No Hitters in the Cape Breton Colliery League

Just a quick of no-hitters that were pitched in the old Cape Breton Colliery League.  Using this fascinating Google spreadsheet, I found two such games were pitched in the league’s three year (1937-39) history.  The spreadsheet (which includes every known minor league no-hitter) has been put together & researched by Chuck McGill of Vermont.

The fist no-hitter was pitched by Merle Settlemire of the Sydney Steel Citians on August 10, 1938 vs. the Sydney Mines Ramblers. The final score was 1-0 in 12 innings.  This would be one of Settlemire’s league leading 13 wins that season, his only in the Colliery League.  Settlemire briefly played in the Major Leagues in 1928 with the Boston Red Sox.  His Major League career was not impressive, as he went 0-6 with an ERA of 5.47.  Settlemire would also record only 12 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings pitched.  Settlemire’s career stretched from 1924 to 1944, sitting out the 1934-36 and 1943 seasons.  He would finish his minor league career with a 161-135 record and ERA of 4.71.  After his time in Cape Breton, Settlemire would go on to manage in the minors, still pitching on occasion.

The second no-hitter was pitched by Alonzo Smith of the Sydney Steel Citians on June 30, 1939 vs. the Glace Bay Miners.  The final score was 3-0 Sydney.  In this game Sydney allowed six base-runners, five of which were walks issued by Smith; the other runner reached on an error.  The 1939 season would be the last of Smith’s professional career which started in 1929 with the Eastern League’s Providence Grays.  After spending the 1934 season with Middle Atlantic League’s Johnstown Johnnies, he would sit out three seasons before coming to Sydney in 1938.  Aside from two games with the 1934 Baltimore Orioles (International League), Smith would never play beyond class A in his career.

According to the spreadsheet, there were no no-hitters in either the New Brunswick League (1888-90) or the New Brunswick/Maine League (1913).  Making these two the only (known) professional no-hitters to have been thrown in the Maritimes.

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