The San Diego Padres’ Joe Niekro took an Astrodome no-hitter into the seventh inning, 50 years ago today.
Why the name NoNoHitters.com?
Although NoNoHitters.com over the past decade has blossomed into baseball’s online home for all things no-hitter, its origins are rooted in a 50-plus-year drought of no-hitters by the New York Mets.
For four-and-a-half seasons (2008-2012), NoNoHitters.com site dutifully logged the climbing count of Mets games without a no-hitter, which finally ended at 8,019 on June 1, 2012, when Johan Santana made history. During our tenure chronicling baseball’s longest no-no drought from inception, we watched two of baseball’s newer franchises – the Colorado Rockies and the Tampa Bay Rays pass us on the baselines and exit the no-no club out of turn. But one team, the circa-1969 San Diego Padres, continues to serve as its sole member.