Today would be the 100th birthday of Leon Day, who threw an Opening Day no-hitter in the Negro National League in 1946.
On Sunday, May 5, 1946, Day, a pitcher for the Newark Eagles, no-hit the Philadelphia Stars at Newark’s Ruppert Stadium for a 2-0 win, allowing just three runners to reach first via a pair of walks and an error. He struck out six batters.
Day had just returned from serving his country in World War II, having stormed Utah Beach during the Allied Forces’ invasion of France.
The Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore is having a centennial birthday celebration for Day this afternoon. Day died in 1995.