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Happy 81st birthday, Sandy Koufax

A happy 81st birthday to Sandy Koufax, who tossed four no-hitters — one of them perfect — for the 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Brooklyn-born southpaw pitched his no-nos in consecutive years from 1962-65, culminating with a perfecto over the Chicago Cubs in ’65. The Cubs played nearly 50 years until they were no-hit again, when Cole Hamels tossed a no-no at Wrigley on July 25, 2015.

1 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, June 30, 1962
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His first of four no-hitters)
2 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His second of four no-hitters)
3 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 4, 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His third of four no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller.. Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965.)
4 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1965
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game, his fourth of four no-hitters setting a new major league record, breaking the previous mark of three shared between him, Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller. The record would be tied by Nolan Ryan in 1975 and broken in 1981.)

Here are some Koufax highlights:

Koufax perfecto sets new career no-no mark, 51 years ago today

nonotriviaHall 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:

1 George Davis
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Wednesday, September 9, 1914 (Second game of doubleheader)
Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
2 Dick Fowler
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
3 Rex Barney
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1948
Brooklyn Dodgers 2, New York Giants 0
Polo Grounds (New York)

Back-to-back no-hit starts, Part 5 — Sandy Koufax

Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.
Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.

The great Sandy Koufax takes up the No. 5 spot on our look at baseball’s six “other” back to back starts in recognition of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer’s amazing accomplishment 78 years ago.

On Saturday, June 11, 1938, Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees at home at Crosley Field. Four days later, he threw another no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field to become the only major-league pitcher to throw back-to-back no-nos.

Mike Moore, Frank MacCormack, Gary Gentry, Les Cain, Sandy Koufax and Rex Barney all threw back-to-back no-hit starts, though none of their outings went nine innings. The details of those starts generated using http://www.baseball-reference.com‘s superb Play Index are below, and we’ve been taking a closer look at each of the pairings each day.

No. 5: Sandy Koufax

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax would not begin his string of no-hitters in four consecutive seasons until 1962, but he actually achieved back-to-back no-hit starts midway through the 1958 season.

koufaxFacing the Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 5, 1958, Koufax got off to a fine start, striking out Tony Taylor and inducing a fly-out to center from Al Dark before shortstop Don Zimmer allowed Lee Walls to reach base on an error. Koufax struck out Ernie Banks to end the inning, and he got Bobby Thomson to ground out to first for the second inning’s initial out.

Cubs’ outfielder Jim Bolger followed by grounding another ball to first, prompting Koufax to run over to cover the bag.

“Bolger barreled into Koufax after the Dodger southpaw had taken a throw from first baseman Norm Larker,” noted the Long Beach Press-Telegram‘s George Lederer. “Koufax twisted his ankle as he crossed the bag and Bolger stepped on it as both players sprawled to the turf.”

Dodgers’ Manager Walter Alston brought in reliever Johnny Klippstein, and Koufax would spend days on crutches before returning to the mound.

Koufax took the ball for a July 18, 1958, start against the Philadelphia Phillies, but after he walked four batters in the first inning, Alston brought in Klippstein to try to minimize the damage. It marked a second straight no-hit start for the lefty.

Fortunately for Koufax, his no-hitter prowess would surpass these two starts years later to cap a Hall of Fame career.

Name Game 1 Game 2 IP H R ER BB SO ERA HBP WP TM
Mike Moore 1985-05-30 1985-06-04 2.1 0 2 2 4 1 7.71 0 0 SEA
Frank MacCormack 1976-07-26 1977-04-24 3.1 0 3 3 7 2 8.10 2 4 DET-SEA
Gary Gentry 1973-06-05 1973-06-10 3.0 0 1 1 4 0 3.00 0 0 ATL
Les Cain 1972-05-24 1972-05-28 5.1 0 4 4 6 5 6.75 0 0 DET
Sandy Koufax 1958-07-05 1958-07-18 2.1 0 1 1 4 4 3.86 0 0 LAD
Rex Barney 1943-09-25 1943-09-28 2.1 0 2 2 6 1 7.71 0 0 BRO
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/10/2016.

Koufax ties record with 3rd no-no, 52 years ago today

koufaxThe Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax threw his third career no-hitter, 52 years ago today.

On Thursday, June 4, 1964, at Connie Mack Stadium, Koufax no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-0 win. Koufax struck out 12 and faced the minimum number of batters (27), with his only blemish issuing a fourth-inning walk to Dick Allen. Allen was caught attempting to steal second base.

Koufax’s performance that night tied Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller for most career no-hitters.

Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965, but his record would fall in 1981 when Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-no.

No-nos on this date: Eller, Koufax and Leiter

The Cincinnati Reds' "Hod" Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
The Cincinnati Reds’ “Hod” Eller no-hit the Cardinals in 1919.
Al Leiter, Sandy Koufax, Horace “Hod” Eller and threw no-hitters on this date.

On Saturday, May 11, 1996, Leiter threw the Florida Marlins first no-hitter 20 years ago today. The New Jersey native no-hit the Colorado Rockies for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Koufax, who threw four no-hitters with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossed his second no-no against the San Francisco Giants on this date in 1963.

Eller, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals at Redland Field 97 years ago today.

Koufax, Drysdale begin holdout, 50 years ago today

Drysdale and Koufax
Drysdale and Koufax
Fifty years ago today, Los Angeles Dodgers aces Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale refused to report to camp in Vero Beach, Florida, and began their holdout for a multi-year deal giving them a total of $1 million.

The dispute was apparently over the length of the contract more than the pitchers’ potential $167,000 annual salaries, which would have surpassed Willie Mays’ $125,000 yearly draw from the San Francisco Giants.

Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi told reporters it would be the last time he discussed the situation until he had a chance to negotiate with the pitchers.

“Koufax and Drysdale are entitled to everything they can get, but under no circumstances would any player on this club get more than a one-year contract,” Bavasi told the AP.

The pitchers eventually rejoined the Dodgers during the last week of Spring Training, with Koufax equaling Mays’ salary of $125,000 and Drysdale earning $110,000.

Koufax announced his retirement after the 1966 season. Here are his four Dodgers no-nos:

1 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, June 30, 1962
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His first of four no-hitters)
2 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His second of four no-hitters)
3 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 4, 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His third of four no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller.. Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965.)
4 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1965
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game, his fourth of four no-hitters setting a new major league record, breaking the previous mark of three shared between him, Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller. The record would be tied by Nolan Ryan in 1975 and broken in 1981.)

(Featured image Dodger Town, Vero Beach, Florida by adamclyde licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0)

Lincecum 1 of 3 to win consecutive Cy Youngs and throw 2 no-nos

The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum, who has tossed two career no-hitters, won his second straight Cy Young Award, six years ago today.

Lincecum is one of only three major league pitchers to win consecutive Cy Young Awards and throw multiple no-hitters. Lincecum won his NL Cy Young Awards in 2008-09. His no-hitters, both thrown against the San Diego Padres, came in 2003 and 2004.

The other two pitchers are:

  • Sandy Koufax — Consecutive NL Cy Young Awards from 1965-66, no-hitters for Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962, ’63 and ’64 and a perfect game in ’65
  • Randy Johnson — Consecutive NL Cy Young Awards from 1999-2002, a no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners in 1990 and a perfect game in 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Happy 50th to Koufax’s perfecto

nonotriviaHall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter in the form of a perfect game, 50 years ago today.

Koufax on September 9, 1965, 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 streak ending this year at the hands of Cole Hamels.

#1, the Los Angeles Dodgers

The NoNoHitters 30The Los Angeles Dodgers, who debuted in the American Association in 1884 as the Brooklyn Atlantics, have thrown 25 no-hitters throughout the franchise’s history – seven more than the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. That gives the team the top spot in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown as we finally reach Opening Day 2015.

Adonis Terry, who threw Brooklyn's second and third no-hitters.
Adonis Terry, who threw Brooklyn’s second and third no-hitters.
The team has undergone a series of name changes throughout the years to the Brooklyn Grays, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, the Brooklyn Grooms, the Brooklyn Superbas, the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers and the Brooklyn Robins before finally settling on the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1932 season. The team moved to California in 1958 and has been known as the Los Angeles Dodgers ever since.

The great Sandy Koufax tops the Dodgers’ no-hitter list with 4 no-nos, second only in the major leagues to Nolan Ryan’s seven no-hitters. The fourth of Koufax’s no-hitters was a perfect game.

Here is the list of no-hitters thrown by Dodgers’ pitchers:

1 Sam Kimber
  Brooklyn Atlantics (AA)
  Saturday, October 4, 1884
Brooklyn Atlantics 0, Toledo Blue Stockings 0 (10 innings)
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
(This game is classified as a 10-inning no-hitter despite ending in a 0-0 tie.)
2 Adonis Terry
  Brooklyn Grays (AA)
  Saturday, July 24, 1886
Brooklyn Grays 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Adonis Terry
  Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA)
  Sunday, May 27, 1888
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 4, Louisville Colonels 0
Ridgewood Park (Brooklyn)
(His second of two no-hitters)
4 Tom Lovett
  Brooklyn Grooms (NL)
  Monday, June 22, 1891
Brooklyn Grooms 4, New York Giants 0
Eastern Park (Brooklyn)
5 Mal Eason
  Brooklyn Superbas (NL)
  Friday, July 20, 1906
Brooklyn Superbas 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
6 George Napoleon "Nap" Rucker
  Brooklyn Superbas (NL)
  Saturday, September 5, 1908 (Second game of doubleheader)
Brooklyn Superbas 6, Boston Doves 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
7 Charles "Dazzy" Vance
  Brooklyn Robins (NL)
  Sunday, September 13, 1925 (First game of doubleheader)
Brooklyn Robins 10, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
8 James "Tex" Carleton
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1940
Brooklyn Dodgers 3, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
9 Ed Head
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, April 23, 1946
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Boston Braves 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
10 Rex Barney
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1948
Brooklyn Dodgers 2, New York Giants 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
11 Carl Erskine
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 19, 1952
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Chicago Cubs 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(His first of two no-hitters)
12 Carl Erskine
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 12, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 3, New York Giants 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(His second of two no-hitters)
13 Sal Maglie
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, September 25, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
14 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, June 30, 1962
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His first of four no-hitters)
15 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(His second of four no-hitters)
16 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 4, 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His third of four no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller.. Koufax would throw a fourth no-no to break the record in 1965.)
17 Sandy Koufax
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, September 9, 1965
Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(Perfect game, his fourth of four no-hitters setting a new major league record, breaking the previous mark of three shared between him, Larry Corcoran, Cy Young and Bob Feller. The record would be tied by Nolan Ryan in 1975 and broken in 1981.)
18 Bill Singer
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Monday, July 20, 1970
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
19 Jerry Reuss
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Friday, June 27, 1980
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
20 Fernando Valenzuela
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Friday, June 29, 1990
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
(With Stewart’s no hitter above, second time two have been thrown on same day.)
21 Kevin Gross
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Monday, August 17, 1992
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
22 Ramon Martinez
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Friday, July 14, 1995
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Florida Marlins 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
23 Hideo Nomo
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1996
Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Colorado Rockies 0
Coors Field (Denver)
(His first of two no-hitters)
24 Josh Beckett
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Sunday, May 25, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
25 Clayton Kershaw
  Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
  Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Colorado Rockies 0
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

Here’s our full list from 1 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


25 Los Angeles Dodgers
  (Brooklyn Atlantics/Brooklyn Grays/Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Brooklyn Grooms/Brooklyn Superbas/Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers/Brooklyn Robins/Brooklyn Dodgers)
18 Boston Red Sox
  (Boston Americans)
18 Chicago White Sox
  (Chicago White Stockings)
16 Cincinnati Reds
  (Cincinnati Red Stockings/Cincinnati Redlegs)
16 San Francisco Giants
  (New York Gothams/New York Giants)
14 Cleveland Indians
  (Cleveland Bluebirds/Cleveland Naps)
14 Atlanta Braves
  (Boston Red Caps/Boston Beaneaters/Boston Doves/Boston Rustlers/Boston Bees/Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves)
13 Chicago Cubs
  (Chicago White Stockings/Chicago Colts/Chicago Orphans)
12 Philadelphia Phillies
  (Philadelphia Quakers)
11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
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
 

Top of post photo from The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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