Category Archives: No-no birthdays

Happy birthday Burt Hooton, threw ’72 no-no in fourth start

Happy 68th birthday to Burt Hooton, who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in just his fourth major-league start.

Hooton was just 22 when he tossed the April 16, 1972 no-no at Wrigley Field, leading the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hooton walked seven and struck out seven, and, according to the AP, a 16-mph wind blowing in helped keep the ball in the park for the Texas right-hander.

Cubs shortstop Don Kessinger saved the no-no in the third with a leaping catch of a Denny Doyle line drive, and outfielder Rick Monday snagged a Luzinski line drive at the left-center field wall in the seventh to keep it intact.

Happy 40th birthday Devern Hansack, threw 5-inning, rain-shortened no-no in ’06

Devern Hasack (Hey Devern, Game is Over! by Eric Kilby licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Devern Hasack by Eric Kilby licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Happy 40th birthday to Devern Hansack, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2006.

Major League Baseball’s committee for statistical accuracy had already determined that rain-shortened no-nos were not official no-hitters, but Hansack made the most of his October 1, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season. He no-hit the O’s for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead. Umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain.

You can find the full list of such “close but no cigar” outings on our No-hitters not officially recognized page.

Hansack’s no-no was one of his three career starts in the majors, as he appeared in just nine major league games between 2006-2008 while compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.

“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor born 102 years ago today

"Schoolboy" Johnny Taylor
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor
“Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor, who no-hit Satchel Paige’s Dominican All-Stars in 1937, was born 102 years ago today.

Taylor, a New York Cubans pitcher, was representing the Negro All-Star Team on Sunday, September 19, 1937, during a benefit All-Star game at the Polo Grounds. Taylor held Paige’s team hitless and issued just two bases on balls. Paige allowed two runs on eight hits, with the damaging one coming on a two-run home run by Jim West in the eighth inning.

Taylor, a native of Hartford, holds the Connecticut state record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. In his final high school game in 1933, Taylor fanned 25 batters in a game on June 2, 1933, Taylor, according to the Hartford Courant.

Happy 34th birthday to Ubaldo Jimenéz, threw Rockies’ only no-hitter

jimenezjerseyHappy 34th birthday to the Ubaldo Jimenéz, who tossed the only Colorado Rockies no-hitter in 2010.

Jiménez, a current free agent who spent the past four seasons with the Orioles, no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Turner Field. Jiménez struck out seven and walked six.

Jiménez in 2015 became the only pitcher I can remember (other than Babe Ruth in 1917 after one batter) being ejected while pitching a no-hitter. On April 17, 2015, home plate umpire Jordan Baker tossed Jiménez after he hit Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball. Baker surmised that the fourth-inning pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game. In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.

Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.

Also celebrating a no-no birthday is Jim Jay Hughes, who threw a no-hitter for the National League’s Baltimore Orioles on April 22, 1898 against the Boston Beaneaters. It was thrown on the same day that the Cincinnati Reds’ Ted Breitenstein tossed a no-no against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park — the first of just two same-day no-nos in major league history.

Happy 82nd birthday Sandy Koufax

Wishing a happy 82nd birthday to Sandy Koufax, who tossed four no-hitters — one of them perfect — for the 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Brooklyn-born southpaw pitched his no-nos in consecutive years from 1962-’65, culminating with a perfecto over the Chicago Cubs in ’65. The Cubs played nearly 50 years until they were no-hit again, when Cole Hamels tossed a no-no at Wrigley on July 25, 2015.

1 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, June 30, 1962
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His first of four no-hitters)
2 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His second of four no-hitters)
3 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 4, 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His third of four no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller.. Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965.)
4 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1965
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game, his fourth of four no-hitters setting a new major league record, breaking the previous mark of three shared between him, Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller. The record would be tied by Nolan Ryan in 1975 and broken in 1981.)

Here are some Koufax highlights:

Happy birthday Kevin Millwood

Happy 43rd birthday to Kevin Millwood, who threw a no-hitter in 2003 for the Philadelphia Phillies.

At Veterans Stadium on Sunday, April 27, 2003, Millwood no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 1-0 win. The Phillies were able to notch just four hits in the game, scoring their only run in the first inning on a Ricky Ledee homer. Millwood struck out 10 and walked three on the day.

On June 8, 2012, while pitching for the Seattle Mariners, Millwood pitched six innings of a combined no-hitter at Safeco Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Finishing the effort were Charlie Furbush (⅔ inn.), Stephen Pryor (⅓ inn.), Lucas Luetge (⅓ inn.), Brandon League (⅔ inn) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1 inn.).

Millwood retired after the 2012 season, winning 169 games over a 16-year career.

Happy 35th birthday to perfecto thrower Philip Humber

Philip Humber cardHappy 35th birthday to Philip Humber, who threw a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox in 2012.

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Humber retired all 27 Seattle Mariners he faced for a 4-0 win at Safeco Field. He struck out nine batters and completed the feat using just 96 pitches.

Humber retired in 2016 with a 16-23 record over an eight-year career with the Mets, Twins, Royals, White Sox and Astros.

Happy birthday ‘Bullet’ Joe Bush

“Bullet” Joe Bush, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, was born 125 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 26, 1916, at Shibe Park, Bush held the Cleveland Indians hitless en route to a 5-0 win. Bush allowed his only base runner in the first inning by issuing a walk to Jack Graney. Bush struck out seven Cleveland batters to complete the no-no, which was witnessed by some 10,000 fans.

Happy birthday to no-no thrower Matt Garza

mattgarzaHappy 34th birthday to Matt Garza, who threw the only no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.

On Monday, July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field, Garza no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 5-0 win. The Tigers’ Max Scherzer was also working on a no-hitter that night but lost it on a Matt Joyce grand slam in the sixth.

Garza’s no-hitter came just three months after another team exited the no no-no club — the Colorado Rockies. On April 17 of that year, Ubaldo Jiménez tossed a no-hitter at Turner Field for a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. With the Rockies and Rays getting their first no-nos, that left the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres as the only major league franchises without one.

Santana kicked the Mets out of the club in June 2012, and the Padres continue to await their first no-no.