#17, the Detroit Tigers

The NoNoHitters 30The Detroit Tigers take up the No. 17 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list. The Tigers, who began play in the American League in 1901, have thrown seven no-hitters over the franchise’s history.

George Mullin threw the Tigers’ first no-hitter in 1912, and there was a 40-year gap before Virgil Trucks threw his two in the 1950s. Jim Bunning and Jack Morris threw one each before Justin Verlander threw his two. Armando Galarraga should be on this list if not for the blown call on the 27th out.

Here are the Tigers’ no-hitters:

1 George Mullin
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, July 4, 1912 (Second game of doubleheader)
Detroit Tigers 7, St. Louis Browns 0
Navin Field (Detroit)
2 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of two no-hitters)
4 Jim Bunning
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Sunday, July 20, 1958 (First game of doubleheader)
Detroit Tigers 3, Boston Red Sox 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(His first of two no-hitters)
5 Jack Morris
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Saturday, April 7, 1984
Detroit Tigers 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
6 Justin Verlander
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Detroit Tigers 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Comerica Park (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
7 Justin Verlander
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Saturday, May 7, 2011
Detroit Tigers 9, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
(His second of two no-hitters)

Here’s our list so far from 17 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


7 Detroit Tigers
6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Top of post Photo by Kevin.Ward

Happy birthday Clayton Kershaw

clayton kershaw photo
Photo by wish_nbk
A happy birthday to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who threw a no-hitter last year against the Colorado Rockies.

The only base runner in Kershaw’s June 18th gem at Dodger Stadium reached base on an error, as Kershaw struck out 15 batters. It was part of an incredible Cy Young Award season that ended with a 21-3 record and a 1.77 ERA.

#18, the Pittsburgh Pirates

The NoNoHitters 30The Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that began play as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1887, take up the No. 18 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list. Pirates’ pitchers have thrown just six no-hitters over the team’s history in the National League.

Nick Maddox threw the Pirates’ first no-hitter in 1907, and he was followed by Cliff Chambers, Bob Moose, Dock Ellis, John Candalaria and a combined 10-inning no-hitter by Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon.

Here are the Pirates’ no-hitters

1 Nick Maddox
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
2 Cliff Chambers
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Sunday, May 6, 1951 (Second game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Boston Braves 0
Braves Field (Boston)
3 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)
4 Dock Ellis
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 1970 (First game of doubleheader)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, San Diego Padres 0
San Diego Stadium (San Diego)
5 John Candelaria
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Monday, August 9, 1976
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
6 Francisco Cordova (9 inn.)
Ricardo Rincon (1 inn.)
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, July 12, 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Houston Astros 0 (10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Here’s our list so far from 18 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Happy birthday to ‘Nixey’ Callahan, threw first AL no-hitter

nixeycallahanToday would be the 141st birthday of James “Nixey” Callahan, who threw the first American League no-hitter.

Callahan, pitching for the Chicago White Sox during the first game of a September 20, 1902 doubleheader at Chicago’s South Side Park, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 3-0 victory. The Sox scored all three runs in the first inning, and the Tigers put three runners on base – two on walks and one on an error.

Callahan later managed for the White Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hugh Daily, the only Irish-born no-hit pitcher

hughdailyAs we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to honor the only no-hit pitcher actually born in Ireland – Hugh Daily.

Daily, throwing for the National League’s Cleveland Blues, no-hit the Philadelphia Quakers on Sept. 13, 1883 at Recreation park in Philadelphia. Daily, who had one arm due to a gun accident years earlier, was purported to be a hard thrower with a surly disposition.

#19, the Texas Rangers

The NoNoHitters 30The No. 19 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown belongs to the Texas Rangers, a team that began as an expansion club in 1961 as the second incarnation of the Washington Senators. The franchise has five no-hitters in its history – and all came after the club moved to Arlington, Texas in 1972.

The new Senators began play in the American League after the original Sens moved to Minneapolis to become the Minnesota Twins for the 1961 season. Jim Bibby threw the first Rangers no-hitter in 1973, and Bert Blyleven followed it up in 1977. Nolan Ryan had the next two – his sixth and seventh of his career – when he was into his 40s.

Kenny Rogers threw a perfect game for the Rangers in 1994.

Here are the Rangers’ no-hitters:

1 Jim Bibby
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Monday, July 30, 1973
Texas Rangers 6, Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
2 Bert Blyleven
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Thursday, September 22, 1977
Texas Rangers 6, California Angels 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
3 Nolan Ryan
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Monday, June 11, 1990
Texas Rangers 5, Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(His sixth of seven no-hitters, adding to his major league record.
4 Nolan Ryan
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Wednesday, May 1, 1991
Texas Rangers 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Arlington Stadium (Texas)
(His seventh of seven no-hitters, finalizing his major league record.)
5 Kenny Rogers
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Thursday, July 28, 1994
Texas Rangers 4, California Angels 0
The Ballpark at Arlington (Texas)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 19 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Top of post Photo by Rich Anderson

’63 K.C. Athletics wore green before it was fashionable

aslogoAs teams adopt foreign color palettes for a day to fit in with the Americanized Irish tradition of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s give credit to the team that made a more permanent jump into green in 1963 – the Kansas City Athletics.

Long before ball clubs donned single-game green-tinged versions of their jerseys for annual March 17th exhibition contests, the A’s blew the lid off what had become a rather boring set of major league color schemes.

Baseball conventions in the 1960s dictated that teams wear white at home and a muted color such as gray on the road. A’s owner Charles Finley wanted a change, and he chose a gaudy combination of Kelly green and bright gold.

“This is the age of color,” Finley told Sports Illustrated in 1963. “You’ve got to have color if you’re selling.”

The A’s kept the color scheme with the move to Oakland, even adding white shoes to further shake up conventions.

#20, the Miami Marlins

The NoNoHitters 30Twenty days until opening day, so we’re highlighting the 20th team on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown, the Miami Marlins.

The team, which went by the name "Florida Marlins" for the franchise’s first 19 years of existence, has five no-hitters since joining the National League in 1993.

Al Leiter threw the club’s first in 1996 during a home game against the Colorado Rockies. He was followed by Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Anibal Sanchez and Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez’s 2013 no-no was a interesting one, in which he was in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning of a 0-0 game when the Marlins’ game-winning run scored on a walk-off wild pitch.

Here are the Marlins’ no-hitters:

1 Al Leiter
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1996
Florida Marlins 11, Colorado Rockies 0
Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami)
2 Kevin Brown
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Florida Marlins 9, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
3 A.J. Burnett
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Saturday, May 12, 2001
Florida Marlins 3, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)
4 Anibal Sanchez
  Florida Marlins (NL)
  Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Florida Marlins 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Pro Player Stadium (Miami)
(Sanchez breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.)
4 Henderson Alvarez
  Miami Marlins (NL team in IL game)
  Sunday, September 29, 2013
Miami Marlins 1, Detroit Tigers 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
(Alvarez gets his no-no on a walk-off wild pitch.)

Here’s our list so far from 20 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Top of post Photo by mrlaugh

#21, the Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos)

The NoNoHitters 30The No. 21 spot in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is taken up by the Washington Nationals franchise, which pulled into a tie with the Miami Marlins and the Texas Rangers on the final game of the 2014 season.

The Washington Nationals, formerly playing north of the border as the Montreal Expos, have thrown a total of five no-hitters during the franchise’s history dating back to 1969.

The Expos wasted no time in exiting the no no-no club. In the team’s ninth game on April 17, 1969, reliever-turned-starter Bill Stoneman struck out eight and walked five but gave up no-hits during the Expos’ 8-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Stoneman would get one more no-no in 1972, and Expos pitchers would throw two more before the move to D.C. Jordan Zimmermann threw the Nationals’ first no-no on the final game of last year.

Here is the list of Nationals/Expos no-hitters:

1 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Thursday, April 17, 1969
Montreal Expos 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His first of two no-hitters)
2 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Monday, October 2, 1972 (First game of doubleheader)
Montreal Expos 7, New York Mets 0
Parc Jarry (Montreal)
(His second of two no-hitters)
3 Charlie Lea
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Sunday, May 10, 1981 (Second game of doubleheader)
Montreal Expos 4, San Francisco Giants 0
Olympic Stadium (Montreal)
4 Dennis Martinez
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Sunday, July 28, 1991
Montreal Expos 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game)
5 Jordan Zimmerman
  Washington Nationals (NL)
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
Washington Nationals 1, Miami Marlins 0
Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)
(Zimmerman throws first no-no for the Nationals after the team’s move from Montreal.)

Here’s our list so far from 21 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Yankees no-hit in Panama one year ago today

A year ago today, the Miami Marlins accomplished something that no other major league team can claim – they no-hit a team in the country of Panama.

Four Miami pitchers combined for the 5-0 no-no against the New York Yankees in a March 15, 2014 game in Panama City honoring former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera.

Brad Hand threw the first five innings, striking out six while allowing a man to reach base on a hit batsman. Relievers Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero closed out the game, never allowing a hit.

Preseason no-hitters are somewhat rare, so it’s quite odd to have two in the past two seasons. A week ago Sunday, nine Atlanta Braves pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida in a 10-inning game that ended in a 2-2 tie.

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