Bjarkman: The late Virgil Trucks and remarkable no-hitter feats

From SABR member Peter C. Bjarkman at on March 27, 2013:

My recent reminiscences (on my Facebook page) regarding the remarkable 1952 season of the recently deceased Virgil “Fire” Trucks drew some interesting responses that perhaps merit repeating here (for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook).

One of my childhood favorites, Trucks pitched a pair of no-hit, no-run games for the Detroit Tigers during the 1952 American League season; the first came on May 15 versus the Washington Senators and the second on August 25 against the New York Yankees (both by 1-0 scores). The truly remarkable feat here is that the Detroit Tigers managed to lose 104 games that season and Trucks posted a mere 5-19 record for the campaign.

This raises the intriguing question: what other pitcher in baseball history (chose your league and era) can boast 40% of his season’s victories as no-hit masterpieces?

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Originally published: March 27, 2013. Last Updated: March 27, 2013.