Category Archives: This day in no-no history

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.

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.

Another fine day for a no-no

Once again, it’s a fine day for a no-no.

May 15 is one of four days sharing the record for most no-hitters with six. The others are April 27, September 20 and September 28.

Chicago holds two of the May 15 no-nos, with one belonging to the Federal League’s Chi-Feds/Whales and the other property of the Cubbies.

Here are the May 15 no-nos:

75 of 287 Claude Hendrix
  Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales (FL)
  Saturday, May 15, 1915
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 10, Pittsburgh Rebels 0
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
113 of 287 Clyde Shoun
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Monday, May 15, 1944
Cincinnati Reds 1, Boston Braves 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
127 of 287 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
140 of 287 Don Cardwell
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, May 15, 1960 (Second game of doubleheader)
Chicago Cubs 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
185 of 287 Nolan Ryan
  California Angels (AL)
  Tuesday, May 15, 1973
California Angels 3, Kansas City Royals 0
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
(His first of seven no-hitters)
207 of 287 Len Barker
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, May 15, 1981
Cleveland Indians 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
(Perfect game)

Jones becomes first African-American to throw no-no, 60 years ago today

"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.

No-nos on this date: Eller, Koufax and Leiter

Horace “Hod” Eller, Sandy Koufax and Al Leiter threw no-hitters on this date.

Eller, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Redland Field 96 years ago today.

Koufax, who threw four no-hitters with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossed his second no-no against the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1963.

Leiter threw the Florida Marlins first no-hitter 19 years ago today. The New Jersey native no-hit the Colorado Rockies for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Also, a late shout-out to the Montreal Expos’ Charlie Lea, who no-hit the Giants during the second game of a no-hitter 34 years ago yesterday.

‘Catfish’ throws perfecto, 47 years ago today

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.

Anniversary of Barnes, Verlander no-nos

The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes and the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander threw no-hitters on this date.

The New York Giants' Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
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.

Young, Koob and Belinsky notched May 5 no-hitters

Three no-hitters were thrown on this date, and one of them was the majors’ third perfect game.

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card

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.

Champagne order jinxes Farrell’s no-no, 26 years ago today

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.

Lesson? Wait for the bubbly.