Negro Leagues star Bill Drake threw a no-hitter for the All Nations barnstorming team, 98 years ago today.
On September 4, 1922 at Nelson Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Drake held the Sioux Falls Soos hitless en route to a 4-0 victory. Clarence Nelson took the loss for Sioux Falls.
Drake, pitching two years later for the Kansas City Monarchs, helped the Monarchs capture the 1924 Colored World crown over Hilldale 5 games to 4 with one tie. The Monarchs also reached the 1925 World Series but were beaten in that series by Hilldale 5 games to 1. Drake was 0-3 in his series starts those years.
The Sioux Falls Soos, who played in the Class D Dakota League, posted a 55-42 record in 1922.