Harry McIntire, who threw 10⅔ innings of no-hit ball for the Brooklyn Superbas in 1906 before losing his no-no, was born 141 years ago today.
On Wednesday, August 1, 1906, at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, McIntire was no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates into the 11th inning, but his Brooklyn teammates couldn’t squeeze out a run. With two out in the top of the 11th, the Pirates’ Claude Ritchey singled to kill the no-hitter.
“Perhaps it was the shower that occurred with Ritchey at the bat at that interesting point which broke McIntire’s phenomenal streak,” noted the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “At any rate, when play resumed, Ritchey laced a clean single to left, which had no other effect for the time being than to spoil a brilliant performance.
“Previous to that, it looked as if the Pirates could have batted against him for a week and never make any impression.”
McIntire, a righthander from Dayton, Ohio, got through the 11th and 12th with a one-hitter intact, but a trifecta of hits in the top of the 13th netted the Pirates a run. Bob Ganley led off with a single, Honus Wagner doubled and Nealon laced a hit to left to drive home Ganley. McIntire minimized the damage with a double play, and Wagner was thrown out while trying to steal home.
McIntire made one more effort to secure a win by leading off the bottom of the 13th, but his teammates left him stranded and the Pirates’ “Lefty” Leifield got the 1-0, 13-inning win.