Ever since I added a column of “Uniform number” to my master no-hitters spreadsheet a few years ago, I’ve enjoyed tracking no-hitters by number.
Four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers combined to no-hit the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, Mexico Friday night for Major League Baseball’s 298th no-hitter.
Nolan Ryan threw his major league record seventh no-hitter, 27 years ago today. Ryan, pitching for the Texas Rangers at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991, struck out 16 Blue Jays and held the others to no hits as the Rangers topped Toronto 3-0.
Five no-hitters have been thrown on this date (April 30), but only four of the pitchers (Charlie Robertson, James “Tex” Carleton, Bob Feller and Jim Maloney) also earned a victory.
Happy birthday today to two no-no throwers: Tom Browning and Bill Hawke.
Today is one of two days throughout the calendar year in which we’re most flush with no-no birthdays: Ray Caldwell, Jesse Barnes, Virgil Trucks, Sal Maglie and Mike Scott.