The NoNoHitters 30Cleveland Indians pitchers have thrown 14 no-hitters, which gives the club the No. 6 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown.

Cleveland was awarded one of the American League’s eight charter franchises in 1901 when the AL declared itself a competing major league, but the team wasn’t initially known as the Indians

Bob Feller's No 19 jersey

The Cleveland Indians in 1957 retired the number 19 to honor Bob Feller, who pitched three no-hitters.

The franchise, known as the Cleveland Bluebirds for its first two seasons, changed its name to the Cleveland Naps in 1903 after its star second baseman and eventual player/manager team Nap Lajoie. The franchise needed a new nickname when Lajoie was traded in 1915, and the team settled on the Cleveland Indians. Naps and Indians pitchers have thrown 14 no-hitters throughout the team’s history, including three by fastball ace Bob Feller.

Here they are:

1 Bob "Dusty" Rhoads
  Cleveland Naps (AL)
  Friday, September 18, 1908
Cleveland Naps 2, Boston Red Sox 1
League Park (Cleveland)
2 Addie Joss
  Cleveland Naps (AL)
  Friday, October 2, 1908
Cleveland Naps 1, Chicago White Sox 0
League Park (Cleveland)
(Perfect game, his first of two no-hitters)
3 Addie Joss
  Cleveland Naps (AL)
  Wednesday, April 20, 1910
Cleveland Naps 1, Chicago White Sox 0
South Side Park (Chicago)
(His second of two no-hitters; first major league pitcher to no-hit the same team twice. Tim Lincecum would duplicate the feat in 2013 and 2014.)
4 Ray Caldwell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, September 10, 1919 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, New York Yankees 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
5 Wes Ferrell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
6 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 16, 1940
Cleveland Indians 1, Chicago White Sox 0
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
(His first of three no-hitters, baseball’s first and only opening-day no-no.)
7 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Tuesday, April 30, 1946
Cleveland Indians 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of three no-hitters)
8 Don Black
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Thursday, July 10, 1947 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
9 Bob Lemon
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, June 30, 1948
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
10 Bob Feller
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Sunday, July 1, 1951 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
(His third of three no-hitters, tying Larry Corcoran and Cy Young – a record that would be broken by Sandy Koufax in 1965.)
11 Sonny Siebert
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, June 10, 1966
Cleveland Indians 2, Washington Senators 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
12 Dick Bosman
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, July 19, 1974
Cleveland Indians 4, Oakland Athletics 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
13 Dennis Eckersley
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Monday, May 30, 1977
Cleveland Indians 1, California Angels 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
14 Len Barker
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Friday, May 15, 1981
Cleveland Indians 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 6 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise

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

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