During the Cubs 1917 season something happened that had never happened, and hasn't happened since.  On May 2, at Chicago's Weeghman Park (the name had not yet been changed to Wrigley Field), there was a double no-hitter.

On the mound for the Cubs that day was  James "Hippo" Vaughn.  Vaughn, nicknamed "Hippo" for his size, is generally considered one of the overlooked heroes of baseball.  He won 20 games for the Cubs five times, including 1917 when he won 23 games.  On May 2 he was on the mound pitching against the Reds Fred Toney.  It sounds improbable, even impossible, but both Toney and Vaughn threw no hitters through nine innings.  Vaughn struck out 10, Toney 3.  Both men walked two and a Red reached base on an error, but neither pitcher gave up a hit through nine.

With one out in the tenth inning Vaughn gave up his first hit to Reds SS Larry Kopf.  Kopf reached third on a error by centerfielder Cy Williams and eventually scored on a hit by Jim Thorpe.  With the Cubs trailing 1 - 0 Toney took the mound in the bottom of the tenth.  He retired the side and finished the game with a ten inning no hitter.

Can you imagine a double, nine inning no hitter happening today? 

James "Hippo" Vaughn

1917 was also an interesting year for baseball because it was in April of that year that the United States officially entered WWI.  In recognition of the country's participation in the "Great War," five major league clubs wore American Flag patches on their left sleeve.  Along with the Cubs, the other four teams to wear the patch were the White Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators.

Here's our re-creation of the 1917 Cubs jersey, the only year that this style was worn.


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