Happy 29th birthday to the Washington Nationals Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season.
Zimmermann on Sunday, September 28, 2014 no-hit the Miami Marlins for a 1-0 victory at Nationals Park. It was the first no-hitter for the Nationals franchise since its move from Montreal to D.C. Expos pitchers tossed four no-hitters.
Happy 68th birthday to Jim Colborn, who threw the first home stadium no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals.
Steve Busby threw two no-nos before Colborn, but both were on the road. On May 14, 1977, at Royals Stadium, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win. It was the first Royals no-no at the ball park now known as Kauffman Stadium.
Sending wishes for a happy 52nd birthday to David Wells, who threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1998.
On Sunday, May 17, 1998, Wells threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium for a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Wells later said in his autobiography that he was still half drunk from a Saturday Night Live cast party the night before.
The Atlanta Braves’ Shelby Miller came just one out from throwing the first no-hitter of the 2015 season on Sunday, holding the Miami Marlins hitless through 8 2/3 innings at Marlins Park.
Miller struck out four and walked just one as he sough to throw the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves’ 15th no-hitter in franchise history. Justin Bour broke up the no-no with a single up the middle. Miller ended the game with a complete game, 2-hit 6-0 shutout.
The last Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Kent Mercker, who blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, April 8, 1994
The last time the Marlins were no-hit was on the final day of the 2014 season. The Washington Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann threw that one.
Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):
Atlanta Braves (NL)
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
Trevor Bauer (6 inn) Kyle Crockett (1 inn) Scott Atchinson (1 inn) Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
Chris Young (5 inn) Ryan Madson (2 inn) Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
Kansas City Royals (AL)
Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
Oakland Athletics (AL)
Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
Los Angeles Angels (AL)
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
San Francisco Giants (NL)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
The Houston Colt .45s’ Don Nottebart and the New York Yankees’ David Wells threw no-hitters on this date.
On Friday, May 17, 1963, 52 years ago today, Nottebart no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 4-1 win at Colt Stadium. It was the first no-hitter for the franchise now known as the Houston Astros.
Seventeen years ago today, on Sunday, May 17, 1998, Wells threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium for a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Wells later said in his autobiography that he was still half drunk from a Saturday Night Live cast party the night before.
Happy 155th birthday to Frank Mountain, one of five major league pitchers to hit a home run while throwing a no-hitter.
Mountain, a hurler for the American Association’s Columbus Buckeyes, threw the majors’ 13th no-no against the Washington Nationals on June 5, 1884. The National Republican’s account of the game was not particularly kind to the hometown Nats.
“The Columbus club yesterday played a fine game in the field and at the bat,” the newspaper said. “The Washingtons fielded poorly and batted like school boys, the net result being a well earned victory for the former and a well deserved defeat for the latter.”
Here are the four no-hitters in which the pitcher hit one homer:
13 of 287
Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
101 of 287
Cleveland Indians (AL)
Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
112 of 287
Boston Braves (NL)
Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
145 of 287
Boston Red Sox (AL)
Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
… and here is the only no-hitter in which the pitcher hit two homers:
179 of 287
Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)