List of Houston Astros no-hitters

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The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Houston, Texas. Formed in 1962, they play in the National League Central division. Also known in their early years as Houston Colt .45s (1962–64), pitchers for the Astros have thrown 10 no-hitters in franchise history.[1] 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".[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] No perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been thrown in Astros history.[4] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[2]

Don Nottebart threw the first no-hitter in Astros history on May 17, 1963; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by a combined no-hitter by Roy Oswalt and five other pitchers on June 11, 2003.[4] No left-handed starting pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Darryl Kile and a combined no-hitter led by Oswalt, encompassing 9 years, 9 months and 3 days from September 8, 1993 to June 11, 2003. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Nottebart and Ken Johnson, encompassing 11 months and 6 days from May 17, 1963 to April 23, 1964.[4] They no-hit the Cincinnati Reds the most, which occurred twice, which were no-hit by Johnson in 1964 and Don Wilson in 1969. There are three no-hitters in which the team allowed at least a run, thrown by Nottebart in 1963, Johnson in 1964 (which was a 9-inning home loss), and Kile in 1993. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter was by Wilson (in 1969), who allowed eight. Eight no-hitters were thrown at home, and two were thrown on the road. They threw two in April, two in May, two in June, one in July, and three in September. Of the 10 no-hitters, three have been won by a score of 2–0, more common than any other results. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was 6–0 wins by Larry Dierker in 1976, Ken Forsch in 1979, and a 7–1 win by Kile in 1993. The smallest margin of victory was 2–0 wins Wilson in 1967, Mike Scott in 1993 and a combined no-hitter led by Oswalt in 2003.

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] A different umpire presided over each of the franchise's ten 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 batting order and defensive lineup every game. Six different managers have involved in the franchise's ten no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in Astros 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 Notes Ref
1 May 17, 1963 Nottebart, DonDon Nottebart 4–1 4 Philadelphia Phillies Bateman, JohnJohn Bateman Vargo, EdEd Vargo
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First franchise's no-hitter at home
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • First franchise's no-hitter while allowing a run
[7]
2 April 23, 1964 Johnson, KenKen Johnson 0–1 4 Cincinnati Reds Grote, JerryJerry Grote Donatelli, AugieAugie Donatelli
  • 9-inning home loss
  • First and so far only pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter
[8]
3 June 18, 1967 Wilson, DonDon Wilson (1) 2–0 3 Atlanta Braves Adlesh, DaveDave Adlesh Williams, BillBill Williams
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
[9]
4 May 1, 1969 Wilson, DonDon Wilson (2) 4–0 8 @ Cincinnati Reds Bryant, DonDon Bryant Davidson, SatchSatch Davidson
  • First franchise's no-hitter on the road
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter
  • Second game of a two-game series, in which both were no-hitters
[10]
5 July 9, 1976 Dierker, LarryLarry Dierker 6–0 4 Montreal Expos Herrmann, EdEd Herrmann McSherry, JohnJohn McSherry [11]
6 April 7, 1979 Forsch, KenKen Forsch 6–0 2 Atlanta Braves Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby (1) Strey, MurrayMurray Strey
  • Game 2 of season
  • Earliest calendar date of a franchise's no-hitter
  • Bob and Ken Forsch are the only set of brothers to have thrown no-hitters
[12]
7 September 26, 1981 Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan* 5–0 3 Los Angeles Dodgers Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby (2) Froemming, BruceBruce Froemming
  • Latest calendar date of a franchise's no-hitter
  • 5th of 7 no-hitters for Ryan
  • Broke Sandy Koufax's old record of no-hitters
  • The Dodgers would go on to win the 1981 World Series
[13]
8 September 25, 1986 Scott, MikeMike Scott 2–0 3 San Francisco Giants Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby (3) Engel, BobBob Engel
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • Houston clinched NL West title
[14]
9 September 8, 1993 Kile, DarrylDarryl Kile 7–1 2 New York Mets Servais, ScottScott Servais Montague, EdEd Montague [15]
10 June 11, 2003 Oswalt, RoyRoy Oswalt (1 IP)
Peter Munro (2.2 IP)
Kirk Saarloos (1.1 IP)
Brad Lidge (2 IP)
Octavio Dotel (1 IP)
Billy Wagner£ (1 IP)
8–0 6 @ New York Yankees Ausmus, BradBrad Ausmus Fichter, MikeMike Fichter
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Oswalt left with an injury in the second inning
  • Most pitchers to throw a combined no-hitter in MLB history
  • First interleague no-hitter thrown by away team
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter
  • Last no-hitter in Old Yankee Stadium
[16]

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Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston Astros Franchise History". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Houston Astros". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Umpires: Rules of Interest". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bronson, Eric. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, Pgs 98–99. ISBN 0-8126-9556-9. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "May 17, 1963 Philadelphia Phillies at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "April 23, 1964 Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "June 18, 1967 Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "May 1, 1969 Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "July 9, 1976 Montreal Expos at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "April 7, 1979 Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ "September 26, 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "September 25, 1986 San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ "September 8, 1993 New York Mets at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ "June 10, 2003 Houston Astros at New York Yankees Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 

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