Perhaps 2018 will be a year of the pitcher, as Major League Baseball is opening its season on Cy Young’s birthday.
Today would be the 151st birthday of Denton True “Cy” Young, the legendary hurler who threw three no-hitters during a 22-year career that included a major league record 511 wins.
The right-hander from Gilmore, Ohio, was perfect in his second no-no outing. Pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) on Thursday, May 5, 1904, Young retired all 27 Philadelphia Athletics he faced for a 3-0 win at the Huntington Avenue Grounds.
Here are Young’s no-hitters:
|Cleveland Spiders (NL)|
|Saturday, September 18, 1897 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Spiders 6, Cincinnati Reds 0
League Park (Cleveland)
|Boston Americans (AL)|
|Thursday, May 5, 1904
Boston Americans 3, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
|Boston Red Sox (AL)|
|Tuesday, June 30, 1908
Boston Red Sox 8, New York Highlanders 0
Hilltop Park (New York)
Young ties Larry Corcoran for the major league career record with 3 no-nos. It would be tied once more but not broken until 1965 by Sandy Koufax.
Also celebrating a no-no birthday today is Bill Dietrich, a Philadelphia native who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox in 1937. At Comiskey Park on Tuesday, June 1, 1937, Dietrich, who was born 108 years ago today, no-hit the St. Louis Browns for an 8-0 win.
We’ll see if any of today’s 30 starters can match Bob Feller’s feat of tossing an Opening Day no-no, accomplished on April 16, 1940.