Happy birthday, Tom Seaver

Happy 73rd birthday to Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets.

Tom Terrific finally got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

Roy Halladay, 2nd pitcher to throw post-season no-hitter, killed in small plane crash

Roy Halladay, the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the MLB post-season, was killed Tuesday when the plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida. He was 40.

Authorities say the single-engine ICON A5 crashed about noon Tuesday. The Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit found Halladay’s body and no other survivors, according to MLB.com. It is not yet known if he was carrying any passengers.

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.

The Phillies released a statement saying they are numb over the tragic news.

“There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game,” the team said. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”

Birthday wishes for Walter Johnson, John Candelaria

John Candelaria
John Candelaria
Walter Johnson, a 400+ game winner who threw a 1920 no-hitter for the Washington Senators, was born 130 years ago today.

Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 1, 1920, for a 1-0 victory. He finished out a 21-year Hall of Fame career with a record of 417-279.

Also born on this day is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Candelaria, who threw a no-hitter in 1976. The “Candy Man,” who turns 64 today, no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium on Monday, August 9, 1976 for a 2-0 win. Wishing him a happy 64th birthday!

Jim Bibby, threw first Rangers no-hitter, born 73 years ago today

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Today would be the 73rd birthday of Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.

Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run but never appeared in a game.

Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.

Misch throws no-hitter in Taiwan Series Game 7, 2 years ago today

Former New York Mets pitcher Pat Misch threw a no-hitter for the Lamigo Monkeys in Game 7 of the Taiwan Series, two years ago today.

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium, Misch no-hit the Chinatrust Brothers for an 11-0 victory. Misch faced the minimum 27 batters and threw 99 pitches, with his only blemish being a fifth-inning walk issued to Chinatrust first baseman Peng Cheng-min. Misch struck out seven.

The win earned the Monkeys the 2015 Chinese Professional Baseball League Championship.

Misch’s last MLB appearance was for the Mets in 2011. He has since bounced between the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers franchise.

125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones’ debut no-hitter

Bumpus Jones
Bumpus Jones
Today is the 125th anniversary of Bumpus Jones’ debut no-hitter.

Charles Leander “Bumpus” Jones made his major-league debut for the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, October 15, 1892, and made the most of it, no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates at League Park for a 7-1 win.

Reds player-manager Charles Comiskey, who had watched Jones pitch well in an 1892 exhibition, gave Jones the opportunity to pitch Cincinnati’s final game of the ’92 season. Two pitchers – Ted Breitenstein and Alva “Bobo” Holloman – have thrown no-hitters in their first major league starts, but only Jones did so in his first major league appearance.

The Boston Red Sox’s Bill Rohr came within one strike of the feat in 1967.

Rohr made his major league debut against New York at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 1967, and reached the ninth inning without allowing a hit. (He had allowed six base runners to reach on five walks and one on an error.)

Tom Tresh led off the ninth inning by hitting a fly ball to left, and Carl Yastrzemski saved the day with a diving catch. After Joe Pepitone flied out to right for the second out, Rohr served up a 3-2 flat curve to Elston Howard and Howard lined it to right center for a single. Rohr got Charley Smith to fly out to right to complete the 3-0 complete-game one-hitter.

Rohr took it in stride.

“It would have been nice to have a no-hitter, but it’s awfully nice to be 1-0 in the big leagues,” he said after the game.

Rohr made just 26 more appearances in the majors (seven of those as starts) with his last for the Cleveland Indians in 1968. He played out his final three years in the minors before retiring with an MLB 3-3 record.

Happy 141st birthday, Rube Waddell

Happy birthday to the Hall of Famer Rube Waddell, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter in 1905.

Waddell, throwing for the Philadephia Athletics, no-hit the St. Louis Browns for five innings at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park on Tuesday, August 15, 190.5 before the game was called with a 2-0 score.

Waddell and Jim Dygert are also listed in the unofficial record books of throwing a combined five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the White Sox in 1906, though nearly every box score I’ve found lists it as a one-hitter.

Dygert got the start for the A’s at Columbia Park on Wednesday, August 29, 1906, but Dygert was pulled after 3 innings with a no-no intact and replaced with Waddell. Rube threw two no-hit innings before the game was called with a 4-3 score.

Columbus’ Gastright tosses 8-inning no-hitter vs. Toledo, 127 years ago today

The Colombus Solons’ Hank Gastright threw an eight-inning no-hitter 127 years ago today, but the accomplishment is not considered an official no-no as the game was called due to darkness.

During a Sunday, October 12, 1890, American Association match-up in front of 4,000 fans at Columbus’ Recreation Park, Gastright no-hit the Toledo Maumees for a 6-0 victory. The game was called after eight innings.

Gastright walked just one batter while striking out six, and Columbus committed one error.

Horiuchi hits three home in his own no-hitter, 50 years ago today

A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu's sanyonara home run no-no in '73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi's 3 homers during his '67 no-hitter.
A 2012 card by BBM honors Yutaka Enatsu’s sanyonara home run no-no in ’73 and Tsuneo Horiuchi’s 3 homers during his ’67 no-hitter.
The Yomiuri Giants’ Tsuneo Horiuchi hit three home runs while throwing a Japanese no-hitter, 50 years ago today.

On Tuesday, October 10, 1967, during a game at Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium against the Hiroshima Carp, Horiuchi blasted three home runs en route to an 11-0 win over the Carp.

The major leaguer who came the closest to duplicating the feet is the Philadelphia Phillies’ Rick Wise, who hit two homers during his 4-0 no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 23, 1971.

Only four other major league pitchers have hit single home runs while throwing a no-hitter: the Columbus Buckeyes’ Frank Mountain (1884), the Cleveland Indians’ Wes Ferrell (1931), the Boston Braves’ Jim Tobin (1944) and the Boston Red Sox’s Earl Wilson (1962).

Scherzer takes no-no into the 7th but Cubs top Nats to take lead in NLDS

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before losing his bid on a one-out double by the Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist. The Cubs won 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Divisional Series.

Jayson Werth barehanded Zobrist’s liner to left center from the Wrigley Field ivy, but Zobrist reached second safely on a headfirst slide just ahead of Werth’s throw. The Nationals went to the bullpen, and Sammy Solis gave up an RBI single to pinch hitter Albert Almora Jr. to tie the game at 1.

The Cubs scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Anthony Rizzo blooped a ball onto the outfield grass between Washington’s left fielder, center fielder and shortstop.

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