Happy 54th birthday to David Wells, who threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1998.
On Sunday, May 17, 1998, Wells threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium for a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. It was the first Yankees’ perfecto since Don Larsen’s gem in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Dwight Gooden threw a New York Yankees no-hitter, 21 years ago today.
On Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. “Doc” appeared to be running out of steam in the ninth frame as he walked Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez and then threw a wild pitch to allow runners to reach second and third. But he recovered to strike out Jay Buhner and then got Paul Sorrento to pop out to short to complete the no-no. Teammates carried the 31-year-old hero off the Yankee Stadium field to the cheers of more than 20,000 fans.
Gooden thrice came close to getting a no-no while with the New York Mets:
On June 6, 1984, in just his 11th major-league start, the emerging strikeout artist reached the eighth inning with a no-hitter intact before yielding a lead-off single to the Pirates’ Doug Frobel. New York won 2-1 in 13 innings.
On September 7, 1984, Gooden threw a one-hit 10-0 shutout against the Chicago Cubs. The only Cubs hit was a 5th-inning single by Keith Moreland.
On June 5, 1988, Gooden again reached the eighth inning and again lost it on the leadoff batter as the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill singled. Gooden held on for an 11-3 complete-game victory.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Kansas City Royals’ Jim Colborn. On Saturday, May 14, 1977, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win at Royals Stadium.
A trio of New York Yankees pitchers on Friday tossed a spring training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers.
Masahiro Tanaka threw 4⅓ innings of no-hit ball at Lakeland’s at Joker Merchant Stadium before turning the ball over to Chasen Shreve (⅔ innings) and then Jordan Montgomery (4 innings) for the 3-0 win.
Happy 129th birthday to George Mogridge, who pitched the New York Yankees’ first no-hitter on April 24, 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Also born on this date in 1875 is Walter Thornton, who threw a Chicago Orphans no-hitter
against the Brooklyn Bridegrooms at West Side Park during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader on August 21, 1898. Chicago topped Brooklyn 2-0.
Allie Reynolds, who tossed a pair of no-hitters for the New York Yankees in 1951, was born 100 years ago today.
The Bethany, Oklahoma, native threw both of his no-hitters in a 2½-month span during the 1951 season, in which he posted a 17-8 record. He improved on that for 1952, going 20-8 with an American League-leading 2.06 ERA. He retired with a 182–107 record and 3.30 ERA.
Here are Reynolds’ no-nos:
New York Yankees (AL)
Thursday, July 12, 1951
New York Yankees 1, Cleveland Indians 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
New York Yankees (AL)
Friday, September 28, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
New York Yankees 8, Boston Red Sox 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
The 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:
Detroit Tigers (AL)
Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
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.
Today is the 60th anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — the first no-hitter in postseason history.
Larsen retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters he faced at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 1956 for a 2-0 win. I had the pleasure of interviewing Larsen for the “Postseason Perfection” chapter of my book Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders. It is one of my all-time favorite interviews. He is, of course, extremely proud of the accomplishment and remembers it in vivid detail. When I asked him how he felt when Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter in the 2010 NLDS, he replied, “It didn’t bother me a bit. It was the playoffs. That wasn’t a World Series game, anyway.”
Claude “Red” Grier threw baseball’s first World Series no-hitter, 90 years ago today.
On Sunday, October 3, 1926, in the Game 3 of 1926 Colored World Series between Grier’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the opposing Chicago American Giants, Grier no-hit the American Giants for a 10-0 win in front of just 2,857 fans at Maryland Baseball Park in Baltimore.
Thirty years later, the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen threw the first Major League Baseball no-hitter in the 1956 World Series, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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.
Today is the anniversary of two New York Yankees no-hitters thrown 70 years apart.
The first was thrown on Tuesday, September 4, 1923, by the Yankees’ “Sad” Sam Jones, and he accomplished the feat without throwing a single strikeout. Jones no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics for a 2-0 win at Shibe Park.
The second was thrown on Saturday, September 4, 1993, by Jim Abbott, who no-hit the Cleveland Indians that day for a 4-0 win. Abbott, who was born with one hand, conveyed his amazing story in his 2012 autobiography Imperfect: An Improbable Life and he continues to share his inspiring message through motivational speeches throughout the country.
When Abbott arrived at Yankee Stadium the next day, reporters from as far off as Philadelphia and Boston surrounded his locker to talk about the previous day’s no-no. He knew that their questions would be centered on the one-handed pitcher making his way — a story line he never cared for.
“The stories could say what they wanted, but two-handed guys and one-handed guys don’t throw no-hitters. Pitchers throw them,” he wrote.
(Jim Abbott photo from National Baseball Hall of Fame)