List of Oakland Athletics no-hitters

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The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. Also known in their early years as the “Philadelphian Athletics” (1901–54) and “Kansas City Athletics” (1954–67),[1] pitchers for the Athletics have thrown 11 no-hitters in franchise history,[2] five during the Philadelphia years and six after the move to Oakland but none during the Kansas City era. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "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".[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 rare enough that only one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] Two perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been pitched in Athletics history. As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[3] These feats were achieved by Catfish Hunter in 1968, which was the first perfect game in American League history since 1922, and Dallas Braden in 2010,[5] which was the second perfect game in the majors in 10 months, all against the same team.

Weldon Henley threw the first no-hitter in Athletics history on July 22, 1905; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Braden on May 9, 2010.[5] Only two left-handed pitchers have threw no-hitters in franchise history and the other 8 pitchers were right-handed. Vida Blue is the only pitcher in Athletics history to have thrown more than one no-hitter in an Athletics uniform, include the starting pitcher in a combined no-hitter. Eight no-hitters were thrown at home and three on the road. They threw three in May, one in June, one in July, one in August, and five in September. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Bullet Joe Bush and Fowler, encompassing 29 years and 14 days from August 26, 1916 till September 9, 1945. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Fowler and Bill McCahan, encompassing merely 1 year and 359 days from September 9, 1945 till September 3, 1947.[5] They no-hit the Minnesota Twins (formerly “Washington Senators”) the most, which occurred thrice, which were defeated by McCahan (in 1947), Hunter (in 1968), and Vida Blue (in 1970). None of those no-hitters which the team allowed at least a run. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter was by Bush (in 1916), who allowed five. Of the 11 no-hitters, three have been won by a score of 3–0, more common than any other results. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was a 6–0 wins by Henley in 1905 and Blue in 1970. The smallest margin of victory was a 1–0 win by Dick Fowler in 1945.

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."[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] A different umpire presided over each of the Athletics' 11 no-hitters.

The manager is another integral part of any no-hitter. The tasks of the manager is to determine the starting rotation as well as batting order and defensive lineup every game.[8] Managers choosing the right pitcher and right defensive lineup at a right game at a right place at a right time would contribute to a no-hitter.[citation needed] Seven different managers, such as Connie Mack who managed the team for 50 years, have involved in the Athletic's 11 no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in Athletics 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 July 22, 1905 Henley, WeldonWeldon Henley 6–0 4 @ St. Louis Browns Schreck, OsseeOssee Schreck O'Laughlin, SilkSilk O'Laughlin Mack, ConnieConnie Mack (1)
  • First game of a doubleheader
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First Athletics no-hitter on the road
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Largest margin of victory in an Athletics no-hitter (tie)
[9]
2 May 12, 1910 Bender, ChiefChief Bender* 4–0 1 Cleveland Naps Lapp, JackJack Lapp Dinneen, BillBill Dinneen Mack, ConnieConnie Mack (2)
  • First Athletics no-hitter at home
[10]
3 August 26, 1916 Bush, Bullet JoeBullet Joe Bush 5–0 5 Cleveland Indians Picinich, ValVal Picinich Connolly, TommyTommy Connolly Mack, ConnieConnie Mack (3)
  • Most baserunners allowed in an Athletics no-hitter
[11]
4 September 9, 1945 Fowler, DickDick Fowler 1–0 4 St. Louis Browns Rosar, BuddyBuddy Rosar (1) Pipgras, GeorgeGeorge Pipgras Mack, ConnieConnie Mack (4)
  • Second game of a doubleheader
  • Smallest margin of victory in an Athletics no-hitter
  • Longest interval between Athletics no-hitters
[12]
5 September 3, 1947 McCahan, BillBill McCahan 3–0 1 Washington Senators Rosar, BuddyBuddy Rosar (2) Passarella, ArtArt Passarella Mack, ConnieConnie Mack (5)
  • Only baserunner came on 1B Ferris Fain's error with one out in the 2nd
  • Shortest interval between Athletics no-hitters
  • Last no-hitter as Philadelphia Athletic
[13]
6 May 8, 1968 Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter* 4–0 0 Minnesota Twins Pagliaroni, JimJim Pagliaroni Neudecker, JerryJerry Neudecker Kennedy, BobBob Kennedy
  • First perfect game in Athletics history and 9th in MLB history; first perfect game in American League history since 1922
  • Hunter batted in three of Oakland's four runs
  • Earliest calendar date of Athletics no-hitter
  • First no-hitter as Oakland Athletic
[14]
7 September 21, 1970 Blue, VidaVida Blue£ (1) 6–0 1 Minnesota Twins Tenace, GeneGene Tenace (1) Barnett, LarryLarry Barnett McNamara, JohnJohn McNamara
  • Largest margin of victory in an Athletics no-hitter (tie)
  • All four no-hitters of 1970 had been pitched in California
[15]
8 September 28, 1975 Blue, VidaVida Blue£ (2) (5 IP)
Glenn Abbott (1 IP)
Paul Lindblad£ (1 IP)
Rollie Fingers* (2 IP)
5–0 3 @ California Angels Tenace, GeneGene Tenace (2) (6 IP)
Ray Fosse (3 IP)
Kunkel, BillBill Kunkel Dark, AlAl Dark
  • Final day of the regular season
[16]
9 September 29, 1983 Warren, MikeMike Warren 3–0 3 Chicago White Sox Heath, MikeMike Heath Springstead, MartyMarty Springstead Boros, SteveSteve Boros
  • Latest calendar date of Athletics no-hitter
[17]
10 June 29, 1990 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart 5–0 3 @ Toronto Blue Jays Steinbach, TerryTerry Steinbach Coble, DrewDrew Coble La Russa, TonyTony La Russa
  • First of two no-hitters thrown on the same day
[18]
11 May 9, 2010 Braden, DallasDallas Braden£¶ 4–0 0 Tampa Bay Rays Powell, LandonLandon Powell Wolf, JimJim Wolf Geren, BobBob Geren
  • Mother's Day
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Second perfect game in Athletics history and 19th in MLB history
  • First of two perfect games in 2010
  • This was the second perfect game in 12 months
  • See also: Dallas Braden's perfect game
[19]

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References[edit]

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