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Baseball’s tie-game no-hitter, 132 years ago today

Sam Kimber
Sam Kimber
The Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw baseball’s only tie-game no-hitter, 132 years ago today.

On Saturday, October 4, 1884, Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings at Brooklyn’s Washington Park but his team couldn’t score him a run off Toledo pitcher Frank Olin, who yielded just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.

Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.

Kimber, only pitcher to throw no-no for a tie, born on this day in 1854

Happy 161st birthday to Sam Kimber, who threw the only major-league no-hitter to end in a tie.

Kimber, born on this day in 1854, threw 10-innings of no-hit ball on Saturday, October 4, 1884, for the Brooklyn Atlantics, an American Association team that morphed into the Dodgers. Unfortunately, the Atlantics could not tag Toledo Blue Stockings’ pitcher Tony Mullane for a run despite two doubles by Brooklyn’s Charlie Householder. The game was called as a 0-0 tie due to darkness.

Another no-no thrower born on this day (1944) is Jim Bibby. Bibby, who posted a 111-101 record over a 12-year career, tossed his gem for the Texas Rangers on Monday, July 30, 1973, for a 6-0 win over the Oakland A’s at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

The only tie-game no-no, 131 years ago today

Today is the 131st anniversary of the only no-hitter to end in a tie.

On Saturday, October 4, 1884, the Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings in an American Association match-up at Brooklyn’s Washington Park.

But Toledo pitcher Frank Olin kept the Atlantics off the scoreboard as well, yielding just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.

Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.