List of New York Yankees no-hitters

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Don Larsen threw the first perfect game in Yankees history. He also threw the only perfect game ever in MLB postseason play.

The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball franchise based in the New York City borough of The Bronx. Also known in their early years as the "Baltimore Orioles" (1901–02) and the "New York Highlanders" (1903–12),[1] the Yankees have had ten pitchers throw eleven no-hitters in franchise history. 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 inteference".[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 the San Diego Padres have never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] Three perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been pitched in Yankees history. As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[2] This feat was achieved by Don Larsen in 1956, David Wells in 1998, and David Cone in 1999. Wells later claimed he was a "little hung-over" while throwing his perfect game.[4]

George Mogridge threw the first no-hitter in Yankees history, beating their rival Boston Red Sox 2–1, their only no-hitter in which the opposition scored. Their most recent no-hitter was David Cone's perfect game in 1999, the seventh Yankees no-hitter thrown by a right-handed pitcher and their third perfect game. The Yankees' first perfect game was also thrown by a right-handed pitcher, Don Larsen, and came in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Larsen's perfect game was the only no-hitter in MLB postseason play until Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series. Coincidentally, Cone's perfect game came on "Yogi Berra Day" at Yankee Stadium. Berra had caught Larsen's perfect game and both he and Larsen were in the stands for the game.[5] Of the eleven no-hitters pitched by Yankees players, three each have been won by the scores 4–0 and 2–0, more common than any other result. The largest margin of victory in a Yankees no-hitter was 13 runs, in a 13–0 win by Monte Pearson.

Andy Hawkins lost a game on July 1, 1990 to the Chicago White Sox while on the road by the score of 4–0 without allowing a hit.[6] Because the White Sox were winning entering the ninth inning at home, they did not bat, and thus Hawkins pitched only 8 innings,[6] but the game was considered a no-hitter at the time.[7] However, following rules changes in 1991, the game is no longer counted as a no-hitter.[4] Additionally, Tom L. Hughes held the Cleveland Indians without a hit through the first nine innings of a game on August 6, 1910 but the game went into extra innings and he lost the no-hitter in the tenth inning and ultimately lost the game 5–0.[8]

The longest interval between Yankees no-hitters was between the game pitched by Larsen on October 8, 1956 and Dave Righetti's no hitter on July 4, 1983, encompassing 26 years, 8 months, and 26 days. The shortest gap between such games fell between Allie Reynolds' two no-hitters in 1951, a gap of just 2 months and 16 days from July 12 till September 28. Reynolds is the only Yankees pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters in his career, and one of only four pitchers in Major League history to throw multiple no-hitters in a season along with Nolan Ryan in 1973, Virgil Trucks in 1952, and Johnny Vander Meer in 1938.[9] The Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians have been no-hit by the Yankees more than any other franchise, each doing so three times. Notably, Reynolds' two no-hit victims in 1951 were the Red Sox and the Indians.

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."[10] 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."[10] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter. No umpire has called multiple Yankee no-hitters. Bill Dinneen, the umpire who called Sad Sam Jones' 1923 no-hitter, is the only person in MLB history to both pitch (for the Red Sox in 1905) and umpire (five total, including Jones') a no-hitter.[11] The plate umpire for Larsen's perfect game, Babe Pinelli, apocryphally "retired" after that game, but that is mere legend; in reality, since Larsen's perfecto was only Game 5 of the seven-game Series, Pinelli didn't officially retire until two days later, concluding his distinguished umpiring career at second base during Game 7, not at home plate during Game 5.[12]

No-hitters[edit]

Key
 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
List of New York Yankees no-hitters
# Date Pitcher Opponent Final score Plate umpire Notes Ref
1 April 24, 1917 Mogridge, GeorgeGeorge Mogridge£ @ Boston Red Sox 2–1 Connolly, TommyTommy Connolly
  • First no-hitter in Fenway Park history
  • Smallest margin of victory in a Yankees no-hitter (tie)
[13]
2 September 4, 1923 Jones, Sad SamSad Sam Jones @ Philadelphia Athletics 2–0 Dinneen, BillBill Dinneen
  • Jones recorded no strikeouts through the entire game
[14]
3 August 27, 1938 Pearson, MonteMonte Pearson Cleveland Indians 13–0 Kolls, LouLou Kolls [15]
4 July 12, 1951 Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds Cleveland Indians 1–0 McGowan, BillBill McGowan
  • Smallest margin of victory in a Yankees no-hitter (tie)
[16]
5 September 28, 1951 Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds (2) Boston Red Sox 8–0 Hubbard, CalCal Hubbard [17]
6 October 8, 1956 Larsen, DonDon Larsen Brooklyn Dodgers 2–0 Pinelli, BabeBabe Pinelli [18]
7 July 4, 1983 Righetti, DaveDave Righetti£ Boston Red Sox 4–0 Palermo, SteveSteve Palermo [20]
8 September 4, 1993 Abbott, JimJim Abbott£ Cleveland Indians 4–0 Hendry, TedTed Hendry
  • Threw a no-hitter despite having been born without a right hand
[21]
9 May 14, 1996 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden Seattle Mariners 2–0 Morrison, DanDan Morrison
  • Last non-perfect no-hitter, thrown by a Yankee, in Old Yankee Stadium
[22]
10 May 17, 1998 Wells, DavidDavid Wells£¶ Minnesota Twins 4–0 McClelland, TimTim McClelland
  • Second perfect game in Yankees history and 15th in MLB history
[23]
11 July 18, 1999 Cone, DavidDavid Cone Montreal Expos 6–0 Barrett, TedTed Barrett
  • Third perfect game in Yankees history and 16th in MLB history
  • First no-hitter and perfect game in interleague play
  • Occurred on Yogi Berra Day, with Don Larsen throwing out the first pitch to Berra
[24]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a The one team that has failed to achieve a no-hitter in franchise history is the San Diego Padres.[11]

References[edit]

General reference
Inline citations
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  5. ^ "Cone's timing perfect; Larsen, Berra on hand for 88-pitch masterpiece". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. July 19, 1999. 
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  12. ^ "Babe Pinelli, Former Umpire; Called Larsen Perfect Game". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 25, 1984. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
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  18. ^ "October 8, 1956 World Series Game 5, Dodgers at Yankees". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  19. ^ Lieber, Jill (April 16, 1990). "The Relief is not so Sweet". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  20. ^ "July 4, 1983 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  21. ^ "September 4, 1993 Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  22. ^ "May 14, 1996 Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
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  24. ^ "July 18, 1999 Montreal Expos at New York Yankees Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 

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