Miller: Introducing a new kind of no-hitter

From Sam Miller at on May 29, 2019:

What we know about professional baseball’s first no-hitter could fill a paragraph: It was thrown in 1875 by Philadelphia’s Joe Borden, who was pitching under a pseudonym so his family wouldn’t find out. It was performed before a small crowd under “threatening” weather. Borden (aka Joe Nedrob, aka Joe Josephs) defeated Chicago 4-0. The game took 100 minutes.

What we know about baseball’s latest no-hitter, by contrast, could fill several laptops. We know practically everything, from the spin rate on Mike Fiers’ first pitch (2,139 revolutions per minute, coming 88 mph out of his hand) to the size of the coffee mugs at Café Jolie, where the Oakland Athletics right-hander took his no-hitter-saving center fielder, Ramon Laureano, for breakfast the next day.

We are humans, and we are curious, and we always want to know more. Ideally, we want to know everything that happened, and even everything that could have happened.

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Originally published: May 30, 2019. Last Updated: May 30, 2019.