Amos Rusie threw the first New York Giants no-hitter, 126 years ago today.
Rusie, getting the start at the Polo Grounds on Friday, July 31, 1891, Rno-hit the Brooklyn Grooms for a 6-0 win.
According to the New York Times, Rusie injured his hand just a week earlier and it was feared that he might miss some action, but he asked team captain Buck Ewing to get the start against Brooklyn. Rusie did walk seven batters, but the Times said that 16 batters were retired on grounders “of a very weak character.”
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date in 1888 is the Philadelphia Athletics’ Gus Weyhing, who no-hit the Kansas City Cowboys for a 4-0 win at Philly’s Jefferson Street Grounds.
Gus Weyhing, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1888, was born 149 years ago today.
At Philadelphia’s Jefferson Street Grounds on Tuesday, July 31, 1888, Weyhing no-hit the Kansas City Cowboys for a 4-0 American Association win. The Athletics played errorless ball — a rare feat in those days — and the only Kansas City batters reached base on a second-inning hit-batsman and a fourth-inning walk.
Weyhing helped his cause at the plate, hitting a fifth-inning double and a seventh-inning triple.