Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Johnny VanDer Meer Lives!

There's been six (6) no-hitters already tossed in the 2021 big league baseball season, and that's not including the 7 inning no-no tossed by the Diamondbacks Madison Bumgarner on April 24th.

If Im feeling well, I always go to Twitter on the pitchers first start after a no-no, and, as soon as that pitcher hives up a base hit, I immediately tweet out "Johnny VanDer Meer Lives!," in honor of the only pitcher to toss back to back no hitters.

👉 In 2021, I'm pretty sure VanDer Meer isn't known by 90% of fans and ballplayers combined.

After the Tigers Spencer Turnbull threw his no-hitter against the Mariners just a week ago tonight in Seattle, broadcaster Jack Morris asked Spencer if he knew who Van Der Meer was...and, of course, he didn't.

John Samuel VanDer Meer broke into the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds on April 22, 1937 against the Cardinals, was part of the Reds 1939 & 1940 National League Championship teams ('40 WS Champ), was a 4 time N.L. All-Star, and won 119 games, however, he's always gonna be known as "Double No-Hit."

For me, VanDer Meer should be more celebrated about something that is certain (99.9%) to never happen again.

🐯⚾ Being a Detroit Tigers fan, In gonna go out on a limb and say that Casey Mize will throw a no-hitter one day, and, although he's not up in the big leagues, look for Matt Manning to toss a no-no in his Tigers career. 

🤔 Who's a pitcher from your favorite team that you think will throw a no-hitter?

Thanks for taking time to check out this post, I'm much appreciative.

Have a great after hump day week. 

Play BALL! ⭕⭕⭕⭕⭕⭕


  1. No-hitters are weird. Steve Carlton never threw one at the major league level. Greg Maddux never did. But A.J. Burnett did. Terry Mulholland did.

    1. Phillip Humber threw a perfect game. (So, really, did Armando Galarraga.)

      As for the pitcher from my team I think will throw a no-hitter, I have to go with deGrom. But with our luck with it Zach Wheeler will throw one for the Phillies before we get another one.

  2. A's - I don't even have an educated guess... so I'll just guess Sean Manaea.

    Padres - Yu Darvish

  3. Aside from a couple of names (Aaron, Ruth, Jackie, etc.), I'm guessing that not too many kids playing today know about too many guys that played say twenty years ago or more.