Fred Toney was born on Tuesday, December 11, 1888, in Nashville, Tennessee. Toney was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1911, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Fred Toney baseball stats page.
"It falls to the lot of few pitchers to pitch a no-hit game, but here is a youngster, just breaking into professional baseball, who held his opponents helpless through 17 exciting, nerve-racking innings, without a hit or run being counted against him. The young man is Fred Toney of the Winchester Blue Grass league team. His great performance was against Lexington. Before the game not 10 men in the crowd knew anything about him. When he carried his performance to a successful termination, every man in the crown knew his history from infancy." - The Tacoma Times (May 24, 1909. 'This Stalwart Young Man', Page 2)
Fred Toney Pitching Stats
Fred Toney Hitting Stats
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|1911 Chicago Cubs||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1912 Chicago Cubs||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1913 Chicago Cubs||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1915 Cincinnati Reds||n/a||$3,200.00||n/a||-|
|1916 Cincinnati Reds||n/a||$4,200.00||n/a||-|
|1917 Cincinnati Reds||n/a||$3,800.00||n/a||-|
|1918 Cincinnati Reds||n/a||$6,000.00||n/a||-|
|1918 New York Giants||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1919 New York Giants||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1920 New York Giants||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1921 New York Giants||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||Stats|
|1922 New York Giants||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
|1923 St. Louis Cardinals||n/a||Undetermined||n/a||-|
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- took part in a truly legendary pitching contest often referred to as the "double no-hitter" game, neither ace allowing a hit until after the ninth inning:
Fred Toney & Hippo Vaughn | 1986 Baseball Famous Feats (#10) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Baseball's most unique pitching duel, the only double no-hitter in big league history, took place on Wednesday, May 2, 1917 , before only 3500 fans at Cubs Park, also called Weeghman Park, and now known as Wrigley Field. Fred Toney had won four games, lost one for the fifth place Reds , managed by Christy Mathewson , and Vaughn had a 3-1 record for the third-place Cubs of Fred Mitchell .
The game began with Vaughn striking out Heinie Groh . After Larry Kopf was retired, Greasy Neale lifted a looping fly behind second which center fielder Cy Williams caught. This was the only ball hit to the outfield by the Reds until the 10th inning.
The Reds went down in order until the fourth when Groh led off with a walk. Kopf followed with a hard grounder to Larry Doyle and the second baseman started a double play by throwing to first. Fred Merkle relayed the ball to shortstop Rollie Zeider , who tagged Groh sliding into second to complete the twin killing. Zeider then fumbled Neale's grounder for an error but Greasy was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.
Vaughn fanned Hal Chase , Jim Thorpe and Dave Shean in succession in the fifth but Thorpe gave him a scare with a terrific liner to left which landed six inches foul. This was the only hard hit ball off the southpaw until the ninth inning.
Manuel Cueto became Vaughn's fourth straight strikeout victim at the start of the sixth, and Emil Huhn and Toney were easy outs. Groh led off the Reds ' seventh and, with a 1-1 count, objected so heatedly when umpire Al Orth called a second strike that he was ejected from the game. Gus Getz replaced him and drew Vaughn's second and last walk. Kopf then bounced to Vaughn and the pitcher started a double play via Doyle and Merkle .
Vaughn thus completed nine hitless innings, facing only 27 batters, but the game wasn't over, for Toney had almost been as effective, allowing just two walks and facing 29 batters.
The Reds ' righthander retired the Cubs in order in the first, then got Merkle on a very hard liner to third baseman Groh at the start of the second. Williams drew a walk and took second as Les Mann grounded to third on the hit-and-run play. Art Wilson ended the inning with a pop to short.
The Cubs did not get another man to first until Williams walked again to open the fifth. Mann lined out to left and Wilson lifted a pop near second. Dave Shean dropped the ball purposely, hoping to get a double play, but succeeded only in forcing Williams by stepping on second. Deal then ended the frame with a long fly to center, Neale making a nice running catch.
Toney set the Cubs down without incident through the eighth inning and when he came out for the last of the ninth, the fans, who had given Vaughn an ovation, implored the Cubs to score the run that would win the game. But Toney had other ideas. He retired Vaughn , Zeider and Harry Wolter on balls hit to third, Getz handling each chance beautifully. And the game went into extra innings.
At the start of the 10th, Getz popped to catcher Wilson near the plate. Kopf worked the count to 3-2, then smashed on just between the frantic lunges of Doyle and Merkle to right field for the first hit of the game. Neale became the second out with an easy fly to center. Chase followed with a liner to center and Williams raced in, got both hands on the ball and then dropped it for an error, Kopf taking third. While Vaughn was pitching to Thorpe , Chase stole second.
Thorpe , who had rolled out and fanned twice, chopped a high one a few feet from the plate down the third base line. Vaughn hustled in to field it, but had to wait for it to come down and, realizing, he could not get the speed Thorpe at first, tossed to the plate, hoping to nab Kopf . But catcher Wilson either froze on the play or did not expect the throw, for he did not handle the ball and Kopf scored. Chase tried to come home from second but Wilson recovered the ball and tagged him for the third out.
The run was the first scored by the Reds in 34 straight innings. The were some debate on Thorpe's bouncer before the official scorer ruled it a hit, reasoning that even a perfect play by Wilson would not necessarily have retired Kopf .
Now the Cubs came up. Toney, who had struck out only one Cub in the first nine innings, fanned Doyle . Merkle caught hold of one and sent it deep to left. It looked like it might be a home run but Cueto backed against the fence, leaped high and caught it. Toney appeared upset by that one as he went to work on Williams . He pitched two balls, two strikes. Then Cy fouled off two, one a liner to right which hit just foul. Toney then fed Cy a sidearm curve and he took a wild swing and missed to end the game.
Toney finished the season with 24 victories, 16 defeats. Vaughn posted a 23-13 record.
Fred Toney is an "Iron Man" | The Washington Post | July 2, 1917 | Page 4
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