Johnny Vander Meer

Johnny Vander MeerIn 1938 the 23-year old Vander Meer tossed back-to-back no-hitters in one of the greatest feats in baseball history. The second no-hitter came in the first night game played at Ebbets Field.

Vander Meer was a power-pitching lefthander from New Jersey who slipped through the Dodgers’ hands. Brooklyn originally signed him as a teenager but he was eventually purchased by the Reds after the Dodgers determined he would probably never tame his fastball.

He was the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season and the only one of the six to do it who had a career record below .500, at 119-121.

Lowest ERA in Major Leagues, 1942-1945

1. Spud Chandler … 2.16
2. Mort Cooper … 2.25
3. Hal Newhouser … 2.29
4. Max Lanier … 2.43
5. Al Benton … 2.50
6. Tex Hughson … 2.52
7. Harry Brecheen … 2.58
8. Hank Borowy … 2.66
9. Johnny Niggeling … 2.66
10. Johnny Vander Meer … 2.67