No-hitters thrown against the Mets

Although the New York Mets didn’t get their first no-hitter until 2012, the team has been the victim of six of them throughout its existence. Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Bob Moose, Bill Stoneman, Ed Halicki and Darryl Kile have all thrown no-nos against the Mets.

Sandy Koufax

My Sandy Koufax baseball card

June 30, 1962 – Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0 – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles – click here for Vin Scully’s radio call of the game.

OK, so the 1962 New York Mets’ lineup wasn’t the most talented of all time (in fact the squad’s 120 losses remain a Major League record), but throwing a no-hitter against any team is still an accomplishment – even for an eventual Hall of Famer.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax struck out the side in the top of the first in this June 30, 1962 Dodger Stadium matchup, but things really started going south for the Mets in the bottom half of the inning.

Starter Bob L. Miller (we use the initial because he was one of two Bob Millers in the Mets’ starting rotation) lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, helping to set the stage for one of Koufax’s four career no-hitters.

Koufax would go on to strike out a total of 13 batters while walking 3.

On the other side, the Dodgers’ Willie Davis hit a first-inning two-out triple to left off Bob L. Miller to mark the 73rd New York Mets game without a no-hitter.

Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning baseball card

June 21, 1964 – Perfect game – Philadelphia Phillies 6, New York Mets 0 – Shea Stadium, New York

I doubt when dads headed out to Shea Stadium to watch this Fathers’ Day contest, they thought they’d be glad to witness a New York Mets loss. But how many times in your life do you get to witness a perfect game?

Sure, it would have been nice if the Mets’ Tracy Stallard was up to the challenge, but it was the Philadelphia Phillies’ Jim Bunning that would accomplish the amazing feat.

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Bunning struck out 10, with the 10th coming in the bottom of the 9th against pinch-hitter John Stephenson – the 27th straight batter he retired.

Shea Stadium earned a perfect game in just its 31st game of its history. It would not happen again.

According to The Baseball Almanac, Bunning threw 90 pitches during the game, and 79 of those were strikes. Wow.

Killing the Mets’ no-hitter this day was the Phillies’ Dick Allen, whose first-inning single off Tracy Stallard advanced the Mets’ no no-hitters streak to 390.

Bob Moose

Bob Moose baseball card

Sept. 20, 1969 – Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0 – Shea Stadium, New York

The Mets were deep in a pennant race with their eyes set on winning the National League East on Sept. 20, 1969 when Bob Moose took the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Moose held the Mets hitless, walking three batters while striking out six en route to no-hitting the eventual World Champions. The only real scare came in the sixth inning, when the legendary Roberto Clemente saved the day with a one-handed catch of a liner hit by Wayne Garrett.

The Mets would bounce back well from the no-no loss, winning their next nine games.

Leadoff hitter Matty Alou erased Mets starter Gary Gentry’s chance of duplicating Moose’s effort immediately by hitting a first-inning infield single to short, bumping the Mets’ no no-nos streak to 1,288 games.

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