Vern Bickford's tale is a fairly depressing one. He pitched a total of seven years in the majors, and ended with a career record just over .500 and a decent 3.71 ERA. In Bickford's second season, he racked up 16 wins and was elected an All-Star. He seemed destined for greatness when he had an even better third season in 1950. Vern would record a career high 19 wins and compliment that with a 3.47 ERA that year.
On August 11th, 1950 Bickford enjoyed the high point of his career when he hurled a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1951 was the beginning of the end for Vern. Injuries became a problem for him and he was never able to regain the form he displayed during 1950. 1954 was the end of the road for Vern. He would hold down various odd jobs after leaving baseball, but sadly would pass away from cancer at age 39, less than 10 years after throwing his no-hitter.