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Witt hurls perfecto on final game of ’84 season, 32 years ago today

langstonwittcardThe California Angels’ Mike Witt threw a perfect game on the final game of the 1984 season, 32 years ago today.

On Sunday, September 30, 1984, Witt needed just 94 pitchers to retire all 27 of the Texas Rangers he faced for a 1-0 win in front of just 8,375 fans at Arlington Stadium. Witt struck out 10 batters.

Witt also threw the final two innings of a combined Angels no-no on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium. Mark Langston got the start and threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners, but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Witt came in and threw two perfect innings.

Angels’ Langston, Witt combine for no-no, 26 years ago today

langstonwittcardMark Langston and Mike Witt combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners, 26 years ago today.

On Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium, Langston threw seven innings of no-hit ball but took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there. Manager Doug Rader brought in Witt, who was no stranger to no-hitters. Witt had pitched a perfect game for the Angels on the final game of the 1984 season, topping the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium for a 1-0 win.

Witt needed to retire just six batters in this contest, and his two perfect innings closed out the combined no-hitter and secured a 1-0 victory for the Angels.

Witt, threw 1 Angels no-no and closed another, to throw out 1st pitch

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Angels’ only combined no-hitter, and the man who threw the final two innings of that game – Mike Witt – is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Halos’ home opener.

Mark Langston got the start for the California Angels on Wednesday, April 11, 1990 at Anaheim Stadium, and the San Diego native threw seven innings of no-hit ball against the Seattle Mariners. But he told the AP that night that he took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there.

Manager Doug Rader brought in Witt, who was no stranger to no-hitters. Witt had pitched a perfect game for the Angels on the final game of the 1984 season, topping the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium for a 1-0 win.

Witt needed to retire just six batters in this contest, and his two perfect innings closed out the combined no-hitter and secured a 1-0 victory for the Angels.

Langston is currently a broadcaster for the Angels.

#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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Langston-Witt no-no, 24 years ago today

Mark Langston, a San Diego native who moved to Santa Clara at age 4, spent the 1998 season with the Padres with a 4-6 record and a 5.86 ERA.

He was a California Angel on April 11, 1990, when he got the start for the Halos at home in Anaheim against the Seattle Mariners.

Langston threw seven innings of no-hit ball, but he told The AP that night that he took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there.

Manager Doug Rader brought in Mike Witt, who retired the final six batters to close out the combined no-hitter and secure a 1-0 victory for the Angels.

Langston is currently a broadcaster for the Angels.