Thursday, September 6, 2012
On this day in 1905, Frank Smith pitched the most lopsided no-hitter in American League history.
Frank did not allow a home run in 1904 or 1905. This control hit its apex on September 6, 1905, when he pitched a no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Tigers in Detroit. He struck out eight, walked three and retired the last seventeen hitters to pitch the fifth no-hitter in American League history. Detroit starting pitcher Jimmy Wiggs gave up eight runs in the first inning on five walks, five errors and one hit. He was relieved in the second inning, and the White Sox tacked on another seven runs over the remaining innings to build up a fifteen run lead. The Sox won the game 15-0.
Smith was drafted by the White Sox in September 1903. He would go 108-80 over seven seasons with the White Sox before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1910. Frank pitched 156 complete games for the South Siders.