Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15,1938: Johnny Vander Meer



On this day in 1938, Johnny Vander Meer became the only pitcher in baseball history to throw two back-to-back no-hitters:
 "On June 11th at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Vander Meer walked three while striking out four and allowing no hits against the Boston Bees.
No Boston player even made it past first base. Four days later in Brooklyn, he was a little less steady.
He walked eight and struck out seven in the very first night game at Ebbets Field.
He needed a little help from some spectacular plays by his teammates and almost ended the streak himself when he walked the bases full in the ninth, but a well placed pop up by Leo Durocher ended the threat."
Vander Meer went on to play 13 seasons with a 119-121 record.     He won 49 games and led the NL in strikeouts over a 3-year span before going off to World War II in 1944-45.  
His record of back to back no hitters will be very difficult to match or break.    


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