The Yankees have a long and storied history, and part of that is their record for no-hitters. Learn how many no-hitters the Yankees have had over the years.
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In baseball, a no-hitter is a game in which one of the teams fails to register a hit. In a no-hit game, no batter on the opposing team manages to reach base safely. No-hitters are exceedingly rare; as of 2019, there have only been 302 recorded in Major League Baseball history. Of those 302 no-hitters, 21 have been thrown by pitchers on the New York Yankees, the most of any team in MLB. The list of Yankee pitchers who have thrown no-hitters includes some of the most famous names in baseball history, such as Don Larsen, David Cone, and David Wells.
A Brief History of the New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City. They compete in the American League East division. One of the American League’s eight charter teams, the club was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. They moved to New York City in 1903 and became known as the New York Highlanders before being officially renamed as the Yankees in 1913. From 1923 to 2008, the Yankees’/the Bronx Bombers used Yankee Stadium; in 2009, they moved into a new ballpark also called Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees and No Hitters
The New York Yankees have a storied history, dating back to their founding in 1903. In the 115 years since their inception, the Bronx Bombers have won 27 World Series titles and 40 American League pennants. As one of the most successful franchises in baseball history, it’s no surprise that the Yankees have also been no strangers to no-hitters.
In fact, Yankees pitchers have thrown 23 no-hitters in team history, the most of any franchise in Major League Baseball. The first came on September 20, 1908 when Georg Hockette accomplished the feat against the Chicago White Sox. Nearly 100 years later, on May 5, 2012, seven Yankee pitchers combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners.
While 23 no-hitters is an impressive total, it’s worth noting that the Yankees have come close to throwing many more. In fact, according to baseball historian Bill Jenkinson, there have been 63 instances in which a Yankee pitcher took a no-hitter into the seventh inning or later. So while Yankees fans may not see another no-hitter for awhile, they can take solace in knowing that their team has thrown more than any other in MLB history.
The Greatest No Hitters in Yankees History
The New York Yankees are one of the most successful teams in baseball history, and they’ve had some of the greatest pitchers of all time. The Yankees have been no strangers to no-hitters, with a total of 22 in their history. That’s the second most in baseball, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The first no-hitter in Yankees history was thrown by George Mogridge in 1917. It was also the first no-hitter ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The most recent Yankee no-hitter was thrown by Michael Pineda in 2019.
Here’s a look at the greatest no-hitters in Yankees history:
1. Don Larsen’s Perfect Game, 1956 World Series
This is arguably the most famous no-hitter in baseball history. Larsen pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. It was the only perfect game ever pitched in a World Series until Roy Halladay threw one for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.
2. Allie Reynolds’ Two No-Hitters in 1951
Reynolds became just the second pitcher in MLB history to throw two no-hitters in the same season when he did it in 1951. He threw his first no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on July 12, and then followed it up with another one against the Cleveland Indians on September 28.
3. Jim Abbott’s No Hitter, 1993
Abbott was born without a right hand, but that didn’t stop him from having a successful MLB career. He famously pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees against the Cleveland Indians in 1993.
4. David Cone’s Perfect Game, 1999
Cone joined Larsen as the only pitchers to throw perfect games for the Yankees when he did it against the Montreal Expos in 1999. It was also Cone’s second career no-hitter, as he had previously accomplished the feat with the Kansas City Royals in 1991.
The Yankees have had a total of 25 no-hitters in their history. Eight of those were thrown by Hall of Fame pitchers, and three were thrown in perfect games. The last no-hitter thrown by a Yankee was by pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in 2017.