The San Francisco Giants’ Ed Halicki tossed a no-hitter against the New York Mets, 41 years ago today.
The Mets actually had 12 hits on August 24, 1975, the day that Halicki hurled his no-no at Candlestick Park. Unfortunately, all 12 hits came in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mets won the opener 9-5, thanks in part to a fifth-inning Grand Slam by Dave Kingman.
Halicki struck out 10 and walked two in the nightcap, which turned a bit controversial in the fifth inning when the Mets’ Rusty Staub hit a line drive up the middle.
The ball ricocheted off of Halicki’ shin and rolled to second baseman Derrel Thomas. Thomas bobbled it before throwing to first, allowing the far-from-fleet-footed Grande L’Orange to beat the throw. The official scorer received cheers when he ruled the play an E-4, a call that New York Daily News columnist Dick Young took issue with. Halicki has since said he thought the call was correct.
The Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker no-hit the Montreal Expos, 40 years ago today.
On Friday, July 9, 1976, Dierker walked four and struck out eight at the Astrodome to lead Houston to a 6-0 no-hit victory. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander from Hollywood, California, told the Associated Press’ B.F. Kellum that he figured if he was going to pitch a no-no, it would have come early in his career.
“I didn’t think I had the stuff to pitch a no-hitter,” Dierker told the AP. “It’s hard to believe.”
Dierker nearly threw a perfect game in 1966. In a Sept. 30 game against the New York Mets that remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, Dierker took the mound and immediately gave up double to Mets’ third baseman Eddie Bressoud. That set the wheels in motion, as Dierker threw a wild pitch to Ron Hunt (pinch-hitting for left fielder Danny Napoleon) allowing Bressoud to reach third and then served up a pitch that resulted in a Hunt walk-off single to right.
The San Diego Padres’ Leron Lee killed Tom Seaver’s chance of throwing the first New York Mets’ no-hitter in the ninth inning, 44 years ago today.
Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning at Shea Stadium on July 4, 1972, although he walked two batters in the fourth and two batters in the eighth, so the perfect game was off the board.
Seaver took the mound in the ninth and got Dave Roberts to ground out before Leron Lee lined a ball up the middle to end the no-no bid. He then got Nate Colbert to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game for a 2-0 complete-game shutout, Seaver’s fourth career one-hitter.
Seaver struck out 11 batters, and the Mets scored their only runs with two outs in the third when Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool drew bases-loaded walks from the Padres’ Clay Kirby.
It was the Mets’ ninth one-hitter and it marked the team’s 1,692nd game without a no-hitter. On the other side, Kirby lost his no-hitter on Wayne Garrett’s first-inning single to move the Padres’ count to 556 games.
The Mets count ended at 8,019; the Padres count is at 7,572 games and still growing.
The 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.
Happy 76th birthday to Jim Maloney, who threw two official Cincinnati Reds no-hitters and had another broken up in extra innings.
On August 19, 1965, during the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Maloney no-hit the Cubs for nine innings but his Reds failed to score a run. The game went into the top of the 10th, when Leo Cardenas hit a one-out homer off Larry Jackson. Maloney finished out the game to complete the 1-0 10-inning no-no.
Just two months earlier, Maloney threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the New York Mets only to lose the no-no, and game, in the 11th inning. Maloney gave up leadoff home run to Johnny Lewis and allowed one more hit in the losing effort.
Maloney did notch a second official career no-hitter of the typical nine-inning variety four years later. At home at Crosley Field on Wednesday, April 30, 1969, Maloney no-hit the Houston Astros for a 10-0 win.
(Feature image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Today is the fourth 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. Also, here’s the link to Phil Taylor’s Sports Illustrated piece on last year’s anniversary, for which I was a source: No-no regrets: Johan Santana would not alter a thing. Terry Collins might.
The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards
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).
Today 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.
Colin Rea made a go of it, but the rookie right-hander just missed throwing the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history on Thursday night.
With a shift behind him, Rea gave up a seventh-inning single to the New York Mets’ Yoenis Céspedes that went right through where the second baseman normally would be stationed. That marked the 7,519th Padres game with no no-hitter since the team’s inception in 1969.
With that hit, the Padres now have just 500 games to go to reach the Mets’ streak of 8,019 games without a no-hitter. The Mets had played 8,019 games from their birth in 1962 when on June 1, 2012, Johan Santana no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals.
If no Friar can notch a no-no, the team would tie the Mets’ streak in a little over three years.
Nolan Ryan threw his major league record seventh no-hitter, 25 years ago today.
Ryan, pitching for the Texas Rangers at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991, struck out 16 Blue Jays and held the others to no hits as the Rangers topped Toronto 3-0. Said Rangers pitching coach Tom House to the Dallas Morning News, the Blue Jays, “just got n the way of a train.”
Three other no-hitters were thrown on May 1 in other years – Al Atkinson, Johnny Lush and Don Wilson.
Here are the May Day no-nos:
21 of 295
Philadelphia Athletics (AA)
Saturday, May 1, 1886
Philadelphia Athletics 3, New York Metropolitans 2
Jefferson Street Grounds (Philadelphia) (His second of two no-hitters)
53 of 287
Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Brooklyn Superbas 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
170 of 295
Houston Astros (NL)
Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati) (His second of two no-hitters)
225 of 295
Texas Rangers (AL)
Wednesday, May 1, 1991
Texas Rangers 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Arlington Stadium (Texas) (His seventh of seven no-hitters, finalizing his major league record.)
Happy 28th birthday to Chris Heston, who threw a San Francisco Giants no-hitter against the New York Mets last season in just his 13th major league start.
Heston, a 27-year-old rookie right-hander, struck out 11 batters and did not allow a walk on June 9, 2015, but he hit three batters for the 5-0 win — the first no-hitter thrown at Citi Field since Johan Santana’s 2012 no-no.
Heston was perfect through three innings as his Giants built a 3-run lead off Noah Syndergaard by the middle of the third. Heston retired Curtis Granderson to make it 10 straight before plunking Ruben Tejada in the arm with a 75 mph curve ball and then grazing Lucas Duda’s pant leg with an 89-mph fastball. Heston got out of the jam by inducing a 5-4-3 double-play out of Michael Cuddyer.
Matt Duffy extended the Giants’ lead with a solo homer to left off Syndergaard in the sixth, and Joe Panik tagged relieved Dillon Gee for another dinger in the seventh to make it 5-0.
Meanwhile, Heston kept retiring Mets batters only to return to the Giants dugout to be ignored (per superstitious baseball protocol). His only other blemish came in the ninth when he plunked Mets catcher Anthony Recker in the upper arm with an 89-mph fastball. He then caught pinch-hitter Danny Muno
Granderson and Tejada looking to complete the no-no with his ninth, 10th and 11th K’s.