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Willis (maybe) no-hits Senators, 118 years ago today

Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Vic Willis is credited with throwing the second no-hitter for the Braves franchise 118 years ago today, although accounts in both the home and away newspapers recorded this game as a one-hitter.

Willis, pitching for the National League’s Boston Beaneaters at the Huntington Avenue Grounds on Monday, August 7, 1899, no-hit the Washington Senators for a 7-1 win, according to the official no-hitter list.

But The Washington Times had a different take, noting in its sub-headline: “Washington Secures Only One Little Scratch Hit of Willis.

“Dinneen made the only hit off him,” the paper said, “accomplishing this feat in the sixth inning, when he was the first man to bat.”

The Boston Globe agreed, and the headline on Globe sportswriter Tim Murnane’s story read “Only One Hit Off Willis in the Full Nine Innings,” although Murnane said the hit was “was not worth the name.”

Box scores in both the Washington and Boston papers show one hit.

But the wire service accounts and box scores that spread across the nation show the game as a no-hitter, and that’s how it stands in the MLB record books.

Willis no-hit Senators, 117 years ago today … or did he?

Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Wire services reports of this game recorded it as a no-hitter, though both the home and away newspaper accounts disagree.
Vic Willis is credited with throwing the second no-hitter for the Braves franchise 117 years ago today, although accounts in both the home and away newspapers recorded this game as a one-hitter.

Willis, pitching for the National League’s Boston Beaneaters at the Huntington Avenue Grounds on Monday, August 7, 1899, no-hit the Washington Senators for a 7-1 win, according to the official no-hitter list.

But The Washington Times had a different take, noting in its sub-headline: “Washington Secures Only One Little Scratch Hit of Willis.

“Dinneen made the only hit off him,” the paper said, “accomplishing this feat in the sixth inning, when he was the first man to bat.”

The Boston Globe agreed, and the headline on Globe sportswriter Tim Murnane’s story read “Only One Hit Off Willis in the Full Nine Innings,” although Murnane said the hit was “was not worth the name.”

Box scores in both the Washington and Boston papers show one hit.

But the wire service accounts and box scores that spread across the nation show the game as a no-hitter, and that’s how it stands in the MLB record books. And people still give me crap about the Carlos Beltran fair/foul call in Johan Santana’s no-hitter!

No-no-ers Willis, Joss born on this date

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/bbc.0870fHappy birthday to Vic Willis and Addie Joss, a couple of old-time no-hitter throwers.

Vic Willis, born on this date in 1876, pitched a no-hitter for the National League’s Boston Beaneaters on Monday, August 7, 1899 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. The Beaneaters topped the Washington Senators 7-1.

Cleveland Naps ace pitcher Addie Joss, born on this date in 1880, was the first pitcher to no-hit the same team twice.

Joss threw a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox at home on Friday, October 2, 1908, then no-hit the White Sox again during a road game on Wednesday, April 20, 1910. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum is the only pitcher to duplicate the feat (vs. Padres in 2013 and 2014).

#7, the Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves

The NoNoHitters 30The Braves’ franchise, which began in Boston under a variety of early nicknames before settling on the Braves, spent 12 years in Milwaukee before landing at its present home of Atlanta.

"Salida" Tom Hughes threw a no-hitter for Boston in 1916.
“Salida” Tom Hughes threw a no-hitter for Boston in 1916.
The franchise notched its first seven no-hitters in Boston, threw four in Milwaukee and have three to date in Atlanta. Warren Spahn is the only Braves pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter for the franchise, although Kent Mercker threw six innings of a combined no-no in 1991 and then notched his own in 1994.

Here’s the full list of the 14 no-hitters thrown by the Braves:

1 Jack Stivetts
  Boston Beaneaters (NL)
  Saturday, August 6, 1892
Boston Beaneaters 11, Brooklyn Grooms 0
Eastern Park (Brooklyn)
2 Vic Willis
  Boston Beaneaters (NL)
  Monday, August 7, 1899
Boston Beaneaters 7, Washington Senators 1
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
(There’s some doubt if this game truly was a no hitter, but it’s officially recognized as one.)
3 Frank "Big Jeff" Pfeffer
  Boston Doves (NL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1907
Boston Doves 6, Cincinnati Reds 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
4 George Davis
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Wednesday, September 9, 1914 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
5 "Salida" Tom Hughes
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Friday, June 16, 1916
Boston Braves 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Braves Field (Boston)
6 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
7 Vern Bickford
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Friday, August 11, 1950
Boston Braves 7, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
8 Jim Wilson
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Sunday, June 12, 1954
Milwaukee Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
9 Lew Burdette
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Thursday, August 18, 1960
Milwaukee Braves 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
10 Warren Spahn
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Friday, September 16, 1960
Milwaukee Braves 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His first of two no-hitters)
11 Warren Spahn
  Milwaukee Braves (NL)
  Friday, April 28, 1961
Milwaukee Braves 1, San Francisco Giants 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His second of two no-hitters)
12 Phil Niekro
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, August 5, 1973
Atlanta Braves 9, San Diego Padres 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
13 Kent Mercker (6 inn.)
Mark Wohlers (2 inn.)
Alejandro Pena (1 inn.)
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Wednesday, September 11, 1991
Atlanta Braves 1, San Diego Padres 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
14 Kent Mercker
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Friday, April 8, 1994
Atlanta Braves 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

Here’s our list so far from 7 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


14 Atlanta Braves
  (Boston Red Caps/Boston Beaneaters/Boston Doves/Boston Rustlers/Boston Bees/Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves)
13 Chicago Cubs
  (Chicago White Stockings/Chicago Colts/Chicago Orphans)
12 Philadelphia Phillies
  (Philadelphia Quakers)
11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
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