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Clayton Kershaw readies for his Johnny Vander Meer moment
Clayton Kershaw readies for his Johnny Vander Meer moment

When Clayton Kershaw takes the mound on Tuesday, he'll try to do something accomplished just once in major league history: back-to-back no-hitters. Johnny Vander Meer threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938, a feat that is revisited with every no-hitter. Vander Meer, a Cincinnati Reds left-hander, threw his second no-hitter against the Dodgers, in what was the first night game at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. The game was delayed because of an overflow crowd, forcing Vander Meer to warm up three times, according to this ESPN account. Babe Ruth was an honored guest, and the pregame activities included a match race in which Jesse Owens ran against two outfielders, one from the Reds and...

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