Happy birthday Jordan Zimmermann

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.

Greene’s no-no for Phillies, 24 years ago today

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Tommy Greene threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 24 years ago today. Greene on Thursday, May 23, 1991 no-hit the Expos for a 2-0 win at Olympic Stadium.

Happy birthday to no-no thrower Jim Colborn

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.

Johnson’s perfecto, 11 years ago today

Randy Johnson threw the majors’ 17th perfect game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first no-hitter, 11 years ago today.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2004, the 40-year-old Johnson retired all of the 27 Atlanta Braves batters he faced at Turner Field for a 2-0 victory to become the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game.

It was Johnson’s second no-hitter. His first back in 1990 was the Seattle Mariners’ first no-no.

Shelby Miller falls one out shy of 2015’s first no-no

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.
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Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):

8⅔

Shelby Miller
  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)

8⅓

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)

7

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)

7

Sonny Gray
  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)

6⅔

Corey Kluber
  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)

6⅓

Garrett Richards
  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)

6

Madison Bumgarner
  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)

Anniversaries of Nottebart no-no, Wells perfecto

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 birthday Frank Mountain, threw no-no and hit homer

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 Frank Mountain
  Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
  Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
101 of 287 Wes Ferrell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
112 of 287 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
145 of 287 Earl Wilson
  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 Rick Wise
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)

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