On September 28, 1951, Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees joins Johnny Vander Meer as the only hurls to date to fire two no-hitters in one season. Reynolds’ 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox clinches at least a tie for the American League pennant.
The ending was not one without drama, After the first out of inning Dom DiMaggio drew a walk, Reynolds’ fourth free pass of the game, Reynolds, then caught Pesky looking at a wicked curve for his ninth punchout of the game. Up stepped Ted Williams who had managed only six hits and two RBIs in his previous 30 at-bats. Williams hit a high popup behind the plate for what appeared to be the last out. The normally sure-handed Berra misjudged the ball as it moved in the wind. The ball “squirmed out of his glove,” wrote New York Times sportswriter John Drebinger, and the catcher tumbled, “sprawling on his face.”13 Reynolds, after colliding with Berra and concerned that he might have stepped on his All-Star backstop’s hand, went back to the mound. Armed with what Joe Looney called a “blazing fastball” all afternoon, Reynolds fed Williams another heater which “The Kid” popped up again.14 This time Berra caught it easily to secure Reynolds’ no-hitter, completed in 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Reynolds needed 119 pitches to record the fifth no-hitter in Yankees history and his league-leading seventh shutout of the season. The Yankees will clinch the pennant during the nightcap.