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Cardinals’ Washburn pays back Giants, 49 years ago today

Gaylord Perry
Gaylord Perry
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn payed back the San Francisco Giants with a no-hitter, 49 years ago today.

At Candlestick Park on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, Washburn no-hit the Giants for a 2-0 win. Just a day earlier, the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards for a 1-0 win. It marked the majors’ first back-to-back revenge no-nos, though the feat was duplicated a year later by the Cincinnati Reds’ Jim Maloney and the Houston Astros’ Don Wilson.

Three other no-hitters were tossed on this date, but they all are more than 100 years old:

  • Cy Young threw the first of his three no-hitters for the National League’s Cleveland Spiders during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at League Park on September 18, 1897. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chick Fraser no-hit the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a Friday, September 18, 1903, doubleheader at Chicago’s West Side Park. The Phillies beat the Cubs 10-0.
  • And the Cleveland Naps’ Bob “Dusty” Rhoads no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Friday, September 18, 1908, for a 2-1 at Cleveland’s League Park.

Cardinals’ Washburn pays back Giants, 48 years ago today

Four no-hitters were tossed on this date, but three of them are more than 100 years old.

The only modern-day no-hitter was thrown on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn against the San Francisco Giants. It came just a day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards.

The others:

  • Cy Young threw the first of his three no-hitters for the National League’s Cleveland Spiders during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at League Park on September 18, 1897. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chick Fraser no-hit the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a Friday, September 18, 1903, doubleheader at Chicago’s West Side Park. The Phillies beat the Cubs 10-0.
  • And the Cleveland Naps’ Bob “Dusty” Rhoads no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Friday, September 18, 1908, for a 2-1 at Cleveland’s League Park.

Gaylord Perry, threw ’68 Giants no-no, elected to Hall 25 years ago today

Gaylord Perry
Gaylord Perry
Gaylord Perry, who threw a no-hitter for San Francisco Giants in 1968, was elected to the Hall of Fame 25 years ago today.

On Tuesday, September 17, 1968 at Candlestick Park, Perry no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 win. The Giants didn’t get much time to celebrate, as the Cardinals’ Ray Washburn returned the favor by no-hitting the Giants for a 2-0 win the very next day.

Perry posted a 314-265 record with a 3.11 ERA over a 22-year career.

(Feature photograph 1983-APRIL-SF-GIANTS-ROLL-KC64_0032by David Prasad licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Pitcher’s mound lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today

The pitcher's mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the '69 season.
The pitcher’s mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the ’69 season.
Major League Baseball lowered the pitcher’s mound height from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today.

The rule change was part of a response to the issue of pitching becoming too dominant in the NL and AL, as evidenced by five no-hitters thrown during the ’68 season:

163 Tom Phoebus
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 1968
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
164 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
165 George Culver
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Monday, July 29, 1968 (Second game of doubleheader)
Cincinnati Reds 6, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
166 Gaylord Perry
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1968
San Francisco Giants 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
167 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

How did the changes work? They resulted in six no-hitters in the ’69 season:

168 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Thursday, April 17, 1969
Montreal Expos 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His first of two no-hitters)
169 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Cincinnati Reds 10, Houston Astros 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
170 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
171 Jim Palmer
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Wednesday, August 13, 1969
Baltimore Orioles 8, Oakland Athletics 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
172 Ken Holtzman
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Tuesday, August 19, 1969
Chicago Cubs 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
(His first of two no-hitters; Holtzman becomes the second MLB pitcher to throw a no hitter without a single strikeout.)
173 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)

So much for that theory!

4 no-hitters thrown on this day, 3 are more than 100 years old

Four no-hitters were tossed on this date, but three of them are more than 100 years old.

The only modern-day no-hitter was thrown on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn against the San Francisco Giants. It came just a day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards.

The others:

  • Cy Young threw the first of his three no-hitters for the National League’s Cleveland Spiders during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at League Park on September 18, 1897. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chick Fraser no-hit the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a Friday, September 18, 1903, doubleheader at Chicago’s West Side Park. The Phillies beat the Cubs 10-0.
  • And the Cleveland Naps’ Bob “Dusty” Rhoads no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Friday, September 18, 1908, for a 2-1 at Cleveland’s League Park.

#14, the St. Louis Cardinals

The NoNoHitters 30The St. Louis Cardinals, a franchise that also played under the names of the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Perfectos in the team’s early days, have thrown 10 no-hitters.

44cardshomefrontOf the Dean brothers, oddly, it is Paul, not Dizzy, who has a Cards no-no to his credit. Bob Forsch is the only Cardinals pitcher to throw two for the team, and he’s half of baseball’s only brotherly duo (Ken Forsch, Houston) to throw sibling no-nos.

Ted Breitenstein has the franchise’s first no-hitter, an 1891 gem thrown when the Browns (as the Cards were originally known) were an American Association club. The team, for some reason, considers its birth in 1882 when the Browns joined the National League so Breitenstein’s no-no does not appear on the team list.

Here are the Cardinals’ no-hitters:

1 Ted Breitenstein
  St. Louis Browns (AA)
  Sunday, October 4, 1891 (First game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Browns 8, Louisville Colonels 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters; his first career start)
2 Jesse Haines
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Thursday, July 17, 1924
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Boston Braves 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
3 Paul Dean
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, September 21, 1934 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(Dean breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.)
4 Lon Warneke
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 30, 1941
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
5 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
6 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
7 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)
8 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 26, 1983
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Montreal Expos 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His second of two no-hitters)
9 Jose Jimenez
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, June 25, 1999
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Chase Field/Bank One Ballpark (Phoenix)
10 Bud Smith
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 3, 2001
St. Louis Cardinals 4, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

Here’s our list so far from 14 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


10 St. Louis Cardinals
  (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Perfectos)
9 Baltimore Orioles
  (Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns)
7 Minnesota Twins
  (Washington Senators)
7 Detroit Tigers
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