6 Mariners pitchers no-hit Dodgers, 5 years ago today

A poster celebrating the Mariners pitchers' accomplishment.
A poster celebrating the Mariners pitchers’ accomplishment.
Six Seattle Mariners pitchers no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, four years ago today.

On Friday, June 8, 2012, at Safeco Field, the tandem no-hit the L.A. for a 1-0 win.

Kevin Millwood began the game with six no-hit innings. Finishing out the no-no in relief were: Charlie Furbush (2/3), Stephen Pryor (1/3), Lucas Luetge (1/3), Brandon League (2/3) and Tom Wilhelmsen. It tied the Houston Astros for most pitchers used in a no-no.

Millwood threw his own no-hitter while with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003.

(Feature photo Daytime Safeco Field by Richard Eriksson under license CC BY 2.0)

‘Dicta’ Johnson throws Negro Leagues no-no, 104 years ago today

“Dicta” Johnson threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants, 104 years ago today.

On Sunday, June 8, 1913, Louis Decatur “Dicta” Johnson no-hit Paterson Smart Set for a 9-0 win. Johnson struck out seven and walked four.

The next day, teammate Charles Dougherty threw a no-no against the same team.

Johnson, a 5-foot-7, 134-pounds right-hander from Elizabethtown, Illinois, pitched from 1908 through 1923 and briefly served as a player-manager for the Pittsburgh Keystones and as a player-coach for the Toledo Tigers late in his career.

Happy birthday Bill McCahan, who threw a Philadelphia A’s no-no

119_billmccahanToday would be the 96th birthday of Bill McCahan, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics as a rookie in 1947.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander from Philadelphia no-hit the Washington Senators at Shibe Park on Wednesday, September 3, 1947. McCahan struck out two yet didn’t walk a single batter. His perfect game was marred by a second-inning throwing error by first-baseman Ferris Fain.

McCahan told the AP that he didn’t know he was pitching a no-no until the ninth inning.

Detroit Stars’ Gatewood throws first Negro National League no-no, 96 years ago today

billgatewoodThe Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood threw the first Negro National League no-hitter, 96 years ago today.

On Monday, June 6, 1921, Gatewood no-hit the Cincinnati Cubans for a 4-0 win. It was his second of two documented no-hitters. On Saturday, May 13, 1916, while pitching for the St. Louis Giants, Gatewood through a no-no against the Cuban Stars for a 4-1 win.

Mountain threw Columbus’ second and final no-no, 133 years ago today

Frank Mountain
Frank Mountain
Frank Mountain threw the second and final no-hitter in Columbus Buckeyes history, 133 years ago today.

Mountain, on June 5, 1884, no-hit the Washington Nationals of the American Association for a 12-0 win on the Capitol Grounds. Just a week earlier, teammate Ed Morris no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates) for a 5-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.

in 1884, the New York Metropolitans captured the AA pennant but lost the World Series 3-0 to the National League champion Providence Grays.

The Buckeyes folded before the start of the 1885 season.

Koufax ties record with 3rd no-no, 53 years ago today

koufaxThe Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax threw his third career no-hitter, 53 years ago today.

On Thursday, June 4, 1964, at Connie Mack Stadium, Koufax no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-0 win. Koufax struck out 12 and faced the minimum number of batters (27), with his only blemish issuing a fourth-inning walk to Dick Allen. Allen was caught attempting to steal second base.

Koufax’s performance that night tied Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller for most career no-hitters.

Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965, but his record would fall in 1981 when Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-no.

Six obscure facts about Vólquez’s no-hitter

Edinson Vólquez threw the majors’ 296th no-hitter on Saturday. Here are six obscure facts about his effort:

  1. Edinson Vólquez is the second Marlins pitcher to wear uniform No. 36 while no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks. The other was Anibal Sanchez, who no-hit the D-Backs on September 6, 2006.
  2. Vólquez’s no-no broke the longest MLB no-hitter drought in terms of games played. That one, which stretched across 6,364 games from May 2004 through September 2006, was broken up by the Marlins’ Sanchez. The recent drought lasted 3,233 games.
  3. Vólquez’s no-no prompted a new NoNoHitters.com page: No-hitters … after they were Padres. Although there are 11 players who threw No-hitters … before they were Padres, Vólquez is the first to fall into the latter category. The Padres are the only team still without a no-hitter, a streak that reached 7,709 games on Saturday.
  4. The Marlins have thrown six no-hitters over a 25-year history, marking a 24 percent chance the team will get a no-hitter in any given season. That outpaces every franchise, including the circa-1884 Dodgers, who boast an MLB-record 25 no-hitters but carry just an 18.7 percent chance in any given season.
  5. Two other no-hitters were thrown on June 3: The Chicago Cubs’ Ken Holtzman against the Reds in 1971 and the Boston Red Sox’s Hubert “Dutch” Leonard in 1918 against the Tigers.
  6. Before Saturday’s no-hitter, the Arizona Diamondbacks had been tied with the Kansas City Royals for falling victim to a no-hitter the fewest times at 2. The Royals now hold that spot alone, and their prowess is more impressive as they’ve been playing ball since 1969.

Vólquez breaks no-hitter drought

The Miami Marlins’ Edinson Vólquez threw the major’s 296th no-hitter on Saturday, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 at Marlins Park.

The no-no breaks a drought dating back to April 21, 2016, when the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

Vólquez struck out 10 and walked two D-Backs hitters but managed to face the minimum 27 batters, as both were retired on double plays.

It’s the sixth no-hitter in Florida/Miami Marlins history. Vólquez joins Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Anibal Sanchez and Henderson Alvarez in the club.

Fifth anniversary of Santana’s breaking of Mets’ no no-no streak

Today is the fifth anniversary of Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ no no-hitters streak at 8,019 games. As always, we celebrate by repeating our original post from June 1, 2012.

The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards

John Santana
John Santana
For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.

Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams — not the Mets.

Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.

Sanatana’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.

The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.

In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.

The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).

Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.

Media coverage:

  • nytHelping to Rewrite Record Book and the Tone of a Web Site – New York Times, June 1, 2012 – New York Times writer Vincent Mallozzi, who featured NoNoHitters.com in a May 2011 profile, puts it quite bluntly in his lede: “The curse is history — so is the Web site.” The Web site lives on, actually, but with a new focus chronicling the San Diego Padres’ streak of never throwing a no-no.
  • nyp150Nonohitters.com, Web site that chronicles dubious history, happy to get no hits – New York Post, June 1, 2012 – The New York Post’s Brian Costello talks about the site’s new focus and how it will continue post Mets no-no. Writes Costello, "At 9:50 p.m. Friday, Dirk Lammers made the post to his website he had always dreamed of: ‘We are obsolete … finally!!!’"
  • wsj150‘No-No-Hit’ Blog Loses Its Reason for Being – Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2012 – Wall Street Journal writer Jared Diamond tells the tale of how NoNoHitters.com made history in just one night. The story talks about the superstitious method in which I watched the game (video tuned to SNY on the iPad; audio tuned to WFAN on the Android phone) in order to not jinx the no-no.
  • atlantic150Mets’ No Hitter Means NoNoHitters Is No More – The Atlantic Monthly website, June 1, 2012 – Atlantic Wire writer Connor Simpson features NoNoHitters.com in a collection of media reactions to Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ longstanding curse.
  • White Sox’s Benz no-hits Cleveland, 103 years ago today

    Joe Benz
    Joe Benz
    Joe Benz threw the fifth no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history, 103 years ago today.

    At Comiskey Park, on Sunday, May 31, 1914, Benz no-hit the Cleveland Naps for a 6-1 win in a game with six total blunders, three by each time.

    “Errors were plentiful on both sides,” noted one newspaper report. “Two of Chicago’s came together in the fourth round to produce Cleveland’s run.”

    The Naps’ run was scored by Roy Wood, who reached base and advanced to second on an errant throw by Sox shortstop Buck Weaver. Wood took third when third baseman Scotty Alcock muffed Weaver’s assist on Rivington Bisland’s grounder, then scored when Jack Graney grounded into a no-out double play.

    Benz also issued two walks during the game, but both of those base runners were sent back to the dugout on double plays.

    The online home for baseball's no-hitters