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Gooden tosses Yankees no-hitter, 21 years ago today

gooden postcardDwight Gooden threw a New York Yankees no-hitter, 21 years ago today.

On Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. “Doc” appeared to be running out of steam in the ninth frame as he walked Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez and then threw a wild pitch to allow runners to reach second and third. But he recovered to strike out Jay Buhner and then got Paul Sorrento to pop out to short to complete the no-no. Teammates carried the 31-year-old hero off the Yankee Stadium field to the cheers of more than 20,000 fans.

Gooden thrice came close to getting a no-no while with the New York Mets:

  • On June 6, 1984, in just his 11th major-league start, the emerging strikeout artist reached the eighth inning with a no-hitter intact before yielding a lead-off single to the Pirates’ Doug Frobel. New York won 2-1 in 13 innings.
  • On September 7, 1984, Gooden threw a one-hit 10-0 shutout against the Chicago Cubs. The only Cubs hit was a 5th-inning single by Keith Moreland.
  • On June 5, 1988, Gooden again reached the eighth inning and again lost it on the leadoff batter as the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill singled. Gooden held on for an 11-3 complete-game victory.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Kansas City Royals’ Jim Colborn. On Saturday, May 14, 1977, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win at Royals Stadium.

20th anniversary of Gooden’s no-no

gooden postcardToday is the 20th anniversary of Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

On Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. “Doc” appeared to be running out of steam in the ninth frame as he walked Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez and then threw a wild pitch to allow runners to reach second and third. But he recovered to strike out Jay Buhner and then got Paul Sorrento to pop out to short to complete the no-no. Teammates carried the 31-year-old hero off the Yankee Stadium field to the cheers of more than 20,000 fans.

Gooden thrice came close to getting a no-no while with the New York Mets:

  • On June 6, 1984, in just his 11th major-league start, the emerging strikeout artist reached the eighth inning with a no-hitter intact before yielding a lead-off single to the Pirates’ Doug Frobel. New York won 2-1 in 13 innings.
  • On September 7, 1984, Gooden threw a one-hit 10-0 shutout against the Chicago Cubs. The only Cubs hit was a 5th-inning single by Keith Moreland.
  • On June 5, 1988, Gooden again reached the eighth inning and again lost it on the leadoff batter as the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill singled. Gooden held on for an 11-3 complete-game victory.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Kansas City Royals’ Jim Colborn. On Saturday, May 14, 1977, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win at Royals Stadium.

Pitchers who threw no-nos and won Cy Young Awards

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card
Today would be the 148th birthday of Cy Young, the legendary pitcher who threw three no-hitters during a 22-year career that included a major league record 511 wins.

We thought we’d celebrate the day by taking a look at pitchers who threw no-hitters and also won Cy Young awards. Sandy Koufax won three Cy Young awards and threw four no-hitters, while Randy Johnson won three Cy Young Awards and threw two no-hitters. Tim Lincecum boasts two of each.

Roger Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards but never was able to throw a no-hitter.

Before we get to the list, we also wish a happy birthday to Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich, who was born 105 years ago today. Dietrich no-hit the St. Louis Browns on Tuesday, June 1, 1937 at Comiskey Park.

Here’s the list of pitchers who won Cy Young awards and also threw no-hitters:

1 Warren Spahn
  ML Cy Young 1957, no-hitters 1960 and 1961
2 Sandy Koufax
  ML Cy Young 1963, 1965 and 1966, no-hitters 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965
3 Dean Chance
  ML Cy Young 1964, no-hitter 1967
4 Bob Gibson
  NL Cy Young 1968, 1970, no-hitter 1971
5 Tom Seaver
  NL Cy Young 1969, 1973 and 1975, no-hitter 1978
6 Vida Blue
  AL Cy Young 1971, no-hitter 1970
7 Gaylord Perry
  AL Cy Young 1972, NL Cy Young 1978, no-hitter 1968
8 Jim Palmer
  AL Cy Young 1973, 1975 and 1976, no-hitter 1969
9 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  AL Cy Young 1974, no-hitter 1968
10 Fernando Valenzuela
  NL Cy Young 1981, no-hitter 1990
11 Bret Saberhagen
  AL Cy Young 1985 and 1989, no-hitter 1991
12 Dwight "Doc" Gooden
  NL Cy Young 1985, no-hitter 1996
13 Mike Scott
  NL Cy Young 1986, no-hitter 1986
14 David Cone
  AL Cy Young 1994, perfect game 1999
15 Randy Johnson
  AL Cy Young 1995, NL Cy Young 1999 and 2002, no-hitters 1990, 2004
16 Roy Halladay
  AL Cy Young 2003, NL Cy Young 2010, perfect game and postseason no-hitter 2010
17 Johan Santana
  AL Cy Young 2004 and 2006, no-hitter 2012
18 Tim Lincecum
  NL Cy Young 2008 and 2009, no-hitters 2013 and 2014
19 Felix Hernandez
  AL Cy Young 2010, perfect game 2012
20 Justin Verlander
  AL Cy Young 2011, no-hitters 2007 and 2011
21 Clayton Kershaw
  NL Cy Young 2011, 2013 and 2014, no-hitter 2014

#11, the New York Yankees

The NoNoHitters 30The New York Yankees, the world’s most storied sports franchise, have tossed 11 no-hitters over the team’s history dating back to 1901, putting the team at No. 11 on our NoNoHitters 30 list. The Yankees’ most famous no-no, of course, is Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

George Mogridge threw the New York Yankees' first no-hitter in 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
George Mogridge threw the New York Yankees’ first no-hitter in 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees franchise actually began in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles, spending two years in Maryland before relocating to north Manhattan’s Hilltop Park as the New York Highlanders. The nickname Yankees, which had started appearing in newspaper columns, was officially adopted in 1913.

Allie Reynolds is the only Yankees pitcher to throw two no-hitters, and both came during the 1951 season. David Wells and David Cone also threw perfect games for the Yanks.

Here are the New York Yankees no-hitters.

1 George Mogridge
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Tuesday, April 24, 1917
New York Yankees 2, Boston Red Sox 1
Fenway Park (Boston)
2 "Sad" Sam Jones
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Tuesday, September 4, 1923
New York Yankees 2, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
(Jones becomes the first MLB pitcher to throw a no hitter without a single strikeout.)
3 Monte Pearson
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Saturday, August 27, 1938 (Second game of doubleheader)
New York Yankees 13, Cleveland Indians 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
4 Allie Reynolds
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Thursday, July 12, 1951
New York Yankees 1, Cleveland Indians 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
(His first of two no-hitters)
5 Allie Reynolds
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Friday, September 28, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
New York Yankees 8, Boston Red Sox 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of two no-hitters)
6 Don Larsen
  New York Yankees (WS Game 5)
  Monday, October 8, 1956
New York Yankees 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(Perfect game in Game 5 of 1956 World Series)
7 Dave Righetti
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Monday, July 4, 1983
New York Yankees 4, Boston Red Sox 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
8 Jim Abbott
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Saturday, September 4, 1993
New York Yankees 4, Cleveland Indians 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
9 Dwight "Doc" Gooden
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Tuesday, May 14, 1996
New York Yankees 2, Seattle Mariners 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
10 David Wells
  New York Yankees (AL)
  Sunday, May 17, 1998
New York Yankees 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(Perfect game)
11 David Cone
  New York Yankees (AL team in IL game)
  Sunday, July 18, 1999
New York Yankees 6, Montreal Expos 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 11 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
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