Charlie Ferguson threw the first no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, 135 years ago today.
Ferguson, pitching for the Philadelphia Quakers on Saturday, August 29, 1885, at home at Recreation Park, no-hit the National League’s Providence Grays for a 1-0 win. The Reading Times noted a rivalry between the Quakers’ pitchers Ferguson and Ed Daily, who held Providence to two hits the day before.
“Both are doing remarkably fine work just at present,” the paper noted, “but Ferguson’s achievement Saturday of retiring the Providence club without a hit ranks as first.”
The two hurlers pitched quite similarly over the 1885 season. Ferguson posted a 26-20 record with a 2.22 ERA, while Daily notched a 26-23 record with a 2.21 ERA.