A brief history of Yankees 4 perfect games, 9 no-hitters

Four pitchers who threw perfect games for the New York Yankees

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Yankees’ pitcher Domingo German achieved an incredible feat by throwing the fourth perfect game and 13th no-hitter in the team’s history. This remarkable achievement came in an 11-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum.

Domingo German’s story is a tale of extraordinary achievement. First, he bounced back from a tough outing against the Seattle Mariners. Yankees fans even booed the starter for his atrocious failure in that game. Second, he didn’t let a personal tragedy come on his way to stop him from this flawless outing.

The 30-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, who had not won in his previous six games against the A’s, threw 99 pitches, with 72 of them being strikes. This was the first time Domingo German completed a full game, with his longest previous outing lasting 8 1/3 innings against Cleveland on May 1, where he only allowed two hits and one run.

Domingo German now joins the ranks of Don LarsenDavid Cone, and David Wells as Yankees pitchers who have thrown perfect games. The last time the Yankees had a no-hitter was on May 19, 2021, when Corey Kluber achieved the feat against the Texas Rangers.

There hasn’t been a no-hitter in the major leagues this season. The most recent perfect game was thrown by Felix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners on August 15, 2012.

Before Domingo German, 12 Yankees pitchers threw 13 perfect games and no-hitters for the team.

Yankees’ four perfect games

October 8, 1956, vs. The Dodgers

Don Larsen pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. This historic performance resulted in a 2-0 win and remains the only no-hitter or perfect game ever recorded in World Series history.

May 17, 1998, vs. The Twins

David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins, resulting in a 4-0 victory. This marked the second perfect game in Yankees history.

July 18, 1999, vs. The Montreal Expos

David Cone's perfect game on July 19 was one of the many high points for the 199 Yankees.
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David Cone pitched a perfect game against the Montreal Expos, leading the Yankees to a 6-0 win. This remarkable performance marked the third perfect game in Yankees history, and it was made even more special by the presence of Don Larsen, who had pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

June 28, 2023, vs. The Athletics

Domingo German pitched a perfect game on June 28, 2023, at Oakland, to become the first Yankee since David Cone did it 1999.
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Facing the minimum of 27 batters, Domingo German struck out nine hitters and didn’t allow a single hit or base runner throughout the entire game. His curveball played a crucial role in recording twenty of the twenty-seven outs in the game.

Nine No-hitters by the Yankees

April 24, 1917, vs, The Red Sox

George Mogridge pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, resulting in a 2-1 win. This was the first no-hitter ever thrown at Fenway Park.

September 4, 1923, vs. The Athletics

Sad Sam Jones pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics, leading the Yankees to a 2-0 victory. Interestingly, Jones didn’t record any strikeouts during the game.

August 27, 1938, vs. The Indians
Monte Pearson achieved a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, resulting in a commanding 13-0 win. This marked the first no-hitter in the history of Yankee Stadium and was played as the second game of a doubleheader.

July 12, 1951, vs. The Indians

Allie Reynolds pitched a memorable no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees won the game with a score of 1-0, and the only run scored came from Gene Woodling’s home run.

September 28, 1951, vs. The Red Sox

Allie Reynolds pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, resulting in a resounding 8-0 victory. Reynolds was one of six pitchers to achieve a no-hitter in the same season, along with Johnny Vander Meer, Virgil Trucks, Nolan Ryan, and Max Scherzer.

July 4, 1983, vs. The Red Sox

Dave Righetti pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, leading the Yankees to a 4-0 victory. This was the first no-hitter by a Yankee since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series and the first by a left-handed Yankee pitcher since 1917.

 September 4, 1993, vs. The Indians
Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter and secured a 4-0 win against Cleveland Indians. Despite a modest season record of 11-14 with a 4.37 ERA, Abbott shined on this memorable occasion.

May 14, 1996, vs. The Mariners
Dwight Gooden pitched a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees triumphed with a score of 2-0. This victory marked a turning point for Gooden, who achieved his first winning record since 1991 with an 11-7 season record in 1996.

May 19, 2021, vs. The Rangers

Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber blanked his former team. It was the sixth no-hitter of the 2012 Major League season. The Rangers only get a base-running walk in the third inning.

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