On This Day in Baseball History May 12, 1955: Chicago Cubs starter Sam “Toothpick” Jones becomes the first black pitcher to throw a no-hitter in MLB History. Jones no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 4-0 at Wrigley Field. The achievement did not come without a little drama.
Going into the top of the ninth, Jones made things a little difficult for himself by walking the first three batters he faced with the trio Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Thomas looming in the lineup. Jones hunkered down and struck out Groat, Clemente and Thomas to win the game.
It would be the first Chicago Cub no-hitter since Jimmy Lavendar no-hit the New York Giants on August 31, 1915. Jones’ no-no was the first no-hitter in Wrigley Field since the double no-hitter of 1917 that saw Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and Jim Vaughn throw 10-no hit innings each against each other on May 2, 1917 before sports legend Jim Thorpe broke up Vaughn’s no-no in the 10th inning.
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