The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the New York Mets, 44 years ago today.
On October 2, 1972, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Stoneman no-hit the Mets at Parc Jarry for a 7-0 win. Stoneman struck out nine but walked seven.
The Mets got a runner 90 feet from homeplate in the fifth inning but couldn’t drive him in. With one out and Bill Sudakis on first from a walk, Don Hahn reached first on an error by Stoneman and Ted Martinez advanced Sudakis to third on 3-6 force aply, but Stoneman struck out pinch hitter Dave Marshall to exit the inning unscathed.
It was Stoneman’s second no-hitter. On Thursday, April 17, 1969, in the Expos franchise’s ninth game, Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium for a 7-0 win.
Also tossing a no-no on this date was the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who threw a perfecto against the Chicago White Sox 104 years ago today at League Park.
Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.
Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.
September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.
Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:
8 of 295
Chicago White Stockings (NL)
Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago) (His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 295
James "Nixey" Callahan
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (First American League no hitter)
56 of 295
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 295
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 295
Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
I’m heading to New Comiskey this evening on the 49th anniversary of Joel “Joe” Horlen’s Chicago White Sox no-hitter.
Sure, the new Comiskey is now called U.S. Cellular Field and will soon be branded Guaranteed Rate Field, but since it’s built next door to the historic park, I’d rather consider it New Comiskey as I watch the Chisox take on the Kansas City Royals.
It was 49 years ago today, during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at the old Comiskey Park, that Horlen no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 win. Hoping that James Shields can duplicate the feat tonight.
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.
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 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.
Charlie Geggus threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter that’s not considered official, 132 years ago today.
Geggus, pitching for the Union Association club on the Capitol Grounds on Thursday, August 21, 1884, no-hit the Wilmington Quicksteps through eight innings and held a 12-1 lead when the game was called by consent. In 1991, MLB’s Committee for Statistical Accuracy established the first official definition of a no-hitter that required a full nine innings, knocking Geggus’ performance and nearly 50 more off the record books.
Two official no-nos were thrown on this date, both for Chicago teams.
The Chicago Oprhans’ Walter Thornton no-hit the Brooklyn Bridegrooms during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at West Side Park on August 21, 1898, for a 2-0 win. And the Chicago White Sox’s Ted Lyons no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, August 21, 1926, for a 6-0 win.
The Chicago White Sox’s Bob Keegan no-hit the Washington Senators, 59 years ago today.
On August 20, 1957, during the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader at Comiskey Park, Keegan no-hit the Senators for a 6-0 win. Keegan walked two and struck out one, noting that he relied mostly on his sinking fastball and didn’t throw a single curve.
“I know I had a no-hitter going from the first inning on — the only trouble was pitching it,” he told the AP.
Also on this date — 135 years ago — the Buffalo Bison’s Pud Galvin threw the first of his two no-hitters. On Friday, August 20, 1880, Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win at Buffalo’s Riverside Park. It was Galvin’s first of two no-nos.
Kevin Gross threw a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 24 years ago today.
On Monday, August 17, 1992, Gross no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium. Gross walked two batters in the second inning and hit pinch-hitter Mark Leonard with a pitch in the ninth.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date in 1904 is the Boston Americans’ Jesse Tannehill. On Wednesday, August 17 of that year, Tannehill no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 6-0 win at Chicago’s South Side Park.
Today would have been the 80th birthday of Bill Monbouquette, who threw a Boston Red Sox no-hitter in 1962.
Monbouquette no-hit the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 1, 1962, in front of 17,185 fans at Comiskey Park. His only blemish was a second-inning base on balls issued to Al Smith, as he struck out seven and the Red Sox committed no errors.
Monbouquette, who was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Medford, Massachusetts, died in January 2015 after battling acute myelogenous leukemia.
He ties Ted Breitenstein with the title of no-no pitchers with the most letters in their last name (12).
Wilson Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the 1991 Chicago White Sox in just his second major league start, 25 years ago today.
Alvarez, a 6-foot-1 southpaw from Maracaibo, Venezuela, no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on August 11, 1991, walking five and striking out seven.
His outing at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium went considerable better than his major-league debut, in which he left the game after facing five batters without getting a single out. On July 24, 1989 as a member of the Texas Rangers, Alvarez yielded a leadoff single to Junior Felix and then served up back-to-back homers to Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber. Bobby Valentine pulled Alvarez after the southpaw issued back-to-back bases on balls to George Bell and Fred McGriff.
Alvarez went on to carve out a 14-year career, posting a 102-92 record with a 3.96 ERA. He retired in 2005 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Boston Braves’ Vern Bickford, who no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field on Friday, August 11, 1950 for a 7-0 win.