Happy 39th birthday to Devern Hansack, who threw a five-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in 2006.
Major League Baseball’s committee for statistical accuracy had already determined that rain-shortened no-nos were not official no-hitters, but Hansack made the most of his October 1, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season. He no-hit the O’s for five innings while the Red Sox built a 9-0 lead. Umpires called the game at Fenway Park after the fifth due to rain.
Happy 71st birthday to Jim Palmer, who threw a no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles in 1969.
At Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, August 13, 1969, Palmer no-hit the Oakland Athletics for an 8-0 win. Palmer walked six batters while striking out eight to improve to 11-2 on the season. He finished the year with a 16-4 record and a 2.34 ERA. Palmer won his Cy Young Awards in 1973, ’75 and ’76.
Six no-hitters have been tossed on this date, though none of those have been thrown in the 47 years since Bob Moose temporarily interrupted the Miracle Mets’ postseason push with a no-hitter at Shea Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 1969.
Moose on that day struck out six and walked three to lead the Pirates to a 4-0 win over New York. The Cubs lost, too, so the Mets maintained a four-game lead in the newly formed National League East division.
September 20’s six no-hitters ties four other dates for the most no-nos for a particular date: April 27, May 15 September 28.
Here are the other September 20 no-hitters:
8 of 295
Chicago White Stockings (NL)
Wednesday, September 20, 1882
Chicago White Stockings 5, Worcester Ruby Legs 0
Lake Front Park (Chicago) (His second of three no-hitters)
45 of 295
James "Nixey" Callahan
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1902 (First game of doubleheader)
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (First American League no hitter)
56 of 295
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Friday, September 20, 1907
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Brooklyn Superbas 1
Exposition Park (Pittsburgh)
61 of 295
Chicago White Sox (AL)
Sunday, September 20, 1908
Chicago White Sox 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0
South Side Park (Chicago) (His second of two no-hitters)
139 of 295
Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Saturday, September 20, 1958
Baltimore Orioles 1, New York Yankees 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter in the form of a perfect game, 51 years ago today.
On September 9, 1965, Koufax retired each of the 27 Chicago Cubs batters he faced at Dodger Stadium to set a new record for career no-hitters. Nolan Ryan would eventually break the mark of 4 and extend his record to 7. But Koufax’s perfecto had such an impact on the Cubs that the team avoided being no-hit for nearly 50 years, with the finally streak ending at 7,921 games in 2015 at the hands of Cole Hamels.
Also throwing no-hitters on this day are:
Boston Braves (NL)
Wednesday, September 9, 1914 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
Thursday, September 9, 1948
Brooklyn Dodgers 2, New York Giants 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
Wilson Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the 1991 Chicago White Sox in just his second major league start, 25 years ago today.
Alvarez, a 6-foot-1 southpaw from Maracaibo, Venezuela, no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on August 11, 1991, walking five and striking out seven.
His outing at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium went considerable better than his major-league debut, in which he left the game after facing five batters without getting a single out. On July 24, 1989 as a member of the Texas Rangers, Alvarez yielded a leadoff single to Junior Felix and then served up back-to-back homers to Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber. Bobby Valentine pulled Alvarez after the southpaw issued back-to-back bases on balls to George Bell and Fred McGriff.
Alvarez went on to carve out a 14-year career, posting a 102-92 record with a 3.96 ERA. He retired in 2005 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Boston Braves’ Vern Bickford, who no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field on Friday, August 11, 1950 for a 7-0 win.
Weldon Henley threw a Philadelphia Athletics no-hitter, 111 years ago today.
On July 22, 1905, during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader, Henley no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 6-0 win at St. Louis’ Robison Field.
The St. Louis Republic‘s story from the next morning called Henley a “magnificent specimen of the Southern lad,” saying he took rank with Christy Mathewson and Cy Young and “lifted himself from a mediocre place into the loftiest niche in American pitcherdom.”
He didn’t quite reach the marks set by those two, finishing with a 32-43 record but a respectable 2.94 ERA.
Happy Fourth of July, and on this day we recognize the only four pitchers to throw Independence Day no-nos: The New York Yankees’ Dave Righetti, the Pittsburgh Crawfords’ Satchell Paige, the Detroit Tigers’ George Mullin and the New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse.
On Monday, July 4, 1983, in front of more than 41,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Righetti no-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 4-0 win. Righetti struck out nine and walked four in the game, catching the pesky Wade Boggs lunging for a breaking ball to complete the no-no.
You have to go back another 49 years for the next July 4 no-no, and it was thrown in a Negro Leagues match-up between Paige’s Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays. Paige struck out 17 batters in the game for the second of his two documented no-hitters (he likely threw many more).
The next Fourth of July no-no was thrown on July 4, 1912, during the second game of a Thursday doubleheader, Mullin no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 7-0 win at Navin Field. Mullin was also born on the Fourth of July back in 1880.
The third July 4 no-no was nearly a perfect game. On July 4, 1908, during the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Wiltse was perfect before hitting the Philadelphia Phillies’ George McQuillen with a pitch. Wiltse finished with a 10-inning 1-0 no-hitter.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada lost an eighth-inning no-hitter in his second consecutive start, one year ago today.
Estrada reached the eighth with a no-no intact against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 24, 2015, at Tropicana Field before Logan Forsythe tagged him for a one-out infield single. Five days earlier, Estrada lost a no-no against the Orioles at Rogers Centre with no out in the eighth.
Here are those two starts:
Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
Friday, June 19, 2015
Spoiler: Jimmy Paredes broken-bat bloop single to left with no out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Spoiler: Logan Forsythe, infield single with one out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 1, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
As if that hard luck wasn’t enough, Estrada also lost another eighth-inning no-no earlier this month:
Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Spoiler: Chris Young, homer to left with one out in the 8th inning
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Boston Red Sox 4
Fenway Park (Boston)
On Saturday, June 11, 1938, 78 years ago today, the Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees at home at Crosley Field. Four days later, he would no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field to become the only major-league pitcher to throw back-to-back no-nos.
We decided to use the days between Vandeer Meer’s starts to account for the other six times that major-league pitchers have had back-to-back starts with no-hits. None of these outings went nine innings, but Mike Moore, Frank MacCormack, Gary Gentry, Les Cain, Sandy Koufax and Rex Barney all threw back-to-back no-hit starts. The details of those starts generated using http://www.baseball-reference.com‘s superb Play Index are below, and we’ll take a closer look at one each day starting with the most recent:
No. 1: Mike Moore
Seattle Mariners starter Mike Moore retired the first four Baltimore Orioles he faced during his start at Memorial Stadium on May 30, 1985. But when he walked Fred Lynn with one out in the second inning, he had to leave the game with a groin injury.
Moore returned to the mound on June 4 and made it through the first inning of his start against the Detroit Tigers with just a base on balls, but when he walked Lance Parrish and Darrell Evans to begin the second, Mariners manager Chuck Cottier pulled him and gave the ball to reliever Salome Barojas.