Today marks the 57th anniversary of what is perhaps the greatest baseball game ever thrown by a pitcher.
On May 26, 1959, in Harvey Haddix’s first season with the Pirates, the Medway, Ohio southpaw retired 36 Milwaukee Braves batters for a perfect game through 12 innings, but his team couldn’t score. Haddix lost the perfect game when Don Hoak threw a routine grounder in the dirt, then lost the no-hitter and the game when Joe Adcock launched a ball over the right-center field fence.
Haddix was later immortalized by The Baseball Project, which asks in its chrous, “Why don’t we add ‘ol Harvey to the list?”
Happy 66th birthday to John Montefusco, who threw a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants in 1976.
On Wednesday, September 29, 1976, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, “The Count” no-hit the Atlanta Braves for a 9-0 win. Montefusco struck out four and allowed just one base runner, issuing a fourth-inning walk to Jerry Royster.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Tommy Greene threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 25 years ago today.
On Thursday, May 23, 1991, Greene no-hit the Expos for a 2-0 win at Olympic Stadium. Greene struck out 10 but walked seven batters, needing 130 pitches to complete the no-no. Five days later, Greene threw a complete-game three-hit shutout against the Expos, striking out nine while walking none for a 12-0 win at Veterans Stadium.
Happy 30th birthday to the Detroit Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Zimmermann 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.)
Also born on this date, 144 years ago today, is Charles “Deacon” Phillippe, who tossed a no-hitter for the National League’s Louisville Colonels on Thursday, May 25, 1899. Phillippe no-hit the New York Giants for a 7-0 at Louisville’s Eclipse Park.
The Kansas City Monarchs’ Eugene Marvin Collins threw what is considered to be the final no-hitter in major Negro Leagues history, 67 years ago today.
On Sunday, May 22, 1949, Collins no-hit the Houston (relocated from Newark) Eagles for a 14-0 victory that may have been called early due to the mercy rule. Collins, a Kansas City native, was later signed by the Chicago White Sox but didn’t make it out of the minors. He also played in the Mexican League.
Happy 70th 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.
Former major-league pitcher Ravelo Manzanillo threw the second no-hitter in the history of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, 24 years ago today.
On Thursday, May 21, 1992, Manzanillo, playing for the Brother Elephants, no-hit the Wei Chuan Dragons for a 4-0 win.
Nine years later, while pitching for the Mexican League’s Yucatan Lions on June 28, 2001, Manzanillo threw a 7-inning no-hitter gainst the Campeche Pirates, according to Baseball-Reference.com. And Ravelo’s brother, Josias Manzanillo, pitched the 100th no-hitter in the history of the AA Eastern League on July 12, 1989, according to the site.