Today in Tribe History: July 10, 1947
Bob Toth | On 10, Jul 2015
1947 – Fighting through the rain, Indians pitcher Don Black tosses the first no-hitter ever at Municipal Stadium as the Cleveland Indians defeat the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.
Black walked six and struck out five in his complete game shutout, winning his seventh game of the year to pull the Indians back to the .500 mark at 32-32. A perfect game was never in question, as he walked each of the first two batters of the game before a strikeout and a pair of groundouts got him out of the jam. He walked batters in each of the first four innings and again in the sixth, but never was threatened, as the Indians scored all three runs in a quick barrage in the bottom of the second, when Jim Hegan singled home Eddie Robinson, Black followed with an RBI-sacrifice that scored Joe Gordon, and George Metkovich drove in Hegan with a single to center.
It was a remarkable outing for the right-handed Black, given all that he had overcome over the previous year. After spending the beginning of his career with the A’s, he joined the Indians in 1946 but was ultimately farmed out to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he later disappeared and was suspended from the team and later was found to be battling alcoholism. He began the 1947 season with the club sober. His career would wrap in a life-changing event on the field on September 13th, 1948, when after fouling a pitch off during the second inning of a game against the St. Louis Browns, he collapsed at the plate. He was able to walk off the field but would lose consciousness later and was taken to the hospital, where he fell into a coma. He would recover from what was a cerebral hemorrhage, but would never play again.