"I actually bruised my left forearm by
constantly practicing this method of delivery. But I
achieved what I
was after. ... "
control began coming around and McKechnie worked
his young pitcher slowly into the rotation. By
early June he was as solid as a rock. Then came
the two no-hitters.
But this is not a
fairy tale and all did not live happily ever
after. Vandy was 15-10 in the double no-hit
season of 1938, but the next year he was only
5-9. The year after that he found himself in the
Vander Meer did
make it back, winning 49 games in the next three
seasons and also leading the National League in
strikeouts those three years. But he never quite
became the kind of pitcher it looked like he
would be when he threw the two
no-hitters at the age of 24.
pitched with the Reds through the 1949 season,
pitched with the Chicago Cubs in 1950 and wound
up his major league career in 1951 working one
game with the Cleveland Indians.
He lost more
games, 121, than he won, 119, but in two
consecutive starts in 1938, no one has ever been