It was the New York Mets’ no no-hitter streak that gave birth to this website, so it’s fitting on the day of the Mets’ home opener (a great 2-0 victory) to note two still-running streaks.
Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis’ 3rd-inning single off the Mets’ Jacob deGrom marked the 441nd game without a no-hitter since Johan Santana’s June 1, 2012 gem. It also marked the 8,461st regular season Mets game without a perfect game, but the no-perfecto streak is not nearly as remarkable at the team’s former 8,019 games without a no-hitter streak.
Several far-older franchises have failed to notch a perfect game, and the list includes the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. Newer clubs also without a perfecto include the Miami Marlins, the K.C. Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Colorado Rockies, the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres.
The Padres, of course, are the only team without any no-hitter, a streak that has gone 7,335 games through Sunday night. That’s 664 games shy of the Mets’ mark – a little over four seasons.
Happy birthday to Claude Hendrix, who threw a Federal League no-hitter in 1915.
Hendrix, born on this day in 1889 in Olathe, Kansas, got the start for the Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales on Saturday, May 15, 1915 against the Pittsburgh Rebels at Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park. Hendrix, a former Pittsburgh Pirates hurler, struck out three and walked three for a 10-0 victory.
“Eight fly balls were hit to the outfielders,” according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story. “Eight men died on pop flys to the infield and seven men were thrown out by ground balls by the infielders.”
Hundreds of fans rushed the field to congratulate Hendrix after he got Jimmy Savage to foul out to end the game.
“I got all the breaks and my teammates played great ball behind me,” Hendrix said.
Happy birthday to Vic Willis and Addie Joss, a couple of old-time no-hitter throwers.
Vic Willis, born on this date in 1876, pitched a no-hitter for the National League’s Boston Beaneaters on Monday, August 7, 1899 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. The Beaneaters topped the Washington Senators 7-1.
Cleveland Naps ace pitcher Addie Joss, born on this date in 1880, was the first pitcher to no-hit the same team twice.
He threw a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox at home on Friday, October 2, 1908, then no-hit the White Sox again during a road game on Wednesday, April 20, 1910. The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum is the only pitcher to duplicate the feat (vs. Padres in 2013 and 2014).
Today is the 23rd anniversary of Matt Young’s uncredited no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher threw eight innings of no-hit ball during the first game of a Sunday, April 12, 1992 doubleheader, but his team trailed 2-1 after the top of the ninth so there was no need for Young to take the mound for the bottom half of the ninth.
Leadoff walks in the first and third innings led to both no-hit runs.
In the first, the Indians’ Kenny Lofton walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a Luis Rivera error. In the third inning, Young walked Lewis, who eventually scored from third on a Carlos Baerga fielder’s choice.
Happy 51st birthday to Bret Saberhagen, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals in 1991.
Saberhagen had a lot of success with the Royals, winning Cy Young awards in 1985 (20-6 with a 2.87 ERA) and 1989 (23-6 with a 2.16 ERA). His no-hitter came on Aug. 26, 1991 during a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, but it was not without controversy.
In the fifth inning of the game, Royals outfielder Kirk Gibson got a late jump on a Dan Pasqua line drive, according to Baseball Digest. Gibson made a last-ditch-effort jump at the warning track but the ball tipped off his glove, letting Pasqua reach second. The official scorer initially ruled it a hit but changed it to a two-base error after watching replays.
Saberhagen’s no-no remained intact, and he retired 14 of the next 15 batters while issuing just his second base on balls in the eighth.
Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Angels’ only combined no-hitter, and the man who threw the final two innings of that game – Mike Witt – is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Halos’ home opener.
Mark Langston got the start for the California Angels on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium, and the San Diego native threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners. But he told the AP that night that he took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there.
Manager Doug Rader brought in Witt, who was no stranger to no-hitters. Witt had pitched a perfect game for the Angels on the final game of the 1984 season, topping the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium for a 1-0 win.
Witt needed to retire just six batters in this contest, and his two perfect innings closed out the combined no-hitter and secured a 1-0 victory for the Angels.
Langston is currently a broadcaster for the Angels.
Happy birthday to the Chicago Cubs’ James “Hippo” Vaughn, who came up on the losing end of baseball’s only double nine-inning no-hitter.
Vaughn, born 127 years ago today and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney both held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball at Weeghman Park on Wednesday, May 2, 1917.
The game went to the 10th, and the Reds scored on a single, an error and a error on a swinging bunt. Toney got the no-no and the 1-0 victory, but Vaughn had to settle for a stellar performance that’s not recognized as a no-hitter.
On this day in 1994, the Atlanta Braves’ Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mercker, who had already thrown 6 innings of a combined no-hitter in 1991, held the Dodgers to four walks (two of them in the first inning) on Friday, April 8, 1994 at Dodger Stadium. Only one Dodger reached second base.
On Wednesday, September 11, 1991 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Mercker threw 6 hitless innings against the San Diego Padres but yielded the seventh to Mark Wohlers. Wohlers kept the no-no going for another 2 innings and Alejandro Pena closed out the ninth for a 1-0 no-hit victory.
Forty-six years ago today, Padres Opening Day starter Dick Selma gave up a leadoff single to the Houston Astros’ Jesus Alou to begin the San Diego Padres no no-hitters count.
Earlier that day, on April 8, 1969, the New York Mets’ no no-hitters count reached 1,137 when Bob Bailey of the Montreal Expos tagged Tom Seaver for a first-inning RBI double. The Mets’ count would climb to 8,019 games over that franchise’s 50-year history before finally halting on June 1, 2012, with Johan Santana’s no-no.
The Padres count, currently at 7,330 games, continues to climb.