Reds’ Bailey 10th pitcher in history to throw no-no over defending champ

Posted: July 3, 2013 in General
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Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey joined several lists of exclusive clubs with last night’s no-hitter, including those active with multiple no-no’s and those who have thrown MLB’s back-to-back silencers.

But the one that stood out for me was that of no-hitting a defending World Series champion.

Dating back to April 24, 1917 – the first time it happened, when Yankees southpaw George Mogridge no-hit the Boston Red Sox – the feat has happened only 10 times.

Oddly enough, as hard as it’s been to accomplish, Bailey made it two straight years the defending champ was no-hit, as Johan Santana did it to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 12 last season.

Prior to Santana, the previous World Series champ to go down via no-hitter was in 1990, when Texas’ Nolan Ryan shut down the Oakland Athletics.

The A’s, coincidentally, have been no-hit three times when they’ve been defending champs, on July 30, 1973, by Texas’ Jim Bibby, the following season by Cleveland’s Dick Bosman, on July 19, 1974.

The most notorious no-hitter of a defending World Series champ has to be the one Don Larsen threw for the New York Yankees on Oct. 8, 1956, against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. The right-hander pitched the sixth perfect game in MLB history. It is currently the only perfect game in World Series history and is one of only two no hitters in MLB postseason history.

The following is the list of no-hitters over defending World Series champs:

  • April 24, 1917 … George Mogridge (Yankees) vs. Red Sox
  • August 30, 1941 … Lon Warneke (Cardinals) vs. Reds
  • August 25, 1952 … Virgil Trucks (Tigers) vs. Yankees
  • October 8, 1956 … Don Larsen (Yankees) vs. Dodgers
  • September 17, 1968 … Gaylord Perry (Giants) vs. Cardinals
  • July 30, 1973 … Jim Bibby (Rangers) vs. Athletics
  • July 19, 1974 … Dick Bosman (Indians) vs. Athletics
  • June 11, 1990 … Nolan Ryan (Rangers) vs. Athletics
  • June 1, 2012 … Johan Santana (Mets) vs. Cardinals
  • July 3, 2013 … Homer Bailey (Reds) vs. Giants

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