Saturday, October 15, 2011

On This Day in Reds History: No-Hit Wonder?

October 15th, 1892 - On the last day of the season, Redlegs pitcher Charles "Bumpus" Jones tosses the first no-hitter in franchise history with a 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh. Amazingly enough, it was also the major league debut for the Xenia, Ohio native.

The likelihood that Jones would become the first hurler in club history to achieve the rare feat was as improbable at the time as the Earth was to being flat.

The day before Bumpus made his start, he walked into the clubhouse pleading for an opportunity to prove himself as a big league pitcher. The 22-year old had (up unto that point) spent the entire year in the low minors. Manager Charlie Comiskey was so compelled by the boldness of the youngster that he decided to give him his chance on the following day. The rest is history.

Jones' no-hit performance earned him a roster spot on the 1893 squad and he even started the season opener. However, the clock struck midnight on the Cinderella story as the right-hander exited the game with a strained shoulder after just one inning.

He would go on to appear in only seven more big league games after that -- finishing his career with a 2-4 record and a 7.99 ERA. Although his time in the big leagues was short-lived, he will forever be remembered in the record books as the first Cincinnati Red to toss a no-hitter -- and there's no shame in that.

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