The Ten Unlikeliest No-Hitters in MLB History
This article is about no-hit bids by young or not usually good pitchers. Some of the weirdest no-hitters ever, like the Houston Astros 2003 bid, Dock Ellis's LSD game, and Bill Stoneman's 1969 no-hitter was in just the ninth game for the Expos.
You probably won't agree with me on most of my selections, and this article is in chronological order.
If there's a major "weird" no-hit pitcher that you think I've left off, just leave me a comment and I'll add them.
Virgil Trucks | Two no-hitters in 1952
Virgil Trucks threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in 1952...and still went 5-19.
Bobo Holloman | May 6, 1953
Holloman's no-hitter, in his first career start, was so unlikely, there was only two photographers there to document the game. Ironically, Holloman's career win-loss record was 3-7 with an ERA of 5.23. He never played another MLB season, and was sent down from the St. Louis Browns in June 19, 1953.
Bill Stoneman | Arpil 17, 1969, Fifth MLB start, ninth game in Montreal Expos history
Stoneman played just eight Major League seasons, with six of the seasons with Montreal. Before coming to the Expos, Stoneman was a reliever for the Cubs.
Dock Ellis | June 12, 1970: LSD game
Ellis claims he through his 1970 no-hitter while he was under the influence of LSD. If someone throws a no-hitter while they're high, they don't deserve the honor of a no-hitter.
Wilson Alvarez | Aug. 11, 1991, no hitter in his second career game
Alvarez threw his no-hitter in just his second career game. Alvarez went on to have a long and pretty good career as a starter.
AJ Burnett 9 walks in a no-hitter | May 12, 2001
Anyone who can walk nine men and not give up a run is a good pitcher. Anyone who can walk nine guys an not give up a hit is an excellent pitcher. Now I know why the Yankees threw so much money at him.
Bud Smith | September 3rd, 2001
Bud Smith pitched in just two big league seasons, 2001 and 2002. Smith had a career win-loss record of 7-8, with a 4.95 ERA. Smith finished the 2001 season 6-3 with a 3.82 ERA, finishing 4th in the NL Rookie of the Year award. Smith had the final no-hitter before the tragic events of 9/11.
Houston Astros combined no-hitter | June 11, 2003
Roy Oswlat pitched just one inning before leaving the game with an injury. The Astros then bring in Peter Munro for two-and-two-thirds inning. He's replaced with Kirk Saarloos, who throws one-and-one-third innings.
Saarloos was replaced by Brad Lidge for two innings, after that Octavio Dotel comes in for an inning, and then Billy Wagner comes in for the ninth. None of them gave up a hit. The largest combined no-hitter, ever.
Clay Buchholz | Sept. 1, 2007, Buchholz's second career game
Clay Buchholz had an amazing no-hitter in just his second career game. Buchholz made the Red Sox's starting rotation for 2008, but went just 2-9 with a 6.75 ERA and was sent back to AAA Pawtucket.
Jonathan Sanchez | July 10, 2009
Sanchez was 2-8 at the time of his no-hitter, and Randy Johnson was scheduled to start. Johnson went on the DL. Regular catcher Bengie Molina couldn't play because his wife was in labor, so backup catcher Eli Whiteside was called on, making just his 13th career start.
Sanchez lost a perfect game bid when thirdbaseman Juan Uribe made an error on a routine ground ball. And he almost lost his no-hit bid if it wasn't for a spectacular catch by center fielder Aaron Rowand. The epitome of weird.