A 1980s Spring Training game at St. Petersburg's Al Lang Stadium

Spring Training no-hitters

krollrichardsonWhen the New York Mets’ Gordie Richardson enticed the final out from the Pittsburgh Pirates at Al Lang Stadium in March 1965, AP sportswriter Murry Chass penned the contest as “the first no-hit game ever pitched for the New York Mets.”

If only it had counted.

The Spring Training accomplishment by starter Gary Kroll (6 innings) and Richardson (3 innings) was celebrated at the time, even earning a full-page photo in the 1965 Mets Yearbook. But the Florida gem would mean little over the next 47 years, as the Mets struggled to notch the franchise’s first official no-hitter. The dubious streak blossomed into this website, NoNoHitters.com, which diligently tracked the growing games-with-no-no-no count until Johan Santana finally broke the curse in Mets game No. 8,020 in 2012.

With two no-nos thrown during the past two Spring Training seasons, I decided to go back and try to compile the first Spring Training No-Hitter List in existence. I have found 24 such occurrences dating back to 1939, but there’s a good chance that there have been more. Detailed accounts of Spring Training games are scarce, so if you find others not on this list, please send along stories and/or box scores and I’ll get them added.

Here are the Spring Training no-hitters:

1 Cy Blanton
  Pittsburgh Pirates
  Sunday, April 9, 1939
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Cleveland Indians 0
Pelican Stadium (New Orleans, Louisiana)
2 Whitey Moore (6)
Gene Thompson (3)
  Cincinnati Reds
  Sunday, March 12, 1939
Cincinnati Reds 5, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Plant Field (Tampa, Florida)
The Dodgers’ Pete Coscarart, doubled but was ruled out for missing first.
3 Murry Dickson
  St. Louis Cardinals
  Tuesday, March 30, 1948
St. Louis Cardinals 7, New York Yankees 0
Al Lang Stadium (St. Petersburg, Florida)
4 Ned Garver (8)
Lou Sleater (1)
  St. Louis Browns
  Wednesday, April 11, 1951
St. Louis Browns 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Buffalo Stadium (Houston, Texas)
5 Jim Hearn (5)
Monty Kennedy (4)
  New York Giants
  Monday, March 17, 1952
New York Giants 10, Chicago Cubs 0
Olive Memorial Stadium (Burbank, California)
6 Steve Ridzik
  Philadelphia Phillies
  Friday, April 4, 1952
Philadelphia Phillies 3, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Grayson Stadium (Savannah, Georgia)
7 Warren Spahn (7)
Ernie Johnson (3)
  Boston Braves
  Sunday, April 6, 1952
Boston Braves 1, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
City Stadium (Lynchburg, Virginia)
8 Bennie Daniels (5)
Jim Umbrecht (4)
  Pittsburgh Pirates
  Wednesday, March 16, 1960
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Detroit Tigers 0
Terry Park (Fort Myers, Florida)
9 Johnny James (5)
Bill Bethel (4)
  New York Yankees
  Wednesday, March 23, 1960
New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Al Lang Stadium (St. Petersburg, Florida)
10 Dick Kelley (3)
Larry Maxie (3)
Phil Niekro (3)
  Milwaukee Braves
  Saturday, February 29, 1964
Milwaukee Braves 1, University of Miami Hurricanes 0
West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium (West Palm Beach, Florida)
11 Gary Kroll (6)
Gordie Richardson (3)
  New York Mets
  Sunday, March 25, 1965
New York Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Al Lang Stadium (St. Petersburg, Florida)
12 Bob Veale (7)
Luke Walker (2)
  Los Angeles Dodgers
  Monday, March 28, 1966
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Terry Park (Fort Myers, Florida)
13 Paul Lindblad (6)
John Wyatt (3)
  Kansas City Athletics
  Friday, April 1, 1966
Kansas City Athletics 4, Houston Astros 0
Cocoa Expo Sports Center (Cocoa Beach, Florida)
14 Steve Busby (6)
Doug Bird (3)
  Kansas City Royals
  Friday, March 23, 1973
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Terry Park Ballfield (Fort Myers, Florida)
15 Ron Reed (3)
Dave Cheadle (2)
Joe Grzenda (2)
Jamie Easterly (2)
  Atlanta Braves
  Monday, March 11, 1974
Atlanta Braves 4, New York Yankees 0
West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium (West Palm Beach, Florida)
16 Ron Guidry (5)
Dale Murray (4)
  New York Yankees
  Monday, March 14, 1983
New York Yankees 11, Pittsburgh Pirates (SS) 0
Fort Lauderdale Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
17 Mark Langston (4)
Bob Babcock (2)
Lee Guetterman (2)
Dave Beard (1)
  Seattle Mariners
  Wednesday, March 14, 1984
Seattle Mariners 15, Oakland Athletics 0
Tempe Diablo Stadium (Tempe, Arizona)
18 Frank Viola (7)
Corey Bailey (2)
  Boston Red Sox
  Friday, April 2, 1993
Boston Red Sox 10, Phladelphia Phillies 0
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (Clearwater, Florida)
19 Jose Alvarez (3)
Phil Harrison (2)
Eric Mora (2)
Keith Brown (1)
Daren Brown (1)
  Replacement Atlanta Braves
  Monday, March 6, 1995
Replacement Atlanta Braves 5, Replacement New York Mets 0
West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium (West Palm Beach, Florida)
20 Shawn Boskie (4)
Julio Valera (2)
Todd Frohwirth (1)
Ken Edenfield (1)
Mark Eichhorn (1)
  Anaheim Angels
  Saturday, March 16, 1996
Anaheim Angels 15, San Francisco Giants 0
Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale, Arizona)
21 Pedro Martínez (3)
Fernando De La Cruz (2)
Dan Smith (1)
Rheal Cormier (1)
Rich Garces (1)
Rod Beck (1)
  Boston Red Sox
  pg100Tuesday, March 14, 2000
Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0
City of Palms Park (Fort Myers, Florida)
Perfect game
22 Ricky Nolasco (7)
Dan Meyer (1)
Leo Nunez (1)
  Florida Marlins
  Sunday, March 22, 2009
Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers
Joker Marchant Stadium (Lakeland, Florida)
23 Brad Hand (5)
Steve Cishek (1)
A.J. Ramos (2)
Arquimedes Caminero (1)
  Miami Marlins
  Sunday, March 16, 2014
Miami Marlins 5, New York Yankees 0
Rod Carew Stadium (Panama City, Panama)
24 Cody Martin (2)
Jim Johnson (1)
Josh Outman (1)
Brandon Cunniff (1)
Ian Thomas (1)
Mauricio Cabrera (1)
Lucas Sims (1)
Justin Jackson (1)
Jairo Heredia (1)
  Atlanta Braves
  Sunday, March 8, 2015
Atlanta Braves 2, Houston Astros 2 (10 innings)
Osceola County Stadium (Kissimmee, Florida)

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