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.
"Toothpick" Sam Jones became the first African-American to throw a Major League Baseball no-hitter, 60 years ago today.
Jones, pitching for the Chicago Cubs on May 12, 1955, no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field. He completed an accomplishment that likely would have been preceded by such Negro Leagues greats as Dick "Cannonball" Redding, "Bullet" Joe Rogan, Leon Day and Satchel Paige had baseball integrated earlier.
Also throwing no-hitters on this date are Charles "Chief" Bender, Carl Erskine and A.J. Burnett.
Bender, a starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910. Erskine tossed his second Brooklyn Dodgers no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the New York Giants, on Saturday, May 12, 1956 at Ebbets Field. Burnett, a Florida Marlins pitcher, no-hit the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2001 for a 3-0 win.
Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter threw a perfect game, 47 years ago today.
On Wednesday, May 8, 1968, Hunter retired all 27 Minnesota Twins he faced for a 4-0 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Hunter’s perfecto was the third of the 1960s, following gems by Jim Bunning (1964) and Sandy Koufax (1965).
Also throwing no-nos on this date are the Boston Doves’ Frank “Big Jeff” Pfeffer and the New York Giants’ Carl Hubbell.
Pfeffer in 1907 no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 6-0 win at Huntington Avenue Grounds.
In 1929, Hubbell no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 victory at the Polo Grounds.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes and the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander threw no-hitters on this date.
Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, May 7, 1922 for a 6-0 win. Barnes faced the minimum 27 batters, walking Cy Williams in the fifth inning but retiring him and batter Art Fletcher on a double play.
Philadelphia coaches asked for the game ball in the middle of the seventh inning and showed umpire Bob Hart several cuts, prompting Hart to throw it out of the game.
Also on this date – Saturday, May 7, 2011 – Verlander threw his second career no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-0 victory at the Rogers Centre. Verlander walked just one batter in the eighth inning while striking out 12.
Three no-hitters were thrown on this date, and one of them was the majors’ third perfect game.
Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) on Thursday, May 5, 1904, retired all 27 Philadelphia Athletics he faced for a 3-0 win at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. It was his second of career no-hitters that would tie him for the career lead with Larry Corcoran.
On this date in 1917, the St. Louis Browns’ Ernie Koob no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at home at Sportsman’s Park. Browns teammate Bob Groom also no-hit the White Sox the next day, but Groom’s gem came in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader so the two weren’t consecutive.
Decades later, on May 5, 1962, Los Angeles Angels rookie Bo Belinsky no-hit the Baltimore Orioles for a 2-0 win that launched the former Trenton pool shark into Hollywood stardom.
The Cleveland Indians’ John Farrell lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning, 26 years ago today.
Farrell was no-hitting the Kansas City Royals through eight on May 4, 1989 when the Royals’ Kevin Seitzer led off the ninth by dropping a fly ball the dropped inside the right-field line for a base hit.
A United Press International game story noted that Indians clubhouse manager Cy Buynak jinxed the no-no just before Seitzer’s hit by calling the Stadium Club restaurant to order three bottles of champagne.
“That was the whammy,” Stadium Club manager Jim Kerlin told UPI. “I told my assistant not to take them down.”
The bottles were apparently the same three bottles the Toronto Blue Jays called for when Dave Stieb took a no-no into the ninth in 1988. Stieb had four late-inning misses before finally getting his no-no in 1990.
Lefthander Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins, four years ago today.
Liriano, now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, no-hit the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 for a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field. The game also marked his first shutout and first complete game, including his time in the minors.