1919 – Cleveland’s Ray Caldwell throws a no-hitter against his former team, the New York Yankees, winning 3-0 at the Polo Grounds.
Caldwell had been signed by the Indians just over three weeks earlier after he was released by the Boston Red Sox. His well-documented struggles with alcoholism and domestic issues at home led to the end of his long tenure in New York and factored in his short stay in Boston, where he had roomed with a notorious lover of the nightlife, Babe Ruth. In his first start for the Indians, he was unbelievably struck by lightning while on the mound, yet somehow found it within himself to get up and complete the final out of the game.
He added to his already interesting legacy with a gem on the mound against his former mates, allowing just one walk and just one other runner on error while striking out five. His new mates gave him two runs in the first on a two-run homer from Joe Harris off of future Indians nemesis Carl Mays. Harris added an RBI double in the sixth.
Caldwell’s hitless effort was the fourth no-hitter in Cleveland history and the first with the team named as the Indians. His outing followed similar efforts of Bob Rhoads in 1905 and the two thrown by Addie Joss in 1908, the fourth perfect game in baseball history, and 1909.