#14, the St. Louis Cardinals

The NoNoHitters 30The St. Louis Cardinals, a franchise that also played under the names of the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Perfectos in the team’s early days, have thrown 10 no-hitters.

44cardshomefrontOf the Dean brothers, oddly, it is Paul, not Dizzy, who has a Cards no-no to his credit. Bob Forsch is the only Cardinals pitcher to throw two for the team, and he’s half of baseball’s only brotherly duo (Ken Forsch, Houston) to throw sibling no-nos.

Ted Breitenstein has the franchise’s first no-hitter, an 1891 gem thrown when the Browns (as the Cards were originally known) were an American Association club. The team, for some reason, considers its birth in 1882 when the Browns joined the National League so Breitenstein’s no-no does not appear on the team list.

Here are the Cardinals’ no-hitters:

1 Ted Breitenstein
  St. Louis Browns (AA)
  Sunday, October 4, 1891 (First game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Browns 8, Louisville Colonels 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters; his first career start)
2 Jesse Haines
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Thursday, July 17, 1924
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Boston Braves 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
3 Paul Dean
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, September 21, 1934 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(Dean breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.)
4 Lon Warneke
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 30, 1941
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
5 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
6 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
7 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)
8 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 26, 1983
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Montreal Expos 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His second of two no-hitters)
9 Jose Jimenez
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, June 25, 1999
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Chase Field/Bank One Ballpark (Phoenix)
10 Bud Smith
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 3, 2001
St. Louis Cardinals 4, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

Here’s our list so far from 14 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


10 St. Louis Cardinals
  (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Perfectos)
9 Baltimore Orioles
  (Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns)
7 Minnesota Twins
  (Washington Senators)
7 Detroit Tigers
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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