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.
The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, two years ago today.
New Jersey hosted its first major-league baseball game, 62 years ago today.