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.