Steve Barber, threw 8 2/3 innings of a no-hit loss, born 80 years ago today

Steve Barber
Steve Barber
Steve Barber, who threw 8⅔ innings of a 9-inning no-hit loss in 1967, was born 80 years ago today.

On Sunday, April 30, 1967, during the first game of doubleheader at Memorial Stadium, Barber held the Detroit Tigers hitless through eight innings despite struggling with his control. He entered the ninth with a 1-0 lead, but that’s when the wheels came off.

Two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error tied the game without a hit, and Orioles manager Hank Bauer yanked Barber from the game with two out after he issued his 10th walk. Stu Miller took over and he enticed what seemed like a ground out, but second baseman Mark Belanger dropped Luis Aparicio’s throw and the Tigers had a 2-1 lead, still without a hit.

The Orioles went down 1-2-3, and Barber/Miller duplicated a feat reached only by the Houston Colt .45’s Ken Johnson — a 9-inning, no-hit loss.

Happy birthday Burt Hooton, threw ’72 no-no in fourth start

Happy 68th birthday to Burt Hooton, who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in just his fourth major-league start.

Hooton was just 22 when he tossed the April 16, 1972 no-no at Wrigley Field, leading the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hooton walked seven and struck out seven, and, according to the AP, a 16-mph wind blowing in helped keep the ball in the park for the Texas right-hander.

Cubs shortstop Don Kessinger saved the no-no in the third with a leaping catch of a Denny Doyle line drive, and outfielder Rick Monday snagged a Luzinski line drive at the left-center field wall in the seventh to keep it intact.

Happy 40th birthday Devern Hansack, threw 5-inning, rain-shortened no-no in ’06

Devern Hasack (Hey Devern, Game is Over! by Eric Kilby licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Devern Hasack by Eric Kilby licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Happy 40th birthday to Devern Hansack, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2006.

Major League Baseball’s committee for statistical accuracy had already determined that rain-shortened no-nos were not official no-hitters, but Hansack made the most of his October 1, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season. He no-hit the O’s for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead. Umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain.

You can find the full list of such “close but no cigar” outings on our No-hitters not officially recognized page.

Hansack’s no-no was one of his three career starts in the majors, as he appeared in just nine major league games between 2006-2008 while compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.

“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor born 102 years ago today

"Schoolboy" Johnny Taylor
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor, who no-hit Satchel Paige’s Dominican All-Stars in 1937, was born 102 years ago today.

Taylor, a New York Cubans pitcher, was representing the Negro All-Star Team on Sunday, September 19, 1937, during a benefit All-Star game at the Polo Grounds. Taylor held Paige’s team hitless and issued just two bases on balls. Paige allowed two runs on eight hits, with the damaging one coming on a two-run home run by Jim West in the eighth inning.

Taylor, a native of Hartford, holds the Connecticut state record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. In his final high school game in 1933, Taylor fanned 25 batters in a game on June 2, 1933, Taylor, according to the Hartford Courant.

Happy 34th birthday to Ubaldo Jimenéz, threw Rockies’ only no-hitter

jimenezjerseyHappy 34th birthday to the Ubaldo Jimenéz, who tossed the only Colorado Rockies no-hitter in 2010.

Jiménez, a current free agent who spent the past four seasons with the Orioles, no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Turner Field. Jiménez struck out seven and walked six.

Jiménez in 2015 became the only pitcher I can remember (other than Babe Ruth in 1917 after one batter) being ejected while pitching a no-hitter. On April 17, 2015, home plate umpire Jordan Baker tossed Jiménez after he hit Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball. Baker surmised that the fourth-inning pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game. In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.

Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.

Also celebrating a no-no birthday is Jim Jay Hughes, who threw a no-hitter for the National League’s Baltimore Orioles on April 22, 1898 against the Boston Beaneaters. It was thrown on the same day that the Cincinnati Reds’ Ted Breitenstein tossed a no-no against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park — the first of just two same-day no-nos in major league history.

Baltimore Orioles franchise that became the Yankees relocated to New York, 115 years ago today

George Mogridge threw the New York Yankees' first no-hitter in 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
George Mogridge threw the New York Yankees’ first no-hitter in 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
The Baltimore Orioles franchise that would eventually become known as the New York Yankees moved to Manhattan, 115 years ago today.

The Orioles, a charter franchise of the American League in 1901, posted a 68-65 record that year but slipped to 50-88 in the 1902 season. The Orioles had been wrought with financial problems, but on Jan. 8, 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the club for $18,000 and moved the team to Manhattan to become the New York Highlanders.

The Highlanders played their games at Hilltop Park until 1913, when the the team moved to the Polo Grounds. The nickname “Yankees,” which had started appearing in newspaper columns, was officially adopted in 1913.

George Mogridge threw the Yankees’ first no-hitter in 1917 at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Yankees moved to the Bronx in 1922 to play ball in the newly built Yankee Stadium, but it would be 16 years before the House That Ruth Built would see its first Yankees no-no (“Sad” Sam Jones threw his 1923 no-no against the Philadelphia Athletics on the road at Shibe Park). The entire list of Yankees no-hitters can be viewed here.

‘Catfish’ signs with Yankees, 43 years ago today

Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who threw a 1968 perfect game for the Oakland Athletics, became the highest paid MLB player, 43 years ago today.

On Dec. 31, 1974, the New York Yankees signed Hunter to a five-year $3.7 million contract, putting the 28-year-old right-hander in a salary league of his own.

Hunter, who spent 10 seasons with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, threw a 4-0 perfecto against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, May 8, 1968, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Happy 82nd birthday Sandy Koufax

Wishing a happy 82nd birthday to Sandy Koufax, who tossed four no-hitters — one of them perfect — for the 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Brooklyn-born southpaw pitched his no-nos in consecutive years from 1962-’65, culminating with a perfecto over the Chicago Cubs in ’65. The Cubs played nearly 50 years until they were no-hit again, when Cole Hamels tossed a no-no at Wrigley on July 25, 2015.

1 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, June 30, 1962
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His first of four no-hitters)
2 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His second of four no-hitters)
3 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 4, 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His third of four no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller.. Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965.)
4 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1965
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game, his fourth of four no-hitters setting a new major league record, breaking the previous mark of three shared between him, Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller. The record would be tied by Nolan Ryan in 1975 and broken in 1981.)

Here are some Koufax highlights:

Happy birthday Kevin Millwood

Happy 43rd birthday to Kevin Millwood, who threw a no-hitter in 2003 for the Philadelphia Phillies.

At Veterans Stadium on Sunday, April 27, 2003, Millwood no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 1-0 win. The Phillies were able to notch just four hits in the game, scoring their only run in the first inning on a Ricky Ledee homer. Millwood struck out 10 and walked three on the day.

On June 8, 2012, while pitching for the Seattle Mariners, Millwood pitched six innings of a combined no-hitter at Safeco Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Finishing the effort were Charlie Furbush (⅔ inn.), Stephen Pryor (⅓ inn.), Lucas Luetge (⅓ inn.), Brandon League (⅔ inn) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1 inn.).

Millwood retired after the 2012 season, winning 169 games over a 16-year career.

Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg dies

Dick EnbergLegendary Major League Baseball broadcaster Dick Enberg died Thursday at the age of 82.

Enberg had called San Diego Padres games for the past seven years before retiring at the end of the 2017 season.

Enberg was a big fan of the no-hitter, saying in his 2004 autobiography Dick Enberg: Oh My! that there’s no more dramatic sports event for a play-by-play man.

“It all builds and builds with each pitch to the ultimate climax,” he wrote. “The payoff is so enormous and unlikely that the final out is major league ecstasy.”

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