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Belinsky no-hits Orioles, 55 years ago today

belinskyautographLos Angeles Angels rookie Bo Belinsky threw one of the majors’ three May 5 no-hitters, 55 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.

Belinsky no-hits Orioles, 54 years ago today

belinskyautographLos 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.

Baseball lost Bo Belinsky, 14 years ago today

belinskyautographBo Belinsky, the Los Angeles Angels rookie whose 1962 no-hitter thrust him into the Hollywood spotlight, died 14 years ago today.

On Saturday, May 5, 1962, the former Trenton pool shark no-hit the Baltimore Orioles at Dodger Stadium for a 2-0 win. Belinsky quickly became a darling of the tabloids, spending his nights drinking on the town and getting photographed with numerous female stars.

Five months after the AAA Las Vegas 51s honored the former major leaguer with a “Bo Belinsky Night,” Belinsky succumbed to a heart attack.

Read more about Bo Belinsky in “Chapter 29: Hollywood Hustle” of my upcoming book, Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats.

Young, Koob and Belinsky notched May 5 no-hitters

Three no-hitters were thrown on this date, and one of them was the majors’ third perfect game.

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card

Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) on Thursday, May 5, 1904, 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.

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.

Decades later, 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.

#13, the Los Angeles Angels

The NoNoHitters 30Pitchers for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise, which has also played under the names of the California Angels and the Anaheim Angels, have thrown 10 no-hitters since the team joined the American League in 1961.

73angleshomefrontThe first was thrown by Bo Belinsky, a rookie thrust into Hollywood stardom whose career fizzled out. Nolan Ryan, who threw seven no-hitters over his 27-year Hall of Fame career, tossed four of his no-nos with the Angels. Mike Witt threw his own no-hitter for the Halos and also finished out one for Mark Langston with two innings of no-hit ball.

Here are the Angels’ no-hitters:

1 Bo Belinsky
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Saturday, May 5, 1962
Los Angeles Angels 2, Baltimore Orioles 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
2 Clyde Wright
  California Angels (AL)
  Friday, July 3, 1970
California Angels 4, Oakland Athletics 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
3 Nolan Ryan
  California Angels (AL)
  Tuesday, May 15, 1973
California Angels 3, Kansas City Royals 0
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
(His first of seven no-hitters)
4 Nolan Ryan
  California Angels (AL)
  Sunday, July 15, 1973
California Angels 6, Detroit Tigers 0
Tiger Stadium (Detroit)
(His second of seven no-hitters)
5 Nolan Ryan
  California Angels (AL)
  Saturday, September 28, 1974
California Angels 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
(His third of seven no-hitters)
6 Nolan Ryan
  California Angels (AL)
  Sunday, June 1, 1975
California Angels 1, Baltimore Orioles 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
(His fourth of seven no-hitters tying Sandy Koufax for most career no-hitters. Ryan would throw his fifth in 1981 and add two more to retire with seven.)
7 Mike Witt
  California Angels (AL)
  Sunday, September 30, 1984
California Angels 1, Texas Rangers 0
Arlington Stadium (Texas)
(Perfect game on final game of season.)
8 Mark Langston (7 inn.)
Mike Witt (2 inn.)
  California Angels (AL)
  Wednesday, April 11, 1990
California Angels 1, Seattle Mariners 0
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)
(Witt participates in a multiple pitcher no-hitter after throwing his own on Sept. 30, 1984.)
9 Ervin Santana
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Los Angeles Angels 3, Cleveland Indians 1
Jacobs Field (Cleveland)
10 Jered Weaver
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Los Angeles Angels 9, Minnesota Twins 0
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)

Here’s our list so far from 13 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
10 St. Louis Cardinals
  (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Perfectos)
9 Baltimore Orioles
  (Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns)
7 Minnesota Twins
  (Washington Senators)
7 Detroit Tigers
6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
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
 

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