 with an 8th-inning leadoff homer off Fritz Ostermueller, 1 RBI)
Boston Red Sox (AL)
Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston) (Wilson went 1-for-3 with a one-out homer off Bo Belinsky in the 3rd inning, 1 RBI)
Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati) (Wise went 2-for-3 with a 5th-inning, two-run homer off Ross Grimsley and an 8th innings solo shot off Clay Carroll, 3 RBIs)
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.