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The First No-Hitter in Yankee Stadium History, Monte Pearson, August 27, 1938

His full name was Montgomery Marcellus Pearson, but everyone called him Monte.  Out of Oakland, California, a Yankee from 1936-40, a two-time All Star, Pearson went 63-27 and was especially effective in the World Series of 1936-9 for the Bronx Bombers where he won four games including a two-hit shutout of the Reds in the 1939 Fall Classic.

Pearson had a lot of talent but battled control problems and various illnesses, real and imagined, throughout his career. No matter how much inducement there was  - he was not one to toe the mound unless he felt in top condition. He walked 135 batters one year, 113 another. There were days when he just did not want to pitch blaming his lack of enthusiasm on one ailment or another.

But that was not the case on August 27, 1938. On that day he spun the first non-hitter in Yankee Stadium history as the Yankees beat up on Cleveland, 13-0.

 

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