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Birthday wishes for Walter Johnson, John Candelaria

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
Walter Johnson, a 400+ game winner who threw a 1920 no-hitter for the Washington Senators, was born 130 years ago today.

Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 1, 1920, for a 1-0 victory. He finished out a 21-year Hall of Fame career with a record of 417-279.

Also born on this day is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria, who threw a no-hitter in 1976. The “Candy Man,” who turns 64 today, no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday, August 9, 1976 for a 2-0 win. Wishing him a happy 64th birthday!

40th anniversary of Candelaria’s no-hitter – first in Pittsburgh since 1915

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria threw the city of Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter since the old Federal League, 40 years ago today.

The 23-year-old southpaw dominated the Dodgers on Monday, August 9, 1976, using 101 pitches to no-hit Los Angeles for a 2-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Candelaria faced 30 batters, with two Dodgers reaching on errors and another reaching on a walk.

It was the first no-hitter in Pittsburgh since the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales’ Claude Hendrix no-hit the Pittsburgh Rebels on Saturday, May 15, 1915 for a 10-0 win at Exposition Park. The Pirates’ longtime home of Forbes Field (1909–1970) never hosted a no-hitter.

Happy birthday to no-no thrower Mark Buehrle

27up27downWishing a happy 37th birthday to Mark Buehrle, who threw a no-hitter and a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox.

Buehrle, who may or may not be retired, no-hit the Texas Rangers on April 18, 2007, for a 6-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field while facing the minimum 27 batters. Buehrle had picked off Sammy Sosa from first after the designated hitter drew a fifth inning walk.

Then on July 23, 2009, the 6-foot-2 southpaw threw a perfect game at home against the Tampa Bay Rays for a 5-0 win. That game actually marked the third time that Buehrle faced the minimum 27 batters for a complete-game victory, and he is the only major league pitcher to accomplish that feat.

Buehrle’s lesser-known 27-up, 27-down performance was on July 21, 2004, when he threw a two-hit, 14-0 complete game against the Cleveland Indians. Buehrle was perfect through 6⅓ until Omar Vizquel singled with one out in the seventh. Vizquel was retired when Matt Lawton grounded into an inning-ending double play. The next inning, pinch-hitter Tim Laker led off with a single, but Casey Blake doubled him up. Buehrle completed the effort, throwing just 90 pitches (67 for strikes).

Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index shows 33 games in which a starter threw a complete game, faced the minimum 27 batters yet gave up at least one hit. Sixteen were one-hitters, 10 were two-hitters and six were three-hitters. Only John Candelaria has accomplished this rare feat while yielding four hits.

(Feature photo U.S. Cellular Field (Comiskey Park), Chicago, Illinois by Ken Lund under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Three Rivers Stadium imploded, 15 years ago today

Three Rivers Stadium, which hosted no-hitters by Bob Gibson, John Candelaria and Francisco Cordova/Ricardo Rincon, was imploded 15 years ago today.

The Pirates made Three Rivers the team’s home from 1970 through 2000, and the ballpark fared much better in no-nos than the Bucs’ previous home. Forbes Field, the Pirates’ home from 1909 through 1970, never hosted a no-hitter.

Here are the no-hitters thrown at Three Rivers Stadium:

1 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
2 John Candelaria
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Monday, August 9, 1976
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
3 Francisco Cordova (9 inn.)
Ricardo Rincon (1 inn.)
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, July 12, 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Houston Astros 0 (10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Here’s the implosion:

No-no birthdays for Walter Johnson, John Candelaria

Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson, a 400+ game winner who threw a 1920 no-hitter for the Washington Senators, was born 128 years ago today.

Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 1, 1920, for a 1-0 victory. He finished out a 21-year Hall of Fame career with a record of 417-279.

Also born on this day is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria, who threw a no-hitter in 1976. The “Candy Man” no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday, August 9, 1976 for a 2-0 win. Wishing him a happy 62nd birthday!

Candelaria no-hits Dodgers in Pittsburgh (city’s first since 1915), 39 years ago today

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria threw the city of Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter since the old Federal League, 39 years ago today.

The 23-year-old southpaw dominated the Dodgers on Monday, August 9, 1976, using 101 pitches to no-hit Los Angeles for a 2-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Candelaria faced 30 batters, with two Dodgers reaching on errors and another reaching on a walk.

It was the first no-hitter in Pittsburgh since the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales’ Claude Hendrix no-hit the Pittsburgh Rebels on Saturday, May 15, 1915 for a 10-0 win at Exposition Park.

Candelaria boasts another odd pitching accomplishment. He is the only pitcher to face just 27 batters in a game yet give up four its. The oddity occurred on July 25, 1982, with Candelaria’s Pittsburgh Pirates facing the Atlanta Braves at Three Rivers.

Candelaria lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a one-out Rafael Ramirez single, but catcher Steve Nicosia threw him out on a steal attempt. Bob Horner led off the second inning with a single to right, but Rufino Linares grounded into a 6-3 double-play. Horner also led off the eighth with a single to right, but this time Linares grounded into a 4-6-3 double-play. Glenn Hubbard got the game’s fourth hit in the ninth with a lead-off infield single, but Bruce Benedict cleared the bases with by hitting into a 6-4-3 double-play.

#18, the Pittsburgh Pirates

The NoNoHitters 30The Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that began play as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1887, take up the No. 18 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list. Pirates’ pitchers have thrown just six no-hitters over the team’s history in the National League.

Nick Maddox threw the Pirates’ first no-hitter in 1907, and he was followed by Cliff Chambers, Bob Moose, Dock Ellis, John Candalaria and a combined 10-inning no-hitter by Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon.

Here are the Pirates’ no-hitters

1 Nick Maddox
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
2 Cliff Chambers
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Sunday, May 6, 1951 (Second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Boston Braves 0
Braves Field (Boston)
3 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)
4 Dock Ellis
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 1970 (First game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, San Diego Padres 0
San Diego Stadium (San Diego)
5 John Candelaria
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Monday, August 9, 1976
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
6 Francisco Cordova (9 inn.)
Ricardo Rincon (1 inn.)
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, July 12, 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Houston Astros 0 (10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Here’s our list so far from 18 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres