Happy birthday to The Cincinnati Reds’ Horace “Hod” Eller, who threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1919.
Eller, born on July 5, 1894 in Muncie, Indiana, no-hit the Cards on May 11, 1919 for a 6-0 win at Redland Field. Three St. Louis batters reached first base on walks, but two of them were thrown out trying to steal second.
“This effort of Mr. Eller’s was not only remarkable in that he held the enemy to no bingles, but in that not a single hard ball was hit off him during the entire nine rounds,” noted the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Jack Ryder. “Not one left a Cardinal bat with a crack of a hard smash resounding from it.”