Happy birthday to a couple of old-time no-no pitchers, Lee Richmond and “Chief” Bender.
Richmond, born on this date in 1857, threw the majors’ first perfect game. The Worcester Ruby Legs southpaw retired 27 Cleveland Blues in a row on Saturday, June 12, 1880 during a National League match up at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds.
Bender, the Philadelphia Athletics pitcher born on this date in 1884, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910.
Author: Dirk Lammers
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.
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