The following is a list of the pitchers with the most no-hitters in Major League Baseball history. I’ve listed all the pitchers who have thrown at least three no-hitters.
Well over a dozen pitchers have thrown two no-hitters in the major leagues, so that is not an overly unique feat. The list of pitchers with two no-hitters includes Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, Mark Buehrle, Randy Johnson, Hideo Nomo, Jim Bunning, Warren Spahn, Allie Reynolds, Johnny Vander Meer, and Christy Mathewson.
Pitchers With the Most No-Hitters in Major League Baseball History
1. Nolan Ryan: 7 no-hitters
Nolan Ryan easily holds the Major League Baseball record for most no-hitters with seven. It’s almost inconceivable that one pitcher could have seven no-hitters, but I’ve been a huge baseball fan since I was a kid in the 1970s, and Nolan Ryan had such overpowering stuff he was a threat to throw a no-hitter every time he pitched.
The first four no-hitters of Nolan Ryan’s career came when he was with the Los Angeles (California then) Angels. Ryan no-hit the Kansas City Royals on May 15, 1973, for his first no-hitter. Exactly two months later, on July 15, 1973, Ryan no-hit the Detroit Tigers (striking out 17 batters) for his second no-hitter.
Ryan threw his third no-hitter on September 28, 1974, vs the Minnesota Twins (he struck out 15 and walked eight). His fourth no-hitter was on June 1, 1975, vs the Baltimore Orioles.
On September 26, 1981, Nolan Ryan threw his fifth career no-hitter while playing for the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan’s last two no-hitters came with the Texas Rangers on June 11, 1990, vs the Oakland A’s, and on May 1, 1991, vs the Toronto Blue Jays.
Nolan Ryan won all seven of his no-hitters, and combined he struck out 94 and walked 26 batters over the seven games. That works out to 13.4 strikeouts and 3.7 walks per game. Nolan Ryan was 44 years old when he threw his last no-hitter.
2. Sandy Koufax: 4
Sandy Koufax threw the second most no-hitters in MLB history with four (all for the Dodgers). Koufax’s first no-hitter was on June 30, 1962, vs the hapless expansion New York Mets.
Sandy Koufax threw his second no-hitter on May 11, 1963, against the San Francisco Giants. His third no-hitter was on June 4, 1964, vs the Philadelphia Phillies.
On September 9, 1964, Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter vs the Chicago Cubs. The game was a real gem for Sandy Koufax as he threw a perfect game, striking out 14 Cubs hitters and walking none for a 1-0 win.
T-3. Bob Feller: 3
Cleveland Indians great Bob Feller had three no-hitters in his Hall of Fame pitching career. Bob Feller’s first no-hitter was on April 16, 1940, vs the Chicago White Sox.
Bob Feller’s second no-hitter was on April 30, 1946, vs the New York Yankees. His third no-hitter was on July 1, 1951, vs the Detroit Tigers.
Bob Feller is tied with Nolan Ryan for the most one-hitters in baseball history, with 12. Nolan Ryan also threw 18 two-hitters in his career. Bob Feller might have thrown more than three no-hitters in his career had he not missed almost four full prime years as a pitcher when he was in the Navy during WWII.
T-3. Cy Young: 3
In addition to winning a Major League Baseball record 511 games, Cy Young also threw three no-hitters in his career. Cy Young threw his first no-hitter for the Cleveland Spiders on September 18, 1897, vs the Cincinnati Reds.
Cy Young’s second no-hitter was for the Boston Americans on May 5, 1904, against the Philadelphia A’s. Young’s last no-hitter was for the Boston Red Sox on June 30, 1908, vs the New York Highlanders.
T-3. Larry Corcoran: 3
Chicago White Stockings pitcher Larry Corcoran, who pitched both right-handed and left-handed, threw three no-hitters in his career. Corcoran threw no-hitters during the 1880, 1882, and 1884 seasons.
When he threw his third no-hitter in 1884, Larry Corcoran set a major-league record for most no-hitters by a pitcher that would not be broken for 65 years.
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