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Bumpus Jones

Bumpus Jones
Born: (1870-01-01)January 1, 1870
Cedarville, Ohio
Died: June 25, 1938(1938-06-25) (aged 68)
Xenia, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 15, 1892, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 14, 1893, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Win-Loss record 2-4
Earned run average 7.99
Strikeouts 10
Career highlights and awards
  • No hitter in 1892

Charles Leander "Bumpus" Jones (January 1, 1870 – June 25, 1938) was a right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants. He was born in Cedarville, Ohio.

Though Jones made only eight appearances in his brief major league career, he saved himself from baseball anonymity when he threw a no-hitter in his first major league appearance with the Cincinnati Reds on October 15, 1892, the last day of the season. The victim that day was the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 7–1. Jones was not perfect, as he gave up four walks, and he did not pitch a shutout, as an error led to an unearned run. But it was quite a start, and was his only outing of the season. This is still the latest date in the season that a no-hitter has ever been pitched in major league history.

After that, Jones split 1893 between Cincinnati and the New York Giants, appearing in seven games overall, while going 1-4 with a 10.19 ERA. Jones would never pitch in the majors again. He remains the only player in Major League history to pitch a no-hitter in his first game. Only Bobo Holloman and Ted Breitenstein of the St. Louis Browns and managed to join Jones as pitchers to throw no-hitters in their first major league start, but they had previously appeared in a relief role. According to sabermetrician Bill James, Jones edges out Holloman for the distinction of mathematically least likely pitcher ever to have thrown a no-hitter in the major leagues.

In a two-season major league career, Jones posted a 2-4 career record with 10 strikeouts and a 7.99 ERA in 41⅔ innings of labor. After leaving the major leagues, Jones continued to pitch professionally. Jones pitched for the Grand Rapids Rippers and Sioux City Cornhuskers in 1894. He pitched for the Columbus Clippers from 1896 to 1899, and until recently was credited with the team record for career games pitched, with 212. Modern research, however, indicates that the actual total may be closer to 150.[1] Jones finished his minor league career with the St. Paul Saints in 1901.

Jones died in Xenia, Ohio, at age 68, and was laid to rest at North Cemetery in Cedarville, Ohio.

See also


  1. ^ "Bean ties uncertain record", Craig Merz, The Columbus Dispatch, published August 16, 2006, accessed August 16, 2006.

External links

  • Baseball Almanac
  • The Baseball Guru
  • Baseball Reference
  • Bill James' Expected No-Hitters Formula and Trivia
Preceded by
Ben Sanders
No-hitter pitcher
October 15, 1892
Succeeded by
Bill Hawke
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