31 years ago today on June 16, 1978 – a year and a day after a trade that would go down in Mets infamy – Tom Seaver pitched his first and only no-hitter of his career while wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
Seaver, who had been dealt by the Mets to the Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman, defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0, walking three batters along the way. He lost his perfect game in the second inning by issuing a walk to Mets announcer Keith Hernandez.
Considering that Seaver returned to the Mets for the 1983 season, he’s actually the only Met to pitch a no-hitter between two stints with the Mets.
Hideo Nomo, a Met for 17 games in 1998, holds the distinction of being the only player to pitch no-hitters both before and after his time with the Mets, as a member of the Dodgers and the Red Sox.