List of Los Angeles Dodgers no-hitters

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball franchise currently based in Los Angeles, California. They play in the National League West division. The franchise joined the American Association in 1884 as the "Brooklyn Atlantics". They have been known in their early years as the "Brooklyn Grays" (1885–87), "Brooklyn Bridegrooms" (1888–90, 1896–98), "Brooklyn Grooms" (1891–95), "Brooklyn Superbas" (1899–1910, 1913), "Brooklyn Robins" (1914–31), and "Brooklyn Dodgers" (1911–12, 1932–57).[1] There have been 20 pitchers for the Dodgers that have thrown 25 no-hitters in franchise history.[2] 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".[3] 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.[4] A no-hitter is common enough that only one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax

There has been one perfect game thrown by a Dodgers pitcher. A perfect is defined by Major League Baseball as occurring "when a pitcher (or pitchers) retires each batter on the opposing team during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings. In a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[3] This feat was achieved by Sandy Koufax on September 9, 1965. It was Koufax's fourth career no-hitter, and is the franchise record for no-hitters by one pitcher. At the time, Koufax's four no-hitters was the major league record for any pitcher, but it was later surpassed in 1981 by Nolan Ryan.

Sam Kimber threw the first no-hitter in Dodgers history on October 4, 1884, which ended as a scoreless tie after ten innings.[5] The most recent no-hitter thrown by a Dodgers pitcher was on June 18, 2014 by Clayton Kershaw.[5] Five of the 20 pitchers were left-handed pitchers, 14 were right-handed, and one, Tom Lovett, is still unknown. In addition to Koufax, two other Dodgers pitcher have thrown multiple no-hitters, Adonis Terry and Carl Erskine. 18 of the no-hitters were thrown at home and seven on the road. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Hideo Nomo and Josh Beckett, encompassing 17 years and 250 days from September 17, 1996 until May 25, 2014. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Beckett and Clayton Kershaw, encompassing merely 24 days from May 25, 2014 until June 18, 2014. The San Francisco Giants (formerly “New York Giants”) have been no-hit six times, the most by any Dodgers opponent. Dazzy Vance is the only Dodgers no-hit pitcher to have allowed at least one run. The most baserunners allowed in any of these game were by Terry (in 1886) and Koufax (in 1962), who each allowed five. Of the 25 no-hitters, five have been won by a score of 5–0 and four by the score of 3–0, more common than any other results. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was a 9–0 win by Hideo Nomo in 1996 and a 10–1 win by Vance in 1925. The smallest margins of victory were 1–0 wins by Terry in 1888 and Koufax in 1965.

The umpire is 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."[6] 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."[6] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.[7] There have been 24 different home plate umpires who have called Dodgers no-hitters; Babe Pinelli is the only umpire to have called two.

List of no-hitters in Dodgers 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 October 4, 1884 Kimber, SamSam Kimber 0–0 (10) 4 Toledo Blue Stockings Corcoran, JackJack Corcoran Dyler, JohnJohn Dyler Tayor, GeorgeGeorge Tayor
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter at home in franchise history
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • First extra-inning no-hitter in franchise history and first in MLB history
  • Latest calendar date of franchise's no-hitter
[8]
2 July 24, 1886 Terry, AdonisAdonis Terry (1) 4–0 5 St. Louis Browns Peoples, JimmyJimmy Peoples (1) Walsh, MikeMike Walsh Byrne, CharlieCharlie Byrne [9]
3 May 27, 1888 Terry, AdonisAdonis Terry (2) 1–0 1 Louisville Colonels Peoples, JimmyJimmy Peoples (2) Doscher, HermHerm Doscher McGunnigle, BillBill McGunnigle
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
[10]
4 June 22, 1891 Lovett, TomTom Lovett 4–0 1 New York Giants Daily, ConCon Daily McQuaid, JackJack McQuaid Ward, MonteMonte Ward [11]
5 July 20, 1906 Eason, MalMal Eason 2–0 2 @ St. Louis Cardinals Ritter, LewLew Ritter Carpenter, BillBill Carpenter Donovan, PatsyPatsy Donovan (1)
  • First no-hitter on the road in franchise history
[12]
6 September 5, 1908 Rucker, NapNap Rucker£ 6–0 3 Boston Doves Bergen, BillBill Bergen Johnstone, JimJim Johnstone Donovan, PatsyPatsy Donovan (2)
  • First left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Second game of a doubleheader
[13]
7 September 13, 1925 Vance, DazzyDazzy Vance* 10–1 1 Philadelphia Phillies DeBerry, HankHank DeBerry Pfirman, CyCy Pfirman Robinson, WilbertWilbert Robinson
  • First game of a doubleheader
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • First and only franchise's no-hitter while allowing a run
[14]
8 April 30, 1940 Carleton, TexTex Carleton 3–0 3 @ Cincinnati Reds Franks, HermanHerman Franks Stewart, BillBill Stewart Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher (1) [15]
9 April 23, 1946 Head, EdEd Head 5–0 3 Boston Braves Anderson, FerrellFerrell Anderson Pinelli, BabeBabe Pinelli (1) Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher (2)
  • Earliest calendar date of franchise's no-hitter
[16]
10 September 9, 1948 Barney, RexRex Barney 2–0 2 @ New York Giants Edwards, BruceBruce Edwards Pinelli, BabeBabe Pinelli (2) Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher (3)
  • First game of a doubleheader
[17]
11 June 19, 1952 Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine (1) 5–0 1 Chicago Cubs Campanella, RoyRoy Campanella (1) Conlan, JockoJocko Conlan Dressen, ChuckChuck Dressen [18]
12 May 12, 1956 Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine (2) 3–0 2 New York Giants Campanella, RoyRoy Campanella (2) Donatelli, AugieAugie Donatelli Alston, WalterWalter Alston (1) [19]
13 September 25, 1956 Maglie, SalSal Maglie 5–0 3 Philadelphia Phillies Campanella, RoyRoy Campanella (3) Dixon, HalHal Dixon Alston, WalterWalter Alston (2)
  • Last no-hitter before moving to Los Angeles
[20]
14 June 30, 1962 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax£* (1) 5–0 5 New York Mets Roseboro, JohnnyJohnny Roseboro (1) Steiner, MelMel Steiner Alston, WalterWalter Alston (3)
  • First no-hitter since moving to Los Angeles
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter
[21]
15 May 11, 1963 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax£* (2) 8–0 2 San Francisco Giants Roseboro, JohnnyJohnny Roseboro (2) Wendelstedt, HarryHarry Wendelstedt Alston, WalterWalter Alston (4) [22]
16 June 4, 1964 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax£* (3) 3–0 1 @ Philadelphia Phillies Camilli, DougDoug Camilli Forman, AlAl Forman Alston, WalterWalter Alston (5)
  • Only baserunner was a walk to Dick Allen, who was then caught stealing
[23]
17 September 9, 1965 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax£¶* (4) 1–0 0 Chicago Cubs Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg (1) Vargo, EdEd Vargo Alston, WalterWalter Alston (6)
  • First and only perfect game in Dodgers history
  • Dodgers only managed two baserunners and one hit, setting records for fewest baserunners and hits in a game by both teams combined
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • The last no-hitter thrown against the Cubs to date
  • See also: Sandy Koufax's perfect game
[24]
18 July 20, 1970 Singer, BillBill Singer 5–0 3 Philadelphia Phillies Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg (2) Sudol, EdEd Sudol Alston, WalterWalter Alston (7)
  • Singer did not allow any walks, but hit one batter and committed two errors
[25]
19 June 27, 1980 Reuss, JerryJerry Reuss£ 8–0 1 @ San Francisco Giants Yeager, SteveSteve Yeager Quick, JimJim Quick Lasorda, TomTom Lasorda (1)
  • Only baserunner came on SS Bill Russell's error with 2 outs in the 1st
[26]
20 June 29, 1990 Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela£ 6–0 3 St. Louis Cardinals Scioscia, MikeMike Scioscia (1) Layne, JerryJerry Layne Lasorda, TomTom Lasorda (2)
  • Second of two no-hitters thrown on the same day
[27]
21 August 17, 1992 Gross, KevinKevin Gross 2–0 3 San Francisco Giants Scioscia, MikeMike Scioscia (2) Winters, MikeMike Winters Lasorda, TomTom Lasorda (3) [28]
22 July 14, 1995 Martínez, RamónRamón Martínez 7–0 1 Florida Marlins Piazza, MikeMike Piazza (1) Gregg, EricEric Gregg Lasorda, TomTom Lasorda (4)
  • On June 3 of that same season, Martínez's brother Pedro pitched nine perfect innings but had the bid broken up by a leadoff single in the 10th. Otherwise, the Martínezes would have become the second brother combo, after the Forsches (Ken and Bob), to pitch Major League no-hitters, and the first to do so during the same season.
[29]
23 September 17, 1996 Nomo, HideoHideo Nomo 9–0 4 @ Colorado Rockies Piazza, MikeMike Piazza (2) Hohn, BillBill Hohn Russell, BillBill Russell
  • First no hitter thrown at Coors Field
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
[30]
24 May 25, 2014 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett 6–0 3 @ Philadelphia Phillies Butera, DrewDrew Butera Knight, BrianBrian Knight Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly (1)
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
[31]
25 June 18, 2014 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw£ 8–0 1 Colorado Rockies Ellis, A. J.A. J. Ellis Gibson, GregGreg Gibson Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly (2)
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Shortest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • Only baserunner came on SS Hanley Ramírez's error with no outs in the 7th
[32]

Footnotes[edit]

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