Eleven years after tossing the first no-hitter of his brilliant career, Bob Feller did something no pitcher in the history of baseball had ever done. This month, a previously unknown photograph of the celebration immediately following his third no-no is being offered in RMY Auctions’ October online auction.
On July 1, 1951, the 32-year-old Feller started the first game of a Sunday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. He was in the midst of an already impressive start to the season after struggling in 1949 and 1950. His famous fastball wasn’t working well so Feller relied on the other pitches in his arsenal to get the job done, striking out Vic Wertz to end the contest. Moments later, he was mobbed by teammates and Cleveland photographer Fred Bottomer captured this shot.
It was the first time a pitcher had thrown three no-hitters in the 20th century.
While there is one known image of this congratulatory celebration, the 7×9″ photo being offered in the auction is a slightly different angle making this a second known photo from the no-hitter and a new discovery that is being offered for the first time.
Our Photo of the Day is one of more than 400 being offered in RMY’s October auction, which ends Saturday.