There’s more to throwing a no-hitter or a perfect game than holding the other team hitless. Achieved by dozens of pitchers already, these are some of the more unique ones
1891 Ted Breitenstein’s First Start
Before the turn of the century, pitcher Ted Breitenstein of the St. Louis Browns threw a no-hitter in his very first start. That day, the Browns beat the Louisville Colonels 8-0.
1917 Fred Toney Outduels Hippo Vaughn
The Cincinnati Reds took on the Chicago Cubs in a pitcher’s duel back in 1917. Fred Toney would come out on top with a 10-inning no-hitter. The starter for the Cubs, Hippo Vaughn, held onto a no-hitter for 9 innings.
1938 Johnny Vander Meer Goes Back-to-Back
After throwing a no-hitter on June 11, 1938 Johnny Vander Meer had to try to do one better in his next start. Unfortunately he only did one just as good, throwing a second straight no-hitter on June 15, 1938. No other pitcher has ever thrown back-to-back no-hitters and you can probably bet no one ever will.
1940 Bob Feller’s Opening Day Masterpiece
The only no-hitter ever pitched on opening day belongs to Hall of Famer Bob Feller. The star pitcher for the Cleveland Indians did this in a 1-0 victory to open up the season against the Chicago White Sox.
1953 Bobo Holloman Channels Ted Breitenstein
More than 50 years after Ted Breitenstein’s no-hitter for the St. Louis Browns in his first start, Bobo Holloman, also of the Browns, did the same thing. Holloman’s first start held the Philadelphia Athletics hitless in a 6-0 victory.
1956 Don Larsen’s Postseason Gem
Still the only no-hitter ever tossed in the World Series, Don Larsen did one better and earned a perfect game in Game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The series would eventually go 7 games, Larsen’s New York Yankees coming out on top.
1964 Ken Johnson Takes a Rough Loss
The Houston Colt .45’s took a loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 1964 even though starting pitcher Ken Johnson didn’t give up a single hit. The only run was given up after Johnson committed an error to allow Pete Rose to reach second base. Rose later scored on another error by second baseman Nellie Fox. Johnson is still the only major league pitcher to pitch a 9-inning no-hitter and earn the loss.
1971 Rick Wise Wins It by Himself
Possibly the greatest day a starting pitcher has ever had, Philadelphia Phillies’ starter Rick Wise pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the same game where he hit two home runs. It’s hard to imagine this ever happening again.
1986 Mike Scott Clinches
The 1986 no-hitter pitched by Mike Scott had more significance than the individual reward. The no-hitter helped the Houston Astros clinch the National League West. Unfortunately fate had the New York Mets eventually taking the National League Pennant and winning the World Series.
1990 Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela Share the Spotlight
On June 29, 1990 Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela were miles apart yet closer than ever. Both pitched no-hitters on the same day. Unbelievably this was not the first time that happened. The first was in 1898 when Ted Breitenstein and Jim Hughes both held the opponent hitless.
1996 Hideo Nomo Represents Japan and Defeats Coors Field
Coors Field is known as a place pitchers fear releasing the baseball from their hand. However in 1996, Japanese born Hideo Nomo defeated the unfriendly confines of Coors Field and became the first Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter.
1999 David Cone Goes Interleague
Far past his glory days, David Cone pitched the first ever no-hitter in an interleague game against the Montreal Expos in the form of a perfect game. The crowning moment of a great career, the iconic image of Cone getting carried off the field remains in the minds of many Yankees’ fans.
2001 Wild Thing A.J. Burnett
A no-hitter like no other, A.J. Burnett held the San Diego Padres hitless while walking an impressive 9 batters throughout. Burnett struckout 7, meaning he had a lot of help from the Florida Marlins’ defense on that day.
2008 Carlos Zambrano’s Neutral Site Victory
Due to Hurricane Ike passing through Houston, the Astros hosted the Chicago Cubs at a neutral site in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The starter for the Cubs, Carlos Zambrano, didn’t make the trip worth it for the Astros as they were held hitless.
2010 Roy Halladay’s First Career Playoff Start
The 2010 season for Roy Halladay was a big one for the veteran pitcher. In May he pitched a perfect game for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Miami Marlins. Helping the team clinch a playoff spot, he took the mound in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds. A single walk was the lone mistake Halladay made that evening on his way to throwing only the second no-hitter in the playoffs.
2012 and 2013 Repeating Homer Bailey
Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Homer Bailey finished his 2012 season by pitching a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not until he would throw another in July of 2013 would any pitcher hold a team hitless. This was the first time since 1974-1975 a pitcher threw the two most recent no-hitters. The man to do it before Bailey was Nolan Ryan.