Quiz: Homer & the Chief — SOLVED

In the wake of Homer Bailey‘s big contract … Since 1916, what feat is shared by only Bailey and Allie Reynolds?

(My quizzes have often given too much info up front. Not this time!)

Congratulations to Bix and Jim! Both correctly answered that Allie Reynolds and Homer Bailey are the only pitchers from 1916-2013 with at least two no-hitters in which the opposing starting pitcher had already thrown a no-hitter or would do so in the future.

In fact, Reynolds and Bailey both had one of each:

  • On July 12, 1951, Reynolds defeated Bob Feller, 1-0, behind Gene Woodling’s 7th-inning home run. Feller had already thrown all three of his no-hitters, including the previous one in the majors, just 11 days earlier. (In the nightcap of that Feller no-no, Bob Chakales held Detroit to 4 hits for his only career shutout.)
  • Then, on Sept. 28, 1951, Reynolds held the Red Sox hitless and bested Mel Parnell, as the Yankees clinched a share of their third straight pennant (they’d lock it up in the nightcap). Parnell got his no-hitter about five years later, in his final season.
  • On September 28, 2012, Bailey no-hit Pittsburgh, nursing a 1-0 lead all the way from the top of the 1st inning to beat A.J. Burnett. It was the first no-hitter against the Bucs since Bob Gibson in 1971, and it sealed their 20th straight non-winning season. Eleven years earlier, Burnett had no-hit the Padres, setting a searchable record of 9 walks in a regulation-no-hitter (he also hit a man).
  • Then, on July 2, 2013, Bailey turned the trick on San Francisco and Tim Lincecum. Eleven days later, The Freak flung 148 pitches and no-hit the Padres.

Incidentally, none of the seven pitchers whom Nolan Ryan defeated in his no-hitters ever threw one themselves.

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Bix
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They both threw no-hitters on a September 28 (1951 for Reynolds, 2012 for Bailey).

bstar
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Oddly, Nolan Ryan has a no-hitter on Sept. 28 also (1974).

Richard Chester
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It could be that they are the only pitchers with a no-hitter and a 1-0 win on Sept. 28.

Doug
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I think I’ve got it. In his first no-hitter, Reynolds defeated the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter (Bob Feller). In his second no-hitter, Bailey defeated the next pitcher to throw a no-hitter (Tim Lincecum). In both cases, the proximate no-hitters were separated by 11 days. If that’s it, I’ll leave John to somehow put that into an intelligible sentence. My attempt would go something like: “Reynolds and Bailey are the only pitchers since 1916 to record two no-hitters in a contiguous period in which no other no-hitters were pitched (i.e. “consecutive”), including one in which the defeated pitcher had… Read more »
James Smyth
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Side note: Pitchers that were opposing starter in a no-hitter, then pitched the next one 1883 – Hugh Daily and the Cleveland Blues were no-hit by Old Hoss Radbourn, then he no-hit the Phillies two months later 1906 – Mal Eason and the Brooklyn Superbas were no-hit by Johnny Lush and two months later he threw a no-no vs. the Cardinals 1947 – Bill McCahan of the A’s was on the wrong end of Don Black’s no-hitter, but two months later he threw one of his own against the Senators 2013 – Bailey no-hit Lincecum and the Giants, Timmy threw… Read more »
Jim
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They’re the only two major leaguers who have never been in my kitchen.

Richard Chester
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The second of their no-hitters came 18 game appearances after their first no-hitters.

Mike L
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Looking at the wrong thing. We should be looking at the four no hitters thrown in 1916. Tom Hughes, Rube Foster, Joe Bush, and Dutch Leonard

Bix
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They have both thrown 2 no-hitters. In each one, they pitcher they defeated has ALSO thrown a no-hitter. Bailey beat Lincecum and Burnett. Reynolds beat Parnell and Feller.

Jim
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Are they the only ones to throw multiple no-hitters against starters who also had thrown or would throw no-hitters?

Michael Sullivan
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So now that the quiz is solved… I’m wondering about this contract. The good here is that it’s only 6 years and he’s still fairly young, so good chace he’ll be in his prime for the whole thing, barring injury. That said, while he’s had two solid years, he’s done nothing to suggest he’s on an all-star path, and 17.5m/year seems like an awful lot of money for a guy who looks like he’s probably not going to be ace level. Even if we figure his career is still on an upward trajectory, I think it’s very optimistic to figure… Read more »
Baltimorechop
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Reds fan here. I think we overpaid because Cincy has trouble attracting free agents. Poor decision IMO.

DaveR
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Oddly, both Parnell and Feller no-hit the White Sox, and Burnett and Lincecum no-hit San Diego.

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