Two perfect games and one plain old no-hitter were thrown on this date.
At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, July 28, 1991, the Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martínez retired all of the 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced for a 2-0 win.
Three years to the day later, on Thursday, July 28, 1994, the Texas Rangers’ Kenny Rogers threw a 4-0 perfecto against the California Angels at The Ballpark at Arlington.
The other no-hitter was a combination effort by the Chicago White Sox’s John “Blue Moon” Odom (5 inn.) and Francisco Barrios (4 inn.), who no-hit the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, July 28, 1976, for a 2-1 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.
The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the New York Mets, 44 years ago today.
On October 2, 1972, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Stoneman no-hit the Mets at Parc Jarry for a 7-0 win. Stoneman struck out nine but walked seven.
The Mets got a runner 90 feet from homeplate in the fifth inning but couldn’t drive him in. With one out and Bill Sudakis on first from a walk, Don Hahn reached first on an error by Stoneman and Ted Martinez advanced Sudakis to third on 3-6 force aply, but Stoneman struck out pinch hitter Dave Marshall to exit the inning unscathed.
It was Stoneman’s second no-hitter. On Thursday, April 17, 1969, in the Expos franchise’s ninth game, Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium for a 7-0 win.
Also tossing a no-no on this date was the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who threw a perfecto against the Chicago White Sox 104 years ago today at League Park.
The New York Yankees’ David Cone threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 17 years ago today.
It was Sunday, July 18, 1999, “Yogi Berra Day” at Yankee Stadium, as the Hall of Fame catcher made his triumphant return to the Bronx after a 14-year absence fueled by a dispute with owner George Steinbrenner.
Don Larsen, the only pitcher to toss a World Series perfect game, threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and Cone followed with 88 real pitches to retire 27 straight Expos.
We’ve reached Part 3 of our look at baseball’s six “other” back to back starts in recognition of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer’s amazing accomplishment 78 years ago.
On Saturday, June 11, 1938, Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees at home at Crosley Field. Four days later, he threw another no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field to become the only major-league pitcher to throw back-to-back no-nos.
Mike Moore, Frank MacCormack, Gary Gentry, Les Cain, Sandy Koufax and Rex Barney all threw back-to-back no-hit starts, though none of their outings went nine innings. The details of those starts generated using http://www.baseball-reference.com‘s superb Play Index are below, and we’ve been taking a closer look each of the pairings each day. Today’s day post (we’re having a day-night doubleheader) features the Atlanta Braves’ Gary Gentry.
No. 3: Gary Gentry
Gary Gentry, a New York Mets starter traded to the Atlanta Braves following the 1972 season, took the mound on June 5, 1973 for a start at Parc Jarry against the Montreal Expos despite dealing with a sore shoulder. He retired a couple of Rons — Hunt and Woods — before walking another — Fairley.
Gentry retired Ken Singleton to get out of the inning but never returned to the mound, as Manager Eddie Mathews sent up Chuck Goggin to pinch hit in the second. The Expos wound up winning 7-6 in 11 innings.
Five days later, while still fighting shoulder soreness, Gentry started the opener of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals by walking Lou Brock and Ted Sizemore. The walks led to a run, as Brock advanced to third on a Joe Torre ground out and scored on a Ted Simmons sacrifice, but Gentry minimized the damage to one run. He mixed one walk into an otherwise quiet second inning but was done for the day after just 2 innings.
The Cardinals won that game 4-3, and the Braves’ Roric Harrison flirted with a no-hitter in the nightcap, holding a zero in the H column until Ken Reitz led off the sixth inning with a triple.
Gentry’s back-to-back starts in June 1973 were hardly memorable, but he held opponents hitless in each.
Pedro Martinez threw nine perfect innings but lost the no-no in the 10th, 21 years ago tonight. (Thanks to Dick Enberg for reminding me of this anniversary!)
On June 3, 1995, Martinez retired every San Diego Padres batter he faced, but his Expos couldn’t score a run so it headed for extra innings. The Expos managed to bring a runner home in the top of the tenth, but Martinez gave up a lead-off double in the bottom half of the inning and Mel Rojas was brought in to retire the final three batters. The 1-0 victory is not considered a no-hitter.
Martinez’s near-perfect game is one of 12 performances by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings. A narrow definition of the no-hitter adopted in 1991 keeps Martinez and the others out of the exclusive no-no club.
Happy birthday to no-no throwers Roy Halladay, Dennis Martínez and Ed Walsh.
Halladay, who turns 39 today, threw both his no-hitters for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. On May 29 of that year, Halladay tossed a perfect game against the Florida Marlins for a 1-0 win at Sun Life Stadium. Then, on October 6 in the first game of the 2010 National League Division Series, he threw postseason play’s second ever no-no for a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park.
Martínez, who turns 61 today, threw a perfect game for the Montreal Expos. On Sunday, July 28, 1991, he led the Expos to a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Martínez is the first Nicaraguan-born pitcher to play in the majors.
Walsh, born 135 years ago today, threw a 5-0 no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox on August 27, 1911 against the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park. The Hall of Famer holds the record for the lowest lifetime ERA in baseball history – 1.82. Walsh also threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the New York Highlanders in 1907.
The Montreal Expos’ Charlie Lea threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants, 35 years ago today.
On May 10, 1981, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, Lea walked four and struck out eight as the Expos beat the Giants 4-0 at Olympic Stadium. It was the Expos’ third no-hitter, with Bill Stoneman throwing ones in the Expos’ ninth ever game in 1969 and following it up in 1972.
Bert Blyleven and Tommy Greene are celebrating no-no birthdays today.
Blyleven, the only no-hitter thrower born in the Netherlands, turns 65 today. The Texas Rangers pitcher from Zeist no-hit the California Angels on Thursday, September 22, 1977 at Anaheim Stadium. Blyleven, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011, is now a color analyst for the Minnesota Twins.
Greene, who turns 49, threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, May 23, 1991, against the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.
Happy 54th birthday to San Francisco Giants pitching coach Mark Gardner, who threw nine no-hit innings in 1991 but lost the game in extra innings.
Pitching at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 26, 1991, Gardner no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers through nine, but the Montreal Expos couldn’t score a run, leaving the game locked in a scoreless tie. Gardner lost his no-no when Lenny Harris led off the 10th by chopping a blooper over the mound that shortstop Spike Owen couldn’t get to in time.
Gardner allowed Eddie Murray to single before Manager Tom Runnells placed a call to the bullpen for Jeff Fassero.
Up came Darryl Strawberry, and he poked a singled to left to drive in Harris and give the Dodgers a 1-0 win. Gardner was charged with the loss, as he had responsibility for the base runner. Watch it all here:
Happy 50th birthday to Mélido Pérez, who threw a six-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox in 1990.
On Thursday, July 12, 1990, Pérez no-hit the New York Yankees over six innings before the game was called with an 8-0 score due to weather.
Just two years earlier, on Saturday, September 24, 1988, Mélido’s brother Pascual Pérez threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Montreal Expos for a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium.
The Pérez brothers were in the sibling no-no club until both of their accomplishments were stricken from the records books in September 1991. MLB’s Committee for Statistical Accuracy said no-nos must go nine innings to be considered official, relegating the games by Mélido and Pascual to mere footnote status.
Pascual Pérez was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in 2012 during an apparent robbery, according to police. Mélido Pérez became mayor of San Gregorio de Nigua by the time of his brother’s death.
“It is horrible what is happening in this country,” he told the AP at the time. “You’re not even safe at home.”