“Bullet” Joe Bush, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, was born 125 years ago today.
On Saturday, August 26, 1916, at Shibe Park, Bush held the Cleveland Indians hitless en route to a 5-0 win. Bush allowed his only base runner in the first inning by issuing a walk to Jack Graney. Bush struck out seven Cleveland batters to complete the no-no, which was witnessed by some 10,000 fans.
The Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees Thursday night but gave up his bid on a one-out Aaron Hicks double to left.
Bauer was looking to toss the first post-season no-no since Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series. Halladay’s 4-0 gem marked his second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.
The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn payed back the San Francisco Giants with a no-hitter, 49 years ago today.
At Candlestick Park on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, Washburn no-hit the Giants for a 2-0 win. Just a day earlier, the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards for a 1-0 win. It marked the majors’ first back-to-back revenge no-nos, though the feat was duplicated a year later by the Cincinnati Reds’ Jim Maloney and the Houston Astros’ Don Wilson.
Three other no-hitters were tossed on this date, but they all are more than 100 years old:
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.
The Detroit Tigers’ Hoot Evers became the only major league player to notch two triples while hitting for the cycle, 67 years ago today.
Evers accomplished the feat on Thursday, September 7, 1950, on the road at Cleveland’s Briggs Stadium, and the Indians had already built a 7-0 lead and knocked Tigers starter Art Houtteman off the mound before Evers got his first at bat. Evers immediately got the toughest part out of the way by tripling off the Indians’ Bob Feller to score Vic Wertz and cut the Indians’ lead to 7-3. That led Cleveland skipper Lou Boudreau to yank Feller after just a third of an inning in place of Jesse Flores.
Evers came up in the third inning and hit an RBI double off Flores, which again prompted Boudreau to go to the bullpen. Evers grounded out to short in the fifth before hitting a second RBI triple in the sixth, this one off of Al Benton. He then hit a two-run home run off in the eighth off Sam Zoldak before singling off Marino Pieretti to complete the cycle in the bottom of the 10th. The game was called after 10 as a 13-13 tie.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender’s no-hit the New York Giants, 102 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 base-running 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.
Today marks the anniversary of no-hitters thrown by the the New York Yankees’ Monte Pearson (79 years) and the Chicago White Sox’s Ed Walsh (106 years).
Pearson threw his no-no against the Indians during the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 1938, with the Yankees topping Cleveland 13-0. Previous Yankees no-hitters were thrown by George Mogridge (1917) and “Sad” Sam Jones (1923).
Walsh no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 5-0 win at Comiskey Park on Sunday, August 27, 1911, striking out eight and walking one. It marked the fourth no-hitter in franchise history, with James “Nixey” Callahan tossing one in 1902 and Frank Smith throwing no-nos in 1905 and 1908.
Dean Chance threw a complete-game no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins 50 years ago today, just 19 days after throwing a rain-shortened perfect game.
Chance no-hit the Cleveland Indians during the second game of a Friday doubleheader on August 25, 1967, for a 2-1 win at Cleveland Stadium. Chance yielded an earned run in the first inning on two walks, an error and a wild pitch. He settled down and scattered three walks over the next eight innings, striking out a total of eight batters.
Just four starts earlier, on Thursday, August 6, 1967, Chance retired the only 15 Boston Red Sox batters he faced at Metropolitan Stadium for a 2-0 rain-shortened victory. Such games were considered official no-hitters until 1991.
Chance died in October 2015 at the age of 74.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Detroit Tigers’ Virgil Trucks. On Monday, August 25, 1952, trucks no-hit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium for a 1-0 win. It was Trucks’ second no-no.
The Cleveland Indians’ Dick Bosman threw a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics, 43 years ago today.
On Friday, July 19, 1974, at Cleveland Stadium, Bosman no-hit the A’s for a 4-0 win. He would have had a perfect game if not for his own error. With two outs in the fourth, the slow-footed Sal Bando dribbled a swinging bunt down the third base line. Bosman fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw pulled first baseman Tommy McCraw off the bag, and Bando had his base.
Bosman walked none and struck out four on the night.
Sonny Siebert threw a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians after promising the feat to his wife, 51 years ago today.
Carol Siebert had been ribbing her husband about his pitching struggles, so Sonny had a retort before the June 10, 1966, game against Washington: “I told her, ‘If you don’t get off my back, I’ll go out and pitch a no-hitter,'” he told AP sportswriter Murray Chass.
And the Columbia, Missouri-native made good on his promise. Siebert no-hit the Senators for a 2-0 win at Cleveland Stadium, just missing a perfect game by a walk and a Chico Salmon throwing error.
Joe Benz threw the fifth no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history, 103 years ago today.
At Comiskey Park, on Sunday, May 31, 1914, Benz no-hit the Cleveland Naps for a 6-1 win in a game with six total blunders, three by each time.
“Errors were plentiful on both sides,” noted one newspaper report. “Two of Chicago’s came together in the fourth round to produce Cleveland’s run.”
The Naps’ run was scored by Roy Wood, who reached base and advanced to second on an errant throw by Sox shortstop Buck Weaver. Wood took third when third baseman Scotty Alcock muffed Weaver’s assist on Rivington Bisland’s grounder, then scored when Jack Graney grounded into a no-out double play.
Benz also issued two walks during the game, but both of those base runners were sent back to the dugout on double plays.