Four no-hitters were tossed on this date, but three of them are more than 100 years old.
The only modern-day no-hitter was thrown on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn against the San Francisco Giants. It came just a day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards.
- Cy Young threw the first of his three no-hitters for the National League’s Cleveland Spiders during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at League Park on September 18, 1897. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0.
- The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chick Fraser no-hit the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a Friday, September 18, 1903, doubleheader at Chicago’s West Side Park. The Phillies beat the Cubs 10-0.
- And the Cleveland Naps’ Bob “Dusty” Rhoads no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Friday, September 18, 1908, for a 2-1 at Cleveland’s League Park.
The San Francisco Giants’ Gaylord Perry and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hideo Nomo threw no-hitters on this date.
Forty-seven years ago today, on Tuesday, September 17, 1968, Perry out-dueled Bob Gibson to no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 win at Candlestick Park. The Cards’ Ray Washburn retaliated by no-hitting the Giants the next day.
Nineteen years ago today, on Tuesday, September 17, 1996, Nomo threw a no-no against the Colorado Rockies for a 9-0 win at Coors Field. Nomo followed it up with a second no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2001.
The Milwaukee Braves’ Warren Spahn, the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Morehead and the Cincinnati Reds’ Tom Browning all threw no-hitters on this date.
Fifty-five years ago today, on Friday, September 16, 1960, Spahn no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 4-0 win at Milwaukee County Stadium. It was his first of two no-nos.
Fifty years ago today, on Thursday, September 16, 1965, Morehead no-hit the Cleveland Indians for a 2-0 win at Fenway Park. And 27 years ago today, on Friday, September 16, 1988, Browning threw a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 1-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.
The Rochester Broncos’ Ledell “Cannonball” Titcomb threw a no-hitter against the Syracuse Stars, 125 years ago today.
It was the first no-hitter thrown at the now-standard 60-foot-6-inch pitching distance.
On Monday, September 15, 1890, Titcomb no-hit the Stars for a 7-0 win in an American Association match-up at Rochester’s Culver Field. Titcomb walked two and hit one batter while striking out seven. The Broncos also committed three errors.
Rochester and Syracuse had been brought into the American Association in 1890 to replace the Brooklyn and Cincinnati franchises, which defected to the National League after the 1889 season. Both the Broncos and the Stars folded after just one season.
Happy 77th birthday to Gaylord Perry, who threw a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants in 1968.
Perry on Tuesday, September 17, 1968, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park for a 1-0 victory. The Giants’ celebration was short-lived, as the Cards’ Ray Washburn no-hit the Giants for a 2-0 win the very next night.
The Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano threw a neutral site no-hitter, seven years ago today.
The Houston Astros had a game scheduled against the Cubs on Sunday, September 14, 2008, but the team was forced to play the game outside of Houston because of Hurricane Ike. The Brewers offered Miller Park, and the stadium’s close proximity to Chicago made the game feel like a Cubs’ home game.
Zambrano held the Astros hitless while striking out 10 batters and walking one to lead Chicago to a 5-0 win in front of 23,441 fans.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter in the form of a perfect game, 50 years ago today.
Koufax on September 9, 1965, retired each of the 27 Chicago Cubs batters he faced at Dodger Stadium to set a new record for career no-hitters. Nolan Ryan would eventually break the mark of 4 and extend his record to 7.
But Koufax’s perfecto had such an impact on the Cubs that the team avoided being no-hit for nearly 50 years, with the streak ending this year at the hands of Cole Hamels.
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.
As Chicago Cubs fans celebrate Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, we also commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender’s no-hitter against the New York Giants.
Lavender’s gem came during the first game of a Tuesday, August 31, 1915 doubleheader at the Polo Grounds.
The Giants’ Fred Merkle, immortalized by a 1908 baserunning blunder that became known as “Merkle’s Boner,” was the only New Yorker to reach first base this game—once on a second-inning error by Bob Fisher and another on Lavender’s only walk in the eighth. Merkle never reached second.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Chicago White Sox’s Vern Kennedy, who no-hit the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, August 31, 1935 at Comiskey Park — 80 years ago today.
Happy 47th birthday to Hideo Nomo, the only pitcher to throw no-hitters before and after stints with the New York Mets.
Nomo, born August 31, 1968, in Osaka, Japan, notched his first no-no as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, September 17, 1996 at Coors Field. The Dodgers topped the Rockies 9-0.
Nomo’s second no-no came with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, April 4, 2001, when the Sox topped the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 at Camden Yards.
In between those no-hitters, Nomo appeared in 17 games with the Mets, posting a 4-5 record with a 4.82 ERA.