List of Chicago White Sox no-hitters

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Mark Buehrle threw the 18th perfect game in MLB history on July 23, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the American League Central division. Pitchers for the White Sox have thrown 18 no-hitters in franchise history.[1] A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings. In a no-hit game, a batter may reach base via a walk, an error, a hit by pitch, a passed ball or wild pitch on strike three, or catcher's interference."[2] No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.[3] A no-hitter is rare enough that only one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] Three perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been pitched in White Sox history. As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[2] These feats were achieved by Charlie Robertson in 1922, which was the first perfect game on the road in MLB history, Mark Buehrle in 2009,[4] and Philip Humber in 2012.

Nixey Callahan threw the first no-hitter in White Sox history on September 20, 1902; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Philip Humber on April 21, 2012.[4] Only two left-handed pitchers have threw no-hitters in franchise and three of the four most recent no-hitters: Wilson Alvarez (in 1991) and Buehrle (in 2007 and 2009). The other 16 pitchers were right-handed. Two pitchers have thrown more than one no-hitter in a White Sox uniform, including a hall of famer Ed Walsh and Buehrle. Ten no-hitters were thrown at home and eight on the road. They threw four in April, one in May, one in June, two in July, five in August, and five in September. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Bill Dietrich and Bob Keegan, encompassing 20 years, 2 months, and 19 days from June 1, 1937 till August 20, 1957. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Vern Kennedy and Dietrich, encompassing merely 1 year, 9 months and 1 day from August 31, 1935 till June 1, 1937.[4] They no-hit the Detroit Tigers the most, which occurred four times, which were defeated by Callahan in 1902, Smith in 1905, Robertson in 1920, and Joel Horlen in 1967. There are three no-hitters which the team allowed at least a run, ones by Joe Benz, a combined no-hitter by Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios, and Joe Cowley. The most baserunners allowed in a White Sox no-hitter was a combined no-hitter by Odom and Barrios (in 1976), who allowed 12. Of the 18 no-hitters, four have been won by a score of 6–0, more common than any other results. The largest margin of victory in a White Sox no-hitter was a 15–0 win by Frank Smith in 1905. The smallest margin of victory was a 1–0 wins by Smith in 1908 and by Odom and Barrios who combined to throw a no-hitter in a 2–1 victory in 1976.

The umpire is also an integral part of any no-hitter. The task of the umpire in a baseball game is to make any decision "which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out… [the umpire's judgment on such matters] is final."[5] Part of the duties of the umpire making calls at home plate includes defining the strike zone, which "is defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap."[5] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.[6] 14 different umpires, such as Eric Cooper, presided over each of the White Sox' 18 no-hitters. Cooper umpired both Buehrle's no-hitters.

The manager is another integral part of any no-hitter. The tasks of the manager include determining the starting rotation as well as the batting order and defensive lineup every game. 14 different managers, such as Ozzie Guillén, have led the team during the White Sox's 18 no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in White Sox history[edit]

 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
 *  Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
# Date Pitcher Final score Base-
runners
Opponent Catcher Plate umpire Manager Notes Ref
1 September 20, 1902 Callahan, NixeyNixey Callahan 3–0 3 Detroit Tigers Sullivan, BillyBilly Sullivan (1) Caruthers, BobBob Caruthers Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter at home (South Side Park)
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter in American League history
  • Tied for the latest calendar date of White Sox no-hitter (tie)
[7]
2 September 6, 1905 Smith, FrankFrank Smith (1) 15–0 3 @ Detroit Tigers McFarland, EdEd McFarland O'Loughlin, SilkSilk O'Loughlin (1) Jones, FielderFielder Jones (1)
  • First White Sox no-hitter on the road
  • Largest margin of victory in a White Sox no-hitter
[8]
3 September 20, 1908 Smith, FrankFrank Smith (2) 1–0 4 Philadelphian Athletics Sullivan, BillyBilly Sullivan (2) Egan, RipRip Egan (1) Jones, FielderFielder Jones (2)
  • Smallest margin of victory in a White Sox no-hitter (tie)
  • Tied for the latest calendar date of White Sox no-hitter (tie)
[9]
4 August 27, 1911 Walsh, EdEd Walsh* 5–0 2 Red Sox Block, BrunoBruno Block Evans, BillyBilly Evans Duffy, HughHugh Duffy
  • First White Sox no-hitter at White Sox Park (later known as Comiskey Park)
[10]
5 May 31, 1914 Benz, JoeJoe Benz 6–1 5 Cleveland Indians Schalk, RayRay Schalk (1) Egan, RipRip Egan (2) Callahan, NixeyNixey Callahan
  • First White Sox no-hitter while allowing a run
[11]
6 April 14, 1917 Cicotte, EddieEddie Cicotte 11–0 6 @ St. Louis Browns Schalk, RayRay Schalk (2) O'Loughlin, SilkSilk O'Loughlin (2) Rowland, PantsPants Rowland
  • Earliest calendar date of White Sox no-hitter
[12]
7 April 30, 1922 Robertson, CharlieCharlie Robertson 2–0 0 @ Detroit Tigers Schalk, RayRay Schalk (3) Nallin, DickDick Nallin Gleason, KidKid Gleason
  • First perfect game in White Sox history and 5th in MLB history
[13]
8 August 21, 1926 Lyons, TedTed Lyons* 6–0 2 @ Boston Red Sox Grabowski, JohnnyJohnny Grabowski McGowan, BillBill McGowan Collins, EddieEddie Collins [14]
9 August 31, 1935 Kennedy, VernVern Kennedy 5–0 4 Cleveland Indians Sewell, LukeLuke Sewell (1) Summers, BillBill Summers Dykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes (1) [15]
10 June 1, 1937 Dietrich, BillBill Dietrich 8–0 2 St. Louis Browns Sewell, LukeLuke Sewell (2) Hubbard, CalCal Hubbard Dykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes (2)
  • Shortest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
[16]
11 August 20, 1957 Keegan, BobBob Keegan 6–0 2 Washington Senators Lollar, ShermSherm Lollar Stevens, JohnnyJohnny Stevens Lopez, AlAl Lopez
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • Second game of a doubleheader
[17]
12 September 10, 1967 Horlen, JoelJoel Horlen 6–0 2 Detroit Tigers Martin, J. C.J. C. Martin Neudecker, JerryJerry Neudecker Stanky, EddieEddie Stanky
  • First game of a doubleheader
  • Second no-hitter at White Sox Park
[18]
13 July 28, 1976 Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom (5 IP)
& Francisco Barrios (4 IP)
2–1 12 @ Oakland Athletics Essian, JimJim Essian Goetz, RussRuss Goetz Richards, PaulPaul Richards
  • Smallest margin of victory in a White Sox no-hitter (tie)
  • Most baserunners allowed in a White Sox no-hitter
[19]
14 September 19, 1986 Cowley, JoeJoe Cowley 7–1 7 @ California Angels Karkovice, RonRon Karkovice (1) Reed, RickRick Reed (1) Fregosi, JimJim Fregosi
  • Last win of his career
[20]
15 August 11, 1991 Alvarez, WilsonWilson Alvarez£ 7–0 6 @ Baltimore Orioles Karkovice, RonRon Karkovice (2) Reed, RickRick Reed (2) Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg
  • Second career game; second career start
  • First left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
[21]
16 April 18, 2007 Buehrle, MarkMark Buehrle£ (1) 6–0 1 Texas Rangers Pierzynski, A. J.A. J. Pierzynski (1) Cooper, EricEric Cooper (1) Guillén, OzzieOzzie Guillén (1) [22]
17 July 23, 2009 Buehrle, MarkMark Buehrle£¶ (2) 5–0 0 Tampa Bay Rays Castro, RamónRamón Castro Cooper, EricEric Cooper (2) Guillén, OzzieOzzie Guillén (2) [23]
18 April 21, 2012 Humber, PhilipPhilip Humber 4–0 0 @ Seattle Mariners Pierzynski, A. J.A. J. Pierzynski (2) Runge, BrianBrian Runge Ventura, RobinRobin Ventura
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Third perfect game in White Sox history and 21st in MLB history
  • See also: Philip Humber's perfect game
[24]

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