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On this date, 1 Angels no-no, 3 missed Padres no-nos

nohitters0The 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.

No-no birthday wishes to Verlander, Wright, Wilson, Davenport

Dave Davenport pitched the fifth (and final) no-hitter in the Federal League for the St. Louis Terriers.
Dave Davenport pitched the fifth (and final) no-hitter in the Federal League for the St. Louis Terriers.
Happy birthday to four no-no pitchers: Justin Verlander, who threw two no-nos for the Detroit Tigers, Clyde Wright, who threw one for the California Angels, Jim Wilson, who tossed one for the Milwaukee Braves, and Dave Davenport, who threw one for the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League.

Verlander, who turns 33 today, threw his on:

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    Detroit Tigers 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
    Comerica Park (Detroit)
  • Saturday, May 7, 2011
    Detroit Tigers 9, Toronto Blue Jays 0
    Rogers Centre (Toronto)

Wright, who turns 75, threw his on:

  • Friday, July 3, 1970
    California Angels 4, Oakland Athletics 0
    Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)

Wilson, born 94 years ago on this day, threw his on:

  • Sunday, June 12, 1954
    Milwaukee Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
    Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)

Davenport, born 126 years ago on this day, threw his on:

  • Tuesday, September 7, 1915 (First game of doubleheader)
    St. Louis Terriers 3, Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 0
    Handlan’s Park (St. Louis)

#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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