Matt Kilroy threw a 7-inning no-hitter that ended in a scoreless tie, 128 years ago today.
Kilroy, pitching for the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles, got the start at Oriole Park on Jluy 29, 1889, for the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns.
Umpire Fred Goldsmith called the game due to darkness after 7 innings and an hour and 40 minutes of play with a 0-0 score. The contest was delayed in the third inning after police had to calm the crowd after Goldsmith ruled that Kilroy missed third base while scoring, negating an Orioles run.
The Baltimore Sun called Kilroy’s performance “the best sample of work in the box exhibited on League or Association grounds this season.”
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in post-season history, five years ago today.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s 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.
Outside of Halladay’s postseason no-no, the Reds have the longest current regular-season streak of avoiding a no-hitter dating back to Wednesday, June 23, 1971, when the Phils’ Rick Wise no-hit the team. The Cubs gave up that crown in 2015.
The only other pitcher to throw a no-hitter on this date is Matt Kilroy, back in 1886, but it was a regular season matchup. Kilroy, pitching for the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.
Happy 149th birthday to Matt Kilroy, who threw a no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles before the turn of the century.
Kilroy on Wednesday, October 6, 1886 no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys on the road in front of less than 300 fans at Recreation Park for a 6-0 win.
Three Allegheny runners reached base – one on a walk and two on errors. The Pittsburgh Daily Post noted one of the error calls could have gone either way.
“To let them down a trifle easy it is possible that (Fred) Mann’s grounder to (Jumbo) Davis in the sixth inning, which was clearly fumbled by that player, may be given a hit, but it certainly should not so be scored,” the paper noted “The truth is they were shut out without a hit and without a run something heretofore unknown this season either in the Association of League.”