Happy 73rd 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.
Roy Halladay, the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the MLB post-season, was killed Tuesday when the plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida. He was 40.
Authorities say the single-engine ICON A5 crashed about noon Tuesday. The Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit found Halladay’s body and no other survivors, according to MLB.com. It is not yet known if he was carrying any passengers.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies 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 Phillies released a statement saying they are numb over the tragic news.
“There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game,” the team said. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”
Today is the 125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones’ debut no-hitter.
Charles Leander “Bumpus” Jones made his major-league debut for the Cincinnati Reds 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 – Ted Breitenstein and Alva “Bobo” Holloman – have thrown no-hitters in their first major league starts, but only Jones did so in his first major league appearance.
The Boston Red Sox’s Bill Rohr came within one strike of the feat in 1967.
Rohr made his major league debut against New York at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967, and reached the ninth inning without allowing a hit. (He had allowed six base runners to reach on five walks and one on an error.)
Tom Tresh led off the ninth inning by hitting a fly ball to left, and Carl Yastrzemski saved the day with a diving catch. After Joe Pepitone flied out to right for the second out, Rohr served up a 3-2 flat curve to Elston Howard and Howard lined it to right center for a single. Rohr got Charley Smith to fly out to right to complete the 3-0 complete-game one-hitter.
Rohr took it in stride.
“It would have been nice to have a no-hitter, but it’s awfully nice to be 1-0 in the big leagues,” he said after the game.
Rohr made just 26 more appearances in the majors (seven of those as starts) with his last for the Cleveland Indians in 1968. He played out his final three years in the minors before retiring with an MLB 3-3 record.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in post-season history, seven 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.
The only other pitcher to throw a no-hitter on this date is Matt Kilroy, back in 1886, but it was a regular season match-up. Kilroy, pitching for the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles, no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)