Words alone cannot describe pitching's second highest "club" and still one of the most desirable goals — a no-hitter. These elusive gems are masterpieces of a career on the mound and a mystical feat that must be witnessed to be fully appreciated.
Tossing a complete game with no-hits are all that is required to join this elite group of Federal League pitchers. A group we here at Baseball Almanac truly appreciate and hold in the highest regard during a day and age when the home run is king.
" Dave Davenport , the Federal's League top pitcher in 1915, did not live up to the promise his manager Fielder Jones predicted when he called the 6' 6" right-hander the best pitching prospect he'd ever worked with." - Author Robert Wiggins in The The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs: The History of an Outlaw Major League (McFarland Publishers, 10/29/2008, Page 308)
Dave Davenport was the last Federal League pitcher to throw a no-hitter and during the 1915 season - the last in league history - he led the Federal league in games pitched (55), complete games (30), shutouts (10), and strikeouts (229).