#10, the Oakland Athletics

The NoNoHitters 30The Oakland Athletics, an American League franchise which began in Philadelphia but later moved to Kansas City and then Oakland, has 11 no-hitters over its history. That gives the team the No. 10 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list.

Chief Bender threw the Philadelphia Athletics' second no-hitter in 1905.
Chief Bender threw the Philadelphia Athletics’ second no-hitter in 1910.
Weldon Henley threw the Philadelphia Athletics’ first no-hitter in 1905. No one has had two no-hitters for the A’s, although Vida Blue threw one as part of a tandem and also threw his own.

The team failed to notch and no-hitters during its 12-year stop in Kansas City, going 21 years without a no-no between 1947 and 1968. Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Dallas Braden each threw perfect games for the Oakland Athletics.

Here are the Athletics’ no-hitters:

1 Weldon Henley
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, July 22, 1905 (First game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 6, St. Louis Browns 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
2 Charles "Chief" Bender
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, May 12, 1910
Philadelphia Athletics 4, Cleveland Naps 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
3 Joe Bush
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, August 26, 1916
Philadelphia Athletics 5, Cleveland Indians 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
4 Dick Fowler
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
5 Bill McCahan
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1947
Philadelphia Athletics 3, Washington Senators 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
6 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
7 Vida Blue
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, September 21, 1970
Oakland Athletics 6, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
8 Vida Blue (5 inn.)
Glenn Abbott (1 inn.)
Paul Lindblad (1 inn.)
Rollie Fingers (2 inn.)
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 28, 1975
Oakland Athletics 5, California Angels 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Final game of season. Blue participates in a multiple pitcher no-hitter after throwing his own on Sept. 21, 1970.)
9 Mike Warren
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, September 29, 1983
Oakland Athletics 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
10 Dave Stewart
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Friday, June 29, 1990
Oakland Athletics 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Skydome (Toronto)
(With Valenzuela’s no hitter below, second time two have been thrown on same day.)
11 Dallas Braden
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, May 9, 2010
Oakland Athletics 4, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 10 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise

11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
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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