Nashville’s Fred Toney: Winner of a Double No-Hitter

Fred Toney, born in Nashville on December 11, 1888, pitched the longest no-hit game in baseball history on May 10, 1907 for Winchester in the Bluegrass State League, but may be best known for pitching for Cincinnati on May 2, 1917 against Hippo Vaughn and the Chicago Cubs in a game that is the only one on record where both hurlers tossed no-hitters through nine innings.

Toney won the game by holding the Cubs hitless after Vaughn gave up two runs to the Reds in the top of the tenth.

FredToneyOn July 1, 1917, Toney pitched complete games in a doubleheader for the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In both games, he allowed three hits each, setting a National League record that still stands. As one of the outstanding pitchers in the National League from 1915 to 1921, Toney lead the league in saves in 1918 and won 20 games in 1917 and 1920.

In 1923 Toney suffered an injury to the middle finger of his pitching hand in a bunt attempt and was never quite as effective as he could not grip a baseball as before. He finished the season 12-11 with the St. Louis Browns, his last season in the majors.

Toney retired after spending his last professional season with Nashville in 1925. He opened a soda and sandwich shop and at the time of his death he was working for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. He passed away in his hometown on March 11, 1953 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.

In 1971 Toney was elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

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