The Indiandapolis ABCs’ Dizzy Dismukes threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Giants, 104 years ago today.
On Sunday, May 9, 1915, no-hit the Giants at Northwestern Park for a 5-0 win. Only two runners reached base, one on a hit batsman and one on an error, according to newspaper accounts, and Dismukes pitched 1-2-3 innings in seven of the nine frames.
According to James Riley’s superb The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues, Dismukes was a right-handed submariner and was regarded as one of the leagues’ best pitchers during the 1910s and early 1920s. A “smart, studious college man with a wonderful memory,” Dismukes was a master strategist who would shift his fielders to play where the ball was going to be hit, the Encyclopedia noted.