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Galvin tosses most lopsided no-hitter, 133 years ago today

Pud Galvin
The Buffalo Bisons’ Pud Galvin tossed the majors’ most lopsided no-hitter, 133 years ago today.

On Monday, August 4, 1884, at Detroit’s Recreation Park, Galvin no-hit the Detroit Wolverines for an 18-0 win. The Detroit Free Press wasn’t exactly complimentary: “It may not be much of a feat to shut out without a hit such a lot of weak batters as Detroit has managed to consolidate in four seasons, but whatever credit attaches thereto belongs to Galvin.”

The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta just missed Galvin’s mark last year, no-hitting the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Great American Ballpark for a 16-0 victory.

Galvin’s 1884 game marked his second no-hitter, the first coming at Buffalo’s Riverside Park on Friday, August 20, 1880, when Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win.

Galvin, who was born Christmas Day 1856, won 365 games over an 18-year career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965 by the Veterans Committee.

Happy birthday to ‘Pretzels’ Getzien, tossed 6-inning, rain-shortened no-no in 1884

Charlie "Pretzels" Getzien
Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien
Happy 152nd birthday to Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien, who threw a six-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the National League’s Detroit Wolverines in 1884.

Getzien tossed six innings of no-hit ball against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, October 1, 1884, at Detroit’s Recreation Park. The Wolverines were leading 1-0 when Milt Scott and Getzien hit back-to-back singles in the seventh inning before the rain started to fall.

“It did not rain very hard nor very long, but [umpire Sterwart] Decker decided that the grounds were too wet, it was already too dark and he called the game,” noted the Detroit Free Press.

And how did the German-born Getzien earn the nickname “Pretzels”? Sporting Life explains the right-hander’s “pretzel curve.”

“In delivering his ‘pretzels,’ ‘Gets’ faces third base with one foot in either corner of the lower end of the box,” the paper said. “Bending the left knee slightly, he draws his right arm well luck. Then, straightening up quickly, he slides the left foot forward with a characteristic little skip, and, bringing his arm around with a swift overhand swing, drives the ball at a lively pace.”

No-no throwers Lea and Galvin hold Christmas birthdays

Pud Galvin
Pud Galvin
Merry Christmas to all, and on this day we’ll also celebrate the birth of two no-hitter throwers born 100 years apart.

Charlie Lea, the only no-hitter pitcher born in France, entered the world on this day in 1956 into the town of Orleans, which sits about 69 miles southwest of Paris. Lea tossed a no-no for the Montreal Expos in 1981. On May 10, 1981, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Lea no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 4-0 win.

Born 100 years before Lea was Pud Galvin, who tossed a no-no for the National League’s Buffalo Bisons in 1880. At Buffalo’s Riverside Park on Friday, August 20, 1880, Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win, the first of his two no-hitters.

Galvin followed it up with a road no-hitter at Detroit’s Recreation Park against the Wolverines on Monday, August 4, 1884. Buffalo won 18-0 in game that still holds the record for the biggest run differential in a major league no-no.