Thanks to satellite television and the Internet, we know just about all there is to know about Lincecum. You know, relatively short guy, funny mustache, unorthodox mechanics, briefly held out for a large signing bonus so that his father could retire -- that sort of stuff. We don't quite know as much about Addie Joss aside from his easy 70-grade name, but there are some interesting facts surrounding the right-handed native son of Woodland, Wis.
Both of Joss' no-hitters came in 1-0 games against the Chicago White Sox. The first, in 1908, was a perfect game -- the second of the modern era. Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh (more on him later) was Joss' opponent in that contest. Walsh arguably pitched a better game -- he struck out 15 batters and allowed only a run on four hits, according to Baseball Almanac, while Joss whiffed only three -- but the White Sox were flummoxed by Joss and his corkscrew delivery, which fooled a lot of hitters over the years.
The other came in May of 1910, just two months before Joss threw his final big league pitch. The then-30-year-old hurler missed the remainder of that season with an injury. A few months later -- just two days after his 31st birthday, in fact -- meningitis took the life of Joss.
"Joss tried hard to strike out death, and it seemed for a time as though he would win. The bases were full. The score was a tie, with two outs. Thousands, yes, millions in a nation's grandstands and bleachers sat breathless watching the conflict. The great twirler stood erect in the box. Death walked to the plate."