Mike Fiers tossed his first of two no-hitters, five years ago today.
On Friday, August 21, 2015, while pitching for the Houston Astros, Fiers no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park for a 3-0 win. Fiers walked three and struck out 10 on a night in which no-no king Nolan Ryan was watching from the stands. The Hollywood, Florida, native tossed his second no-no for the Oakland Athletics in 2019.
Two other official no-hitters thrown on this date both came from Chicago pitchers.
On August 21, 1898, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at West Side Park, the Chicago Oprhans’ Walter Thornton walked three but held the Brooklyn Bridegrooms hitless for a 2-0 win and the sweep.
“Thornton, with his magnificent speed, kept them hitting weakly and shoving fly balls up, and everything that floated into the air fell into the waiting mitts of fielders,” noted the Chicago Tribune.
And on Saturday, August 21, 1926, the Chicago White Sox’s Ted Lyons no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for a 6-0 win.
Another gem thrown on this date 134 years ago is not considered an official no-hitter.
Charlie Geggus, pitching for the Union Association Washington Nationals on the Capitol Grounds on Thursday, August 21, 1884, no-hit the Wilmington Quicksteps through eight innings and held a 12-1 lead when the game was called by consent. In 1991, MLB’s Committee for Statistical Accuracy established the first official definition of a no-hitter that required a full nine innings, knocking Geggus’ performance and nearly 50 more off the record books.