List of Los Angeles Angels no-hitters

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Anaheim, California near Los Angeles. Formed in 1961, they play in the American League West division. Also known in their early years as Los Angeles Angels (1961–65), California Angels (1966–96), and Anaheim Angels (1997–2004), pitchers for the Angels 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) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings", though one or more batters "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".[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] Mike Witt threw the only perfect game, a special subcategory of no-hitter, in Angels history on September 30, 1984.[4] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[2]

Bo Belinsky threw the first no-hitter in Angels history on May 5, 1962; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Jered Weaver on May 2, 2012.[4] Two left-handed starting pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Langston/Witt and Santana, encompassing more than 21 years from April 11, 1990 till July 27, 2011. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Nolan Ryan, encompassing 2 months from May 15, 1973 to July 15, 1973.[4] They no-hit the Baltimore Orioles the most, which occurred twice, which were no-hit by Belinsky in 1962 and Nolan Ryan in 1975. There has been one no-hitter in which the team allowed at least a run. Ervin Santana's no-hitter on July 27, 2011 had an unearned run score on a wild pitch in the first inning, but then Santana settled down and completed his rare feat. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter was by Ryan (in 1974), who allowed eight. Six no-hitters were thrown at home, and four were thrown on the road. They threw one in April, three in May, one in June, three in July, and two in September. Of the 10 no-hitters, three have been won by a score of 1–0, more common than any other results. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was 9–0 win by Jered Weaver on May 2, 2012. The smallest margin of victory was 1–0 wins by Ryan in 1975, Mike Witt in 1984 and a combined no-hitter led by Langston in 1990.

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. Seven different managers have been involved in the franchise's ten no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in Angels 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 May 5, 1962 Bo Belinsky 2–0 7 Baltimore Orioles Buck Rodgers Harry Schwarts Bill Rigney
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First Angels no-hitter at home
  • First left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
[7]
2 July 3, 1970 Clyde Wright£ 4–0 3 Oakland Athletics Joe Azcue Marty Springstead Lefty Phillips
  • In a pre-game ceremony, Wright had been inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame
[8]
3 May 15, 1973 Nolan Ryan* (1) 3–0 3 @ Kansas City Royals Jeff Torborg Jim Evans Bobby Winkles (1)
  • First Angels no-hitter on the road
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • 1st of 7 no-hitters for Ryan
[9]
4 July 15, 1973 Nolan Ryan* (2) 6–0 4 @ Detroit Tigers Art Kusnyer Ron Luciano Bobby Winkles (2)
  • 2nd of 7 no-hitters for Ryan
  • Shortest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • Pitched 7 innings of no-hit ball in next start, closest to tying Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters since Ewell Blackwell in 1947
[10]
5 September 28, 1974 Nolan Ryan* (3) 4–0 8 Minnesota Twins Tom Egan Art Frantz Dick Williams (1)
  • 3rd of 7 no-hitters for Ryan
  • Most baserunners allowed in an Angels no-hitter
[11]
6 June 1, 1975 Nolan Ryan* (4) 1–0 5 Baltimore Orioles Ellie Rodriguez Hank Morgenweck Dick Williams (2)
  • 4th of 7 no-hitters for Ryan
  • Smallest margin of victory in an Angels no-hitter (tie)
[12]
7 September 30, 1984 Mike Witt 1–0 0 @ Texas Rangers Bob Boone Bruce Froemming John McNamara
  • Final game of season
  • First and only perfect game in Angels history and 11th in MLB history
  • Smallest margin of victory in an Angels no-hitter (tie)
  • Latest calendar date of an Angels no-hitter
[13]
8 April 11, 1990 Mark Langston£ (7 IP)
Mike Witt (2 IP)
1–0 5 Seattle Mariners Lance Parrish Vic Voltaggio Doug Rader
  • Smallest margin of victory in an Angels no-hitter (tie)
  • Game 3 of season
  • Earliest calendar date of an Angels no-hitter
[14]
9 July 27, 2011 Ervin Santana 3–1 2 @ Cleveland Indians Bobby Wilson Ted Barrett Mike Scioscia (1)
  • First Angels no-hitter while allowing a run
  • Santana's first career win against Cleveland
  • First no-hitter at Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field)
[15]
10 May 2, 2012 Jered Weaver 9–0 2 Minnesota Twins Chris Iannetta Mark Carlson Mike Scioscia (2)
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Largest margin of victory in an Angels no-hitter
[16]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim". 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.
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  8. ^ "July 3, 1970 Oakland Athletics at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  9. ^ "May 15, 1973 California Angels at Kansas City Royals Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  10. ^ "July 15, 1973 California Angels at Detroit Tigers Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "September 28, 1974 Minnesota Twins at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  12. ^ "June 1, 1975 Baltimore Orioles at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "September 30, 1984 California Angels at Texas Rangers Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  14. ^ "April 11, 1990 Seattle Mariners at California Angels Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians Box Score July 27, 2011". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  16. ^ "Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels Box Score May 2, 2012". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved May 2, 2012.