Nolan Ryan threw his major league record seventh no-hitter, 25 years ago today.
Ryan, pitching for the Texas Rangers at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991, struck out 16 Blue Jays and held the others to no hits as the Rangers topped Toronto 3-0. Said Rangers pitching coach Tom House to the Dallas Morning News, the Blue Jays, “just got n the way of a train.”
Three other no-hitters were thrown on May 1 in other years – Al Atkinson, Johnny Lush and Don Wilson.
Here are the May Day no-nos:
21 of 295
Philadelphia Athletics (AA)
Saturday, May 1, 1886
Philadelphia Athletics 3, New York Metropolitans 2
Jefferson Street Grounds (Philadelphia) (His second of two no-hitters)
53 of 287
Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Brooklyn Superbas 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
170 of 295
Houston Astros (NL)
Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati) (His second of two no-hitters)
225 of 295
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.)
NoNoHitters.com sends out birthday wishes to a couple of Philadelphians who threw no-nos more than 100 years apart.
The Philadelphia Athletics’ Al Atkinson, born 155 years ago today, no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates) on Saturday, May 24, 1884 in an American Association match-up at Philadelphia’s Recreation Park. It was the first of two no-nos for Atkinson, who also no-hit the New York Metropolitans at Jefferson Street Grounds on Saturday, May 1, 1886.
More than a century later for the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies, Terry Mulholland no-hit the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, August 15, 1990 at Veterans Stadium. Mulholland was born on March 9, 1963, and celebrates his 53rd birthday today.
One more no-no birthday of note, but this pitcher threw his no-no against a Phildelphia team. George Davis who tossed a Boston Braves no-hitter against the Phillies during the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader at Fenway Park on September 9, 1914. The Braves won 7-0.