Ervin Santana's no-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels yesterday lands in the improbable pile simply because the Angels allowed a run. Of the 230 no-hitters thrown starting in 1900, only 17 included runs scored by the team without hits.
The last time the hitless team scored a run in a no hitter was September 8, 1993 when Darryl Kile and the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets 7-1. In the span between the Kile and Santana no-hitters, 36 garden variety no-hitters were thrown—the kind where the team without hits is without runs.
As improbable a no-hitter as Santana's was, it is only moderately improbable compared to the following 12 games discussed here. These 12 games are some of the strangest baseball games ever played. Games distinguished by events, circumstances, and players transcending the aura surrounding other no-hitters.