Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No-Hitting and One-Hitting the Same Team

Angels righty Jered Weaver no-hit the Minnesota Twins on May 2, 2012. A little over a year later, the Twins were back in Anaheim and Weaver dominated again. He gave up a first-inning single to Doug Bernier, then retired 19 straight during a two-hit, nine-strikeout scoreless masterpiece.

Watching him today got me thinking about pitchers that have thrown a no-hitter and a one-hitter against the same team.

Using the Baseball-Reference Play Index, I compiled this list. It only includes pitchers to throw a no-hitter and one-hitter against the same team since 1914.

Pitcher Opponent No-Hitter One-Hitter
Mark Buehrle Rays 7/23/2009 8/3/2001
Nolan Ryan Blue Jays 5/1/1991 4/23/1989
Dave Stieb Indians 9/2/1990 9/24/1988
Burt Hooton Phillies 4/16/1972 4/29/1982
Jim Colborn Rangers 5/14/1977 5/9/1973
Rick Wise Reds 6/23/1971 6/13/1973
Don Wilson Reds 5/1/1969 9/17/1971
Jim Maloney Astros 4/30/1969 9/26/1969
Jim Maloney Cubs 8/19/1965 7/23/1963
Sandy Koufax Mets 6/30/1962 6/20/1965
Warren Spahn Phillies 9/16/1960 8/1/1953
Lew Burdette Phillies 8/18/1960 6/16/1957
Hoyt Wilhelm Yankees 9/20/1958 5/22/1959
Virgil Trucks Senators 7/22/1952 5/15/1952
Bob Feller Tigers 7/1/1951 6/27/1939
Bob Lemon Tigers 6/30/1948 5/29/1951
Ewell Blackwell Braves 6/18/1947 5/15/1951
Bob Feller White Sox 4/16/1940 8/8/1946
Jim Tobin Phillies 6/22/1944 4/23/1944
Carl Hubbell Pirates 5/8/1929 6/5/1943
Lon Warneke Reds 8/30/1941 4/17/1934
Bill Dietrich Browns 6/1/1937 5/29/1941
Dazzy Vance Phillies 9/13/1925 9/8/1925
Jesse Barnes Phillies 5/7/1922 7/4/1919
Jimmy Lavender Giants 8/31/1915 6/14/1916

A couple of notes here:

  • Buehrle's no-no was a perfect game.
  • Ryan threw seven no-hitters and 12 one-hitters, but he didn't make the list until his final no-no. He pitched a no-hitter or one-hitter against every A.L. team except the Rays (of course) and Angels.
  • Hooton's no-hitter was as a Cub and his one-hitter was as a Dodger ten years later.
  • Colborn was with the Brewers for his 1973 one-hitter and threw his no-hitter as a Royal.
  • Maloney and Feller make the list by accomplishing the feat against two different teams.
  • Maloney, Trucks, Tobin and Vance pitched their no-hitter and one-hitters in the same season.
  • Vance did it in consecutive starts! He one-hit the Phils at Ebbets Field on September 8, 1925, then somehow outdid himself when Philly came back to Brooklyn five days later.

Only one pitcher has pitched a no-hitter against the same opponent twice. Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps pitched a perfect game against the White Sox on October 2, 1908. On April 20, 1910 he blanked Chicago again, missing a perfecto by two walks and an error behind him. Sadly, he would be dead within a year. Just two days after his 31st birthday, Joss died of tubercular meningitis. His brilliant career was tragically cut short, and it took decades for him to get Hall of Fame recognition because he was one year shy of the ten-season requirement. It was eventually waived in his case and he was finally enshrined in 1978.

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