Baseball No-Hit Games

By | Jun 8, 2007

Rules of Major League Baseball defines a no-hitter as “an official no-hit game occurs when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings.” By this rule, a pitcher who throws fewer than nine no-hit innings (for example, a game called on account of rain after seven innings) is not credited with a no-hitter, and neither is a pitcher who throws nine no-hit innings but gives up a hit in extra innings.

A No-Hit game will occur on average twice a year. There has been about 233 no-hit games recorded in the history of baseball.

There has only been 17 perfect games. A perfect game occurs when a pitcher retires every batter in the game without giving up a walk or error. The only perfect game pitched outside of the regualr season was the New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, who thew a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Nolan Ryan has thrown the most no-hitters by a pitcher. He has a total of 7 no-hitters with the last occurring in 1991 at the age of 44. He is the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

There has been nine times when a no-hitter was thrown with multiple pitchers in the same game. The first was the Boston Red Sox in 1917. Babe Ruth started the game, but only faced one batter who he walked. He was ejected for arguing with the umpire. Ernie Shore came in to pitch the rest of the game. The most players to have a combined no-hitter was 6 by the Houston Astros in 2003.

The only pitcher to throw a no-hit game in two consecutive starts was the Cincinnati Reds Johnny Vander Meer in 1938. Twenty-five men in all have thrown more than one no-hitter. Randy Johnson had the longest period between no-hit games at just under 14 years.


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