This Day In Sports History (May 23rd) — Tommy Greene
It was on this day in 1991 that Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene recorded a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos. The Phillies would go on to win that game by a score of 2-0.
Greene struck out ten batters and walked seven in the game. At the age of 24, he was beginning to show signs of a promising career. Two seasons later he would lead the Phillies’ starting rotation in wins with a 16-4 record. He also helped them reach the World Series that season, where they would eventually lose to the Toronto Blue Jays. However, his career was cut short due to recurring bouts of tendinitis in his shoulder. He would finish his career with a 38-25 record, a 4.14 ERA and 461 strikeouts.
Greene’s no-hitter was one of seven thrown during the 1991 season. The others were recorded by Nolan Ryan, Dennis Martinez, Wilson Alvarez and Bret Saberhagen, as well as team efforts from the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves.
If you have two hours on your hands, you can watch Dennis Martinez’s entire no-hit performance below.
Gary Roberts, NHL – Born on May 23rd, 1966 (age 47) in North York, Ontario
Brian Campbell, NHL – Born on May 23rd, 1979 (age 34) in Strathroy, Ontario
Buck Showalter, MLB – Born on May 23rd, 1956 (age 57) in DeFuniak Springs, Florida