Vern Bickford

The famous cliche about the 1948 Boston Braves NL championship team, “Spahn, Sain and two days of rain”, did not do justice to Bickford’s strong 11-5 record. His top season was 1950, when he went 19-14 and led the league in games started (39), complete games (27), and innings pitched (311 2/3). On August 11 of that year he no-hit the Dodgers, 7-0. In 1951, he broke a finger on his pitching hand and never regained his effectiveness.