Elliott: James Paxton’s no-hitter stands alone

From SABR member Bob Elliott at the Canadian Baseball Network on May 9, 2018:

A month before last Christmas, James Paxton’s mom walked into The Sport Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver looking to buy a picture of her son’s favourite pitcher, Andy Pettitte.

How many mothers of Canadian youngsters will enter stores this shopping season seeking pictures of Paxton? The Ladner, B.C. native, nicknamed “Big Maple,” became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter on Canadian soil, blanking the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on 99 pitches at the Rogers Centre Tuesday.

Toronto’s Dick Fowler was the other Canadian to pitch a no-no on Sept. 9, 1945. Pitching for the Philadelphia A’s, Fowler held the St. Louis Browns hitless for nine innings. Yet, he wasn’t a winner until Hal Peck tripled and Irv Hall singled for the 1-0, walk-off win.

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Originally published: May 10, 2018. Last Updated: May 10, 2018.