St. Louis Cardinals no-hitters

The St. Louis Cardinals, a franchise that also played under the names of the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Perfectos in the team’s early days, have thrown 10 no-hitters over its history. MLB does not consider the original National League St. Louis Brown Stockings (1875–1877) part of franchise history, probably because the team was expelled from the NL due to game fixing and spent its time barnstorming from 1878–1881.

Although the first MLB no-hitter is credited to the NL Brown Stockings’ George Washington Bradley (1876), MLB considers Ted Breitenstein as the thrower of the Cardinals franchise’s first no-hitter, an 1891 gem thrown when the Browns were an American Association club. However, to further complicate things, the Cardinals consider their birth date as 1882 when the Browns joined the National League, so Breitenstein’s no-no appears on the MLB list but does not appear on the team list.

Of the Dean brothers, oddly, it is Paul, not Dizzy, who has a Cards no-no to his credit. Bob Forsch is the only Cardinals pitcher to throw two for the team, and he’s half of baseball’s only brotherly duo (Ken Forsch, Houston) to throw sibling no-nos.

Here are the Cardinals’ no-hitters:

1 Ted Breitenstein
  St. Louis Browns (AA)
  Sunday, October 4, 1891 (First game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Browns 8, Louisville Colonels 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters; his first career start)
2 Jesse Haines
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Thursday, July 17, 1924
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Boston Braves 0
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
3 Paul Dean
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, September 21, 1934 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(Dean breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.)
4 Lon Warneke
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 30, 1941
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
5 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
6 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
7 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Sunday, April 16, 1978
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His first of two no-hitters)
8 Bob Forsch
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 26, 1983
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Montreal Expos 0
Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
(His second of two no-hitters)
9 Jose Jimenez
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, June 25, 1999
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Chase Field/Bank One Ballpark (Phoenix)
10 Bud Smith
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Monday, September 3, 2001
St. Louis Cardinals 4, San Diego Padres 0
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

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