The California Angels’ Mike Witt threw a perfect game on the final game of the 1984 season, 32 years ago today.
On Sunday, September 30, 1984, Witt needed just 94 pitchers to retire all 27 of the Texas Rangers he faced for a 1-0 win in front of just 8,375 fans at Arlington Stadium. Witt struck out 10 batters.
Witt also threw the final two innings of a combined Angels no-no on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium. Mark Langston got the start and threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners, but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Witt came in and threw two perfect innings.
The Miami Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez finished off the 2013 season with a no-hitter that ended with a walk-off wild pitch, three years ago today.
Alvarez, pitching at Marlins Park on Sunday, September 29, 2013, no-hit the Detroit Tigers through nine innings, but the Marlins couldn’t score a single run. Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, and then Luke Putkonen plunked pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, sending Giancarlo Stanton home for the 1-0 no-hit victory.
Two other no-nos were thrown on this date
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San Francisco Giants (NL)
Wednesday, September 29, 1976
San Francisco Giants 9, Atlanta Braves 0
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta)
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Oakland Athletics (AL)
Thursday, September 29, 1983
Oakland Athletics 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
Bert Blyleven became the only no-hitter thrown born in the Netherlands, 39 years ago today.
The Texas Rangers pitcher from Zeist no-hit the California Angels on Thursday, September 22, 1977 at Anaheim Stadium. Blyleven, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011, is now a color analyst for the Minnesota Twins.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Dean and the Oakland Athletics’ Vida Blue threw no-hitters on this date.
On Friday, September 21, 1934, during the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader against Brooklyn, Dean no-hit the Dodgers for a 3-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of game days at 535 (more than three years!), a record that stands today.
Older brother Dizzy Dean pitched the opener of that doubleheader, holding the the Dodgers to three hits for a 13-0 complete-game win.
On Monday, September 21, 1970, Blue no-hit the Minnesota Twins at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for a 6-0 victory. At 21 years, 1 month and 24 days, Blue set the new modern-era mark for a youngster.
Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.
Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.
September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.
Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:
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Chicago White Stockings (NL)
Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago) (His second of three no-hitters)
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James "Nixey" Callahan
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (First American League no hitter)
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Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
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Chicago White Sox (AL)
Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (His second of two no-hitters)
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Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
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 Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hideo Nomo no-hit the Colorado Rockies, 20 years ago today.
On Tuesday, September 17, 1996, Nomo threw a no-no against the Rockies for a 9-0 win at Coors Field. It remains the ballpark’s only no-hitter. Nomo followed it up with a second no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2001.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date 48 years ago today is the San Francisco Giants’ Gaylord Perry. 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.
The Rochester Broncos’ Ledell “Cannonball” Titcomb threw a no-hitter against the Syracuse Stars, 126 years ago today.
It was the first no-hitter thrown after baseball established a walk as four balls.
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.
The Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano threw a neutral site no-hitter, eight years ago today.
The Houston Astros had a game scheduled against the Cubs on Sunday, Sept. 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.
Charles “Dazzy” Vance threw a no-hitter for the Brooklyn Robins, 91 years ago today.
The Hall of Famer beat Philadelphia 10-1 in the first game of a September 13, 1925 doubleheader at Ebbets Field while holding the Phillies to no hits. The Phillies scored their lone run on two Brooklyn errors and a sacrifice fly. The no-hitter actually completed 15⅔ consecutive no-hit innings for Vance, who threw a one-hit shutout against the same Phillies five days earlier. The only hit in the earlier game came with one out in the second inning.
Vance was only able to extend his streak to an even 16 in his next start, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Max Carey reached base on a one-out bunt single in the first inning.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this day in 1883 was Hugh Daily, the only no-hit pitcher born in Ireland.
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.