MLB Power Rankings: Justin Verlander, Every Pitcher to Throw Multiple No-Hitters

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IMay 7, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: Justin Verlander, Every Pitcher to Throw Multiple No-Hitters

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    With Justin Verlander's second no-hitter of his career, there have now been 26 pitchers who have thrown multiple no-hitters in MLB history.

    Throwing one no-hitter is a special feat, and throwing two is even more incredible.

    Some of the best pitchers in baseball history have never thrown a no-hitter, and yet there are players that only baseball historians have heard of who have thrown no-hitters.

26) Bill Stoneman

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    Stoneman only won 54 games in his major league career, but two of those were no-hitters.

    Both of Stoneman's no-hitters came while he was a member of the Expos. He threw one no-hitter against the Phillies in 1969 and his second came against the Mets in 1972.

    Stoneman eventually went on to become the GM of the Angels from 1999 to 2007.

25) Carl Erskine

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    Erskine had a career 4.00 ERA and won 122 games during his 12-year career. He also threw two no-hitters.

    Erskine threw his no-hitters while on the Brooklyn Dodgers. One came in 1952 against the Cubs, while he threw the other in 1956 against the New York Giants.

24) Don Wilson

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    Wilson managed to pitch two no-hitters for the Astros in his nine-year career. One came in 1967 against the Braves and the other occurred in 1969 against the Reds.

    His no-hitter in 1967 was the first one in MLB history to be thrown in a domed stadium and the first one to be thrown in a game played on AstroTurf.

    Unfortunately, Wilson's baseball career and life were cut short when he died in a home accident at age 29.

23) Steve Busby

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    Busby might have had a great career, but it was cut short due to a a torn rotator cuff. He was the first player to undergo surgery for the injury, but it barely prolonged his career.

    Both of Busby's no-hitters came before he turned 25 years old. He threw no-hitters in 1973 and 1974, his first two full seasons in the league.

22) Bob Forsch

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    Forsch won 168 games over the course of his 16-year career. He spent 14 and a half of those seasons with the Cardinals.

    Forsch is the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Busch Memorial Stadium. He threw one against the Phillies in 1978 and another against the Expos in 1983.

21) Ken Holtzman

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    When he was young, Holtzman was compared to Sandy Koufax because of his Jewish heritage and pitching abilities. The one time Holtzman faced Koufax, he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before he lost it.

    Holtzman did manage to threw two no-hitters, though. Both came as a member of the Cubs. His first was in 1969 against the Braves. He did not record a strikeout in that game. His second no-hitter came against the Reds in 1971.

20) Jim Maloney

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    Maloney was known as one of the hardest throwing pitchers of his era and once hit 99 mph on the radar gun.

    Maloney's first no-hitter came against the Cubs in 1965. The second no-hitter came against the Astros in 1969.

    For a period of time, Maloney had thrown three no-hitters. He threw nine no-hit innings against the Mets in 1965. This was original considered a no-hitter, even though he lost the game in extra innings.

    The rules were eventually changed and it was no longer recognized as a no-hitter.

19) Mark Buehrle

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    Buehrle has been one of the better pitchers in White Sox history. Last season, he made the defensive play of the year on Opening Day. That was not Buehrle's most impressive feat, though.

    He has thrown two no-hitters in his career. In 2007, Buehrle threw a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. On July 23, 2009, Buehrle threw a perfect game against the Rays.

18) Johnny Vander Meer

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    Even though he had a career 3.44 ERA, Vander Meer had only a .496 career winning percentage.

    Vander Meer has one of the most impressive feats in Major League history. Not only did Vander Meer throw two no-hitters, but they came in back-to-back starts.

    The first no-hitter came on July 11, 1939 against the Boston Braves. Then, on July 15, 1939, Vander Meer no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first night game in Ebbets Field history.

17) Allie Reynolds

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    Reynolds earned the nickname Superchief because he was a quarter Indian. In his 13-year career, Reynolds managed to win 182 games and strikeout 1,423 hitters.

    Both of Reynolds' no hitters came while he was a member of the New York Yankees during the 1951 season.

16) Virgil Trucks

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    Trucks had a 17-year career, in which he pitched for five different teams. Before he reached the majors, Trucks had thrown four no-hitters in the minors.

    As if that was not an impressive enough feat, Trucks managed to throw two no-hitters during the 1952 season.

15) Hideo Nomo

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    Nomo has been the best Japanese pitcher to play in the MLB. One of the things that Nomo is remembered for is his unique pitching motion.

    Nomo burst onto the scene in 1995 and led the NL with 236 strikeouts. He finished with 1,918 strikeouts and 123 wins in 12 years.

    The first no-hitter that Nomo threw was in 1996 against the Rockies at Coors Field. Nomo threw his second no-hitter as a member of the Red Sox. This one came against the Orioles in 2001.

14) Dutch Leonard

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    Leonard had an incredibly impressive year in 1914 when he managed to post a 0.96 ERA along with 19 wins. His ERA+ that season was a stunning 279.

    The first of Leonard's two no-hitters came in 1916 when he beat the St. Louis Browns. Two years later, in 1918, Leonard threw another no-hitter, this time against the Tigers.

13) Larry Corcoran

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    During his rookie year in 1880, Corcoran had a stunning season. He managed to win 43 games. Over the course of just seven more years, Corcoran would win a total of 177 games.

    Another interesting fact is that Corcoran pitched most games left-handed, but also pitched right-handed as well.

    Corcoran was the first pitcher to throw both two and three no-hitters. His first two no-hitters came in 1882 and he got his third in 1884.

12) Justin Verlander

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    Verlander has been one of the better pitchers in Tigers history. He is also the most recent pitcher to throw his second no hitter.

    Verlander's first no-hitter came in 2007 against the Brewers. It was the first no-hitter at Comerica Park. He threw his second no-hitter on May 7, 2011 against the Blue Jays. He was one walk away from a perfect game.

11) Jim Bunning

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    The Hall of Famer finished has career with 224 wins, a 3.27 ERA and two no-hitters.

    His first no-hitter came while he was a member of the Tigers. He no-hit the Red Sox in 1968. In 1964, as a member of the Phillies, Bunning threw a perfect game against the Mets on Father's Day.

    Bunning went on to become a Senator. He has served as Kentucky's Senator from 1999 until January 2011.

10) Pud Galvin

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    Galvin is another pitcher who threw both of his no-hitters in the 1800s. Galvin won 365 games in his career and had a 2.85 ERA. Shockingly, that ERA was only good for a 108 ERA+.

    Galvin was also one of the first players to use performance enhancers.

    The first no-hitter of Galvin's career came against the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1880. He threw his second no-hitter in 1884.

9) Roy Halladay

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    Halladay is one of the best pitchers in the baseball. Doc currently has 174 career wins and is closing in on 2000 strikeouts.

    Halladay threw a perfect game on May 29, 2010, against the Florida Marlins. His next no-hitter came in the playoffs. He threw a no-hitter against the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS.

8) Addie Joss

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    Joss has a career 1.89 ERA which is the second-best in MLB history. Joss pitched only nine seasons but still managed 160 wins.

    The first no-hitter of Joss's career was a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in 1908. He threw just 74 pitches in this outstanding performance.

    Two years later, Joss no-hit the White Sox again. He is the only player to no-hit the same team twice.

7) Randy Johnson

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    Johnson ranks second all-time with 4,875 strikeouts and 22nd all-time with 303 wins. The Big Unit also won five Cy Young awards.

    His first no-hitter came in 1990 against the Tigers. Fourteen years later, Johnson threw a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves. Johnson recorded 13 strikeouts in that outing.

6) Bob Feller

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    Feller led the American League in wins six times during his career. He had a total of 266 wins and eight All-Star game appearances over the course of his career. He was also one of the hardest throwing pitchers of his era.

    Feller threw his first no-hitter on Opening Day of the 1940 season against the White Sox. His next no-hitter came in 1948 against the Yankees. The third no-hitter of Feller's career came in 1951 against the Tigers.

    In addition to his three no-hitters, Feller also threw 12 one-hitters.

5) Warren Spahn

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    Spahn's 363 career wins are the most by any lefty in MLB history and are sixth most of all time. Spahn also has a career 3.09 ERA. In addition, Spahn appeared in 14 All-Star games.

    Spahn was 39 years old when he threw his first no-hitter in 1960. A year later, at age 40, Spahn threw another no-hitter.

4) Sandy Koufax

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    Koufax was only able to pitch 12 years as a result of arthritis, but he still had one of the best careers of any pitcher. He had his best season in his last year, going 27-9 with a 1.73 ERA. He had 165 career wins and a 2.76 ERA.

    Koufax also managed to throw four no-hitters in his 12 seasons. His first no-hitter came in 1962 against the Mets. The following year, he threw a no-hitter against the Giants.

    His third no-hitter was against the Phillies in 1964. In 1965, Koufax was perfect. He threw a perfect game against the Cubs and had 14 strikeouts, a record for a perfect game.

3) Christy Mathewson

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    Mathewson ranks third all-time with 373 career wins and ninth all-time with a career 2.13 ERA. He also threw two no-hitters.

    His first no-hitter came in 1901 against the Cardinals. In 1905, Mathewson threw the second no-hitter of his career. This one came against the Cubs.

    Mathewson also won the NL pitching Triple Crown in the 1905 season.

2) Nolan Ryan

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    Ryan was the best pitcher of the modern era. His 324 wins are 14th most all-time. He is also the MLB's career strikeout leader. For his career, Ryan had 5,714 strikeouts.

    Ryan also holds the record for no-hitters with seven. His first no-hitter came on May 5, 1973 against the Royals. Two months later on July 15th, Ryan no-hit the Tigers. The following year, Ryan no-hit the Twins.

    In 1975, Ryan threw a no-hitter against the Orioles. The fifth no-hitter of Ryan's career came in 1981 against the Dodgers.

    In 1990, Ryan threw his sixth no-hitter, this time against the Athletics. Eighteen years after his first no-hitter, Ryan threw his seventh no-hitter against the Blue Jays in 1991.

1) Cy Young

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    Young is considered to be the greatest pitcher in baseball history.

    He is the career leader in wins (511), innings pitched (7,356), games started (815) and complete games (749). There is also a famous pitching award named after him.

    Young's first no-hitter came in 1887 against the Reds. Then, in 1904, Young threw a perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics.

    Young threw his third and final no-hitter against the New York Highlanders in 1908.