Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17, 1924: Jesse Haines No Hits The Braves In St. Louis

On July 17, 1924, in a 5-0 win over the Boston Braves at Sportsman's Park, Jesse Haines fired just the second no hitter in the history of the Cardinals organization. Ted Breitenstein was the first to achieve the feat in 1891, one year before the team joined the National League, and before they were even called the Cardinals so Haines has the distinction of being the first Cardinal to toss a no no. A crowd of more than 13,000 watched Haines set down batter after batter, he walked 3 men and he struck out 5 as he frustrated the club from Boston. In the ninth inning Haines retired Gus Felix with a fly out to right fielder Jack Smith, then set Bill Cunningham down with a pop up to the shortstop Jimmy Cooney, before joining the no no club when Casey Stengel grounded out to Rogers Hornsby at second. After making one appearance for the Reds in 1918, Haines found a place in Cardinal Nation in 1920, he spent the next 18 years in St. Louis as he forged a Hall of Fame career. The guy that everyone called Pop won 210 games as a Cardinal, he is second on the all time list for wins by a Cardinals pitcher behind Bob Gibson's 251. He won 20 or more games, three times and was a member of  the 1926, 1931, and 1934 World Championship teams. The knuckleballer found his way into Cooperstown in 1970, 8 years before he passed away.

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