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Expos’ Stoneman no-hits Mets, 44 years ago today

The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the New York Mets, 44 years ago today.

On October 2, 1972, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Stoneman no-hit the Mets at Parc Jarry for a 7-0 win. Stoneman struck out nine but walked seven.

The Mets got a runner 90 feet from homeplate in the fifth inning but couldn’t drive him in. With one out and Bill Sudakis on first from a walk, Don Hahn reached first on an error by Stoneman and Ted Martinez advanced Sudakis to third on 3-6 force aply, but Stoneman struck out pinch hitter Dave Marshall to exit the inning unscathed.

It was Stoneman’s second no-hitter. On Thursday, April 17, 1969, in the Expos franchise’s ninth game, Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium for a 7-0 win.

Also tossing a no-no on this date was the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who threw a perfecto against the Chicago White Sox 104 years ago today at League Park.

Expos throw no-hitter in 9th game, 47 years ago today

The Colorado Rockies aren’t the only franchise to exit the no no-no club on this day.

Montreal Expos logoForty-seven years ago today, on April 17, 1969, the Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium in just the Expos’ ninth game. It’s the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list. 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 Sept. 28, 2014. Max Scherzer added two Nationals no-hitters last season.

The San Diego Padres, an expansion partner of the Expos, are still awaiting the team’s first no-hitter.

Here’s when the other two 1969 expansion teams exited the no no-no club:

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals logoIn his 10th Major League start, Kansas City Royals starter Steve Busby no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 3-0 victory on April 27, 1973 despite walking five batters. Busby would throw another no-hitter on June 19, 1974, becoming the first pitcher to ever throw two no-nos in his first two full seasons (he had thrown a couple late-season games in 1972). Other Royals pitchers would throw two more no-hitters to give the franchise a total of four.

Seattle Pilots

Seattle Pilots logoThe Pilots lasted just one season in Seattle, and the team couldn’t notch a no-hitter or even a one-hitter during those 162 games (they did get three two-hitters). After the squad moved to Milwaukee and was renamed the Brewers, the franchise would have to wait 17 years for its first no-hitter. Juan Nieves became the first Puerto Rico native to throw a no-no on April 15, 1987 as the Brewers topped the Baltimore Orioles 7-0. Robin Yount made a game-ending diving catch to preserve Nieves’ gem, which remains the Brewers’ only no-no.

Pitcher’s mound lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today

The pitcher's mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the '69 season.
The pitcher’s mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the ’69 season.
Major League Baseball lowered the pitcher’s mound height from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today.

The rule change was part of a response to the issue of pitching becoming too dominant in the NL and AL, as evidenced by five no-hitters thrown during the ’68 season:

163 Tom Phoebus
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 1968
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
164 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
165 George Culver
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Monday, July 29, 1968 (Second game of doubleheader)
Cincinnati Reds 6, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
166 Gaylord Perry
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1968
San Francisco Giants 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
167 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

How did the changes work? They resulted in six no-hitters in the ’69 season:

168 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)
169 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Cincinnati Reds 10, Houston Astros 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
170 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
171 Jim Palmer
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Wednesday, August 13, 1969
Baltimore Orioles 8, Oakland Athletics 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
172 Ken Holtzman
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Tuesday, August 19, 1969
Chicago Cubs 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
(His first of two no-hitters; Holtzman becomes the second MLB pitcher to throw a no hitter without a single strikeout.)
173 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)

So much for that theory!

Stoneman no-hits Mets, 42 years ago today

The Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman threw a no-hitter against the New York Mets, 43 years ago today.

Stoneman, pitching the first game of a doubleheader at Parc Jarry, walked 7 batters but kept the Mets from notching a single scratch hit for a 7-0 win. It marked Stoneman’s second no-hitter for the young Expos franchise.

Also, on this date in 1908, the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss tossed a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox for a 2-0 victory at League Park. It was Joss’ second no-hitter.

Nats/Expos, Rockies franchises celebrate anniversary of first no-nos

The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies franchises are celebrating anniversaries of their first no-hitters today.

Forty-six years ago today, on April 17, 1969, Montreal’s Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium in the Expos’ ninth game. It’s the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list.

Five years ago today, on April 17, 2010, Ubaldo Jimenez lifted the Rockies out of the no no-no club by throwing a 4-0 no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in the Rockies franchise’s 20th season.

#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
 

9-game-old Expos get no-no, 45 years ago today

Montreal Expos logoIt is taking at least 7,181 games for the San Diego Padres to get the team’s first no-hitter in franchise history.

For one of the other Major League teams born in 1969 – the Montreal Expos – it took just just nine games.

The franchise that relocated to Washington, D.C., to become the Nationals in 2005 accomplished the feat 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 told newspaper reporters after the game that he wasn’t the least bit nervous: “I guess it’s because I was never even close to a no-hitter before.”

Stoneman would get one more no-no in 1972, and Expos pitchers would throw two more before the move to D.C., but no pitcher has accomplished the feat while wearing a Washington Nationals uniform.

Meanwhile, the Padres are still seeking their first, 45 years into the team’s history.