The Buffalo Bisons’ Pud Galvin tossed the majors’ most lopsided no-hitter, 136 years ago today.
On Monday, August 4, 1884, at Detroit’s Recreation Park, Galvin no-hit the Detroit Wolverines for an 18-0 win. The Detroit Free Press wasn’t exactly complimentary: “It may not be much of a feat to shut out without a hit such a lot of weak batters as Detroit has managed to consolidate in four seasons, but whatever credit attaches thereto belongs to Galvin.”
The Bisons tallied 22 hits in the game, while Gavin didn’t walk a single batter. Three Wolverines reached base on errors.
The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta just missed Galvin’s mark four years ago, no-hitting the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Great American Ball Park for a 16-0 victory. The Cubs notched 18 hits in the game.
Galvin’s 1884 game marked his second no-hitter, the first coming at Buffalo’s Riverside Park on Friday, August 20, 1880, when Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win.
Galvin, who was born Christmas Day 1856, won 365 games over an 18-year career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965 by the Veterans Committee.