10 Yankees no-hitters that will never be forgotten

No-hitters of the Yankees

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The New York Yankees are the most famous sports team in the world. Since the team was founded in 1901, they have thrown 12 no-hitters. Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series is the Yankees’ most famous no-hitter. Allie Reynolds is the only Yankees pitcher who has ever thrown two no-hitters. Both of them happened in 1951. The Yankees also had David Wells and David Cone, who threw perfect games. Here are the 10 most famous of the no-hitters by the New York Yankees.

The first no-hitter in Yankees history

  • Who: George Mogridge
  • When: Tuesday, April 24, 1917
  • What: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1
  • Where: Fenway Park

George Mogridge, a not-so-well-known tall, lanky left-hander got the first no-hitter for the Yankees. On April 24, 1917, Mogridge, in his third full season with the Bombers, made his second start of the new season. Both of them were against the Red Sox, who were two consecutive title winners in 1915 and 1916. It came 10 days after he routed Boston 7-2 at New York’s Polo Grounds. He pitched a complete game. Tillie Walker hit a home run and pinch-hitter Jimmy Walsh hit a double that drove in a run.

In the first inning, Mogridge got rid of the dangerous Larry Gardner of the Red Sox by getting him to hit three fly balls. Mogridge got the Red Sox out in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Yankees were up 1-0 at that point. Mogridge went out to pitch in the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead and his no-hitter on the line. He easily got rid of the first two batters and got Duffy Lewis to hit a ground ball to Maisel at second with two outs. Maisel, on the other hand, dropped the ball and made an error, which let the dangerous Tillie Walker come up. But he too was struck out to give Mogridge the first no-hitter.

No-hitter, no-run wonder by a Yankee

  • Who: Sam Jones
  • When: Tuesday, September 4, 1923
  • What: Yankees 2, Philadelphia Athletics 0
  • Where: Shibe Park

The Yankees had a comfortable 13-game lead in the American League when they reached Philadelphia to play four games against the Athletics. Jones did more than he was expected to deliver. He only let two batters reach base, and the Athletics didn’t score any runs all night because Jones got rid of 21 batters in a row.

Jones was also called Horsewhips because of the sound his breaking ball made when it hit the ground. It was the second MLB no-hitter without a strikeout.

The first no-hitter at Yankee Stadium

  • Who: Monte Pearson
  • When: Saturday, August 27, 1938
  • What: Yankees 13, Cleveland Indians 0
  • Where: Yankee Stadium

Monte Pearson pitched the first no-hitter in the history of Yankee Stadium. Earl Averill, a Hall of Famer for the Indians, was hit out of the lineup by the right-hander curveball specialist. The last game of this streak was against Cleveland in the second game of a doubleheader in the Bronx on August 27. Even though he had only had two days off, he was perfect for the first three innings.

In the fourth, he walked the first two batters. After that, Jeff Heath and Hal Trosky both struck out, and Earl Averill hit a ground ball. In the next four innings, he got them out in order each time. Going into the ninth, the only question was whether Pearson would become the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. Moose Solters, 34, struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter. Frankie Pytlak, the next batter, hit a slow roller that looked like danger, but “Gordon made a wonderful play on it and the ball beat Pytlak by a step.” Perhaps the biggest challenge for Pearson on that day was navigating his way past jubilant supporters to the clubhouse after the game.

The no-hit masterpiece in Cleveland

  • Who: Allie Reynolds
  • When: Thursday, July 12, 1951
  • What: Yankees 1, Cleveland Indians 0
  • Where: Cleveland Stadium

It was Allie Reynolds’ first no-hitter that helped the Yankees have a much-needed 1-0 win against Cleveland. This was the first of his two no-hitters this season. Gene Woodling’s home run in the seventh inning off loser Bob Feller is the only thing that changed the 1–0 score. Reynolds only faced 29 batters, and he got rid of the last 17 of them by striking out Bobby Avila to end the game.

Reynolds’ massacre of the Red Sox

  • Who: Allie Reynolds
  • When: Friday, September 28, 1951
  • What: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0
  • Where: Yankee Stadium

It was the second no-hitter by Allie Reynolds in the 1951 season, which he led with seven shutouts. In the first game of a doubleheader on September 28, the right-handed pitcher stopped the Boston Red Sox, which was the all-conquering team then, from getting a hit. Reynolds’s second no-hitter of the season made sure that the Yankees would finish at least tied for first place in the AL. Later, in the second game, Vic Raschi’s complete game beat Boston 11-3, which helped the Yankees win their third straight pennant and 18th in 31 years.

This came before 39,038 people at Yankee Stadium. While the crowd was worried about no hits and no runs in the sixth inning, the pitcher was “laughing on the mound” in the next inning.

Reynolds threw 119 pitches to throw the seventh shutout in the league and the fifth no-hitter in Yankees history.

Don Larson’s epic World Series Win

  • Who: Don LarsonNew York Yankees (WS Game 5)
  • When: October 8, 1956, Game 5 of the 1956 World Series
  • What: Yankees 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
  • Where: Yankee Stadium

In 1956, Don Larsen pitched a perfect game, which was the first no-hitter in World Series history and is still the only one ever thrown by a single pitcher. In 1956, the Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched a perfect game. The Yankees won the series 4 games to 3, and Larsen won MVP and the Babe Ruth Award for his perfect game.

George Steinbrenner’s birthday gift

Who: Dave Righetti
When: July 4, 1983
What: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0
Where: Yankee Stadium

Righetti shut down the rival Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, which was a very American way to celebrate the Fourth of July and George Steinbrenner’s birthday. But all began in despair. Righetti was upset that day because he wasn’t picked for the All-Star team, even though he had a 9-3 record and a 3.53 earned run average (ERA). On July 4, Righetti called his agent, Bill Goodstein, a few hours before playing the Red Sox.

“Make sure you watch this game,” Righetti told him. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

In the first few innings, the pitcher with the baby face gets seven of the first nine batters to strike out. Righetti didn’t care that it was 94 degrees and humid. The defense holds up, which helps Righetti get past Glenn Hoffman, a tough hitter who ruined Righetti’s perfect game a year earlier. Righetti got the last Boston batter out by throwing a big-breaking slider just outside the plate and the crowd went berserk with “A perfect game! A no-hitter! A no-hitter “screams.

The unlikely hero’s greatest moment

  • Who: Jim Abbott
  • When: September 4, 1993
  • What: Yankees 4, Cleveland Indians 0
  • Where: Yankee Stadium

Jim Abbott, who was born without his right hand, pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees against the Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium. On September 4, 1993, one of the most inspiring things to happen in baseball history happened. Abbott has had a great career, and this no-hitter, which he pitched 20 years ago, was his best game ever. As if throwing a no-hitter in a professional game wasn’t impressive enough, Abbott did it despite being born without a right hand, which is a major physical disadvantage.

Abbott gave out 5 walks and got 3 men to strike out. Abbott only needed three more outs to make history in the ninth, so Kenny Lofton tried to bunt the ball to make the one-handed pitcher catch it. It didn’t work, and Lofton got booed a lot after his weak attempt was thrown out and he grounded out to second. The eighth no-hitter in Yankees history was finished when Carlos Baerga hit a routine grounder to short.

A fallen hero’s comeback

  • Who: Dwight Gooden
  • When: May 14, 1996
  • What: Yankees 2, Seattle Mariners 0
  • Where: Yankee Stadium

The story was about a Phoenix. When Gooden tested positive for cocaine in 1994, he was kicked out of baseball. After he failed a second test and was suspended again, the Mets let him go in 1995. On February 20, 1996, he was a free agent, so the New York Yankees decided to take a chance and sign him.

When George Steinbrenner signed Gooden to play for the Yankees, he said that the 31-year-old pitcher could win 15 games. Gooden found out at the beginning of May that his father would need open-heart surgery. The surgery was scheduled for May 15, and Gooden got ready to fly home on the morning of May 14, putting work first. At Yankee Stadium, 20,765 people watched Gooden pitch against the Seattle Mariners.

From the fourth to the seventh inning, Gooden almost never made a mistake. In the sixth and ninth for the Mariners, Gooden had some scary moments following defensive errors. When he walked to the pitcher’s mound to start the ninth inning, the crowd stood up and cheered to support him.

The last Mariner tried to hit the ball, but Derek Jeter caught it. Gooden stood there with his arms over his head and watched. The win changed the rest of Gooden’s season and career.

The magnificent 12th

Who: Corey Kluber
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
What: Yankees 2, Texas Rangers 0
Where: Globe Life Field

It was Kluber’s sixth no-hitter in the major leagues, and it was his second in two nights. The New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 thanks to Kluber’s performance. Kluber (4-2) struck out nine. In his ninth start for the Yankees, the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner threw 71 of his 101 pitches for strikes. He used 31 curveballs, 27 cutters, 23 sinkers, 18 change-ups, and two four-seam fastballs. His fastest pitch went 92.5 miles per hour.

It was the Yankees’ 12th no-hitter that came 22 years after the 11th one and was New York’s first road game since July 12, 1951, when Allie Reynolds won at Cleveland.

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