Los Angeles Angels rookie Bo Belinsky threw one of the majors’ three Cinco de Mayo no-hitters, 58 years ago today.
On May 5, 1962, Belinsky no-hit the Baltimore Orioles for a 2-0 win that launched the former Trenton pool shark into Hollywood stardom. You can read more about Belinsky in “Chapter 29: Hollywood Hustle” of my book, Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats.
On this date in 1917, the St. Louis Browns’ Ernie Koob no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at home at Sportsman’s Park. Browns teammate Bob Groom also no-hit the White Sox the next day, though Groom’s gem came in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader so the two weren’t consecutive.
On Thursday, May 5, 1904, Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) retired all 27 Philadelphia Athletics he faced for a 3-0 perfecto at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. It was his second of career no-hitters that would tie him for the career lead with Larry Corcoran.