#2, the Boston Red Sox

The NoNoHitters 30The Boston Red Sox, No. 2 on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown, have thrown 18 no-hitters during the franchise’s history, with the first three coming under the somewhat generic moniker of the Boston Americans. The nickname differentiated the team from its National League counterpart, the Boston Beaneaters.

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card
Some sportswriters in the day also referred to the team as the “Pilgrims” before the franchise officially adopted the Red Sox name and logo for the 1908 season.

Cy Young, who won 511 games during his career, threw two of his three no-hitters for the Red Sox, including one a 1904 perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics.

Here are the Red Sox no-hitters:

1 Cy Young
  Boston Americans (AL)
  Thursday, May 5, 1904
Boston Americans 3, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
(Perfect game; his second of three no-hitters)
2 Jesse Tannehill
  Boston Americans (AL)
  Wednesday, August 17, 1904
Boston Americans 6, Chicago White Sox 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
3 Bill Dinneen
  Boston Americans (AL)
  Wednesday, September 27, 1905 (First game of doubleheader)
Boston Americans 2, Chicago White Sox 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
4 Cy Young
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 30, 1908
Boston Red Sox 8, New York Highlanders 0
Hilltop Park (New York)
(His third of three no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran – a record that would be tied once more but not broken until 1965 by Sandy Koufax.)
5 "Smokey" Joe Wood
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Saturday, July 29, 1911 (First game of doubleheader)
Boston Red Sox 5, St. Louis Browns 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
6 George "Rube" Foster
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Wednesday, June 21, 1916
Boston Red Sox 2, New York Yankees 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
7 Hubert "Dutch" Leonard
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Wednesday, August 30, 1916
Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Browns 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(His first of two no-hitters)
8 Babe Ruth (0 inn.)
Ernie Shore (9 inn.)
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Saturday, June 23, 1917 (First game of doubleheader)
Boston Red Sox 4, Washington Senators 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(First no-hitter to feature more than one pitcher. Ruth was ejected for arguing with and punching the ump after walking lead-off batter Ray Morgan. Shore was called in and Morgan was thrown out trying to steal second. Shore then retired the next 26 batters for the “imperfect game.”)
9 Hubert "Dutch" Leonard
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Monday, June 3, 1918
Boston Red Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 0
Navin Field (Detroit)
(His second of two no-hitters)
10 Howard Ehmke
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Friday, September 7, 1923
Boston Red Sox 4, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
11 Mel Parnell
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Saturday, July 14, 1956
Boston Red Sox 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
12 Earl Wilson
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
13 Bill Monbouquette
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Wednesday, August 1, 1962
Boston Red Sox 1, Chicago White Sox 0
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
14 Dave Morehead
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Thursday, September 16, 1965
Boston Red Sox 2, Cleveland Indians 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
15 Hideo Nomo
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Wednesday, April 4, 2001
Boston Red Sox 3, Baltimore Orioles 0
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)
(His second of two no-hitters)
16 Derek Lowe
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 2002
Boston Red Sox 10, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
17 Clay Buchholz
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Saturday, September 1, 2007
Boston Red Sox 10, Baltimore Orioles 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
18 Jon Lester
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Monday, May 19, 2008
Boston Red Sox 7, Kansas City Royals 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(The Red Sox’ Jason Varitek catches his fourth no hitter, a new Major League record.)

Here’s our list so far from 2 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise

18 Boston Red Sox
  (Boston Americans)
18 Chicago White Sox
  (Chicago White Stockings)
16 Cincinnati Reds
  (Cincinnati Red Stockings/Cincinnati Redlegs)
16 San Francisco Giants
  (New York Gothams/New York Giants)
14 Cleveland Indians
  (Cleveland Bluebirds/Cleveland Naps)
14 Atlanta Braves
  (Boston Red Caps/Boston Beaneaters/Boston Doves/Boston Rustlers/Boston Bees/Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves)
13 Chicago Cubs
  (Chicago White Stockings/Chicago Colts/Chicago Orphans)
12 Philadelphia Phillies
  (Philadelphia Quakers)
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