The Mogridge No Hitter at Fenway,
April 24, 1917
George Anthony Morgridge out of Rochester, New York pitched for the
Yankees from 1915 to 1920 and posted a 48-55 record. His ERA was 2.73, a
sign that he had a lot on the ball including resin. When the American
League banned the use of resin in 1920, Mogridge worked the powder into
the underside of the bill of his cap. It worked for him as a convenient,
efficient and never detected technique.
But the lean and long lefty is best remembered for what he achieved on
April 24th, 1917 before front of 3,219 fans. He hurled the first
no-hitter in Yankee history.
Traded off to Washington in 1921 as the Yankees were entering their
first great years, Mogridge served with Walter Johnson to anchor the
Senators' staff. When the career of the well-traveled southpaw finally
ended in 1927 after 440 games, the one he talked about the most was the
no-hitter he pitched that April day in 1917 as a member of the Yankees.
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