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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; August 20, 1880 -- No-no for Pud

Buffalo has had all sorts of great pitchers pass through over the years. James Francis Galvin, better known as Pud (because he made opposing batters look like pudding), was the first one.

Galvin arrived in the major leagues for good in 1879 as a member of the Buffalo Bisons new members of the National League. He was part of a two-man pitching staff, and went 37-27 in his first full year with the Herd.

Galvin's numbers slumped a bit in 1880, falling to 20-35 with a 2.71 ERA. However, he made some history along the way. On this day, Galvin became the first pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter on the road. The game in question was a 1-0 win over the Worcester Ruby Legs.

Galvin picked a good day to pitch. This was a rainy day in Worcester. The one baseball used throughout the entire game became more and more slippery and mushy, in a newspaper account's words, as the contest went on. Six Ruby Legs reached on errors, but none of them made it past second base. Outfielder Joe Hornung scored the game's only run in the first inning.

Galvin left Buffalo via trade in 1885, and retired with a record of 365-310. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1965.

-- Budd Bailey

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