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‘Toothpick’ Sam Jones 1st African-American to throw MLB no-no, 62 years ago yesterday

Sam "Toothpick" Jones
Sam “Toothpick” Jones
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 62 years ago yesterday.

Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.

Also throwing no-hitters on May 12 are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.

Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.

‘Toothpick’ Sam Jones 1st African-American to throw MLB no-no, 61 years ago today

Sam "Toothpick" Jones
Sam “Toothpick” Jones
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 61 years ago today.

Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.

Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.

Happy birthday Lee Richmond, ‘Chief’ Bender

Lee Richmond
Lee Richmond
Happy birthday to a couple of old-time no-no pitchers, Lee Richmond and “Chief” Bender.

Richmond, born on this date in 1857, threw the majors’ first perfect game. The Worcester Ruby Legs southpaw retired 27 Cleveland Blues in a row on Saturday, June 12, 1880 during a National League match up at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds.

Bender, the Philadelphia Athletics pitcher born on this date in 1884, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910.

Happy birthday Lee Richmond, ‘Chief’ Bender

Happy birthday to a couple of old-time no-no pitchers, Lee Richmond and “Chief” Bender.

Richmond, born on this date in 1857, threw the majors’ first perfect game. The Worcester Ruby Legs southpaw retired 27 Cleveland Blues in a row on Saturday, June 12, 1880 during a National League match up at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds.

Bender, the Philadelphia Athletics pitcher born on this date in 1884, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910.

#10, the Oakland Athletics

The NoNoHitters 30The Oakland Athletics, an American League franchise which began in Philadelphia but later moved to Kansas City and then Oakland, has 11 no-hitters over its history. That gives the team the No. 10 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list.

Chief Bender threw the Philadelphia Athletics' second no-hitter in 1905.
Chief Bender threw the Philadelphia Athletics’ second no-hitter in 1910.
Weldon Henley threw the Philadelphia Athletics’ first no-hitter in 1905. No one has had two no-hitters for the A’s, although Vida Blue threw one as part of a tandem and also threw his own.

The team failed to notch and no-hitters during its 12-year stop in Kansas City, going 21 years without a no-no between 1947 and 1968. Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Dallas Braden each threw perfect games for the Oakland Athletics.

Here are the Athletics’ no-hitters:

1 Weldon Henley
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, July 22, 1905 (First game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 6, St. Louis Browns 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
2 Charles "Chief" Bender
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, May 12, 1910
Philadelphia Athletics 4, Cleveland Naps 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
3 Joe Bush
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, August 26, 1916
Philadelphia Athletics 5, Cleveland Indians 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
4 Dick Fowler
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
5 Bill McCahan
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1947
Philadelphia Athletics 3, Washington Senators 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
6 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
7 Vida Blue
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, September 21, 1970
Oakland Athletics 6, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
8 Vida Blue (5 inn.)
Glenn Abbott (1 inn.)
Paul Lindblad (1 inn.)
Rollie Fingers (2 inn.)
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 28, 1975
Oakland Athletics 5, California Angels 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Final game of season. Blue participates in a multiple pitcher no-hitter after throwing his own on Sept. 21, 1970.)
9 Mike Warren
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, September 29, 1983
Oakland Athletics 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
10 Dave Stewart
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Friday, June 29, 1990
Oakland Athletics 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Skydome (Toronto)
(With Valenzuela’s no hitter below, second time two have been thrown on same day.)
11 Dallas Braden
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, May 9, 2010
Oakland Athletics 4, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 10 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
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