Claude “Red” Grier threw baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 90 years ago today.
On Sunday, October 3, 1926, in the Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series between Grier’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the opposing Chicago American Giants, Grier no-hit the American Giants for a 10-0 win in front of just 2,857 fans at Maryland Baseball Park in Baltimore.
Thirty years later, the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen threw the first Major League Baseball no-hitter in the 1956 World Series, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Frank Wickware threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants, 102 years ago today.
On Wednesday, August 26, 1914, Wickware no-hit the Indianapolis ABCs for a 1-0 win.
According to Wickware’s SABR bio written by Stephen V. Rice, Wickware allowed just one base runner. The ABCs’ George Shively led off the game by drawing a walk and was thrown out trying to steal second. Wickware then retired the next 26 batters for the nearly perfect game..
Today would be the 121st birthday of Negro Leagues pitcher Phil Cockrell, who threw two documented no-hitters for Darby, Pennsylvania-based Hilldale in the 1920s.
On Sept. 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win. On Saturday, August 19, 1922, Cockrell followed that gem with a 5-0 no-hitter over the Chicago American Giants.
Cockrell, who was born in Augusta, Georgia, on July 9, 1895, later umpired and lived in Philadelphia after his baseball career. He was gunned down while walking out of a Philadelphia a bar on March 31, 1951, by a jealous husband in a case of mistaken identity.
“Dicta” Johnson threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants, 103 years ago today.
On Sunday, June 8, 1913, Louis Decatur “Dicta” Johnson no-hit Paterson Smart Set for a 9-0 win. Johnson struck out seven and walked four.
The next day, teammate Charles Dougherty threw a no-no against the same team.
Johnson, a 5-foot-7, 134-pounds right-hander from Elizabethtown, Illinois, pitched from 1908 through 1923 and briefly served as a player-manager for the Pittsburgh Keystones and as a player-coach for the Toledo Tigers late in his career.
Hilton Smith threw the first Negro American League no-hitter, 79 years ago today.
On May 16, 1937, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, Smith threw a no-no as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. The right-hander from Giddings, Texas no-hit the Chicago American Giants for a 4-0 win.
According to his SABR bio written by Ralph Berger, Smith became a school teacher after baseball and also worked for the Armco Steel Company in Kansas City as a foreman until 1978.
Hilton Smith and Bernardo Baró, two Negro League pitchers who threw no-hitters, were both born on this date.
Baró, born on this date in 1896 in Cárdenas, Cuba, tossed a no-no for the Cuban Stars of Havana during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on July 21, 1918. Baró held the Indianapolis ABCs hitless for an 11-0 win.
Smith, born on this date in 1907 in Giddings, Texas, threw the first Negro American League no-hitter as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. During the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on May 16, 1937, Smith no-hit the Chicago American Giants for a 4-0 win.