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Happy birthday to 4 no-no throwers, Blackwell, Bunning, Leiter and Smith

Four no-hitter throwers were born on this date: Ewell Blackwell, Jim Bunning, Al Leiter and Bud Smith.

Blackwell, born on this date in 1922, threw a no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, against the Boston Braves. In his following start, Blackwell just missed duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s mark of two straight no-nos, losing his second no-no after 8 1/3 innings against Brooklyn.

Bunning, who turns 85 today, threw a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on July 20, 1958. Bunning followed up that gem six years later as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing a perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium during the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader on Sunday, June 21, 1964. Bunning was the first major-league pitcher to throw no-nos in both the AL and NL.

Leiter, celebrating his 51st birthday today, tossed the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ first no-hitter in franchise history. He blanked the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, May 11, 1996, for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Bud Smith, who turns 37 today, threw a no-hitter as a St. Louis Cardinals rookie on Monday, September 3, 2001, shutting down the San Diego Padres for a 4-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium.

Dave Roberts: A modern-day Preston Gomez

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is quickly becoming a modern-day Preston Gomez.

Roberts pulled Rich Hill after Hill threw seven innings of perfect baseball Saturday, and the bullpen couldn’t complete what could have been the majors’ first combined perfecto as the Dodgers topped the Marlins in Miami 5-0.

Outfielder Yasiel Puig had just saved Hill’s perfect game in the seventh with a spectacular diving catch, and it was beginning to look like Hill might be poised to throw baseball’s 24th perfecto/296th no-hitter.

But Manager Dave Roberts decided to pull Hill after 89 pitches, opting for reliever Joe Blanton, and Hill clearly wasn’t happy. Blanton retired the first two batters before the pesky Jeff Francoeur drilled a 2-2 pitch off the glove of shortstop Corey Seager. It (weak argument here) could have been ruled an error, which would have killed the combined perfecto but kept the combined no-no intact, but it was properly ruled a base hit.

(Note that Rich Hill threw 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball back on Sept. 3.)

The situation prompted flashbacks to April 9, when the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling tossed 7⅓ innings of no-hit ball in his first major-league appearance before being pulled for a reliever who lost the no-no. When Stripling hit 100 pitches, Roberts took the ball and handed it to Chris Hatcher, who yielded a two-run homer to Trevor Brown to kill the chance of a combined no-hitter and even the score at 2-2. The Giants wound up winning that game in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off homer by Brandon Crawford.

Preston Gomez, of course, is known for twice pulling pitchers with no-hitters intact in which they were trailing in the runs column, once with the Padres’ Clay Kirby in 1970 and another with the Astros’ Don Wilson in 1974.

On a personal note, I was watching the MLB.tv broadcast of the game’s late innings on my cell phone while sitting at U.S. Cellular Field. (Fans around me were wondering why I kept looking down at my phone when the Sox had the bases loaded.)

Smith, Tesreau and Sanchez tossed no-hitters on this date

Jeff Tesreau, pictured here, Frank Smith, above, and Anibal Sanchez all threw no-hitters on this date.
Jeff Tesreau, pictured here, Frank Smith, above, and Anibal Sanchez all threw no-hitters on this date.
Frank Smith, Jeff Tesreau and Anibal Sanchez threw no-hitters on this date.

Smith, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, threw his first of two career no-hitters during the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader at Detroit’s Bennett Park on September 6, 1905. Smith had plenty of run support in this game, as the Sox accumulated 15 runs to shut out the Tigers.

Tesreau, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Ironton, Missouri, shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 during the first game of a Friday, September 6, 1912, doubleheader at National League Park. The scorecard initially credited Phillies leadoff batter Dode Paskert with a first-inning hit, but the official scorer changed his ruling after the game to give Tesreau the no-no. The disputed play was Paskert’s short fly ball near home plate that dropped between first baseman Fred Merkle and catcher Art Wilson.

“Each fielder got under the ball,” noted a story in the Washington Post. “Then fearing a collision, they permitted the ball to drop to the ground.”

Sanchez threw the fourth Florida Marlins no-hitter on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Pro Player Stadium for a 2-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.

Dodgers’ Martínez no-hits Marlins, 21 years ago today

Ramón Martínez threw a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 21 years ago.

Martínez no-hit the Florida Marlins on July 14, 1995 for a 7-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. The 6-foot-4 right-handed fastballer struck out eight and walked just one, and he didn’t throw a single breaking ball after the third inning.

Ramón’s brother Pedro never got an official no-hitter, but Pedro did pitch nine perfect innings against the San Diego Padres a month earlier in 1995 before losing his no-no in extra innings.

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Halladay throws perfect game, 6 years ago today

doctobercolorThe Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, six years ago today.

On Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium, Halladay sent every Marlins batter he faced back to the dugout, and a lone unearned run in the third was all the Phillies needed to defeat Florida 1-0.

Halladay added a second no-hitter in the 2010 postseason, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in the first game of the National League Divisional Series.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is Ed Morris, who tossed one for the American Association’s Columbus Buckeyes 132 years ago today. On Thursday, May 29, 1884 at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park, Morris shut down the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 5-0, no-hit win.

Happy birthday Jordan Zimmermann, ‘Deacon’ Phillippe

Charles "Deacon" Phillippe
Charles “Deacon” Phillippe
Happy 30th birthday to the Detroit Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins for a 1-0 victory at Nationals Park. It was the first no-hitter for the Nationals franchise since its move from Montreal to D.C. (Expos pitchers tossed four no-hitters.)

Also born on this date, 144 years ago today, is Charles “Deacon” Phillippe, who tossed a no-hitter for the National League’s Louisville Colonels on Thursday, May 25, 1899. Phillippe no-hit the New York Giants for a 7-0 at Louisville’s Eclipse Park.

‘Toothpick’ Sam Jones 1st African-American to throw MLB no-no, 61 years ago today

Sam "Toothpick" Jones
Sam “Toothpick” Jones
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 61 years ago today.

Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.

Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.

Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.

No-nos on this date: Eller, Koufax and Leiter

The Cincinnati Reds' "Hod" Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
The Cincinnati Reds’ “Hod” Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
Al Leiter, Sandy Koufax, Horace “Hod” Eller and threw no-hitters on this date.

On Saturday, May 11, 1996, Leiter threw the Florida Marlins first no-hitter 20 years ago today. The New Jersey native no-hit the Colorado Rockies for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Koufax, who threw four no-hitters with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossed his second no-no against the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1963.

Eller, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Redland Field 97 years ago today.

Marlins fall short of combined no-no, starter Conley pulled with 2 out in 8th

The Miami Marlins just missed throwing baseball’s 296th no-hitter on Friday night, failing to get the final four outs for starter Adam Conley. Conley threw 7⅔ of no-hit ball against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park as the Marlins held on for a rocky 6-3 win.

Jose Urena (⅔) got the final out of the eighth inning after misplaying a ball on the first batter he faced. The play was generously ruled and E-1, and Urena properly played the second come-backer to escape the inning. He got the first out in the ninth before Jonathan Lucroy blooped a single to right to kill the combined no-no.

The game would have been the first in major-league history to feature both a no-hitter and a triple play.

In the top of the fifth with no out and two on, third-baseman Aaron Hill fielded a ball off the bat of Marcell Ozuna and started a 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple-play.

It would have been the sixth no-hitter in the Marlins’ 25-year history. The last was on Sunday, September 29, 2013, by Henderson Alvarez for a 1-0 win at Marlins Park. Alvarez launched into his celebrated his no-no celebration from the on-deck circle on a walk-off wild pitch.

The last no-hitter against the Brewers was on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, by the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander for a 4-0 Detroit win at Comerica Park.

Miller Park’s only no-no remains a neutral site no-no by the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano.

Conley was trying to become the third pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter while wearing the No. 61. The other two are Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett. If Conley and Urena could have notched a combined no-no, it would have been the first started by a No. 61 and completed by a No. 62.

In Seattle, the Kansas City Royals’ Kris Medlen took a no-hitter against the Mariners into the sixth inning before losing it on a Seth Smith lead-off homer.

Happy birthday walk-off WP no-no thrower Henderson Alvarez

282_hendersonalvarezHappy 26th birthday to Henderson Alvarez, who ended the 2013 Miami Marlins season with a no-hitter.

Alvarez, who is working to return to the mound with the Oakland Athletics after shoulder surgery, no-hit the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Marlins Park.

The game was tied at 0 in the bottom of the ninth when the winning run scored on a walk-off wild pitch.

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