July 13, 1852

Birthday of George “Grin” Bradley. On July 15, 1876 he threw the first no-hit, no run game in major league history. Pitching for the St. Louis Brown Stockings that year, he completed 63 of the team’s 64 games. He won 45 of them and ended the season with a 1.23 e.r.a. His 16 shutouts that year set a record that has never been broken.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.