#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
 

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’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
 

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#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
 

#22, the Kansas City Royals

The NoNoHitters 30The Kansas City Royals take up the No. 22 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown, throwing four no-hitters since joining the American League in 1969.

Steve Busby threw the Royals’ first no-hitter in 1973 and followed it up with a second in 1974. Jim Colborn threw one in 1977, and Bret Saberhagen threw Kansas City’s most recent no-hitter in 1991.

Here are the details:

1 Steve Busby
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, April 27, 1973
Kansas City Royals 3, Detroit Tigers 0
Tiger Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
2 Steve Busby
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Wednesday, June 19, 1974
Kansas City Royals 2, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)
(His second of two no-hitters)
3 Jim Colborn
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Saturday, May 14, 1977
Kansas City Royals 6, Texas Rangers 0
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
4 Bret Saberhagen
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Monday, August 26, 1991
Kansas City Royals 7, Chicago White Sox 0
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)

Here’s our list so far from 22 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


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
 

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#23, the Seattle Mariners

The NoNoHitters 30We’ve exhausted the teams with zero, one or two no-hitters, so we move now to a pair of teams with four no-nos.

The Seattle Mariners, No. 23 in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown, is an expansion team that began play in the American League in 1977.

Randy Johnson threw the Mariners’ first no-hitter in 1990, and Chris Bosio added one in 1993. The Mariners threw a combined no-no in 2012, beginning with six innings from Kevin Millwood and short relief stints by Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen. Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game for the M’s later during the 2012 season.

Here are the Seattle Mariners’ no-hitters:

1 Randy Johnson
  Seattle Mariners (AL)
  Saturday, June 2, 1990
Seattle Mariners 2, Detroit Tigers 0
Kingdome (Seattle)
(His first of two no-hitters)
2 Chris Bosio
  Seattle Mariners (AL)
  Thursday, April 22, 1993
Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 0
Kingdome (Seattle)
3 Kevin Millwood (6 inn.)
Charlie Furbush (2/3 inn.)
Stephen Pryor (1/3 inn.)
Lucas Luetge (1/3 inn.)
Brandon League (2/3 inn)
Tom Wilhelmsen (1 inn.)
  Seattle Mariners (IL)
  Friday, June 8, 2012
Seattle Mariners 1, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Safeco Field (Seattle)
4 Felix Hernandez
  Seattle Mariners (AL)
  Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Seattle Mariners 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Safeco Field (Seattle)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 23 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


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
 

#24, the Arizona Diamondbacks

The NoNoHitters 30As we hit the No. 24 spot in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown today, we finally reach teams that have thrown more than one no-hitter.

The Arizona Diamonbacks, which began play in the National League in 1998, have thrown two no-hitters. Randy Johnson is the only pitcher to throw the first no-hitter for two different franchises – the Seattle Mariners in 1990 and the D-Backs in 2004. His Arizona no-no was a perfect game, thrown at the age of 40.

Edwin Jackson had the D-Backs’ second no-no during an interleague game in 2010.

Here are the Diamondbacks’ no-nos:

1 Randy Johnson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)
(Perfect game, his second of two no-hitters; Johnson at age 40 becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to hurl a perfect game. It’s the Diamondbacks’ first no-hitter.)
2 Edwin Jackson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL team in IL game)
  Friday, June 25, 2010
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)

Here’s our list so far from 24 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


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 Nick Bastian Tempe, AZ

#25, the Milwaukee Brewers

The NoNoHitters 30We continue our NoNoHitters 30 countdown today with the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that spent its first season in 1969 in the Pacific Northwest as the Seattle Pilots. The team boasts just one no-hitter over its 46-year history, and it came in the team’s 19th season.

Juan Nieves notched his no-no on the road against the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium. Center fielder Robin Yount in that game made a game-ending diving catch in the ninth inning to save the no-hitter.

Here’s the Brewers’ sole no-no:

1 Juan Nieves
  Milwaukee Brewers (AL)
  Wednesday, April 15, 1987
Milwaukee Brewers 7, Baltimore Orioles 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

Here’s our list so far from 25 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


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

#26, the Toronto Blue Jays

The NoNoHitters 30Coming in at #26 on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is the The Toronto Blue Jays, a team that joined the American League in 1977 as an expansion franchise.

Dave Stieb's no-no ball in the Hall of Fame.
Dave Stieb’s no-no ball in the Hall of Fame.
The Blue Jays have just one no-hitter over the club’s 37-year history.

Dave Stieb, the king of late-inning near-misses, finally got his no-no (and the Blue Jays’ first) during the 1990 season on the road against the Cleveland Indians.

On August 8, 2010, Brandon Morrow came within one out of throwing the Jays’ second no-hitter, but the Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria tagged him for a two-out, ninth-inning single.

Here is the Blue Jays’ one no-hitter:

1 Dave Stieb
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Sunday, September 2, 1990
Toronto Blue Jays 3, Cleveland Indians 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)

Here’s our list so far from 26 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres

#27, the Colorado Rockies

The NoNoHitters 30Taking the 27th position on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is another team with one no-hitter that exited the no-no club the same year as the Tampa Bay Rays – the Colorado Rockies.

Ubaldo Jimenez threw has the only no-hitter for the circa-1993 Rockies in 2010 in the club’s 17th year of existence. Jimenez struck out seven and walked six in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Dexter Fowler saved the no-no in the seventh inning with a diving catch on a Troy Glaus line drive into left-center field.

Here is the Rockies’ only no-no:

1 Ubaldo Jimenez
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres


Top of post Photo by Jeffrey Beall

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