Posted at 9:48 AM on June 13, 2007
by Chris Dall
In case you haven’t heard, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers threw a no-hitter last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12 and walking 4 in a 4-0 victory. It was the second no-hitter of the season. Back on April 18, Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox threw a no-no against the Texas Rangers. It was the first of Verlander’s career, as it was for Buehrle. This is the first season since 2003 that has seen more than one no-hitter
A quick trip to this ESPN page gives you a list of all the official no-hitters in baseball history, and it’s interesting to look at this list and then read what Baseball Almanac has to say about no-hitters.
These elusive gems are masterpieces of a career on the mound and a mystical feat that must be witnessed to be fully appreciated.
Elusive and mystical indeed. There are a lot of big names on the list, but a lot of big names missing. Roger Clemens has never thrown a no-hitter. Neither has Johan Santana, Roy Halladay, Greg Maddux, or Tom Glavine. But Bud Smith has. Anyone remember Bud Smith? Probably not. He only pitched two seasons. How about Jose Jimenez? Chris Bosio?
Nolan Ryan holds the record for most no-hitters (7), including two in one season, a feat shared by Allie Reynolds, Virgil Trucks, and Johnny Vander Meer, who threw no-hitters in consecutive starts.
Verlander’s gem give the Tigers 6 no-hitters in their history, while The White Sox (16) have the third most no-hitters of all MLB teams, behind only the LA Dodgers (20) and the Boston Red Sox (17). The New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays have none.