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.
Happy 155th birthday to Frank Mountain, one of five major league pitchers to hit a home run while throwing a no-hitter.
Mountain, a hurler for the American Association’s Columbus Buckeyes, threw the majors’ 13th no-no against the Washington Nationals on June 5, 1884. The National Republican’s account of the game was not particularly kind to the hometown Nats.
“The Columbus club yesterday played a fine game in the field and at the bat,” the newspaper said. “The Washingtons fielded poorly and batted like school boys, the net result being a well earned victory for the former and a well deserved defeat for the latter.”
Here are the four no-hitters in which the pitcher hit one homer:
13 of 287
Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
101 of 287
Cleveland Indians (AL)
Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
112 of 287
Boston Braves (NL)
Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
145 of 287
Boston Red Sox (AL)
Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
… and here is the only no-hitter in which the pitcher hit two homers:
179 of 287
Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)
Happy birthday to no-no throwers Roy Halladay, Dennis Martínez and Ed Walsh.
Halladay, who turns 38 today, threw both his no-hitters for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. On May 29 of that year, Halladay tossed a perfect game against the Florida Marlins for a 1-0 win at Sun Life Stadium. Then, on October 6 in the first game of the 2010 National League Division Series, he threw postseason play’s second ever no-no for a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park.
Martínez, who turns 60 today, threw a perfect game for the Montreal Expos. On Sunday, July 28, 1991, he led the Expos to a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Martínez is the first Nicaraguan-born pitcher to play in the majors.
Walsh, born 134 years ago today, threw a 5-0 no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox on August 27, 1911 against the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park. The Hall of Famer holds the record for the lowest lifetime ERA in baseball history – 1.82. Walsh also threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the New York Highlanders in 1907.
The Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Wednesday and retired the inning’s first two batters before losing his bid on a Jhonny Peralta single. More impressively, Kluber struck out 18 batters and didn’t even take the mound for the ninth.
Kluber’s effort is the fourth longest no-no bid of the 2015 season, which is awaiting its first no-hitter.
Cody Allen retired the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to secure the 2-0 win for the Indians.
Also on Wednesday, the Cincinnati Reds’ Raisel Iglesias took a no-hitter in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves before pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr. broke it up with a single.
And in Anaheim, the Colorado Rockies’ Jordan Lyles (1 inning) and Christian Bergman (3⅓ innings) took a no-hitter into the fifth before Bergman yielded a double to Erick Aybar, who was immediately thrown out at third. Lyles left the game after the first inning when Albert Pujols lined a ball into Lyles’ pitching hand.
Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):
Trevor Bauer (6 inn) Kyle Crockett (1 inn) Scott Atchinson (1 inn) Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
Chris Young (5 inn) Ryan Madson (2 inn) Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
Kansas City Royals (AL)
Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
Oakland Athletics (AL)
Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
Los Angeles Angels (AL)
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
San Francisco Giants (NL)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
Miles “Alex” Main, who threw a no-hitter for the Kansas City Packers in 1915, was born 131 years ago today.
Main no-hit the Buffalo Buffeds/Blues in a Federal League match-up at Buffalo’s International Fair Association Grounds on August 16, 1915. Only three Buffeds reached base thanks to one walk and a couple of Kansas City errors as the Packers won 5-0.
Main also pitched briefly for the Detroit Tigers (1914) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1915).
"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.