Happy birthday today to two no-no throwers: Bill Hawke and Tom Browning.
Hawke, born on this day in 1893, holds the distinction of throwing the first no-hitter at the current 60-foot-6 pitching distance. The hurler for the National League’s Baltimore Orioles no-hit the Washington Senators on Wednesday, August 16, 1893 for a 5-0 victory at Washington’s Boundary Field.
Browning, the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, turns 56 today. On Friday, September 16, 1988, he threw a 1-0 perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium.
Dirk Lammers is a veteran journalist who began rooting for the New York Mets in the early-1970s when the team’s no no-hitter count was barely 2,000 games old. Lammers has since turned his research into Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats (Unbridled Books) and NoNoHitters.com, where he maintains the Internet's largest archive of no-hitter information.