Tim Lincecum threw his second career no-hitter on Wednesday. How many pitchers in Major League history have thrown more than one?
Twenty-seven so far -- one for every out a pitcher needs to finish a no-hitter. Nolan Ryan heads the list with seven, Sandy Koufax is next with four and Cy Young himself, Bob Feller and Larry Corcoran each uncorked three.
The rest of the list spun two apiece, and Lincecum joined some heady company with, in alphabetical order: Homer Bailey (2012, '13), Mark Buehrle (2007, perfect game in '09), Jim Bunning (1958, perfect game in '64), Steve Busby (1973, '74), Carl Erskine (1952, '56), Bob Forsch (1978, '83), Pud Galvin (1880, '84) Roy Halladay (both in 2010; one a perfect game, one in postseason), Ken Holtzman (1969, '71), Randy Johnson (1990, perfect game in 2004), Addie Joss (perfect game in 1908, no-hitter in '10), Dutch Leonard (1916, '18), Jim Maloney (1965, '69), Christy Mathewson (1901, '05), Hideo Nomo (1996, 2001), Allie Reynolds (both in 1951), Warren Spahn (1960, '61), Bill Stoneman (1969, '72), Virgil Trucks (both in 1952), Johnny Vander Meer (in consecutive starts in 1938), Justin Verlander (2007 and '11) and Don Wilson (1967, '69).
Have there ever been as many active pitchers with multiple no-hitters in their career as there are now?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there are four active pitchers (Lincecum, Bailey, Buehrle and Verlander) this season with multiple career no-no's. The last time there were four players active in a season that had multiple career no-hitters before this season was 1974, when there were five such players: Busby, Holtzman, Ryan, Stoneman and Wilson. Busby threw his second no-hitter in 1974, and Ryan threw his third that year.
Surprisingly, it's happened quite a few times in the live-ball era (since 1920) alone. There were four no-hitters from June 2-June 29, 1990 (Johnson on June 2, Ryan on June 11, and Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela on the same day, June 29). That's the record for most within a month.
In 2012, there were three within 13 days when Johan Santana turned the trick for the Mets on June 1, the Mariners spun a six-pitcher combined no-no on June 8 and Matt Cain pitched a perfect game on June 13.
The 1991 season was no-no nuts. First there were three from July 13-Aug. 11 (a combined no-no by Baltimore on July 13, a perfecto by Dennis Martinez on July 28 and a no-hitter by Wilson Alvarez on Aug. 11). Then there was another by Bret Saberhagen on Aug. 26, making it three within the month starting with Martinez's perfect game. Then there was another on Sept. 11, a combined no-no by Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena of the Braves, making it three since Alvarez's no-no on Aug. 11.
Going backward, in 1976, Larry Dierker did it for Houston on July 9, Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios of the White Sox combined for a no-hitter on July 28 and John Candelaria pitched one for the Pirates on Aug. 9. In 1973, Ryan pitched a no-no for the Angels on July 15, Jim Bibby did it for the Rangers on July 30 and Phil Niekro knuckled his way to one for the Braves on Aug. 5.
In 1969, Stoneman pitched one for Montreal on April 17, Maloney did it for the Reds on April 30, and Wilson threw a no-hitter for the Astros the very next day, May 1. And in 1965, Maloney pitched a no-hitter for the Reds on Aug. 19, Koufax spun a perfect game for the Dodgers on Sept. 9 and Dave Morehead threw a no-hitter for the Red Sox a week later on Sept. 16.
Lincecum's no-hitter was the third at AT&T Park since 2000. Is that the most for one stadium over that time?
Yes, but the beautiful ballpark by the Bay is in a four-way tie for that honor. The three no-no's in San Francisco since 2000 (Jonathan Sanchez on July 10, 2009, Cain's perfecto in 2012 and Lincecum's gem on Wednesday) are matched yard-for-yard by Fenway Park (Derek Lowe on April 17, 2002, Clay Buchholz on Sept. 1, 2007, and Jon Lester on May 19, 2008), Safeco Field in Seattle, which had all three in 2012 (Philip Humber's perfect game for the White Sox on April 21, a six-pitcher combined no-no by the Mariners on June 8 and Felix Hernandez's perfecto on Aug. 15), and Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field (Buehrle on April 18, 2007, Buehrle again, this time a perfect game, on July 23, 2009, and Francisco Liriano for the Twins on May 3, 2011).
Both of Lincecum's no-hitters came against the Padres. Is he the only pitcher to throw multiple no-no's against the same team?
Nope. He's the second. The only pitcher in Major League history other than Lincecum to throw multiple no-hitters against the same opponent was right-hander Adrian "Addie" Joss for the Cleveland Naps. Joss threw no-hitters against the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 2, 1908 (perfect game), and April 20, 1910. Both were 1-0 victories.
This seems like a lot of no-hitters in a row by the National League. Is it a record?
The Senior Circuit has accounted for the last seven no-hitters in the Major Leagues, which ranks third for consecutive no-no's by a league in the modern era. The longest such streak since 1900 was nine, by the American League, from 1908-12, with Joss spinning two straight during that run. The NL record is eight consecutive no-no's, and it happened from 1964-65, with the great Koufax accounting for three of them himself.
This current NL run started in September 2012 with Bailey's first of two straight no-nos, and after that came Lincecum's first no-no on July 13, 2013, Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins on Sept. 29, 2013, and then the exploits of Beckett, Kershaw and Lincecum in the last month. Hernandez's perfect game for Seattle on Aug. 15, 2012, was the last AL no-hitter.
Is Lincecum the only pitcher to have pitched multiple no-hitters and won multiple Cy Young Awards?
Lincecum, who earned consecutive NL Cy Youngs in 2008 and '09, is the third, according to Elias. Koufax threw four no-hitters (1962, '63, '64 and the perfecto in '65) and won three Cy Youngs (1963, '65, '66), and Johnson threw two no-no's (1990 and a perfect game in 2004) and won five Cy Youngs (1995, '99, 2000, '01, '02).
OK, what about adding World Series titles to the mix? Is Lincecum the only pitcher to have multiple no-no's, multiple Cys, and multiple rings?
Nope. Lincecum, who was a member of the Giants' World Series-winning clubs in 2010 and '12, is the second, because, well, there's that Koufax guy again. Koufax won World Series rings with the Dodgers in 1955, '59, '63 and '65.
When's the last time the archrival Giants and Dodgers had no-hitters in the same season?
Aside from this year, with Dodgers pitchers Beckett and Kershaw and then Giants righty Lincecum notching no-hitters, the last time the two clubs had no-no's in the same season was 1963, when Koufax (May 11) and Giants righty Juan Marichal (June 15) did it.
Who else has thrown two no-hitters for the Giants?
Only one other pitcher, and he was a pretty decent one. Mathewson threw no-hitters for the (then-New York) Giants on July 15, 1901, and June 13, 1905.
How many pitchers have recently thrown two no-hitters over a two-year span?
With no-hitters in 2013 and now '14, Lincecum on Wednesday became only the fifth to accomplish this feat since 1969. Ryan did it three times from 1973-74, Busby had one in 1973 and one in '74, Ryan did it in 1990 and '91, Halladay did it twice in 2010 for Philadelphia, including the perfecto and the postseason no-no, and Bailey did it in 2012 and '13,
Is this the first time someone has thrown a no-hitter the day before Manny Ramirez was scheduled to report to Triple-A for a stint as a player-coach?
Yes, it is.