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Happy 81st birthday, Sandy Koufax

A happy 81st birthday to Sandy Koufax, who tossed four no-hitters — one of them perfect — for the 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Brooklyn-born southpaw pitched his no-nos in consecutive years from 1962-65, culminating with a perfecto over the Chicago Cubs in ’65. The Cubs played nearly 50 years until they were no-hit again, when Cole Hamels tossed a no-no at Wrigley on July 25, 2015.

1 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, June 30, 1962
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His first of four no-hitters)
2 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His second of four no-hitters)
3 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 4, 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His third of four no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller.. Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965.)
4 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1965
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game, his fourth of four no-hitters setting a new major league record, breaking the previous mark of three shared between him, Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller. The record would be tied by Nolan Ryan in 1975 and broken in 1981.)

Here are some Koufax highlights:

Happy birthday ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn, Fred Toney

"Old Hoss" Radbourn
“Old Hoss” Radbourn
A couple of Deadball Era no-no throwers are celebrating birthday’s today.

Happy 162nd to Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn, who threw a no-hitter for the Providence Grays on Wednesday, July 25, 1883. Radbourn no-hit the Cleveland Blues at Cleveland’s Kennard Street Park for an 8-0 victory.

And a happy 128th birthday to the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney, the winning pitcher on baseball’s only nine-inning double no-no. On Wednesday, May 2, 1917, at Chicago’s Weeghman Park, Toney threw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Cubs for a 1-0 victory. The Cubs’ starter, Hippo Vaughn, threw a nine-inning no-hitter but lost the game in the 10th.

Bob Moose no-hits Mets 47 years ago today, 1 of 6 on this date

173_bobmooseSeptember 20 is a popular day for a no-hitter.

Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.

Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.

September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.

Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:

8 of 295 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
(His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 295 James "Nixey" Callahan
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(First American League no hitter)
56 of 295 Nick Maddox
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 295 Frank Smith
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 295 Hoyt Wilhelm
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

Cardinals’ Washburn pays back Giants, 48 years ago today

Four no-hitters were tossed on this date, but three of them are more than 100 years old.

The only modern-day no-hitter was thrown on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn against the San Francisco Giants. It came just a day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards.

The others:

  • Cy Young threw the first of his three no-hitters for the National League’s Cleveland Spiders during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at League Park on September 18, 1897. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chick Fraser no-hit the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a Friday, September 18, 1903, doubleheader at Chicago’s West Side Park. The Phillies beat the Cubs 10-0.
  • And the Cleveland Naps’ Bob “Dusty” Rhoads no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Friday, September 18, 1908, for a 2-1 at Cleveland’s League Park.

Baseball’s neutral-site no-no, 8 years ago today

The Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano threw a neutral site no-hitter, eight years ago today.

The Houston Astros had a game scheduled against the Cubs on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, but the team was forced to play the game outside of Houston because of Hurricane Ike. The Brewers offered Miller Park, and the stadium’s close proximity to Chicago made the game feel like a Cubs’ home game.

Zambrano held the Astros hitless while striking out 10 batters and walking one to lead Chicago to a 5-0 win in front of 23,441 fans.

Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks takes no-no into 9th vs. Cardinals

The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks came 3 outs within no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night before giving up a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Jeremy Hazelbaker. The Cubs held on for a 4-1 victory at Busch Stadium.

Hendricks walked two and struck out seven while trying to complete the 296th no-hitter in major league history and the second one this season by a Cubs pitcher. Teammate Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds on April 21, and there have been none since.

Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Hendricks after the dinger and got the save.

Hendricks’ near no-no marked the 32nd to reach at least the 7th inning this season but fail.

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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)

Cubs’ Lavender no-hits Giants, 101 years ago today

Jimmy Lavender
Jimmy Lavender
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender’s no-hit the New York Giants, 101 years ago today

Lavender’s gem came during the first game of a Tuesday, August 31, 1915 doubleheader at the Polo Grounds.

The Giants’ Fred Merkle, immortalized by a 1908 baserunning blunder that became known as “Merkle’s Boner,” was the only New Yorker to reach first base this game. He took first once on a second-inning error by Bob Fisher and another time on Lavender’s only walk in the eighth. Merkle never reached second.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Chicago White Sox’s Vern Kennedy, who no-hit the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, August 31, 1935 at Comiskey Park — 80 years ago today.

Geggus’ Nationals no-hitter called after 8 innings, 132 years ago today

Charlie Geggus threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter that’s not considered official, 132 years ago today.

Geggus, pitching for the Union Association club on the Capitol Grounds on Thursday, August 21, 1884, no-hit the Wilmington Quicksteps through eight innings and held a 12-1 lead when the game was called by consent. In 1991, MLB’s Committee for Statistical Accuracy established the first official definition of a no-hitter that required a full nine innings, knocking Geggus’ performance and nearly 50 more off the record books.

Two official no-nos were thrown on this date, both for Chicago teams.

The Chicago Oprhans’ Walter Thornton no-hit the Brooklyn Bridegrooms during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at West Side Park on August 21, 1898, for a 2-0 win. And the Chicago White Sox’s Ted Lyons no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, August 21, 1926, for a 6-0 win.

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.