#18, the Pittsburgh Pirates

The NoNoHitters 30The Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that began play as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1887, take up the No. 18 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list. Pirates’ pitchers have thrown just six no-hitters over the team’s history in the National League.

Nick Maddox threw the Pirates’ first no-hitter in 1907, and he was followed by Cliff Chambers, Bob Moose, Dock Ellis, John Candalaria and a combined 10-inning no-hitter by Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon.

Here are the Pirates’ no-hitters

1 Nick Maddox
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
2 Cliff Chambers
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Sunday, May 6, 1951 (Second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Boston Braves 0
Braves Field (Boston)
3 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)
4 Dock Ellis
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 1970 (First game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, San Diego Padres 0
San Diego Stadium (San Diego)
5 John Candelaria
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Monday, August 9, 1976
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
6 Francisco Cordova (9 inn.)
Ricardo Rincon (1 inn.)
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, July 12, 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Houston Astros 0 (10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Here’s our list so far from 18 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

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