The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer threw baseball’s 289th no-hitter two years ago yesterday, becoming just the second pitcher to plunk the 27th batter during a perfecto yet recover for the no-no.
Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates he faced on June 20, 2015, before grazing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch in the ninth inning, losing the perfect game. He then got Josh Harrison to fly out to left to complete the no-hitter. Scherzer struck out 10 batters and walked no one.
Only one other pitcher lost a perfect game by hitting the 27th batter yet recovered to save the no-no, and it was in 1908.
The New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse retired the first 26 Philadelphia Quakers he faced during the first game of a July 4 doubleheader that year before hitting opposing pitcher George McQuillan on the arm. The game at the time was a 0-0 tie. The Giants scored in the top of the 10th and Wiltse got his three outs in the bottom half to complete the no-no for a 1-0 win.
Scherzer threw a second no-hitter less than four months later, no-hitting the New York Mets at Citi Field for a 2-0 victory. He came close to throwing a third on Tuesday night, zapping the Miami Marlins into the eighth before losing his no-no bid on an A.J. Ellis come-backer.
Pittsburgh Pirates hurler Dock Ellis thought June 12, 1970 was an off-day, so after a long night of partying he woke up and decided to take some LSD. What he didn’t know was he had slept through a full day and he was actually scheduled to pitch Game 1 of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres.
But Ellis was able to not only secure a 2-0 Pirates win in San Diego, he held the Padres hitless in what is believed to be the only Major League no-hitter thrown by a man tripping on acid.
The story was long thought to be an urban legend, but Ellis talked openly about the experience in a 2005 Dallas Observer story. Ellis, who died in 2008, had long been drug free and was working as a drug counselor when he was interviewed for the article.
“What’s weird is that sometimes it felt like a balloon. Sometimes it felt like a golf ball,” the alternative weekly reported. “But he could always get it to the plate. Getting it over the plate was another matter entirely. Sometimes he couldn’t see the hitter. Sometimes he couldn’t see the catcher.”
That’s evident in the box score, as Ellis apparently walked eight and hit at least one batter.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, seven 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.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Thursday night before losing it on a Gregory Polanco homer to lead off the inning.
The lost no-no leaves us in a drought of more than a year dating back to April 21, 2016, when the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds.
Greinke had been facing the minimum, walking one and striking out 11 before Polanco went yard. The only runner to reach base before the homer, Jordy Mercer, was thrown out stealing in the third inning.
Greinke finished out the eighth and handed the ball to Fernando Rodney, who completed the one-hit 2-1 victory.
Ted Breitenstein and Jim Jay Hughes threw no-hitters on the same day, 119 years ago today.
Ted Breitenstein, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park on Friday, April 22, 1898. That same day, Jim Jay Hughes, of the National League Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Boston Beaneaters.
The feat wasn’t duplicated until 1991, when the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw same-day no-nos.
Happy 81st birthday to Bob Gibson, who pitched a no-hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971.
On Saturday, August 14, 1971, Gibson no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Gibson struck out 10 and walked three batters while helping his team at the plate with three RBIs. One came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and the others reached home on Gibby’s eighth-inning bases-loaded single.
The Nebraska-born Hall of Famer won 251 games over a 17-year career spent entirely with the Cardinals and was inducted in 1981.
Also born on this day in 1886 is Nick Maddox, who threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Friday, September 20, 1907, Maddox no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas for a 2-1 home victory at
Today is the 124th anniversary of the latest calendar year major-league no-hitter, but it wasn’t thrown in a postseason game.
The Cincinnati Reds’ Charles “Bumpus” Jones made his major-league debut on Saturday, October 15, 1892, and made the most of it, no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates at League Park for a 7-1 win.
Reds player-manager Charles Comiskey, who had watched Jones pitch well in an 1892 exhibition, gave Jones the opportunity to pitch Cincinnati’s final game of the ’92 season. Two pitchers have thrown no-hitters in the first major league starts, but no one else has done it in their first major league appearance.
Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.
Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.
September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.
Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:
8 of 295
Chicago White Stockings (NL)
Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago) (His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 295
James "Nixey" Callahan
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (First American League no hitter)
56 of 295
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 295
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 295
Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Howie Camnitz threw a five-inning, darkness-shortened no-hitter, 109 years ago today.
Pitching during the second game of a Friday, August 23, 1907, doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Camnitz no-hit the New York Giants for five innings before the game was called with the Pirates leading 1-0.