Francisco Córdova (baseball)

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Francisco Córdova
Born: (1972-04-26) April 26, 1972 (age 45)
Cerro Azul, Veracruz, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 2, 1996, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 2000, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 42–47
Earned run average 3.96
Strikeouts 537
Career highlights and awards
  • Combined No-hitter (1997)

Francisco Córdova (born April 26, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball right handed starting pitcher .


On January 18, 1996, Córdova was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent. He made his major league debut on April 2, 1996. The following year, on July 12, 1997, at a sold out Three Rivers Stadium, he pitched nine innings of a combined 10-inning no-hitter for the Pirates. Ricardo Rincón pitched the 10th inning. The Pirates won the game on a dramatic three-run, pinch hit home run in the bottom of the 10th by Mark Smith. This game pitched by Córdova and Rincón is recognized as the only combined, extra-inning no-hitter in modern MLB history and is the last no-hitter in Pirates history to date.[1][2] Córdova would go on the post an 11-8 record that season. He would post a 13–14 record in 1998, to go with a 3.31 ERA. His career was shorted by arm troubles, and he retired after the 2000 season with a 42–47 record.

After his MLB stint, Cordova pitched in his native Mexico from 2002 through 2011 with the Mexico City Tigres, the Mexico City Diablos Rojos, and the Petroleros de Minatitlán.


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Preceded by
Kevin Brown
No-hit game
July 12, 1997
(with Ricardo Rincón)
Succeeded by
David Wells