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Double No-Hit: Johnny Vander Meer's Historic Night Under the Lights


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The average pitcher has about a .000645 chance of throwing a no-hitter. In the spring of 1938, Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Johnny Vander Meer pitched two, back to back. The feat has never been duplicated, which comes as no surprise to sports professionals and aficionados alike. Decade after decade, in one poll after another (from Sport magazine, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN),Vander Meers consecutive no-hitters turn up as one of baseballs greatest and most untouchable achievements.

Double No-Hit offers an inning-by-inning account of that historic second consecutive no-hitter accomplished during the first night game in New York City, with the Cincinnati Reds facing the Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbets Field. James W. Johnson sets the stage and assembles the colorful cast of characters. Highlighting the story with recollections and observations from owners, managers, and players past and present, he fills in the details of Vander Meers accomplishment—and his baseball career, which never lived up to expectations heightened by his sensational performance. In the end, Double No-Hit brings to life a bygone era of the national pastime and one shining spring night, June 15, 1938, when a twenty-two-year-old fireballing left-hander with lousy control pitched his way into the top tier of baseballs record book.

About the Author

James W. Johnson, professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Arizona, is the author of several books including The Dandy Dons and The Wow Boys, both available in Bison Books editions.

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Johnson, James W
University of Nebraska Press
Johnson, James W.
Baseball - History
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
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1 appendix
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