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VANCOUVER’S FIRST NO-HITTER

[Vancouver Province, June 19, 1908]

            Del Paddock, the handsome young Seattle youth who wears a Vancouver uniform, broke into the sacred ranks of the “no-hit, no-run” pitchers yesterday at Spokane, when he twirled the Beavers to victory over the Indians and incidentally blanked the league leaders without the slightest semblance of a safe bingle. A “no-hit, no run” game is the ambition of all twirlers, but not all of them succeed in accomplishing that feat. It is one of the rare performances of the game, though the present season has seen a number of no-hit games throughout the country. Last year there was only one game of the kind in the Northwestern League. This year, already, there have been four performances of this description—and the season is but two months old.

VANCOUVER

  AB

R

H

O

A

E

Donovan, lf

Mundroff, ss

Quigley, 2b

Hyatt, rf

Nordyke, 1b

Flannigan, cf

Arbogast, c

Snyder, 3b

Paddock, p

   TOTALS:

4

4

3

4

1

3

3

3

4

29

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

1

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

8

2

0

2

2

12

2

3

2

2

27

2

1

4

0

2

0

0

3

4

14

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

SPOKANE

AB

R

H

O

A

E

Hulen, 1b

Mackin, ss

Clynes, lf

James, 2b

Chandler, 3b

Kipper, cf

Stevens, rf

Rogers, c

Wright, p

   TOTALS:

4

4

3

3

2

3

3

3

3

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

1

1

5

1

3

0

3

1

27

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

6

1

12

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

   Score by innings:

Vancouver .. .. .. .. .. 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0—3

Spokane .. .. .. .. .. ..  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0

SUMMARY

Two-base hit—Quigley; three-base hit—Paddock; sacrifice hits—Nordyke, Flannigan, Snyder; stolen base—Arbogast; struck out—by Wright 5, by Paddock 3; bases on balls—off Wright 4, off Paddock 1; passed balls—Rogers 1, Arbogast 1; left on base—Vancouver 7, Spokane 2. Time of game, 1:23. Umpire, Frary.

            Vancouver fans saw the first no-hit game of the season, when Rasty Wright, the Spokane twirler, blanked the Beavers at Recreation Park on May 10. It will be noted that Wright was in the box for Spokane yesterday when Paddock pulled off the same feat, which helps some. “Dode” Brinker of Aberdeen got the second no-hit game, when he hung it on Tacoma a couple of weeks ago. Next time out, Dode was handed the bumps in proper fashion by the Beavers. Last week, Harry Rush of the Seattle team shut out Spokane without a hit, so that this is the second time this season the Indians have had to put over the time in this manner.

            Paddock is making his debut in professional baseball this summer and he is certainly making good, though early in the year manager Dickson was trying to convert Paddock into an outfielder because of his hitting. Paddock had an idea he was cut out for a twirler however and set himself right to prove himself. He mastered the spitball, the delivery which has made Engle so good, and he has a puzzling array of curves as well. Last week he lost the only game of the Aberdeen series, but it was not his fault, as he pitched shutout ball, errors beating him. That day the veteran Joe Sugden was catching him and Joe stated after the game it was the finest exhibition of pitching he had seen this season. Paddock had everything, and Sugden was loud in his praises.

            “Just watch this boy,” was Joe’s tip. “He is going to be the best pitcher in this league.”
            And Paddock is certainly coming along. It must be galling for Manager Dugdale of
Seattle to read the account of the no-hit game by Paddock. The latter tried all last season to get a chance with Seattle and was used in part of a losing game, but he never got a chance by the fat manager. Now Dugdale is probably sore that he passed the youth up.


PADDOCK STARS WITH BAT AS WELL AS BALL

            Spokane, June 19—Dell Paddock pitched a no-hit game for Vancouver against the Spokane Indians yesterday, the Canadians winning by a score of 3 to 0. It was the fourth game of its kind this season in the Northwestern League.

            Paddock was backed by the wonderful support of his team mates, and the Indians lost drive after drive that looked like safe hits but which went into the hands of some Vancouver gardener.

            For Vancouver the first and last run was scored by Captain Nordyke, who lined a long fly to the outfield, sacrificing a runner home from third. The other was Vancouver’s earned one, Snyder dropping a safe fly into left and coming home on Paddock’s triple to the left field barrier.

            Ladies’ day drew a crowd of over three thousand people. Spokane has been shut out without a hit on two successive ladies days.


VANCOUVER NO-HITTERS

Northwestern League

June 18, 1908 — Dell Paddock vs. Spokane (3-0 win)

Sept. 13, 1908 — Dell Paddock vs. Tacoma (3-1 win)

April 25, 1909 — Jack Hickey vs. Tacoma (1-0 loss)

July 5, 1909 — Ed Erickson vs. Tacoma (3-0 win)

Western International League

May, 16, 1950 — George Nicholas vs. Spokane (7-0 win)

Aug. 11, 1953 — Clarence Marshall vs. Salem (12-1 win)

Aug. 14, 1953 — Van Fletcher vs. Yakima (2-0 win)

Pacific Coast League

June 16, 1981 — Rene Quinones vs. Edmonton (3-0 win)

May 26, 1984 — Juan Eichelberger vs. Portland (2-0 win)

June 20, 1985 — Rick Waits vs. Portland (7-0 win)

July 24, 1987 — Dave Johnson vs. Portland (3-0 win)

May 23, 1989 — Tom Drees vs. Calgary (1-0 win)

May 28, 1989 — Tom Drees vs. Edmonton (1-0 win)

Drees’ May wins came in consecutive starts.

Aug. 16, 1989 — Tom Drees vs. Las Vegas (7-0 win)

June 27, 1997 — Darrell May vs. Salt Lake City (4-0 win)

July 12, 1999 — Terry Clark, Bill King and Tony Chavez vs. New Orleans (3-0 win)

Northwest League

July 12, 2002 — Chris Dunwell, Jared Burton vs. Spokane (8-0 win)