Posted by Raphy on June 15, 2010
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of Johnny Vander Meer's second consecutive no hitter. While no pitcher has ever matched Vander Meer's feat, there have been pitchers in the same ballpark. Here are the pitchers (1920-1939, 1952-2010) with back to back starts allowing 1 hit or less in at least nine innings.
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The number of walks in a lot these games surprises me. I thought Vander Meer's total was high, but he was matched by McDowell and Warneke was high, as well.
The oldest 2 games on the list involved no hitters. Vance followed a 1 hitter with a no-hitter, while Emke followed a controversial no hitter (a double was removed by a ruling that the batter missed first and a later misplayed ball was changed from a hit to an error) with a controversial one-hitter (a first inning hard ground ball that bounced off the chest of the third baseman was ruled a hit).
It should be noted that the list above does not include the player who came the closest to matching Vander Meer. After pitching a no hitter on June 18, 1947, Ewell Blackwell followed it up with 8-1/3 no hit innings on June 22. However, Blackwell gave up 2 hits before closing the game out and history had eluded him.
References: A lot of the information about the near double no-hitters came from the Mark Stang baseballbooks.com website. He has more information that I presented. Its a good read.