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.
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.
Two perfect games and one plain old no-hitter were thrown on this date.
At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, July 28, 1991, the Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martínez retired all of the 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced for a 2-0 win.
Three years to the day later, on Thursday, July 28, 1994, the Texas Rangers’ Kenny Rogers threw a 4-0 perfecto against the California Angels at The Ballpark at Arlington.
The other no-hitter was a combination effort by the Chicago White Sox’s John “Blue Moon” Odom (5 inn.) and Francisco Barrios (4 inn.), who no-hit the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, July 28, 1976 for a 2-1 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.
The Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians despite letting the leadoff batter score, five years ago today.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Jacobs Field, Santana struck out 10 and walked just one as the Angels beat the Indians 3-1. The Indians scored their run in the first when Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error by Erik Aybar, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.
Also tossing a no-no on this date in 1885 was the Chicago White Stockings’ John Clarkson. On Monday, July 27, 1885, Clarkson no-hit the Providence Grays for a 4-0 win at Providence’s Messer Street Grounds.
The father of no-hitters, George Washington Bradley, threw baseball’s first no-no, 140 years ago today.
On Saturday, July 15, 1876, the 5-foot-10½-inch, lanky St. Louis Brown Stockings right-hander worked his way down the Hartford Dark Blues lineup during a one-hour-50-minute contest, striking out three batters while walking one. The Brown Stockings’ defense was of little help, committing eight errors, but St. Louis won the game 2-0.
Two other pitchers — both Hall of Famers — also through no-nos on this date.
On Monday, July 15, 1901, the New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 5-0 win at Robison Field. It was Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters.
And on Sunday, July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan threw the second of his major-league record seven no-hitters. Ryan, pitching for the California Angels, no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.
The California Angels’ Clyde Wright tossed a no-no 46 years ago today, but July 3 is also a big day San Diego no no-no history with three Padres pitchers taking no-hitters into the eighth inning.
On this day in 1975, Randy Jones took a perfect game into the eighth against the Cincinnati Reds but lost it when shortstop Hector Torres fielded a Tony Perez grounder and threw the ball into the stands for an error. Jones got George Foster to ground out to keep the no-no active through 7⅓, but said goodbye to that potential feat on a Bill Plummer double. He had to settle for his second one-hitter, with the earlier one coming in May of the same year.
On July 3, 1994, Andy Benes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the New York Mets but lost it on a Rico Brogna lead-off double. He held on for the one-hit complete game 7-0 shutout.
And on this day in 2004, the Padres’ Adam Eaton held the Kansas City Royals hitless for seven innings and had a 4-0 lead when Dee Brown lead off the eighth with a double to left. Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka wound up yielding three hits as Kansas City tied the game, but the Padres scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 5-4 victory.
There has been just one major league no-hitter on this date. On July 3, 1970, Wright tossed a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics in a 4-0 win at Anaheim Stadium.
I just realized that every year we (of course) celebrate the anniversary of Johan Santana’s no-hitter, the first for the New York Mets, and often neglect the other two thrown on this date.
On Tuesday, June 1, 1937, The Chicago White Sox Bill Dietrich no-hit the St. Louis Browns for an 8-0 win at Comiskey Park.
And on Sunday, June 1, 1975, the California Angels’ Nolan Ryan no-hit the Baltimore Orioles for a 1-0 win at Anaheim Stadium. It was Ryan’s fourth no-hitter of an eventual seven career no-hitters, tying the then major-league record set by Sandy Koufax.
The Cleveland Indians’ Dennis Eckersley threw a no-hitter against the California Angels, 39 years ago today.
On Monday, May 30, 1977, Eckersely walked just one batter at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians topped the Angels 1-0. Eckersley, who also pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s, now does some studio work for NESN.
May 15 is one of four days sharing the record for most no-hitters with six. The others are April 27, September 20 and September 28. Chicago holds two of the May 15 no-nos, with one belonging to the Federal League’s Chi-Feds/Whales and the other property of the Cubbies.
Here are the May 15 no-nos:
75 of 287
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales (FL)
Saturday, May 15, 1915
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 10, Pittsburgh Rebels 0
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
113 of 287
Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Monday, May 15, 1944
Cincinnati Reds 1, Boston Braves 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
127 of 287
Detroit Tigers (AL)
Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit) (His first of two no-hitters)
140 of 287
Chicago Cubs (NL)
Sunday, May 15, 1960 (Second game of doubleheader)
Chicago Cubs 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
185 of 287
California Angels (AL)
Tuesday, May 15, 1973
California Angels 3, Kansas City Royals 0
Royals Stadium (Kansas City) (His first of seven no-hitters)
207 of 287
Cleveland Indians (AL)
Friday, May 15, 1981
Cleveland Indians 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland) (Perfect game)
Los Angeles Angels rookie Bo Belinsky threw one of the majors’ three May 5 no-hitters, 54 years ago today.
On May 5, 1962, Los Angeles Angels rookie Bo Belinsky no-hit the Baltimore Orioles for a 2-0 win that launched the former Trenton pool shark into Hollywood stardom.
On this date in 1917, the St. Louis Browns’ Ernie Koob no-hit the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 victory at home at Sportsman’s Park. Browns teammate Bob Groom also no-hit the White Sox the next day, but Groom’s gem came in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader so the two weren’t consecutive.
On Thursday, May 5, 1904, Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) retired all 27 Philadelphia Athletics he faced for a 3-0 win at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. It was his second of career no-hitters that would tie him for the career lead with Larry Corcoran.