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Bob Sprout tossed a Midwest League-record 22-strikeout no-hitter in 1960. (LA Angels)
Monday, August 18, 1902
First baseman Harry (Hal) O'Hagen of the International League's Rochester Bronchos executed the first authenticated unassisted triple play in organized baseball against the Jersey City Giants. A 10-year veteran of Major League Baseball, O'Hagan had just accepted the position of player/manager of the Bronchos, replacing Ed McLeon. He caught up with his new team on the road in Jersey City, where he promptly made baseball history.

Early in the game, with two on and none out, O'Hagan snagged a bunt out of the air off the bat of Johnnie Butler and scrambled to first base to double up Mack Dooley. George Shoch, who had been on second, never realized the ball was caught and was racing around third towards home plate. O'Hagan ran over to second base and stepped on the bag to end the inning, helping Rochester to a 10-6 victory. O'Hagan's feat is still recognized by many historians as the first unassisted triple play in professional baseball.

Thursday, August 18, 1910
Urban "Red" Faber pitched a perfect game as the Dubuque Dubs of the Three-I League blanked the Davenport Prodigals, 3-0.
Thursday, August 18, 1960
Decatur's Robert Sprout pitched a no-hitter and racked up a Midwest League-record 22 strikeouts in a 3-0 blanking of Waterloo. It was the fourth no-hitter in the league that season. More >
Wednesday, August 18, 1965
Venezuelan-born Nestor Chávez, a wiry right-hander who had turned 18 just six weeks earlier, pitched his 17th consecutive complete game for the Decatur Commodores in a six-hit, 3-0 shutout of Burlington. Known as El Latigo (The Whip), Chávez's streak would come to an end at Dubuque on Aug. 23, when he pitched merely the first 13 frames of a 14-inning 5-4 loss.

Chávez made two starts for the San Francisco Giants in 1967, but missed much of the following season with injuries to his ankle and elbow. Following surgery in January of 1969, he was headed from Venezuela to the United States to begin rehab on March 16, 1969 when his plane struck power lines near the runway upon takeoff. The 21-year-old Chávez was one of 84 passengers and 70 people on the ground who were killed in the crash. More >
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Spokane outlasted Tri-City, 2-1, in 23 innings. The game, suspended from the previous evening, lasted six hours and 37 minutes.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Simon Castro tossed the first no-hitter in Fort Wayne TinCaps franchise history, defeating Dayton, 6-0. More > | Meanwhile, in a Pacific Coast League game, Jhoulys Chacin and three Colorado Springs pitchers combined to no-hit Oklahoma City, 5-0. More >
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Robbie Grossman collected his 100th walk in the Bradenton Marauders' 3-1 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs, giving the Pirates prospect 100 walks and 100 runs scored for the season. He became the first player since Nick Swisher in 2004 to accomplish the feat. More >

Scott Snodgress, Blake Drake and Joe Dvorsky combined to toss a no-hitter as the Great Falls Voyagers blanked the Casper Ghosts, 4-0. Snodgress left after striking out nine over six perfect innings. More >