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Happy birthday Larry Corcoran, threw three no-hitters

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Happy 158th birthday to Larry Corcoran, the first pitcher to toss three career no-hitters.

Corcoran, who born on this day in 1859 in Brooklyn, threw all of his no-nos for the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, later renamed the Cubs. All were accomplished at home at Lake Front Park.

Joining Corcoran in the three no-hitters club are Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. Koufax added a fourth, and Ryan went on to throw seven no-hitters.

Here are Corcoran’s no-hitters:

1 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1880
Chicago White Stockings 6, Boston Red Caps 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
2 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
3 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1884
Chicago White Stockings 6, Providence Grays 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)

Grays’ Radbourn no-hits Blues, 134 years ago today

"Old Hoss" Radbourn
“Old Hoss” Radbourn
Providence Grays pitcher Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn threw a no-hitter, 134 years ago today.

On Wednesday, July 25, 1883, at Cleveland’s Kennard Street Park, Radbourn no-hit the Cleveland Blues for an 8-0 victory.

Radbourn’s greatest season was in 1884, when he posted a 59-12 with a 1.38 ERA, including an amazing 73 complete games. Imagine those numbers in the pitch count era.

John Montgomery Ward throws majors’ 2nd perfecto, 137 years ago today

johnwardJohn Montgomery Ward who threw the majors’ second perfect game, 137 years ago today.

Ward tossed his perfecto for the National League’s Providence Grays on June 17, 1880, shutting out the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 at the Messer Street Grounds in Providence. Beating him to the punch five days earlier was Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs, who threw a June 12 perfect game against the Cleveland Blues at Worcester Driving Park Grounds.

Ward’s was the second of 23 perfect games, with the most recent being thrown by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012.

Happy birthday ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn, Fred Toney

"Old Hoss" Radbourn
“Old Hoss” Radbourn
A couple of Deadball Era no-no throwers are celebrating birthday’s today.

Happy 162nd to Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn, who threw a no-hitter for the Providence Grays on Wednesday, July 25, 1883. Radbourn no-hit the Cleveland Blues at Cleveland’s Kennard Street Park for an 8-0 victory.

And a happy 128th birthday to the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney, the winning pitcher on baseball’s only nine-inning double no-no. On Wednesday, May 2, 1917, at Chicago’s Weeghman Park, Toney threw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Cubs for a 1-0 victory. The Cubs’ starter, Hippo Vaughn, threw a nine-inning no-hitter but lost the game in the 10th.

Ferguson throws Philadelphia’s first no-hitter, 131 years ago today

Charlie Ferguson threw the first no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, 131 years ago today.

Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies' first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.
Charlie Ferguson threw the Phillies’ first no-hitter as a member of the 1885 Philadelphia Quakers.

Ferguson, pitching for the Philadelphia Quakers on Saturday, August 29, 1885 at home at Recreation Park, no-hit the National League’s Providence Grays for a 1-0 win. The Reading Times noted a rivalry between Quakers pitchers Ferguson and Ed Daily, who held Providence to two hits the day before.

“Both are doing remarkably fine work just at present,” the paper noted, “but Ferguson’s achievement Saturday of retiring the Providence club without a hit ranks as first.”

The two hurlers pitched quite similarly over the 1885 season. Ferguson posted a 26-20 record with a 2.22 ERA, while Daily notched a 26-23 record with a 2.21 ERA.

Happy birthday Larry Corcoran, first to toss 3 no-nos

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Happy 157th birthday to Larry Corcoran, the first pitcher to toss three career no-hitters.

Corcoran, who born on this day in 1859 in Brooklyn, threw all of his no-nos for the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, later renamed the Cubs. All were accomplished at home at Lake Front Park.

Joining Corcoran in the three no-hitters club are Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. Koufax added a fourth, and Ryan went on to throw seven no-hitters.

Here are Corcoran’s no-hitters:

1 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, August 19, 1880
Chicago White Stockings 6, Boston Red Caps 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
2 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
3 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1884
Chicago White Stockings 6, Providence Grays 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)

Angels’ Santana no-hits Indians, 5 years ago today

santana54The Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians despite letting the leadoff batter score, five years ago today.

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Jacobs Field, Santana struck out 10 and walked just one as the Angels beat the Indians 3-1. The Indians scored their run in the first when Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error by Erik Aybar, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.

Also tossing a no-no on this date in 1885 was the Chicago White Stockings’ John Clarkson. On Monday, July 27, 1885, Clarkson no-hit the Providence Grays for a 4-0 win at Providence’s Messer Street Grounds.

Grays’ Radbourn no-hits Blues, 133 years ago today

"Old Hoss" Radbourn
“Old Hoss” Radbourn
Providence Grays pitcher Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn threw a no-hitter, 133 years ago today.

On Wednesday, July 25, 1883, at Cleveland’s Kennard Street Park, Radbourn no-hit the Cleveland Blues for an 8-0 victory.

Radbourn’s greatest season was in 1884, when he posted a 59-12 with a 1.38 ERA, including an amazing 73 complete games. Imagine those numbers in the pitch count era.

Four no-hitters on this date

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Two major league no-hitters and two Negro Leagues no-nos were thrown on this date.

On Friday, June 27, 1884, Larry Corcoran of the NL Chicago White Stockings threw his third no-no, dominating the Providence Grays for a 6-0 win at Lake Front Park.

Ninety-four years ago today, on Tuesday, June 27, 1922, the Detroit Stars’ Bill Force no-hit the St. Louis Giants for a 3-0 win. And 75 years ago today, on Friday, June 27, 1941, the St. Louis Stars’ Gene Smith no-hit the New York Black Yankees for a 6-1 win.

And on Friday, June 27, 1980, 36 years ago today, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss threw an 8-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

John Montgomery Ward throws majors’ 2nd perfecto, 136 years ago today

johnwardJohn Montgomery Ward who threw the majors’ second perfect game, 136 years ago today.

Ward tossed his perfecto for the National League’s Providence Grays on June 17, 1880, shutting out the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 at the Messer Street Grounds in Providence. Beating him to the punch five days earlier was Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs, who threw a June 12 perfect game against the Cleveland Blues at Worcester Driving Park Grounds.

Ward’s was the second of 23 perfect games, with the most recent being thrown by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012.