Category Archives: This day in Mets no-no history

Expos’ Stoneman no-hits Mets, 44 years ago today

The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the New York Mets, 44 years ago today.

On October 2, 1972, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Stoneman no-hit the Mets at Parc Jarry for a 7-0 win. Stoneman struck out nine but walked seven.

The Mets got a runner 90 feet from homeplate in the fifth inning but couldn’t drive him in. With one out and Bill Sudakis on first from a walk, Don Hahn reached first on an error by Stoneman and Ted Martinez advanced Sudakis to third on 3-6 force aply, but Stoneman struck out pinch hitter Dave Marshall to exit the inning unscathed.

It was Stoneman’s second no-hitter. On Thursday, April 17, 1969, in the Expos franchise’s ninth game, Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium for a 7-0 win.

Also tossing a no-no on this date was the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who threw a perfecto against the Chicago White Sox 104 years ago today at League Park.

Astros’ Darryl Kile no-hits Mets, 23 years ago today

kilejerseyDarryl Kile threw a Houston Astros no-hitter, 23 years ago today.

Kile struck out nine while walking one in the Wednesday, September 8, 1993, game at the Astrodome in which the Astros won 7-1. Kile retired the first 10 New York Mets batters, but the Mets got their run in the fourth thanks to a walk followed by an Astros defensive breakdown.

After walking Jeff McKnight, Kile threw a wild pitch that catcher Scott Servais thought hit Joe Orsulak on the foot. It didn’t, and as McKnight ran to third, first baseman Jeff Bagwell grabbed the ball and threw it off-line, allowing McKnight to score.

Kile, who later played for the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals, died tragically on June 22, 2002, of a heart attack.

Cubs’ Pappas no-hits Padres, 44 years ago today

Milt Pappas
Milt Pappas
Forty-four years ago today, on Sept. 2, 1972, the Chicago Cubs’ Milt Pappas no-hit the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, becoming the only pitcher in MLB history to lose a perfect game by walking the 27th batter but still get a no-hitter (two others did it on hit batsmen).

Pappas retired the first 26 Padres he faced and was one out away from a perfect game with a 3-2 count on pinch-hitter Larry Stahl when home plate umpire Bruce Froemming called a ball to issue the base on balls. Pappas started yelling at Froemming and nearly got kicked out of the game.

“I’ve got a call, and I’m not a fan. I’m an umpire,” Froemming told the MLB Network’s Bob Costas.

Pappas managed to get pinch-hitter Garry Jestadt to pop out to second to complete the no-no, an 8-0 victory.

A couple of years ago I interviewed Pappas, who passed away in April, and he was still upset with umpire Bruce Froemming for not giving him calls on the final batter to give him the perfecto. Pappas told me that people still came up to him to talk about that game.

“I’m still being recognized and still going out and signing autographs, and I’m wondering to myself on numerous occasions, ‘If I would have done the perfect game, would I be getting this kind of adulation?” he asked. “I wouldn’t have had the 40 years of ‘Man, you got screwed’ and ‘Who’s that umpire that called that?’”

Lee breaks up Seaver’s no-no in 9th, 44 years ago today

The San Diego Padres’ Leron Lee killed Tom Seaver’s chance of throwing the first New York Mets’ no-hitter in the ninth inning, 44 years ago today.

Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning at Shea Stadium on July 4, 1972, although he walked two batters in the fourth and two batters in the eighth, so the perfect game was off the board.

Seaver took the mound in the ninth and got Dave Roberts to ground out before Leron Lee lined a ball up the middle to end the no-no bid. He then got Nate Colbert to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game for a 2-0 complete-game shutout, Seaver’s fourth career one-hitter.

Seaver struck out 11 batters, and the Mets scored their only runs with two outs in the third when Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool drew bases-loaded walks from the Padres’ Clay Kirby.

It was the Mets’ ninth one-hitter and it marked the team’s 1,692nd game without a no-hitter. On the other side, Kirby lost his no-hitter on Wayne Garrett’s first-inning single to move the Padres’ count to 556 games.

The Mets count ended at 8,019; the Padres count is at 7,572 games and still growing.

Santana breaks Mets’ no-no curse, 4 years ago today

Today is the fourth anniversary of Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ no no-hitters streak at 8,019 games. As always, we celebrate by repeating our original post from June 1, 2012. Also, here’s the link to Phil Taylor’s Sports Illustrated piece on last year’s anniversary, for which I was a source: No-no regrets: Johan Santana would not alter a thing. Terry Collins might.


The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards

John Santana
John Santana
For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.

Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams — not the Mets.

Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.

Sanatana’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.

The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.

In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.

The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).

Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.

Stoneman no-hits Mets, 42 years ago today

The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman threw a no-hitter against the New York Mets, 43 years ago today.

Stoneman, pitching the first game of a doubleheader at Parc Jarry, walked 7 batters but kept the Mets from notching a single scratch hit for a 7-0 win. It marked Stoneman’s second no-hitter for the young Expos franchise.

Also, on this date in 1908, the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss tossed a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox for a 2-0 victory at League Park. It was Joss’ second no-hitter.

6 no-hitters thrown on this date, though none since Moose no-hit ’69 Mets

September 20 is a popular day for a no-hitter.

Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 46 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.

Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.

September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.

Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:

8 of 293 Larry Corcoran
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago)
(His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 293 James "Nixey" Callahan
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(First American League no hitter)
56 of 293 Nick Maddox
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 293 Frank Smith
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 293 Hoyt Wilhelm
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

Kile no-hits Mets, 22 years ago today

The Houston Astros’ Darryl Kile no-hit the New York Mets, 22 years ago today.

Kile struck out nine while walking one in the game at the Astrodome in which the Astros won 7-1. He had retired the first 10 Mets batters, but the Mets got a run in the fourth thanks to a walk followed by an Astros defensive breakdown.

After walking Jeff McKnight, Kile threw a wild pitch, which catcher Scott Servais thought hit Joe Orsulak on the foot. It didn’t, and as McKnight ran to third, first baseman Jeff Bagwell grabbed the ball and threw it off-line, allowing McKnight to score.

40th anniversary of Halicki’s no-no against the Mets

Today’s the 40th anniversary of San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Ed Halicki’s no-hitter against the New York Mets.

The Mets actually had 12 hits on August 24, 1975, the day that Halicki hurled his no-no at Candlestick Park. Unfortunately, all 12 hits came in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mets won the opener 9-5, thanks in part to a fifth-inning Grand Slam by Dave Kingman.

Halicki struck out 10 and walked two in the nightcap, which turned a bit controversial in the fifth inning when the Mets’ Rusty Staub hit a line drive up the middle.

The ball ricocheted off of Halicki’ shin and rolled to second baseman Derrel Thomas. Thomas bobbled it before throwing to first, allowing the far-from-fleet-footed Grande L’Orange to beat the throw. The official scorer received cheers when he ruled the play an E-4, a call that New York Daily News columnist Dick Young took issue with. Halicki has since said he thought the call was correct.

Tannehill, Gross threw no-hitters on this date

The Boston Americans’ Jesse Tannehill and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kevin Gross threw no-hitters on this date.

Tannehill on Wednesday, August 17, 1904, no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 6-0 win at South Side Park. Tannehill walked one, hit a batter and struck out three to complete the third no-hitter in American League history.

Gross no-hit the San Francisco Giants on Monday, August 17, 1992, for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium. He retired 22 of the last 23 batters to complete the no-no.

Celebrating a no-no birthday today is Vern Bickford, who would have turned 95 today. Bickford on Friday, August 11, 1950, threw a no-hitter for the Boston Braves at Braves Field against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He died of cancer in 1960.