Friday, June 1, 2012
On this day in 1937, Bill Dietrich threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns at Comiskey Park, by the score 8-0.
Bill was in his first full season with the White Sox (second overall) when he pitched this gem. Dietrich spent eleven seasons with the Pale Hose from 1936 until 1946. While compiling an 80-91 record over those eleven seasons, he threw sixty-eight complete games out of the one hundred ninety-nine he started. Bill's ERA was usually above 4.00, but he usually stayed around .500 each season.
Dietrich wasn't blessed with the most impressive roster behind him, but did have Luke Appling on his defense. These were mostly lean years for the White Sox and it definitely showed on pitchers' numbers. If one were making more recent comparisons, one might think of Greg Hibbard or Mark Buehrle as pitching contemporaries; mostly staying around .500 record-wise, but showing determination and a moderate amount of success, giving quality starts. Bill only walked two batters and struck out five in his no-hitter. While, no Buehrle, Dietrich was no slouch either.