July 28,1875, Joe Borden of the Philadelphia White Stockings of the National Association tossed the first no hitter in professional baseball history. It was the only no-hitter in the history of the National Association during it’s five year existence. The following season he was the winner in the opening game for the Boston Red Caps of the National League.
He had the colorful nickname of “Josephus the Phenomenal.” Borden pitched under the surnames of Josephs and Nedrobs. He was from a wealthy family that disapproved of playing baseball. He was bought out of his contract in 1876. He finished his career with a 13-16 won-loss record, and an ERA of 2.60 at the age of 22.