William V. “Dick” Hawke

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Hawke became a part of major-league baseball history on August 15, 1893, when he- pitched the first no-hitter at the present distance of 60 feet, six inches. His Baltimore Orioles beat the
Washington Senators, 5-0. It stands  as the only big-league no-hitter recorded by a Delawarean. John McGraw, the third baseman behind Dick, later called those Orioles the greatest team he had
ever been associated with. Hawke also pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-year, 32-31 career.  His ERA was 4.98 with 193 strikouts and 224 walks.   He was part of the Orioles’
1894 championship season but, injured while riding a horse, never pitched again. He died Dec.12, 1902, at the age of 33.



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