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Happy birthday to no-no thrower Matt Garza

mattgarzaHappy 34th birthday to Matt Garza, who threw the only no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.

On Monday, July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field, Garza no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 win. The Tigers’ Max Scherzer was also working on a no-hitter that night but lost it on a Matt Joyce grand slam in the sixth.

Garza’s no-hitter came just three months after another team exited the no no-no club — the Colorado Rockies. On April 17 of that year, Ubaldo Jiménez tossed a no-hitter at Turner Field for a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. With the Rockies and Rays getting their first no-nos, that left the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres as the only major league franchises without one.

Santana kicked the Mets out of the club in June 2012, and the Padres continue to await their first no-no.

50th anniversary of Horlen’s White Sox no-no

Joel "Joe" Horlen
Joel “Joe” Horlen
Today is the 50th anniversary of Joel “Joe” Horlen’s Chicago White Sox no-hitter.

During the first game of a Sunday, September 10, 1967, doubleheader at the old Comiskey Park, Horlen no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 win. The Sox jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Ken Boyer and Pete Ward, a two-run triple by Wayne ausey and an RBI single by Horlen.

Causey saved Horlen’s no-no in the ninth by fielding a tough chance behind second base and making an off-balance throw to first for the inning’s first out. Horlen enticed two additional ground outs to seal the feat.

“I just knew I had to get the ball,” Causey told the AP.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Caldwell, who no-hit the New York Yankees on September 10, 1919, during the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader for a 3-0 win at the Polo Grounds.

Evers hits majors’ only two-triple cycle, 67 years ago today

Hoot Evers (Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Hoot Evers (Photos from Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
The Detroit Tigers’ Hoot Evers became the only major league player to notch two triples while hitting for the cycle, 67 years ago today.

Evers accomplished the feat on Thursday, September 7, 1950, on the road at Cleveland’s Briggs Stadium, and the Indians had already built a 7-0 lead and knocked Tigers starter Art Houtteman off the mound before Evers got his first at bat. Evers immediately got the toughest part out of the way by tripling off the Indians’ Bob Feller to score Vic Wertz and cut the Indians’ lead to 7-3. That led Cleveland skipper Lou Boudreau to yank Feller after just a third of an inning in place of Jesse Flores.

Evers came up in the third inning and hit an RBI double off Flores, which again prompted Boudreau to go to the bullpen. Evers grounded out to short in the fifth before hitting a second RBI triple in the sixth, this one off of Al Benton. He then hit a two-run home run off in the eighth off Sam Zoldak before singling off Marino Pieretti to complete the cycle in the bottom of the 10th. The game was called after 10 as a 13-13 tie.

See our full list of major league cycles here.

Smith, Tesreau and Sanchez tossed no-hitters on this date

Jeff Tesreau, pictured here, Frank Smith, above, and Anibal Sanchez all threw no-hitters on this date.
Jeff Tesreau, pictured here, Frank Smith, above, and Anibal Sanchez all threw no-hitters on this date.
Frank Smith, Jeff Tesreau and Anibal Sanchez threw no-hitters on this date.

Smith, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, threw his first of two career no-hitters during the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader at Detroit’s Bennett Park on September 6, 1905. Smith had plenty of run support in this game, as the Sox accumulated 15 runs to shut out the Tigers.

Tesreau, a 6-foot-2 New York Giants right-hander from Ironton, Missouri, shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 during the first game of a Friday, September 6, 1912, doubleheader at National League Park. The scorecard initially credited Phillies leadoff batter Dode Paskert with a first-inning hit, but the official scorer changed his ruling after the game to give Tesreau the no-no. The disputed play was Paskert’s short fly ball near home plate that dropped between first baseman Fred Merkle and catcher Art Wilson.

“Each fielder got under the ball,” noted a story in the Washington Post. “Then fearing a collision, they permitted the ball to drop to the ground.”

Sanchez threw the fourth Florida Marlins no-hitter on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Pro Player Stadium for a 2-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.

Rays’ Garza no-hits Tigers, 7 years ago today

Matt Garza threw the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history, seven years ago today.

The Rays were facing the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on Monday, July 26, 2010, and the game was actually a double no-hitter into the sixth inning.

The Tigers’ Max Scherzer took the mound, no-no intact, but loaded the bases on two walks and a catcher’s interference call, giving designated hitter Matt Joyce a shot at breaking the 0-0 deadlock. The Tampa native jumped on a 3-2 pitch and slammed the fastball over the right-field fence in grand fashion for the game’s first hit.

“Joyce hit it out, and everybody’s ecstatic,” Garza told me in a 2015 interview. “At that point I knew he had a no-hitter going, and I was like ‘Oh, OK. Whew. We got some runs. Let’s go.’”

But Garza hadn’t yet realized he also had a no-hitter going. The Tigers’ lone base runner reached on a second-inning walk.

Reenergized by his newfound 4-0 lead, Garza retired the next 12 batters and teammates rushed to the mound to celebrate the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.

“It was awesome, not only for the franchise but for myself,” he said. “It was my first one ever. Words really can’t explain the emotion.”

Singer, Bunning and Eason threw no-nos on this date

Jim Bunning
Jim Bunning
The Los Angeles Dodgers Bill Singer, the Detroit Tigers’ Jim Bunning and the Brooklyn Superbas’ Mal Eason and all threw no-hitters on this date.

Singer threw his on July 20, 1970, against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium for a 5-0 win.

Bunning in 1958 threw his first of two no-hitters, blanking the Boston Red Sox 3-0 during the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Eason in 1906 no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2-0 win at Robison Field.

Baseball’s first official no-hitter, 141 years ago today

George Washington BradleyThe father of no-hitters, George Washington Bradley, threw baseball’s first official no-no, 141 years ago today.

On Saturday, July 15, 1876, the 5-foot-10½-inch, lanky St. Louis Brown Stockings right-hander worked his way down the Hartford Dark Blues lineup during a one-hour-50-minute contest, striking out three batters while walking one. The Brown Stockings’ defense was of little help, committing eight errors, but St. Louis won the game 2-0.

Two other pitchers — both Hall of Famers — also through no-nos on this date.

On Monday, July 15, 1901, the New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 5-0 win at Robison Field. It was Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters.

And on Sunday, July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan threw the second of his major-league record seven no-hitters. Ryan, pitching for the California Angels, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.

Verlander tosses second no-no, 6 years ago today

verlander35The Detroit Tigers’ Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, six years ago today.

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, Verlander no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-0 victory at the Rogers Centre. Verlander walked just one batter in the eighth inning while striking out 4.

The New York Giants' Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
Also throwing a no-no on this date is the New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes.

Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, May 7, 1922 for a 6-0 win. Barnes faced the minimum 27 batters, walking Cy Williams in the fifth inning but retiring him and batter Art Fletcher on a double play.

Philadelphia coaches asked for the game ball in the middle of the seventh inning and showed umpire Bob Hart several cuts, prompting Hart to throw it out of the game.

Tigers trade Trucks after two no-nos, 64 years ago today

127_virgiltrucksThe Detroit Tigers traded right-hander Virgil Trucks after he threw no-hitters in a season, 64 years ago today.

On December 4, 1952, Detroit dealt Trucks, Johnny Groth and Hal White to the St. Louis Browns for Owen Friend, Bob Nieman and Jay Porter. During his 11th season with the Tigers, Trucks threw two no-hitters despite posting just a 5-19 record on the year. The no-hitters were:

The no-hitters were:

1 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
2 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)

The only other major league pitchers to toss two no-hitters in a season are Johnny Vander Meer (who tossed back-to-back no-nos), Allie Reynolds, Nolan Ryan and Max Scherzer. And none of them were sent packing after their accomplishments.

Trucks, who was dealt in the middle of the 1953 season to the White Sox, spent 2 1/2 seasons in Chicago before he was traded back to the Tigers for the 1956 season. It was short lived, as Trucks was sent with Wayne Belardi, Ned Garver, Gene Host and cash to the Kansas City Athletics for Jack Crimian, Jim Finigan, Bill Harrington and Eddie Robinson. after the season’s end.

The Birmingham, Alabama native retired in 1958 after 17 seasons, posting a 177-135 record with a 3.39 ERA.

Happy birthday, Matt Garza

mattgarzaHappy 33rd birthday to Matt Garza, who threw the only no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.

On Monday, July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field, Garza no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 win. The Tigers’ Max Scherzer was also working on a no-hitter that night but lost it on a Matt Joyce grand slam in the sixth.

Garza’s no-hitter came just three months after another team exited the no no-no club — the Colorado Rockies. On April 17 of that year, Ubaldo Jiménez tossed a no-hitter at Turner Field for a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.

With the Rockies and Rays getting their first no-nos, that left the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres as the only major league franchises without one.

Santana kicked the Mets out of the club in June 2012, and the Padres continue to await their first no-no.