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Baseball’s first official no-hitter, 141 years ago today

George Washington BradleyThe father of no-hitters, George Washington Bradley, threw baseball’s first official no-no, 141 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 15, 1876, the 5-foot-10½-inch, lanky St. Louis Brown Stockings right-hander worked his way down the Hartford Dark Blues lineup during a one-hour-50-minute contest, striking out three batters while walking one. The Brown Stockings’ defense was of little help, committing eight errors, but St. Louis won the game 2-0.

Two other pitchers — both Hall of Famers — also through no-nos on this date.

On Monday, July 15, 1901, the New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 5-0 win at Robison Field. It was Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters.

And on Sunday, July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan threw the second of his major-league record seven no-hitters. Ryan, pitching for the California Angels, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.

Mathewson’s second no-no, 112 years ago today

Christy Mathewson card
Christy Mathewson baseball card
The New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson threw the second of his two no-hitters, 112 years ago today.

Mathewson, nicknamed “The Christian Gentleman,” no-hit the Chicago Cubs at West Side Park for a 1-0 win. The right-hander from Factoryville, Pennsylvania faced just 28 batters, with the only Cubs base runners coming courtesy of errors by Bill Dahlen and Billy Gilbert (one runner was doubled up).

“Neither run, nor hit, nor base on balls did Mathewson allow Chicago in the full nine innings, and if his support had been perfect, he would have tied “Cy” Young’s record of not permitting an opponent to reach first base,” the New York Times noted.

Mathewson’s first no-no came on Monday, July 15, 1901, when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals on the road at Robison Field 5-0.

Happy birthday Christy Mathewson

Christy Mathewson
Christy Mathewson
Happy 136th birthday to Christy Mathewson, the Hall of Famer who pitched two no-hitters for the New York Giants.

Mathewson, who posted a career record of 373-188 over 17 seasons, threw two no-hitters for the Giants, and both came on the road. They are the second and third no-nos in the history of the Giants franchise, which relocated to San Francisco in 1958:

1 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Monday, July 15, 1901
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
2 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 13, 1905
New York Giants 1, Chicago Cubs 0
West Side Park (Chicago)

Mathewson played 17 seasons for the Giants, but his playing career actually ended in Cincinnati. On July 20, 1916, the Reds named Mathewson their new player-manager, sending Buck Herzog and Red Killefer to the Giants in exchange for Mathewson, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush.

Mathewson took the mound just once in a Reds uniform. During the nightcap of a September 4, 1916, doubleheader against the Cubs on “Mordecai Brown Day” at Weeghman Park, Mathewson faced the 40-year-old Brown, another future Hall of Famer, and eked out a 10-8 win. Mathewson gave up eight earned runs on 15 hits for his 373rd career victory.

Baseball’s first no-hitter, 140 years ago today

George Washington BradleyThe father of no-hitters, George Washington Bradley, threw baseball’s first no-no, 140 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 15, 1876, the 5-foot-10½-inch, lanky St. Louis Brown Stockings right-hander worked his way down the Hartford Dark Blues lineup during a one-hour-50-minute contest, striking out three batters while walking one. The Brown Stockings’ defense was of little help, committing eight errors, but St. Louis won the game 2-0.

Two other pitchers — both Hall of Famers — also through no-nos on this date.

On Monday, July 15, 1901, the New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 5-0 win at Robison Field. It was Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters.

And on Sunday, July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan threw the second of his major-league record seven no-hitters. Ryan, pitching for the California Angels, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.

Mathewson, Johnson, 3 others voted into Hall, 80 years ago today

Two pitchers who threw no-hitters – Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson – were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame 80 years ago today.

Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson
Christy Mathewson, left, and Walter Johnson are the Hall’s inaugural Class of 1936.
Mathewson and Johnson joined Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner as the Hall’s inaugural Class of 1936. The results were announced to the press four days after the vote.

The five ballplayers would have to wait until 1939 for official induction, as the facility in Cooperstown, New York had yet to be built.

Mathewson, who posted a career record of 373-188 over 17 seasons, threw two no-hitters for the New York Giants:

  • Monday, July 15, 1901
    New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
    Robison Field (St. Louis)
  • Tuesday, June 13, 1905
    New York Giants 1, Chicago Cubs 0
    West Side Park (Chicago)

Johnson, with a record of 417-279 over his 21-year career, threw one no-no for the Washington Senators:

  • Thursday, July 1, 1920
    Washington Senators 1, Boston Red Sox 0
    Fenway Park (Boston)

Christy Mathewson joins Giants, 115 years ago today

Christy Mathewson
Christy Mathewson
Two-time no-no thrower and eventual Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson became a member of the New York Giants, 115 years ago today.

On December 15, 1900, the Cincinnati Reds dealt Mathewson to the Giants for Amos Rusie, an eight-time 20-game winner who hadn’t played ball since the 1898 season. The two pitchers were responsible for the first three no-hitters in Giants’ history:

1 Amos Rusie
  New York Giants (NL)
  Friday, July 31, 1891
New York Giants 6, Brooklyn Grooms 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
2 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Monday, July 15, 1901
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 13, 1905
New York Giants 1, Chicago Cubs 0
West Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters)

Rusie appeared in just three games for the Reds, yielding 21 earned runs in 22 innings before retiring.

Oddly, Mathewson’s playing career also ended in Cincinnati. On July 20, 1916, the Reds named Mathewson their new player-manager, sending Buck Herzog and Red Killefer to the Giants in exchange for Mathewson, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush.

Mathewson took the mound just once in a Reds uniform. During the nightcap of a September 4, 1916, doubleheader against the Cubs on “Mordecai Brown Day” at Weeghman Park, Mathewson faced the 40-year-old Brown, another future Hall of Famer, and eked out a 10-8 win. Mathewson gave up eight earned runs on 15 hits for his 373rd career victory.

(Feature image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)

Mathewson’s second no-no, 110 years ago today

Christy Mathewson card
Christy Mathewson baseball card
The New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson threw the second of his two no-hitters, 110 years ago today.

Mathewson, nicknamed “The Christian Gentleman,” no-hit the Chicago Cubs at West Side Park for a 1-0 win. The right-hander from Factoryville, Pennsylvania faced just 28 batters, with the only Cubs base runners coming courtesy of errors by Bill Dahlen and Billy Gilbert (one runner was doubled up).

“Neither run, nor hit, nor base on balls did Mathewson allow Chicago in the full nine innings, and if his support had been perfect, he would have tied “Cy” Young’s record of not permitting an opponent to reach first base,” the New York Times noted.

Mathewson’s first no-no came on Monday, July 15, 1901, when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals on the road at Robison Field 5-0.

#5, San Francisco Giants

The NoNoHitters 30Just five short days until Opening Day, so we’ve hit No. 5 on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown – the San Francisco Giants.

Christy Mathewson card
Christy Mathewson baseball card
The Giants franchise, which began as the New York Gothams before becoming the New York Giants in 1895, moved to California in 1958 to become the San Francisco Giants. The franchise has 16 no-hitters during its history.

Amos Rusie threw the team’s first no-hitter in 1891, and Christy Mathewson (New York) and Tim Lincecum (San Francisco) are the only two Giants to throw two no-hitters each. Both of Lincecum’s have come against the San Diego Padres, making him the first major league pitcher to no-hit the same team twice since the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss did it in 1908 and 1910 against the Chicago White Sox.

Matt Cain threw the Giants’ only perfect game on June 13, 2012, against the Houston Astros.

Here is the full list of Giants no-hitters:

1 Amos Rusie
  New York Giants (NL)
  Friday, July 31, 1891
New York Giants 6, Brooklyn Grooms 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
2 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Monday, July 15, 1901
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Christy Mathewson
  New York Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 13, 1905
New York Giants 1, Chicago Cubs 0
West Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters)
4 George "Hooks" Wiltse
  New York Giants (NL)
  Saturday, July 4, 1908 (First game of doubleheader)
New York Giants 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (10 innings)
Polo Grounds (New York)
(Wiltse hit George McQuillen with a pitch in the ninth inning to kill the perfect game. He finished with a 10-inning no-hitte.r)
5 Jeff Tesreau
  New York Giants (NL)
  Friday, September 6, 1912 (First game of doubleheader)
New York Giants 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
National League Park (Philadelphia)
6 Richard "Rube" Marquard
  New York Giants (NL)
  Thursday, April 15, 1915
New York Giants 2, Brooklyn Robins 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
7 Jesse Barnes
  New York Giants (NL)
  Sunday, May 7, 1922
New York Giants 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
8 Carl Hubbell
  New York Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1929
New York Giants 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
9 Juan Marichal
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Saturday, June 15, 1963
San Francisco Giants 1, Houston Colt .45s 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
10 Gaylord Perry
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1968
San Francisco Giants 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
11 Ed Halicki
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Sunday, August 24, 1975 (Second game of doubleheader)
San Francisco Giants 6, New York Mets 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
12 John Montefusco
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, September 29, 1976
San Francisco Giants 9, Atlanta Braves 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
13 Jonathan Sanchez
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Friday, July 10, 2009
San Francisco Giants 8, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
14 Matt Cain
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, June 13, 2012
San Francisco Giants 10, Houston Astros 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(Perfect game)
15 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Saturday, July 13, 2013
San Francisco Giants 9, San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park (San Diego)
(His first of two no-hitters; Lincecum becomes only pitcher since Addie Joss to no-hit the same team twice.)
16 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
San Francisco Giants 4, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(His second of two no-hitters)

Here’s our list so far from 5 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


16 San Francisco Giants
  (New York Gothams/New York Giants)
14 Cleveland Indians
  (Cleveland Bluebirds/Cleveland Naps)
14 Atlanta Braves
  (Boston Red Caps/Boston Beaneaters/Boston Doves/Boston Rustlers/Boston Bees/Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves)
13 Chicago Cubs
  (Chicago White Stockings/Chicago Colts/Chicago Orphans)
12 Philadelphia Phillies
  (Philadelphia Quakers)
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