The most recent no-hitter for all 30 MLB teams

The 2021 MLB season has been filled with pitching drama. Seven hurlers and two groups of pitchers have thrown no-hitters. Those nine total no-nos are a major league record for most in a season.  

The Brewers’ Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader became the latest to etch their names into the stone slabs of baseball history as they combined to no-hit Cleveland 3-0 on Sept. 11.

Burnes and Hader’s combined effort eclipsed the record set in 1884 and matched this year. The Milwaukee duo joined Padres starter Joe Musgrove, White Sox hurler Carlos Rodon, Orioles ace John Means, Reds starter Wade Miley, Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull. Yankees starter Corey Kluber, a Cubs quartet of Zach Davies, Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel and Diamondbacks rookie Tyler Gilbert.

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There have been more than 215,000 games played in MLB history but there have been just over 300 no-hitters, meaning the members of the no-hit club are among some pretty elite company.

Who threw the last MLB no-hitter?

Brewers pitchers Corbin Burnes (eight innings) and Josh Hader (one inning) combined for the most recent no-hitter in the majors in 2021. Burnes worked the first eight innings and Hader pitched the ninth as they blanked Cleveland on Sept. 11. This was the third time this year that Cleveland had been no-hit, another MLB mark. Also, Zach Plesac was Cleveland’s starting pitcher in all three games.

This was just the second no-hitter in Brewers history. Juan Nieves threw the first one in 1987.

How many no-hitters have been thrown in 2021?

So far in 2021, there have been nine no-hitters:

  • The Padres’ Joe Musgrove kicked off no-no season on April 9 vs. the Rangers. 
  • White Sox starter Carlos Rodon downed division rival Cleveland on April 14. 
  • Baltimore hurler John Means no-hit the Mariners on May 5.
  • Reds starter Wade Miley scribbled his name in the history books with the second no-hitter vs. Cleveland on May 7.
  • The Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull no-hit Seattle on May 18, the second time the Mariners have been no-hit this season.
  • Yankees right-hander Corey Kluber no-hit the Rangers the next night on May 19, the second time the Rangers have been no-hit this season.
  • Four Cubs pitchers (Zach Davies, Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel) no-hit the Dodgers on June 24.
  • Diamondbacks rookie left-hander Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter in his first MLB start Aug. 14 against the Padres. The no-no set a modern MLB record for most in a season.
  • The Brewers’ Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined to no-hit Cleveland on Sept. 11 and set the all-time MLB record. 

The previous MLB record for no-hitters in a season was eight, set in 1884 and matched this year by Gilbert.

Who has thrown the most no-hitters in MLB history?

The nearly untouchable Nolan Ryan has a very untouchable record: He holds the MLB benchmark for most career no-hitters, with seven:

  • May 7, 1973  vs. the Royals
  • July 15, 1973  vs. the Tigers
  • Sept. 28, 1974  vs. the Twins
  • June 1, 1975  vs. the Orioles
  • Sept. 26, 1981  vs. the Dodgers
  • June 11, 1990  vs. the Rangers
  • May 1, 1991  vs. the Blue Jays

Sandy Koufax (four), Cy Young (three), Bob Feller (three), Larry Corcoran (three) and Justin Verlander (three) have thrown more than two no-hitters in their career.

No-hitter vs. perfect game

A perfect game only occurs when the pitcher doesn’t allow a single baserunner in the game, as in 27 batters up and 27 batters down. In a no-hitter, baserunners are allowed, by walk, hit by pitch, error and so forth. Every perfect game is a no-hitter, but not every no-hitter is a perfect game.

Postseason no-hitters

In baseball history, there have only been two no-hitters thrown in the postseason.

The first was Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1956, in Game 5 of the World Series.

The late, great Hall of Famer Roy Halladay joined Larsen as the second man to throw a no-hitter in the postseason when he no-hit the Reds for the Phillies in the 2010 NLDS. 

Most recent no-hitters

Team Pitcher Date Opponent
Arizona Diamondbacks Tyler Gilbert Aug. 14, 2021 San Diego Padres
Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker April 8, 1994 Los Angeles Dodgers
Baltimore Orioles John Means May 5, 2021 Seattle Mariners
Boston Red Sox Jon Lester May 19, 2008 Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs Combined: Zach Davies (6 IP)
Ryan Tepera (1 IP)
Andrew Chafin (1 IP)
Craig Kimbrel (1IP)
Juine 24, 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox Carlos Rodon April 14, 2021 Cleveland
Cincinnati Reds Wade Miley May 7, 2021 Cleveland
Cleveland Indians Len Barker May 15, 1981 Toronto Blue Jays
Colorado Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez April 17, 2010 Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers Spencer Turnbull May 18, 2021 Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros Justin Verlander Sept. 1, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals Bret Saberhagen Aug. 26, 1991 Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels Combined: Taylor Cole (2 IP)
Félix Peña (7 IP)
July 12, 2019 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers Combined: Walker Buehler (6 IP)
Tony Cingrani (1 IP)
Yimi Garcia (1 IP)
Adam Liberatore (1 IP)
May 4, 2018 San Diego Padres
Miami Marlins Edinson Volquez June 3, 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks
Milwaukee Brewers Combined: Corbin Burnes (8 IP)
Josh Hader (1 IP)
Sept. 11, 2021 Cleveland
Minnesota Twins Francisco Liriano May 3, 2011 Chicago White Sox
New York Mets Johan Santana June 1, 2012 St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees Corey Kluber May 19, 2021 Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics Mike Fiers May 7, 2019 Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels July 25, 2015 Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates Combined: Francisco Cordova (9 IP)
Ricardo Rincón (1 IP)
July 12, 1997 Houston Astros
San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove April 9, 2021 Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants Chris Heston June 9, 2015 New York Mets
Seattle Mariners James Paxton May 8, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays
St. Louis Cardinals Bud Smith Sept. 3, 2001 San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays Matt Garza July 26, 2010 Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers Kenny Rogers July 28, 1994 California Angels
Toronto Blue Jays Dave Stieb Sept. 2, 1990 Cleveland
Washington Nationals Max Scherzer Oct. 3, 2015 New York Mets

Bold lettering denotes a perfect game.

List of perfect games

Since 1903 — the World Series era — there have been 21 perfect games. There have been 23 perfectos total when factoring in pre-modern era play.

Pitcher Date Team Opponent
Felix Hernandez Aug. 15, 2012 Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Cain June 13, 2012 San Francisco Giants Houston Astros
Philip Humber Apr. 21, 2012 Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners
Roy Halladay May 29, 2010 Philadelphia Phillies Florida Marlins
Dallas Braden May 9, 2010 Oakland A’s Tampa Bay Rays
Mark Buehrle July 23, 2009 Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Rays
Randy Johnson May 18, 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves
David Cone July 18, 1999 New York Yankees Montreal Expos
David Wells May 17, 1998 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins
Kenny Rogers July 28, 1994 Texas Rangers California Angels
Dennis Martinez July 28, 1991 Montreal Expos Los Angeles Dodgers
Tom Browning Sept. 16, 1988 Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike Witt Sept. 30, 1984 California Angels Texas Rangers
Len Barker May 15, 1981 Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays
Catfish Hunter May 8, 1968 Oakland A’s Minnesota Twins
Sandy Koufax Sept. 9, 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs
Jim Bunning June 21, 1964 Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets
Don Larsen Oct. 8, 1956 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers
Charlie Robertson April 30, 1922 Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers
Addie Joss Oct. 2, 1908 Cleveland Naps Chicago White Sox
Cy Young May 5, 1904 Boston Americans Philadelphia A’s
John Ward June 17, 1880 Providence Grays Buffalo Bisons
Lee Richmond June 12, 1880 Worcester Ruby Legs Cleveland Blues

Don Larsen’s perfect game remains the only perfect game in postseason history. 

No-hitters by team

Team Number of no-hitters
Los Angeles Dodgers 26
Chicago White Sox 20
Boston Red Sox 18
San Francisco Giants 17
Cincinnati Reds 17
Chicago Cubs 17
Atlanta Braves 14
Cleveland Indians 14
Philadelphia Phillies 13
Oakland Athletics 13
Houston Astros 12
New York Yankees 12
Los Angeles Angels 11
St. Louis Cardinals 9
Detroit Tigers 8
Washington Nationals 7
Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Miami Marlins 6
Seattle Mariners 6
Baltimore Orioles (modern) 6
Minnesota Twins 5
Texas Rangers 5
Kansas City Royals 4
Louisville Colonels 4
Philadelphia Athletics 4
Baltimore Orioles (old) 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Buffalo Bisons 2
Columbus Buckeyes 2
Milwaukee Brewers (modern) 2
Providence Grays 2
Brooklyn Tip-Tops 1
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 1
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 1
Cleveland Blues 1
Cleveland Spiders 1
Colorado Rockies 1
Kansas City Cowboys 1
Kansas City Packers 1
Milwaukee Brewers (old) 1
New York Mets 1
Pittsburgh Rebels 1
Rochester Broncos 1
San Diego Padres 1
Tampa Bay Rays 1
Toronto Blue Jays 1

Italic lettering indicates defunct/moved franchises.

SN’s Tom Gatto contributed to this report.

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