Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, 74 years ago today

On the night of June 15, 1938, the Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer became the only pitcher in history to throw no-hitters in back to back starts. His record remains standing nearly three-quarters of a century later.

The Midland Park, N.J.-born southpaw struck out 7 but walked 8, as the Reds topped the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-0 in front of a sell-out crowd of 48,000 during the first-ever night game played at Ebbets Field.

Four days earlier, at the Reds’ Crosley Field, Vander Meer held the Boston Bees hitless through 9 during a 3-0 victory, striking out four and walking three in the effort.

In Vander Meer’s next start after the no-nos, the lefty went the distance but gave up 4 hits during a 14-1 rout of the Bees.

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