Vander Meer, Twice Perfect
On June 15, 1938, the Brooklyn
Dodgers held the first night game at their home park,
Ebbets Field. Pitching against the Dodgers that night
was Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer who, four days earlier,
had pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Bees. In an
unprecedented pitching feat that has since not been matched,
Vander Meer pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers, becoming
the only man to pitch two consecutive no-hitters. It's
a feat likely never to be repeated.
This ball is from Vander Meer's record-setting second
no-hitter. George Barr was the first base umpire that
night and kept this ball. (Barr was a big collector
of baseballs from the historic games that he umpired).
He wrote on the ball: "This ball used in game Vander
Meer set Worlds Record. 2nd no hit game. Brooklyn vs.