Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On This Date in MLB History: No-Hitter Hysteria

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan registered his sixth no-hitter on this day 23 years ago.

By Adam Lowenstein

Some of the more notable no-hitters in MLB history happened on June 11. The most recent was the Houston Astros’ combined no-no in 2003. This set the record for the most pitchers in a no-hitter as Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner led the Astros to an 8-0 victory.

On June 11, 1990, Nolan Ryan registered the sixth of his seven career no-hitters. In a game between two well-known managers, Bobby Valentine and Tony LaRussa, Ryan struck out 14 Athletics and walked just two en route to the no-hitter. The A’s came into that contest with a 38-17 record, which made Ryan’s no-hitter an even more impressive feat.

One of the most famous no-hitters all-time also occurred on June 11. In 1938, Cincinnati Reds' starting pitcher Johnny Vander Meer threw the first of his back-to-back no-hitters. Four days, later he no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first night game ever held at Ebbets Field. With these interesting no-hitters happening on June 11, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for one on Tuesday.

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