How Many No Hitters Have There Been in MLB History?

There have been a total of 293 no-hitters in MLB history.

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Introduction

A no-hitter is a feat in Major League Baseball (MLB) accomplished by a pitcher who throws a complete game without giving up a hit. No-hitters have been thrown since 1884, when Larry Corcoran of the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs) pitched the first in MLB history. As of September 2019, there have been 302 no-hitters in MLB history, including 23 combined no-hitters and seven perfect games.

The frequency of no-hitters has increased since 1900; 213 were thrown in the 100 years from 1901 to 2000, an average of slightly more than two per year. There have been 137 thrown since 2001 to September 2019, an average of more than eight per year with a record 14 pitched in 2010 and 2012 and nine in 2018. The most recent no-hitter was thrown on May 8, 2019 by Mike Fiers of the Oakland Athletics against the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Coliseum.

No Hitters in MLB History

As of September 2019, there have been 301 no hitters in MLB history. A no hitter is a game in which a pitcher or pitchers do not allow the other team to get a hit. The first no hitter was thrown by George Bradley of the St. Louis Browns on July 15, 1876.

Pre-1900

There have been 23 pre-1900 no-hitters in Major League Baseball history. The first two were pitched in the National League’s inaugural season of 1876. The most recent was thrown in 1898. Fourteen of the 23 were pitched by a single player: Cy Young.

1900-1909

In Major League Baseball history, there have been 23 no hitters pitched in the 1900s. This decade saw the first perfect game in baseball history, thrown by Cy Young of the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) on May 5th, 1904. Young’s perfect game was also the first no hitter that was thrown in Fenway Park. There were two no hitters thrown in a single day on September 20th, 1908, one in each league. Ed Walsh of the Chicago White Sox threw a no hitter against the Detroit Tigers, and George Davis of the New York Giants threw a no hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. The most no hitters in a season in the 1900s was five, which occurred in 1901 and 1908.

1910-1919

2 no-hitters were thrown in the decade of the 1910s. Addie Joss’s perfect game in 1908 was the first no-hitter throwing 124 pitches in a complete game win against the Chicago White Sox. Cy Young, who holds the MLB record for most wins by a pitcher, accomplished his 2nd no-hitter on May 5th, 1911. Young’s no-hitter was also a complete game and he needed just 108 pitches to get through 9 innings.

1920-1929

In the 1920s, there were 16 no-hitters thrown in the majors, including three in one season. Addie Joss threw the first perfect game in franchise history in 1908, and Cy Young threw the second one-hitter in baseball history in 1904. In 1924, Walter Johnson became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in one season. Johnson’s second no-hitter that year was a perfect game.

1930-1939

During the 1930s, there were a total of 15 no-hitters thrown in the major leagues. Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies threw three no-hitters during the decade, the most thrown by any one player during the 1930s. No pitcher during the 1930s threw more than one no-hitter in a season. Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox and Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants each threw two no-hitters during their careers, but both pitchers did so outside of the 1930s.

1940-1949

In baseball, a no-hitter is a game in which a team was not able to record a single hit. This can be accomplished by the pitcher alone, or by the combination of the pitcher and defense. In either case, all 27 batters that came to the plate were retired without getting a hit. No-hitters are considered rare occurrences in Major League Baseball (MLB). As of July 2019, there have been 293 no-hitters in MLB history.

The first recorded instance of a no-hitter in baseball occurred on October 15, 1876. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 3–0 in the National League. The most recent no-hitter occurred on June 29, 2019 when Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays 2–0 at Minute Maid Park.

There have been 18 no-hitters in MLB history where the team did not allow a baserunner (a perfect game). Of those 18 games, 11 have been thrown by pitchers and 7 have been accomplished by teams. The most recent perfect game was thrown by Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012.

Here is a list of all the no-hitters that were thrown during the 1940s:

1950-1959

During the 1950s, there were eight no-hitters thrown in Major League Baseball. One of them, Wilmer Mizell’s no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Philadelphia Phillies, was a perfect game. Five pitchers threw multiple no-hitters during the decade: Virgil Trucks (2), Allie Reynolds (2), Bob Feller (2), Warren Spahn (2), and Sal Maglie (2). Maglie’s two no-hitters were both perfect games.

1960-1969

Nineteen no-hitters were thrown in the 1960s, including one each in 1967 and 1968. No pitcher threw more than one no-hitter in the decade. Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves threw the most recent no-hitter of the 1950s on April 28, 1960, and he started the 1960s with another no-hitter on April 30, 1961, giving him two in his career. Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals threw his first of two career no-hitters on September 9, 1971. Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers set a record by pitching his third career no-hitter on June 4, 1963. Koufax also pitched a perfect game that season, making him the only pitcher to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season.

Pitchers who threw a no-hitter in the 1960s are listed below, with information on each game.

1960
April 28 – Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves pitches a 2–0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. It is Spahn’s third career no-hitter and second of the season; he had previously thrown one on April 30, 1961.

1961
April 30 – Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves pitches a 5–0 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. It is Spahn’s fourth career no-hitter and third of the season; he had previously thrown one on April 28, 1960.

1962
June 18 – Johnny Podres of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches a 2–1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.
July 3 – Bo Belinsky of the Los Angeles Angels pitches a 2–0 victory over The Baltimore Orioles at Dodger Stadium. It is Belinsky’s only career no-hitter; he had previously pitched a perfect game earlier in 1962 on May 5 against The Baltimore Orioles..

1963
June 4 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches an 8–0 victory over Willie Mays and The San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. It is Koufax’s third career no-hitter and second of The season; He had previously pitched one on May 11th 1963..

1970-1979

During the 1970s, there were 23 no-hitters thrown in Major League Baseball. Steve Busby of the Kansas City Royals was the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a single season, doing so in 1973. Nolan Ryan of the California Angels threw four no-hitters during the decade, the most of any pitcher.

1980-1989

So far, there have been 301 no-hitters thrown in MLB history. Of those, 22 have come since 1980, including five in just the past five seasons.

Here is the complete list of no-hitters thrown from 1980-1989:

June 29, 1980: Ken Forsch (HOU) vs. ATL
Sept. 26, 1981: Mike Warren (SEA) vs. MIN
July 21, 1983: Mike Warren (SEA) vs. BAL
Sept. 30, 1984: Dwight Gooden (NYM) vs. HOU
June 16, 1986: Bob Forsch (STL) vs. MON
Sept. 29, 1986: Mike Scott (HOU) vs. SF
Sept. 16, 1988: Mark Langston (CAL) at SEA
April 7, 1989: Nolan Ryan (TEX) at OAK

1990-1999

In the 1990s, there were 10 no-hitters thrown in Major League Baseball. In 1990, Dave Stieb threw the only no-hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays in franchise history. Two years later, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers accomplished the seventh no-hitter of his career, pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays again. The next year, Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos became the first Latin American pitcher to throw a no-hitter, and he did so on his perfect game. In 1994, Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a no-hitter in just his second start in Major League Baseball; it was also the first season following baseball’s 1994 players’ strike.

There were three no-hitters in 1995: Tom Browning of the Cincinnati Reds threw a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers; Pedro Astacio of the Colorado Rockies pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres; and Dwight Gooden of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Houston Astros pitcher Darryl Kile threw a no-hitter in 1996 against the New York Mets; it was also Kile’s first shutout in his career. In 1998, Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs pitched a one-hit shutout against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field; it was inaugural season at Minute Maid Park forthe Astros. The final no-hitter of this decade was thrown by David Wells ofslice=”rect(485px,1560px,687px,1358px);”>New York Yankees slithi” target=”_self”>David Wellsof thirties(836 words)New York Yankees.

2000-2009

In baseball, a no-hitter is a game in which a pitcher does not allow the other team to hit a single batter. This is a rare feat, and as of 2019, there have been just 302 no-hitters in Major League Baseball history.

The 2000s was a great decade for no-hitters, with 27 being thrown during the 10-year span. This includes four perfect games, which is when a pitcher doesn’t allow any baserunners at all. The most no-hitters in a single season came in 2001, when there were seven thrown.

Below is a complete list of all the no-hitters during the 2000s:

2000:
-David Cone, New York Yankees
-Eric Milton, Minnesota Twins

2001:
-Aaron Sele, Texas Rangers
-Hideo Nomo, Boston Red Sox
-Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks
-Curt Schilling, Arizona Diamondbacks
-Bartolo Colon, Cleveland Indians (Perfect game)
-Mike Mussina, New York Yankees (Perfect game)
-Dennis Martinez, San Francisco Giants (Perfect game)

2002: None thrown

2003:None thrown

2004:None thrown

2005:None thrown

2006: -Anibal Sanchez, Florida Marlins (No hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th inning)

2007:-Ted Lilly, Chicago Cubs (No hitter broken up with one out in 9th inning)

2008:-Jon Garland, Chicago White Sox (No hitter broken up with one out in 9th inning)

2009:- Ubaldo Jimenez , Colorado Rockies

2010-2018

Since 2010, there have been eight no-hitters thrown in Major League Baseball. The most recent one was thrown by Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics on April 21, 2018. Prior to that, the last no-hitter was thrown by Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox on August 25, 2017.

Of the eight no-hitters since 2010, five have been thrown by individual pitchers and three have been thrown by teams. The first no-hitter of the 2010s was thrown by Edwin Jackson of the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010. Jackson pitched a complete game, striking out eight batters and giving up just one walk in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The second no-hitter of 2010 was a combined effort from three different pitchers. Francisco Liriano, Matt Capps, and Joe Nathan of the Minnesota Twins combined to no-hit the White Sox on July 28, 2011. Liriano started the game and pitched five innings before being replaced by Capps. Capps then pitched two innings before giving way to Nathan, who finished off the final two innings to complete the no-hitter.

On May 7, 2012, Johan Santana of the New York Mets threw the third no-hitter in MLB history where he walked multiple batters and still recorded 27 outs (a walk and hit batsman were among his 27 outs). Santana’s no-hitter came against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field and gave him 134 career strikeouts, making him just the fourth pitcher in Mets history with at least 1,300 strikeouts (Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Cone).

Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds threw baseball’s seventh no-hitter of 2012 on September 28 against division rivals Pittsburgh Pirates. Bailey’s no hitter was Cincinnati’s first since 1988, when Tom Browning accomplished the feat also against Pittsburgh. Homer Bailey struck out ten batters during his game for his second career no hitter; his first came less than a year earlier on July 2nd against San Francisco.

On June 13th of 2013 Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma became just the second Japanese born player in MLB history to throw a no hitter when he blanked Baltimore orioles 2-0 at Safeco Field. Iwakuma joins Hideo Nomo as Japanese born pitchers with multiple MLB career no hitters as well as joining Nomo as having accomplished this fete while pitching for Seattle

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels threw his second career no hitter on July 25th 2015 in a 5 – 0 win against Atlanta Braves; He is now tied for Phillies franchise record for most No hitters with Hall Of Famer Steve Carlton

Jordan Zimmermannof the Washington Nationals threw a complete game shutout against Miami Marlins on September 28th 2014 ,Zimmermann had himself an efficient day as he southern Florida team only needed 101 pitches en route to finishing off Miami despite walking 3 batters which tied Sandy Koufax ‘s record for fewest walks in 9 inning No hitter .

Conclusion

In summary, there have been 294 no-hitters in MLB history as of July 2019. Of those, 27 were perfect games. The most recent no-hitter was thrown by Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander on September 1, 2019.

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