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Johnny Vander Meer

Johnny Vander Meer

In 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