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Johnson throws a no-hitter … and loses … 53 years ago today

Ken Johnson of the Colt .45's.
Ken Johnson of the Colt .45’s.
Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter and lost, 53 years ago today.

It was April 23, 1964, and the Houston Colt .45’s were playing the Cincinnati Reds at Colt Stadium. The game was deadlocked at 0.

The Reds clawed for a run on a ninth-inning bunt attempt by Pete Rose in which Johnson threw the ball into the outfield (it apparently wasn’t taboo to bunt to break up a no-no back then). After Rose advanced to third on a ground out, Vada Pinson stepped to the plate and hit a routine two-out grounder to second that was booted by Nellie Fox, allowing Rose to score.

The game remains the only nine-inning no-hitter lost by a single pitcher. The Orioles tandem of Steve Barber and Stu Miller duplicated the feat three years later.

I interviewed Johnson in 2014 and he seemed touched that someone still wanted to talk at length about that game.

“I can’t believe anyone still remembers,” Johnson said.

Johnson died in November 2015 at the age of 82.

Baseball’s first same-day no-nos, 119 years ago today

Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
Jim Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein
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.

One-year anniversary of the last MLB no-hitter

Today marks a full 365 calendar days since the last Major League Baseball no-hitter.

On April 21, 2016, the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, less than eight months after throwing one against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arrieta walked four and struck out six as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 16-0 at Great American Ballpark. Arrieta’s previous no-no was on August 30, 2015, when he no-hit the Dodgers for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium.

The Reds had last been no-hit on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit Cincinnati during the opening game of the NLDS. To find the last regular season no-hitter against the Reds, you had to go back more than 44 years. On Wednesday, June 23, 1971, the Phillies’ Rick Wise no-hit the Reds for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

Wilson, threw 2 Astros no-nos, born 72 years ago today

Don Wilson
Don Wilson
Today would be the 72nd birthday of Don Wilson, who threw no-hitters for the Houston Astros in 1967 and 1969. The right-handed flamethrower, who pitched one game in 1966, was a mainstay of the Houston rotation from 1967 to 1974, winning 104 games.

He died of accidental asphyxiation in his home on Jan. 5, 1975, when he left his car running after pulling into his garage. His son, who was upstairs, also died.

The Astros retired Wilson’s No. 40 in 1975.

Here are Wilson’s no-nos.

  • Sunday, June 18, 1967
    Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
    Astrodome (Houston)
  • Thursday, May 1, 1969
    Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
    Crosley Field (Cincinnati)

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.

Happy birthday, Tom Seaver

Happy 72nd birthday to Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets.

Tom Terrific finally got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

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.

Bumpus Jones’ no-hitter in 1st appearance, 124 years ago today

Bumpus Jones
Bumpus Jones
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.

Yomiuri Giants’ Horiuchi hits 3 homers during no-hitter, 49 years ago today.

A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu's sanyonara home run no-no in '73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi's 3 homers during his '67 no-hitter.
A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu’s sanyonara home run no-no in ’73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi’s 3 homers during his ’67 no-hitter.
The Yomiuri Giants’ Tsuneo Horiuchi hit three home runs while throwing a Japanese no-hitter, 49 years ago today.

On Tuesday, October 10, 1967, during a game at Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium against the Hiroshima Carp, Horiuchi blasted three home runs en route to an 11-0 win over the Carp.

The major leaguer who came the closest to duplicating the feet is the Philadelphia Phillies’ Rick Wise, who hit two homers during his 4-0 no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 23, 1971.

Only four other major league pitchers have hit single home runs while throwing a no-hitter: the Columbus Buckeyes’ Frank Mountain (1884), the Cleveland Indians’ Wes Ferrell (1931), the Boston Braves’ Jim Tobin (1944) and the Boston Red Sox’s Earl Wilson (1962).

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.