Close, but no cigar: No-hitters not officially recognized

There used to be 50 more no-hitters on the record books, but in September 1991 the Committee on Statistical Accuracy, chaired by then MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the official definition of a no hitter, declaring it a game of nine innings or more that ends with no hits. That leaves 287 sanctioned no-hitters (265 in the A.L. and N.L.), detailed here.

Pedro Martinez's ball from his uncredited no-no in the Hall of Fame.
Pedro Martinez’s no-no ball

The stringent definition eliminated 38 no-hitters from the books that were shortened by rain, darkness or other reasons, as well as losing efforts by the away team in which the home team doesn’t bat in the bottom of the ninth. (Three such no-nos have been thrown since 1991 that would have qualified under the old rules.)

It also wiped out 12 no-hitters by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings. That narrow definition kept Pedro Martinez out of the exclusive no-no club, even though his ball is featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s “No-Nos and Perfectos” exhibit. Martinez threw nine innings of perfect ball against the Padres on June 3, 1995, but his Expos couldn’t score a run and Martinez wound up giving up a hit in the 10th. It’s not considered a no-hitter.

Here are the no-hitters stricken from the record books in September 1991 and others pitched since then that would have qualified as no-hitters under the old rules.

No-hitters through nine that were broken up in extra innings:


1 Earl Moore
  Cleveland Blues (AL)
  Thursday, May 9, 1901
Cleveland Blues 2, Chicago White Sox 4 (10 innings)
League Park (Cleveland)
Game went 10 innings. Moore gave up leadoff single in 10th and allowed one more hit in a losing effort.
2 Bob Wicker
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Saturday, June 11, 1904
Chicago Cubs 1, New York Giants 0 (12 innings)
Polo Grounds (New York)
Game went 12 innings. Wicker gave up just one single with one out in the 10th and got the victory.
3 HARRY McINTIRE
  Brooklyn Superbas (NL)
  Wednesday, August 1, 1906
Brooklyn Superbas 0, Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (13 innings)
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
Game went 13 innings. McIntire gave up a single with two out in the 11th and allowed three more hits in a losing effort.
4 Red Ames
  New York Giants (NL)
  Thursday, April 15, 1909
New York Giants 0, Brooklyn Superbas 3 (13 innings)
Polo Grounds (New York)
Game went 13 innings. Ames gave up single with one out in 10th and allowed seven more hits in a losing effort.
5 Tom Hughes
  New York Highlanders (AL)
  Tuesday, August 30, 1910 (Second game of doubleheader)
New York Highlanders 0, Cleveland Naps 5 (11 innings)
Hilltop Park (New York)
Game went 11 innings. Hughes gave up single with one out in 10th and allowed six more hits and five 11th-inning runs in a losing effort.
6 Jim Scott
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Thursday, May 14, 1914
Chicago White Sox 0, Washington Senators 1 (10 innings)
National Park (Washington)
Game went 10 innings. Scott gave up a leadoff single in 10th and allowed one more hit in a losing effort.
7 Hippo Vaughn
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Wednesday, May 2, 1917
Chicago Cubs 0, Cincinnati Reds 1 (10 innings)
Weeghman Park (Chicago)
This remains the only time in Major League history that both pitchers had no-hitters through nine innings. Vaughn gave up a single with one out in 10th and allowed one more hit in a losing effort. The Reds’ Fred Toney is credited with a no hitter, completing the accomplishment in 10 innings.
8 Louis “Buck” (“Bobo”) Newsom
  St. Louis Browns (AL)
  Tuesday, September 18, 1934
St. Louis Browns 1, Boston Red Sox 2 (10 innings)
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
Game went 10 innings. Newsom gave up a single with two out in the 10th (the only hit against him) but lost the game.
9 Johnny Klippstein (7 inn.)
Hersch Freeman (1 inn.)
Joe Black (3 inn.)
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Saturday, May 26, 1956
Cincinnati Reds 1, Milwaukee Braves 2 (11 innings)
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
Game went 11 innings Black gave up a double with two out in 10th and allowed two more hits for the loss.
10 Harvey Haddix
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Tuesday, May 26, 1959
Pittsburgh Pirates 0, Milwaukee Braves 1 (13 innings)
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaykee)
Haddix threw a perfect game through 12, retiring the first 36 batters he faced. He lost the perfect game in the top of the 13th when Pirates third-baseman Don Hoak committed an error letting Felix Mantilla reach first. After a sacrifice bunt by Eddie Mathews and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron, Haddix lost the no hitter (and the game) on a Joe Adcock walkoff homer.
11 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Monday, June 14, 1965
Cincinnati Reds 0, New York Mets 1 (11 innings)
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
Game went 11 innings. Maloney gave up leadoff home run in the 11th and allowed one more hit in the losing effort.
12 Mark Gardner (9 inn.)
Jeff Fassero (0 inn.)
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Friday, July 26, 1991
Montreal Expos 0, Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (10 innings)
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
Game went 10 innings. Gardner gave up a leadoff single in 10th and allowed one more hit before Fassero came in. Fassero gave up a game-winning hit but Gardner had responsibility for the baserunner and was charged with the loss.
13 Pedro Martinez (9 inn.)
Mel Rojas (1 inn.)
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Saturday, June 3, 1995
Montreal Expos 1, San Diego Padres 0 (10 innings)
Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego)
Game went 10 innings. Martinez had a perfect game through nine. After he gave up a leadoff double in the 10th, Rojas came in and retired the next three batters.

No-hitters lost by the away team in which the game ended after 8 1/2 innings:


1 Silver King
  Chicago Pirates (PL)
  Saturday, June 21, 1890
Chicago Pirates 0, Brooklyn Ward’s Wonders 1
South Side Park (Chicago)
Home team led after 8 1/2 innings so didn’t have to bat in ninth. No-hit pitcher threw just 8 innings.
2 Andy Hawkins
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1990
New York Yankees 0, Chicago White Sox 4
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
Home team led after 8 1/2 innings so didn’t have to bat in ninth. No-hit pitcher threw just 8 innings.
3 Matt Young
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Sunday, April 12, 1992 (First game of doubleheader)
Boston Red Sox 1, Clevelnd Indians 2
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
Home team led after 8 1/2 innings so didn’t have to bat in ninth. No-hit pitcher threw just 8 innings.
4 Jered Weaver (6 inn.), Jose Arrendondo (2 inn.)
  Los Angeles Angels (IL)
  Saturday, June 28, 2008
Los Angeles Angels 0, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
Home team led after 8 1/2 innings so didn’t have to bat in ninth. No-hit pitcher threw just 8 innings.

No-hitters that fell shy of nine innings due to weather or darkness:


1 LARRY McKEON
  Indianapolis Hoosiers (AA)
  Tuesday, May 6, 1884
Indianapolis Hoosiers 0, Cincinnati Red Stockings 0 (6 innings)
League Park (Cincinnati)
(Game called due to rain.)
2 Charlie Geggus
  Washington Nationals (UA)
  Thursday, August 21, 1884
Washington Nationals 12, Wilmington Quicksteps 1 (8 innings)
Capitol Grounds (Washington)
(Game called by consent.)
3 Charlie Getzien
  Detroit Wolverines (NL)
  Wednesday, October 1, 1884
Detroit Wolverines 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (6 innings)
Recreation Park (Detroit)
(Game called due to rain.)
4 Charlie Sweeney (2 inn.), Henry Boyle (3 inn.)
  St. Louis Maroons (UA)
  Sunday, October 5, 1884
St. Louis Maroons 0, St. Paul Whitecaps 1 (5 innings)
Union Grounds (St. Louis)
(Game called due to rain.)
5 Fred “Dupee” Shaw
  Providence Grays (NL)
  Wednesday, October 7, 1885 (First game of doubleheader)
Providence Grays 4, Buffalo Bisons 0 (5 innings)
Olympic Park (Buffalo)
(Planned 5-inning doubleheader.)
6 George Van Haltren
  Chicago White Stockings (NL)
  Thursday, June 21, 1888
Chicago White Stockings 1, Pittsburgh Alleghenys 0 (6 innings)
West Side Park (Chicago)
(Game called due to rain.)
7 Ed Crane
  New York Giants (NL)
  Thursday, September 27, 1888
New York Giants 3, Washington Nationals 0 (7 innings)
Polo Grounds (New York)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
8 Matt Kilroy
  Baltimore Orioles (AA)
  Saturday, July 29, 1889 (Second game of doubleheader)
Baltimore Orioles 0, St. Louis Browns 0 (7 innings)
Oriole Park (Baltimore)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
9 George Nicol
  St. Louis Browns (AA)
  Tuesday, September 23, 1890
St. Louis Browns 21, Philadelphia Athletics 2 (7 innings)
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
10 Hank Gastright
  Columbus Solons (AA)
  Sunday, October 12, 1890
Columbus Solons 6, Toledo Maumees 0 (8 innings)
Recreation Park (Columbus)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
11 Jack Stivetts
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Saturday, October 15, 1892 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 4, Washington Senators 0 (5 innings)
Boundary Field (Washington, D.C.)
(Game called by mutual consent.)
12 Elton Chamberlain
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Saturday, September 23, 1893 (Second game of doubleheader)
Cincinnati Reds 6, Boston Beaneaters 0 (7 innings)
League Park (Cincinnati)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
13 Ed Stein
  Brooklyn Grooms (NL)
  Saturday, June 2, 1894
Brooklyn Grooms 1, Chicago White Stockings 0 (6 innings)
Eastern Park (Brooklyn)
(Game called due to rain.)
14 Red Ames
  New York Giants (NL)
  Monday, September 14, 1903 (Second game of doubleheader)
New York Giants 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0 (5 innings)
Robison Field (St. Louis)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
15 Rube Waddell
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Tuesday, August 15, 1905
Philadelphia Athletics 2, St. Louis Browns 0 (5 innings)
Columbia Park (Philadelphia)
(Game called due to rain.)
16 Jake Weimer
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Friday, August 24, 1906 (Second game of doubleheader)
Cincinnati Reds 1, Brooklyn Superbas 0 (7 innings)
Palace of the Fans (Cincinnati)
(Nightcap planned as 7-inning game.)
17 Jim Dygert (3 inn.), Rube Waddell (2 inn.)
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, August 29, 1906
Philadelphia Athletics 4, Chicago White Sox 3 (5 innings)
Columbia Park (Philadelphia)
(Game called due to rain.)
18 GRANT "STONEY" McGLYNN
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 24, 1906 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Brooklyn Superbas 1 (7 innings)
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
19 Al “Lefty” Leifield
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Wednesday, September 26, 1906 (Second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (6 innings)
National League Park (Philadelphia)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
20 Ed Walsh
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Sunday, May 26, 1907
Chicago White Sox 8, New York Highlanders 1 (5 innings)
South Side Park (Chicago)
(Game called due to rain.)
21 Ed Karger
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, August 11, 1907 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Boston Doves 0 (7 innings)
Robison Field (St. Louis)
(Perfect game; nightcap planned as 7-inning game.)
22 Homie Camnitz
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, August 23, 1907 (Second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 1, New York Giants 0 (5 innings)
Polo Grounds (New York)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
23 Harry “Rube” Vickers
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, October 5, 1907 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 4, Washington Senators 0 (5 innings)
National Park (Washington, D.C.)
(Perfect game, called because of darkness.)
24 Johnny Lush
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Thursday, August 6, 1908
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Brooklyn Superbas 0 (6 innings)
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
(Game called due to rain.)
25 Len “King” Cole
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Sunday, July 31, 1910 (Second game of doubleheader)
Chicago Cubs 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0 (7 innings)
Robison Field (St. Louis)
(Teams agreed to call the game at 5 p.m. Central so teams could catch their trains.)
26 Jay Carl Cashion
  Washington Senators (AL)
  Tuesday, August 20, 1912 (Second game of doubleheader)
Washington Senators 2, Cleveland Naps 0 (6 innings)
Griffith Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
(Game called at end of 6th to allow Cleveland to catch a train.)
27 Walter Johnson
  Washington Senators (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1924 (First game of doubleheader)
Washington Senators 2, St. Louis Browns 0 (7 innings)
Griffith Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
(Game called due to rain; Second game of doubleheader canceled.)
28 Fred Frankhouse
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Friday, August 27, 1937 (First game of doubleheader)
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Cincinnati Reds 0 (8 innings)
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
Opener called due to rain after 7 2/3 (second game of doubleheader canceled)
29 Johnny Whitehead
  St. Louis Browns (AL)
  Monday, August 5, 1940 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Browns 4, Detroit Tigers 0 (6 innings)
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
(Game called due to rain.)
30 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, June 22, 1944 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (5 innings)
Braves Field (Boston)
(Game called due to darnkess.)
31 MIKE McCORMICK
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 1959
San Francisco Giants 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (5 innings)
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(Game called due to rain. McCormick allowed a single and then walked the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but because that inning was never completed statistically the hit never happened.)
32 "Toothpick" Sam Jones
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Friday, September 26, 1959
San Francisco Giants 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0 (7 innings)
Busch Stadium I (St. Louis)
(Game called due to rain.)
33 Dean Chance
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Thursday, August 6, 1967
Minnesota Twins 2, Boston Red Sox 0 (5 innings)
Metropolitan Stadium (Minneapolis)
(Perfect game, called because of rain.)
34 David Palmer
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Saturday, April 21, 1984 (Second game of doubleheader)
Montreal Expos 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0 (5 innings)
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(Perfect game, called because of rain.)
35 Pascual Perez
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Saturday, September 24, 1988
Montreal Expos 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (5 innings)
Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)
(Game called due to rain.)
36 Melido Perez
  Chicago White Sox (AL)
  Thursday, July 12, 1990
Chicago White Sox 8, New York Yankees 0 (6 innings)
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(Game called due to rain.)
37 Devern Hansack
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Sunday, October 1, 2006
Boston Red Sox 9, Baltimore Orioles 0 (5 innings)
Fenway Park (Boston)
(Game called due to rain.)

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