Sweet Sixteen: The No – Hitter History Of The Cincinnati Reds

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Saturday July 13th, 2013

Homer Bailey took a long time to fulfill expectations in the Reds Starting Lineup.  At age 27, he has now thrown 2 No hitters in under a calendar year.  Bailey has a Career Record of 43 - 40, with a 4.38, but has hovered around a 3.70 ERA over the last 2 years.  In a team filled with history - including the only man ever to throw back to back no hitters (Johnny Vandermeer) - he has put his name up on that mantle.

Homer Bailey took a long time to fulfill expectations in the Reds Starting Pitching Rotation. At age 27, he has now thrown 2 No hitters in under a calendar year. Bailey has a Career Record of 43 – 40, with a 4.38, but has hovered around a 3.70 ERA over the last 2 years. In a team filled with a deep no – hitter history – including the only man ever to throw back to back no hitters (Johnny Vander Meer) – he has put his name up on that mantle.

By Matt Steinmann ( MLB Reports Reds Correspondent)

The No-Hitter is a very special moment for any pitcher, any fanbase, and of course any franchise in baseball. It’s a rare feat; only 280 of them have been pitched since 1875, with 23 of them being Perfect Games.

Nolan Ryan’s 7 career No-Hitters is the Major League record, and he is one of 31 players in Major League history to throw more than one.

In 1991, the No-Hitter was officially defined by MLB’s Committee For Statistical Accuracy as follows: “An official no-hit game occurs when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings.”

This definition took off the books many previously recognized No-Hitters that failed to meet the definition.

Homer Bailey No Hitter 2013

In this article are the 16 no - hitters the Reds Pitchers have authored in the teams history

In this article are the 16 no – hitters the Reds Pitchers have authored in the teams history


Bumpus JonesOctober 15, 1892: In his first big league start which also happened to be the final game of the 1892 season, Jones No-Hit the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1.

He gave up 4 walks, and an error, which led to the only Pirates run. Jones made a total of 8 appearances in his brief big league career, and ended up with an ERA of 7.99.


Ted BreitensteinApril 22, 1898: Breistenstein was sold to the Reds following the 1896 season from the St. Louis Browns, a team in which he pitched a No-Hitter for in 1891, against the Louisville Colonels.

After coming off a 30 loss and 26 loss season, he was able to rebound, winning 23 and 20 games for the Reds in his first two seasons respectively.

The Left Hander’s second career No-Hitter came for the Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an 11-0 victory.

He not only became the first Reds Lefty to pitch a No-Hitter, this was also the first time in Major League history two pitchers pitched a No-Hitter on the same day, as Jay Hughes of the Baltimore Orioles joined him in the milestone.



Noodles HahnJuly 12, 1900: Hahn pitched the only No-Hitter of the 1900 season against the Philadelphia Phillies, and became the second Reds Left Hander to pitch one in franchise history.

Hahn ended up throwing 311 innings that season, led the league in Strike Outs with 132, but only had a 16-20 record with a 3.27 ERA.



Fred ToneyMay 2, 1917: In what was deemed a Double No-Hitter at the time, Right Hander Toney, and Chicago Cubs pitcher, Hippo Vaughn, both dueled 9 hitless innings at Wrigley Field (then known as WeegmanPark).

In the top of the 10th, the Reds got a couple of hits and finally scored a run, and Toney finished the job and the 10 inning No-Hitter.

Vaughn’s No-Hitter has since been overturned because of the current scoring rules invoked in 1991, but it’s still the only Major League game to ever go 9 No-Hit innings by opposing pitchers.


Hod EllerMay 11, 1919: The 1919 Season will always be remembered in baseball history for the Black Sox Scandal, but the World Champion Cincinnati Reds think differently.

Right Hander Hod Eller’s No-Hitter came against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he Walked 3 and Struck Out 8, and was the benefactor of a Double Play.

That season he went on to win 19 games with an ERA of 2.36, and pitched 2 Complete Games in the World Series.

Vander Meer

Johnny Vander MeerJune 11, 1938 & June 15, 1938: In front a sparse crowd of just over 10,000 at Crosley Field, Left Hander Johnny Vander Meer in a 3-0 win, No-Hit the Boston Bees.

Vander Meer walked 3 and Struck Out 4 in the game, but many fans didn’t realize what he had done at the time because the Hits column on the Scoreboard was not working.

In his next start, in front of a crowd of 38,748 during the first night game at Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field, everybody learned the name Johnny Vander Meer as he made history.

Although he Walked 8, and Struck Out 7, he became the first and only Major Leaguer to pitch back-to-back No Hitters, in a 6-0 victory.


Clyde Shoun – May 15, 1944: In a 1-0 victory over the Boston Braves, Left Hander Shoun Struck Out only 1, and gave up 1 walk to the opposing Pitcher, Jim Tobin, in his bid for a No-Hitter.

Tobin had himself pitched a No-Hitter 18 days prior. In the game, Shoun helped himself by getting 2 Hits.



Ewell BlackwellJune 18, 1947: The Boston Braves fell victim again to a crafty Reds pitcher when Right Hander Blackwell No-Hit them 6-0 while Striking Out 3, and Walking 4.

However, history was almost repeated in his next start against the Brooklyn Dodgers, when he went 8.1 Innings of No-Hit ball before having it broken up by Brooklyn Second Baseman Eddie Stanky.

Blackwell took out his frustration in a verbal tirade against Jackie Robinson, who came to the plate next.

Maloney 1 

Jim MaloneyAugust 19, 1965Right Hander Maloney pitched 9 hitless innings on June 14, 1965, which led to a 10th scoreless, and finally in the 11th, he gave up a Home Run and suffered a 1-0 loss.

This game was on the books as a No-Hitter, until the 1991 official scoring changes. His official No-Hitter came just over 2 months later at Wrigley Field, and took 10 innings.

This time, in a 1-0 victory, Maloney sealed the deal with 12 Strike Outs, 10 Walks, and 1 Hit Batter. This was the first official No-Hitter that went over 9 innings in Major League History.


George CulverJuly 29, 1968: In a gutsy performance during the second game of a Double Header in Philadelphia, Right Handed Culver managed to seal his No-Hitter bid despite facing 34 Batters.

4 Walks, 2 Errors, a Catcher’s Interference and a run later, Culver was in the Reds history books with a 6-1 win.

Maloney 2

Jim Maloney – April 30, 1969: Maloney became the second Reds Pitcher to accomplish a second No-Hitter in a 10-0 whooping against the Astros at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. In the game he Struck Out 13 and Walked 5.

The next day, Don Wilson of the Astros returned the favor, No-Hitting the Reds 4-0. The duo was the second to accomplish this feat in Major League history, joining Gaylord Perry and Ray Washburn who did it in 1968.


Tom SeaverJune 16, 1978: As a member of the New York Mets, Seaver had pitched 5 One-Hitters, which includes 2 No-Hitters broken up in the 9th inning.

He finally got over the hump against the St. Louis Cardinals, at Riverfront Stadium, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. In the 4-0 win, Right Handed Seaver Walked 3 and Struck Out 3.

As a member of the Reds, Seaver went 75-46 and led Cincinnati to a Western Division Championship in 1979, and along with Mario Soto, led them to the best record in baseball in the 1981 strike shortened season.

Seaver also finished a close second in the 1981 Cy Young voting behind Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Tom BrowningSeptember 16, 1988: Perfection comes in many packages. It was a rain soaked night at Riverfront Stadium, far from perfect baseball weather, but almost 3 hours later, baseball was played, and history was made.

The fans that stuck around seem to grow in numbers with each passing year, but the result is still the same. A perfect game. 102 pitches, 72 for Strikes, no 3 Ball counts on any hitter, and a 1-0 perfect victory for the Reds Left Hander.

It was the first, and to this day, only Perfect Game in Reds history and only the 12th in Major League history. On July 4th 1989, Browning took a Perfect Game into the 9th inning against the Phillies, but it was broken up on a leadoff Single.

 Homer Bailey

Homer BaileySeptember 28, 2012 & July 2, 2013: The newly crowned 2012 NL Central Champion Reds took a trip into Pittsburgh, basically finishing out the string to get ready for Postseason play.

For one night anyway, that was put on hold as Right Hander Homer Bailey became the first Reds pitcher since Tom Browning to whirl a No-Hitter.

In the 1-0 game, Bailey Struck Out 10, Walked 1, and was the victim of a Scott Rolen error at Third Base.

It was the final No-Hitter thrown of the 2012 Season. Fast forward 10 months, and 17 starts, and Bailey did something that hadn’t been done since his idol, Nolan Ryan.

He pitched the first No-Hitter of the next season, and became the third Reds Pitcher to pitch more than one No-Hitter. In a near-Perfect endeavor, Bailey walked 1 batter in the 7th Inning, while Striking Out 9.

Homer Bailey’s 2012 No Hitter

Before Homer Bailey recently threw 2 consecutive no - hitters in the MLB., the last guy to do it was Nolan Ryan.

Before Homer Bailey recently threw 2 consecutive no – hitters in the MLB., the last guy to do it was Nolan Ryan.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to Matt Steinmann for preparing today’s featured article. Matt was born and raised in Cincinnati, and has been a Reds fan his entire life, along with the Bengals and the UC Bearcats. His first baseball memory was watching Pete Rose hit #4192 with his Dad and grandparents when he was 5 years old.

He didn’t quite understand exactly the significance of it at the time, but it’s always stuck with him, and his love and wanting to learn about the game grew from there. Matt considers himself lucky that he was able to watch Barry Larkin play his entire Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati, so he goes down as his favorite player.

Matt currently works for 700WLW radio, the Cincinnati Reds flagship station, as the producer for the early morning show. Feel free to follow Matt on Twitter and talk the game of baseball 

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