Posted 5 days ago | By Justin Mears
While no-nos are obviously tremendous accomplishments, the list of pitchers who have thrown one includes some names you wouldn’t expect. When it comes to hurlers who have done it more than once, that is understandably not the case. Let’s take a look at the 35 pitchers who have thrown multiple no-hitters.
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Flame-throwing Nolan Ryan paces this list with an incredible seven no-hitters, although somewhat surprisingly, in none of the seven was he able to toss a perfect game. Perhaps what’s most impressive about the Hall-of-Famers’, seven etchings in the history books is how they illustrate just how long he was able to pitch at an elite level. Ryan’s first two no-nos came in 1973 while he was with the Angels, and his last two came as a member of the Rangers in ’90 and ’91.
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Prior to Ryan throwing his 5th no-hitter in late September of 1981, no pitcher had thrown more than Sandy Koufax’s four–a record that at the time seemed exceedingly unlikely to ever fall. The longtime Dodger lefty threw no-nos in four consecutive seasons from 1962-1965, the last of which was a perfect game in a 1-0 win over the Cubs. Koufax was deservedly inducted into the Hall of Fame in ’72 and is still regarded as perhaps the best left-handed pitcher in league history.
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Larry Corcoran is a name a lot of fans may be unfamiliar with, but for a brief time in the 1880s as a member of the Chicago White Stockings, he was quite a force on the mound. The right-hander tossed three no-hitters in the early 1880s, but he then had a hard and fast fall from grace. By ’85 Corcoran had a dead arm and two years later he was completely out of baseball. Unrelated to his no-hitters, he is amusingly credited with coming up with the first method of communicating pitches with his catcher–something he accomplished by shifting his wad of tobacco to different places in his mouth.
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The award for the best pitcher in his league is literally named after Cy Young, so his presence on this list should not exactly come as a surprise. The right-hander first accomplished the feat in the first half of a doubleheader in September of 1897, and seven years later he one-upped himself by throwing a perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics. Young would add the 3rd no-hitter in 1908.
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Bob Feller is the most distinguished pitcher in the history of the Cleveland Indians organization, and one of the best starters in baseball history in general. Early in his career, Feller became the first and only pitcher to ever throw a no-no on Opening Day, when he kept the White Sox hitless in April of 1940. Shortly after that, he would lose almost four years of pitching while serving in the military, but following his return, he impressively hurled two more no-hitters. The 3rd one occurred in a 1951 doubleheader with the Tigers, who notably managed to score a run in the game despite not recording a hit. Feller was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1962.
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