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Fifth anniversary of Santana’s breaking of Mets’ no no-no streak

Today is the fifth anniversary of Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ no no-hitters streak at 8,019 games. As always, we celebrate by repeating our original post from June 1, 2012.


The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards

John Santana
John Santana
For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.

Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams — not the Mets.

Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.

Sanatana’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.

The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.

In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.

The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).

Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.

Media coverage:

  • nytHelping to Rewrite Record Book and the Tone of a Web Site – New York Times, June 1, 2012 – New York Times writer Vincent Mallozzi, who featured NoNoHitters.com in a May 2011 profile, puts it quite bluntly in his lede: “The curse is history — so is the Web site.” The Web site lives on, actually, but with a new focus chronicling the San Diego Padres’ streak of never throwing a no-no.
  • nyp150Nonohitters.com, Web site that chronicles dubious history, happy to get no hits – New York Post, June 1, 2012 – The New York Post’s Brian Costello talks about the site’s new focus and how it will continue post Mets no-no. Writes Costello, "At 9:50 p.m. Friday, Dirk Lammers made the post to his website he had always dreamed of: ‘We are obsolete … finally!!!’"
  • wsj150‘No-No-Hit’ Blog Loses Its Reason for Being – Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2012 – Wall Street Journal writer Jared Diamond tells the tale of how NoNoHitters.com made history in just one night. The story talks about the superstitious method in which I watched the game (video tuned to SNY on the iPad; audio tuned to WFAN on the Android phone) in order to not jinx the no-no.
  • atlantic150Mets’ No Hitter Means NoNoHitters Is No More – The Atlantic Monthly website, June 1, 2012 – Atlantic Wire writer Connor Simpson features NoNoHitters.com in a collection of media reactions to Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ longstanding curse.
  • Eller, Koufax and Leiter threw no-nos on this date

    The Cincinnati Reds' "Hod" Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
    The Cincinnati Reds’ “Hod” Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
    Al Leiter, Sandy Koufax and Horace “Hod” Eller threw no-hitters on this date.

    On Saturday, May 11, 1996, 21 years ago today, Leiter threw the Florida Marlins first no-hitter. The New Jersey native no-hit the Colorado Rockies for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

    Koufax, who threw four no-hitters with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossed his second no-no against the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1963.

    Eller, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Redland Field 97 years ago today.

    Feller tosses Opening Day no-no, 77 years ago today

    Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
    Bob Feller Museum Opening Day no-no display.
    Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history, 77 years ago today.

    The 21-year-old Feller used his “heater from Van Meter” fastball on April 16, 1940, to mow down eight White Sox batters as the Cleveland Indians topped Chicago 1-0. Feller’s parents and sister, Marguerite, were among the 14,000 fans at Chicago’s Comiskey Park that afternoon.

    “I knew I had a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth,” Feller told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “but I tried to put the thought out of my mind by reminding myself you never have a no-hitter until the last man is out.”

    Feller threw two additional no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young for a major league record that would later be broken by Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan:

    2 Bob Feller
      Cleveland Indians (AL)
      Tuesday, April 30, 1946
    Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
    Yankee Stadium (New York)
    3 Bob Feller
      Cleveland Indians (AL)
      Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
    Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
    Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
    Bob Feller's No 19 jersey
    The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.
    Feller nearly had some company on April 16, 1940. With all 16 teams in action, Boston Red Sox southpaw Lefty Grove took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was broken up with a single by the Washington Senators’ Cecil Travis. Grove retired the game’s first 21 batters but lost the perfecto on an eighth-inning error. He settled for a two-hit 1-0 complete-game shutout.

    Asked by an AP reporter if he was disappointed by Travis’ single, Grove said, “No. No-hitters are bad luck.”

    Two other no-hitters were thrown on the date of April 16:

    1 Burt Hooton
      Chicago Cubs (NL)
      Sunday, April 16, 1972
    Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
    Wrigley Field (Chicago)
    2 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)

    Happy 60th birthday to Dave Stewart

    Happy 60th birthday to Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart, who threw a no-hitter for the Oakland Athletics in 1990.

    On Friday, June 29, 1990, Stewart no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 5-0 victory at the Skydome. Hours later and thousands of miles away, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 6-0 win at Dodger Stadium.

    The games marked only the second time that no-hitters were thrown on the same day. The other two were back in 1898:

    Ted Breitenstein
      Cincinnati Reds (NL)
      Friday, April 22, 1898
    Cincinnati Reds 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
    League Park (Cincinnati)
    Jim Jay Hughes
      Baltimore Orioles (NL)
      Friday, April 22, 1898
    Baltimore Orioles 8, Boston Beaneaters 0
    Union Park (Baltimore)

    Happy birthday, Tom Seaver

    Happy 72nd birthday to Tom Seaver, who threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds after thrice losing no-nos in the ninth for the New York Mets.

    Tom Terrific finally got his no-no on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

    The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

    Happy 81st birthday, Bob Gibson

    Happy 81st birthday to Bob Gibson, who pitched a no-hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971.

    On Saturday, August 14, 1971, Gibson no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. Gibson struck out 10 and walked three batters while helping his team at the plate with three RBIs. One came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and the others reached home on Gibby’s eighth-inning bases-loaded single.

    The Nebraska-born Hall of Famer won 251 games over a 17-year career spent entirely with the Cardinals and was inducted in 1981.

    Also born on this day in 1886 is Nick Maddox, who threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Friday, September 20, 1907, Maddox no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas for a 2-1 home victory at
    Exposition Park.

    Happy birthday to 4 no-no throwers, Blackwell, Bunning, Leiter and Smith

    Four no-hitter throwers were born on this date: Ewell Blackwell, Jim Bunning, Al Leiter and Bud Smith.

    Blackwell, born on this date in 1922, threw a no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, against the Boston Braves. In his following start, Blackwell just missed duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s mark of two straight no-nos, losing his second no-no after 8 1/3 innings against Brooklyn.

    Bunning, who turns 85 today, threw a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on July 20, 1958. Bunning followed up that gem six years later as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing a perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium during the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader on Sunday, June 21, 1964. Bunning was the first major-league pitcher to throw no-nos in both the AL and NL.

    Leiter, celebrating his 51st birthday today, tossed the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ first no-hitter in franchise history. He blanked the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, May 11, 1996, for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

    Bud Smith, who turns 37 today, threw a no-hitter as a St. Louis Cardinals rookie on Monday, September 3, 2001, shutting down the San Diego Padres for a 4-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Baseball’s tie-game no-hitter, 132 years ago today

    Sam Kimber
    Sam Kimber
    The Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber threw baseball’s only tie-game no-hitter, 132 years ago today.

    On Saturday, October 4, 1884, Kimber threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the Toledo Blue Stockings at Brooklyn’s Washington Park but his team couldn’t score him a run off Toledo pitcher Frank Olin, who yielded just four hits. The game was called at the conclusion of the 10th inning due to darkness.

    Another no-hitter was thrown on this date seven years after Kimber’s gem. During the first game of a Sunday, October 4, 1891, doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Louisville Colonels for an 8-0 win at Sportsman’s Park.

    Cardinals’ Paul Dean, Athletics’ Vida Blue throw no-hitters on this date

    The St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Dean and the Oakland Athletics’ Vida Blue threw no-hitters on this date.

    On Friday, September 21, 1934, during the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader against Brooklyn, Dean no-hit the Dodgers for a 3-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of game days at 535 (more than three years!), a record that stands today.

    Older brother Dizzy Dean pitched the opener of that doubleheader, holding the the Dodgers to three hits for a 13-0 complete-game win.

    On Monday, September 21, 1970, Blue no-hit the Minnesota Twins at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for a 6-0 victory. At 21 years, 1 month and 24 days, Blue set the new modern-era mark for a youngster.

    Cardinals’ Washburn pays back Giants, 48 years ago today

    Four no-hitters were tossed on this date, but three of them are more than 100 years old.

    The only modern-day no-hitter was thrown on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Ray Washburn against the San Francisco Giants. It came just a day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cards.

    The others:

    • Cy Young threw the first of his three no-hitters for the National League’s Cleveland Spiders during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at League Park on September 18, 1897. The Spiders topped the Cincinnati Reds 6-0.
    • The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chick Fraser no-hit the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a Friday, September 18, 1903, doubleheader at Chicago’s West Side Park. The Phillies beat the Cubs 10-0.
    • And the Cleveland Naps’ Bob “Dusty” Rhoads no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Friday, September 18, 1908, for a 2-1 at Cleveland’s League Park.