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MLB No-Hitters (1965-present)

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When the Chicago Cubs were no-hit by Cole Hamels on July 25, 2015, it ended the longest current streak of not being no-hit at just under 50 years. The image and tables in this post describe other no-hitter streaks and timelines that have happened between 1965 and 2015.

Basic Timeline

Total wins and losses, last wins and losses, game log, and streaks
*TeamTotalFreqWinsLossesLast WinLast LossGame LogLongest Win StreakLongest Loss StreakPrevious Franchise Record
1Diamondbacks44.5222010/06/252006/09/06LWLW11
2Braves105.1371994/04/082014/09/01LLWLLWWLLL23
3Orioles105.1461991/07/132015/08/13WWWLLWLLLL34
4Red Sox86.4532008/05/191993/04/22WLLLWWWW43
5Cubs95.7632015/08/302015/07/25LLWWWWWLW52
6White Sox114.6742012/04/212011/05/03WWLLWWLWWLW22
7Reds114.6742013/07/022010/10/06WWWLLLWWLWW33
8Indians95.7451981/05/152011/07/27LWLWWWLLL33
9Rockies45.8132010/04/172014/06/18LLWL12
10Tigers105.1372011/05/072013/09/29LLLLWLWLWL14
11Astros133.9942015/08/212012/06/13WLWWWWWWLWLLW62
12Royals67.8421991/08/262008/05/19WLWWWL31
13Angels153.4962012/05/021999/09/11WWWWWLLLWLWLLWW53
14Dodgers173.0982014/06/182015/08/30WWLWLLWLWLWWLWWLL22
15Marlins82.9532013/09/292014/09/28LWWWWLWL41
16Brewers411.8131987/04/152007/06/12LWLL12Pilots (0-0)
17Twins95.7452011/05/032012/05/02WLLLWLWWL23
18Mets77.3162012/06/012015/10/03LLLLWLL14
19Yankees68.5511999/07/182003/06/11WWWWWL51
20Athletics133.9672010/05/091991/07/13WLLWLLWLWLWLW12
21Phillies143.6862015/07/252014/05/25LLLWLLWWWWWLWW53
22Pirates77.3431997/07/122015/06/20WWLWWLL22
23Padres95.209N/A2014/06/25LLLLLLLLL09
24Giants173.0892015/06/092013/07/02WLWWLLLLLLLWWLWWW37
25Cardinals105.1642001/09/032012/06/01LWWWLWLWWL31
26Mariners84.9532015/08/132012/04/21LWWLLWWW32
27Rays63.0152010/07/262002/04/27LLLLWL14
28Rangers95.7541994/07/282007/04/18LWLWLWWWL31Senators (0-1)
30Blue Jays57.8141990/09/022011/05/07LLWLL12
31Nationals114.3
742015/10/031999/07/18WWLWLLWLWWW32Expos (4-4)
  • Oakland took over the Cubs' spot for longest current span without being no-hit at just over 24 years.
  • The Padres are the only team that has not thrown a no-hitter. The team with the next longest drought is the Indians, who haven't thrown a no-hitter since Len Barker's perfect game in 1981.
  • Of the teams that were in the league in 1965, the Yankees and Mets have participated in the fewest no-hitters with six apiece (once every eight-and-half seasons). However, the Brewers, who entered the league in 1969, have participated even less frequently averaging one game every 11+ seasons.

Time Between Events

The longest and shortest elapsed time (in calendar days) between wins, losses, or both.
*TeamShortest Time Between WinsLongest Time Between WinsTeamShortest Time Between LossesLongest Time Between LossesTeamShortest Time Between No-Hitter EventsLongest Time Between No-Hitter Events
1Diamondbacks02229 (May 18, 2004 - Jun 25, 2010)02229 (May 18, 2004 - Jun 25, 2010)Diamondbacks02630 (Jun 25, 1999 - Sep 6, 2006)02630 (Jun 25, 1999 - Sep 6, 2006)Diamondbacks00841 (W-L, May 18, 2004 - Sep 6, 2006)01789 (L-W, Jun 25, 1999 - May 18, 2004)
2Braves00940 (Sep 11, 1991 - Apr 8, 1994)06611 (Aug 5, 1973 - Sep 11, 1991)Braves00920 (Sep 29, 1976 - Apr 7, 1979)09173 (Apr 7, 1979 - May 18, 2004)Braves00920 (L-L, Sep 29, 1976 - Apr 7, 1979)04540 (L-W, Apr 7, 1979 - Sep 11, 1991)
3Orioles00363 (Apr 30, 1967 - Apr 27, 1968)08004 (Aug 13, 1969 - Jul 13, 1991)Orioles01579 (Apr 15, 1987 - Aug 11, 1991)04336 (Jun 1, 1975 - Apr 15, 1987)Orioles00029 (W-L, Jul 13, 1991 - Aug 11, 1991)04336 (L-L, Jun 1, 1975 - Apr 15, 1987)
4Red Sox00261 (Sep 1, 2007 - May 19, 2008)12984 (Sep 16, 1965 - Apr 4, 2001)Red Sox03580 (Jul 4, 1983 - Apr 22, 1993)05546 (Apr 27, 1968 - Jul 4, 1983)Red Sox00261 (W-W, Sep 1, 2007 - May 19, 2008)05546 (L-L, Apr 27, 1968 - Jul 4, 1983)
5Cubs00139 (Apr 16, 1972 - Sep 2, 1972)13161 (Sep 2, 1972 - Sep 14, 2008)Cubs00021 (Aug 19, 1965 - Sep 9, 1965)18216 (Sep 9, 1965 - Jul 25, 2015)Cubs00021 (L-L, Aug 19, 1965 - Sep 9, 1965)13161 (W-W, Sep 2, 1972 - Sep 14, 2008)
6White Sox00827 (Apr 18, 2007 - Jul 23, 2009)05729 (Aug 11, 1991 - Apr 18, 2007)White Sox00191 (Sep 29, 1983 - Apr 7, 1984)07190 (Aug 26, 1991 - May 3, 2011)White Sox00015 (W-L, Aug 11, 1991 - Aug 26, 1991)05714 (L-W, Aug 26, 1991 - Apr 18, 2007)
7Reds00275 (Jul 29, 1968 - Apr 30, 1969)08778 (Sep 16, 1988 - Sep 28, 2012)Reds00020 (Jun 3, 1971 - Jun 23, 1971)14350 (Jun 23, 1971 - Oct 6, 2010)Reds00001 (W-L, Apr 30, 1969 - May 1, 1969)08055 (W-L, Sep 16, 1988 - Oct 6, 2010)
8Indians01046 (Jul 19, 1974 - May 30, 1977)02961 (Jun 10, 1966 - Jul 19, 1974)Indians00708 (Sep 16, 1965 - Aug 25, 1967)08409 (Aug 25, 1967 - Sep 2, 1990)Indians00267 (L-W, Sep 16, 1965 - Jun 10, 1966)06535 (L-L, Sep 4, 1993 - Jul 27, 2011)
9RockiesN/AN/ARockies00129 (May 11, 1996 - Sep 17, 1996)06483 (Sep 17, 1996 - Jun 18, 2014)Rockies00129 (L-L, May 11, 1996 - Sep 17, 1996)04960 (L-W, Sep 17, 1996 - Apr 17, 2010)
10Tigers01425 (Jun 12, 2007 - May 7, 2011)08466 (Apr 7, 1984 - Jun 12, 2007)Tigers00079 (Apr 27, 1973 - Jul 15, 1973)07359 (Jun 2, 1990 - Jul 26, 2010)Tigers00079 (L-L, Apr 27, 1973 - Jul 15, 1973)06219 (L-W, Jun 2, 1990 - Jun 12, 2007)
11Astros00683 (Jun 18, 1967 - May 1, 1969)04455 (Jun 11, 2003 - Aug 21, 2015)Astros01368 (Sep 14, 2008 - Jun 13, 2012)10300 (Apr 30, 1969 - Jul 12, 1997)Astros00001 (L-W, Apr 30, 1969 - May 1, 1969)02626 (W-W, May 1, 1969 - Jul 9, 1976)
12Royals00418 (Apr 27, 1973 - Jun 19, 1974)05217 (May 14, 1977 - Aug 26, 1991)Royals12788 (May 15, 1973 - May 19, 2008)12788 (May 15, 1973 - May 19, 2008)Royals00018 (W-L, Apr 27, 1973 - May 15, 1973)06111 (W-L, Aug 26, 1991 - May 19, 2008)
13Angels00061 (May 15, 1973 - Jul 15, 1973)07777 (Apr 11, 1990 - Jul 27, 2011)Angels00115 (May 30, 1977 - Sep 22, 1977)03284 (Sep 22, 1977 - Sep 19, 1986)Angels00061 (W-W, May 15, 1973 - Jul 15, 1973)04337 (L-W, Sep 11, 1999 - Jul 27, 2011)
14Dodgers00024 (May 25, 2014 - Jun 18, 2014)06459 (Sep 17, 1996 - May 25, 2014)Dodgers00008 (Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015)06636 (Apr 8, 1994 - Jun 8, 2012)Dodgers00008 (L-L, Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015)05743 (W-L, Sep 17, 1996 - Jun 8, 2012)
15Marlins00395 (May 11, 1996 - Jun 10, 1997)02580 (Sep 6, 2006 - Sep 29, 2013)Marlins01583 (May 29, 2010 - Sep 28, 2014)05433 (Jul 14, 1995 - May 29, 2010)Marlins00302 (L-W, Jul 14, 1995 - May 11, 1996)01943 (W-W, May 12, 2001 - Sep 6, 2006)
16BrewersN/AN/ABrewers04794 (Apr 27, 1994 - Jun 12, 2007)07252 (Jun 19, 1974 - Apr 27, 1994)Brewers02569 (W-L, Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 27, 1994)04794 (L-L, Apr 27, 1994 - Jun 12, 2007)
17Twins01963 (Apr 27, 1994 - Sep 11, 1999)09742 (Aug 25, 1967 - Apr 27, 1994)Twins00866 (May 8, 1968 - Sep 21, 1970)08632 (Sep 28, 1974 - May 17, 1998)Twins00257 (W-L, Aug 25, 1967 - May 8, 1968)07151 (L-W, Sep 28, 1974 - Apr 27, 1994)
18MetsN/AN/AMets00116 (Jun 9, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015)07944 (Sep 8, 1993 - Jun 9, 2015)Mets00116 (L-L, Jun 9, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015)06841 (L-W, Sep 8, 1993 - Jun 1, 2012)
19Yankees00427 (May 17, 1998 - Jul 18, 1999)03715 (Jul 4, 1983 - Sep 4, 1993)YankeesN/AN/AYankees00427 (W-W, May 17, 1998 - Jul 18, 1999)03715 (W-W, Jul 4, 1983 - Sep 4, 1993)
20Athletics00866 (May 8, 1968 - Sep 21, 1970)07254 (Jun 29, 1990 - May 9, 2010)Athletics00324 (Aug 13, 1969 - Jul 3, 1970)05066 (Jul 28, 1976 - Jun 11, 1990)Athletics00018 (L-W, Jun 11, 1990 - Jun 29, 1990)06875 (L-W, Jul 13, 1991 - May 9, 2010)
21Phillies00281 (Aug 15, 1990 - May 23, 1991)06993 (Jun 23, 1971 - Aug 15, 1990)Phillies00262 (Jul 29, 1968 - Apr 17, 1969)13188 (Apr 16, 1978 - May 25, 2014)Phillies00262 (L-L, Jul 29, 1968 - Apr 17, 1969)04504 (L-W, Apr 16, 1978 - Aug 15, 1990)
22Pirates00265 (Sep 20, 1969 - Jun 12, 1970)07642 (Aug 9, 1976 - Jul 12, 1997)Pirates00995 (Sep 28, 2012 - Jun 20, 2015)15021 (Aug 14, 1971 - Sep 28, 2012)Pirates00265 (W-W, Sep 20, 1969 - Jun 12, 1970)07642 (W-W, Aug 9, 1976 - Jul 12, 1997)
23PadresN/AN/APadres00114 (May 12, 2001 - Sep 3, 2001)06611 (Aug 5, 1973 - Sep 11, 1991)Padres00114 (L-L, May 12, 2001 - Sep 3, 2001)06611 (L-L, Aug 5, 1973 - Sep 11, 1991)
24Giants00347 (Jul 13, 2013 - Jun 25, 2014)11972 (Sep 29, 1976 - Jul 10, 2009)Giants00317 (Jun 27, 1980 - May 10, 1981)04300 (Sep 18, 1968 - Jun 27, 1980)Giants00001 (W-L, Sep 17, 1968 - Sep 18, 1968)02531 (L-W, Sep 18, 1968 - Aug 24, 1975)
25Cardinals00801 (Jun 25, 1999 - Sep 3, 2001)05751 (Sep 26, 1983 - Jun 25, 1999)Cardinals03559 (Sep 17, 1968 - Jun 16, 1978)08008 (Jun 29, 1990 - Jun 1, 2012)Cardinals00001 (L-W, Sep 17, 1968 - Sep 18, 1968)03924 (W-L, Sep 3, 2001 - Jun 1, 2012)
26Mariners00068 (Jun 8, 2012 - Aug 15, 2012)06987 (Apr 22, 1993 - Jun 8, 2012)Mariners02225 (Apr 11, 1990 - May 14, 1996)05821 (May 14, 1996 - Apr 21, 2012)Mariners00048 (L-W, Apr 21, 2012 - Jun 8, 2012)05821 (L-L, May 14, 1996 - Apr 21, 2012)
27RaysN/AN/ARays00047 (May 9, 2010 - Jun 25, 2010)02644 (Apr 27, 2002 - Jul 23, 2009)Rays00031 (L-W, Jun 25, 2010 - Jul 26, 2010)02644 (L-L, Apr 27, 2002 - Jul 23, 2009)
28Rangers00324 (Jun 11, 1990 - May 1, 1991)04645 (Sep 22, 1977 - Jun 11, 1990)Rangers02696 (May 14, 1977 - Sep 30, 1984)08235 (Sep 30, 1984 - Apr 18, 2007)Rangers00131 (L-W, May 14, 1977 - Sep 22, 1977)04647 (W-L, Jul 28, 1994 - Apr 18, 2007)
30Blue JaysN/AN/ABlue Jays00306 (Jun 29, 1990 - May 1, 1991)07311 (May 1, 1991 - May 7, 2011)Blue Jays00065 (L-W, Jun 29, 1990 - Sep 2, 1990)07311 (L-L, May 1, 1991 - May 7, 2011)
31Nationals00105 (Jun 20, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015)04455 (Jul 28, 1991 - Sep 28, 2014)Nationals02796 (Sep 26, 1983 - May 23, 1991)02978 (May 23, 1991 - Jul 18, 1999)Nationals00066 (L-W, May 23, 1991 - Jul 28, 1991)02937 (L-W, Jul 18, 1999 - Sep 28, 2014)
  • The Cubs have their fingerprints all over the longest/shortest time between no-hitters numbers. They are one of five teams to have pitched two no-hitters in the same season, doing so in 1972. After Milt Pappas pitched his no-no in September, Cubs pitchers did not throw another one until Carlos Zambrano's in 2008. No other team had a longer drought during these years. This time span is also the largest number of days that any team had between participating in a no-hitter. In other words, the Cubs neither won or nor lost a no-hitter for 35+ seasons. The next closest team were the Reds from 1988-2010, a mere 21+ seasons in comparison. The Cubs also almost hold the distinction of having the fewest days between games in which they were no-hit. Cincinnati holds the record with 20 days while the Cubs' were no-hit three weeks apart in 1965. The second game was a Sandy Koufax perfect game, but that started the Cubs record-setting streak as they wouldn't be no-hit again until 2015.

Longest and Shortest Gaps

The no-hitters that occurred less than one week apart and the ten longest gaps between no-hitters.
Calendar DaysGame daysFirst eventSecond EventFirst WinnerSecond Winner
771965/09/091965/09/16Koufax (LAD)Morehead (BOS)
111968/09/171968/09/18Perry (SFG)Washburn (STL)
111969/04/301969/05/01Maloney (CIN)Wilson (HOU)
661969/08/131969/08/19Palmer (BAL)Holtzman (CHC)
661973/07/301973/08/05Bibby (TEX)Niekro (ATL)
4472721979/04/071980/06/27Forsch (HOU)Reuss (LAD)
551981/05/101981/05/15Lea (MON)Barker (PHI)
6462981981/09/261983/07/04Ryan (HOU)Righetti (NYY)
331983/09/261983/09/29Forsch (STL)Warren (OAK)
7193711984/09/301986/09/19Witt (CAL)Cowley (CWS)
661986/09/191986/09/25Cowley (CWS)Scott (Hou)
5203451987/04/151988/09/16Nieves (MIL)Browning (CIN)
5722241988/09/161990/04/11Browning (CIN)Langston (CAL)
001990/06/291990/06/29Stewart (OAK)Valenzuela (LAD)
441993/09/041993/09/08Abbott (NYY)Kile (HOU)
3511771994/07/281995/07/14Rogers (TEX)Martinez (LAD)
331996/05/111996/05/14Leiter (FLA)Gooden (NYY)
4042301998/05/171999/06/25Wells (NYY)Jimenez (STL)
5712221999/09/112001/04/04Milton (MIN)Nomo (BOS)
3651912002/04/272003/04/27Lowe (BOS)Millwood+(PHI)
8414932004/05/182006/09/06Johnson (ARI)Sanchez (FLA)
442011/05/032011/05/07Liriano (MIN)Verlander (DET)
772012/06/012012/06/08Santana (NYM)Milwood+(SEA)
552012/06/082012/06/13Milwood+(SEA)Cain (SFG)
772014/06/182014/06/25Kershaw (LAD)Lincecum (SFG)
  • Only once since 1965 have two no-hitters been thrown on the same day (and only once before that, in 1898). On Friday, June 29, 1990, Dave Stewart of Oakland was finishing his no-hitter against Toronto around 10:07 PM. About 30 minutes later, Fernando Valenzuela took the mound against the Cardinals in Los Angeles. Two hours and forty-one minutes later (or about 1:16 AM Eastern time), he completed the game making the shortest time between no-hitters about three hours and nine minutes.
  • Perhaps even more amazingly, there have been two instances since 1965 where a team no-hit another team, only to have the favor returned the next day. The Giants and Cardinals traded no-hitters in 1968 and then a year later the Reds and Astros did the same.
  • Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988 stands as a lone marker in a desolate no-hitter wasteland of the late eighties. It had been 520 days since anyone had thrown a no hitter, then it would take another 572 days for another to be thrown. Both spans are among the top ten longest without a no-hitter and only Randy Johnson's perfect game in 2004 stood between the longest span between the previous and next no-hitter. Browning's win is also one of the most "symmetrical" given the nearly equal times between the previous and next games. This symmetry is rivaled, if not eclipsed by the two month period in 1991 where no-hitters came 15, 14, 15, then 16 games apart (Milacki and relievers on July 13, Dennis Martinez's perfect game on July 28, Wilson Alvarez on August 11, Bret Saberhagen on August 26, and Kent Mercker and relievers on September 11).
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