NoNoHitters.com count milestones

The New York Mets’ unprecendented no no-hitters streak reached its 8,000th game April 27, 2009, when Oliver Perez gave up a first-inning single to the Washington Nationals’ Ronnie Belliard.

Here’s a look at some Mets no no-hitters milestones beginning with Game 1 back in 1962 and culminating with Game 8,200, in which Johan Santana broke the streak. As always, a huge thumbs-up to Retrosheet for running such an incredible baseball statistics site that allows for such research.

April 11, 1962, Busch Stadium, St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singles to left off Mets starter Roger Craig for the first New York Mets game without a no-hitter. Few at the time probably recognized the significance of this moment, focusing instead on the franchise playing its first-ever game. But then few probably realized that we’d be talking about the stat 7,499 games later.


Friday, June 8, 1962, second game of doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Chicago

Cuno Barragan singled to right off Mets’ starter Bob L. Miller for the 50th New York Mets game without a no-hitter. The Cubs broke a 1-1 tie and took the lead in the seventh inning on a single by Ron Santo, and Chicago held on for a 3-2 win in an eight-inning game called due to darkness. The Mets had won the double-header opener 4-3.


Saturday, July 28, 1962, Busch Stadium, St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Charlie James hits a second-inning single off Jay Hook for the 100th New York Mets game without a no-hitter. The Mets rack up 16 hits during the 9-8 win, led by a 4-for-5 Richie Ashburn and a 3-for-6 Rod Kanehl. Gene Woodling contributes off the bench with a two-run pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning.


Tuesday, April 27, 1965, Astrodome, Houston

The Houston Astros’ Joe Morgan leads off the game with a single to right off the Mets’ Jack Fisher to make it 500 New York Mets games without a no-hitter. Mets’ shortstop Roy McMillan hits a second-inning RBI single to put the Mets up 2-0, a lead that would hold until the ninth inning when Eddie Kasko hit a two-run walkoff double off Dennis Ribant. Astros 3, Mets 2.


Sunday, May 12, 1968, first game of doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Chicago

The Chicago Cubs’ Billy Williams hits a first-inning single to right off Don Cardwell to make it 1,000 New York Mets games without a no-hitter. The game heads into the bottom of the ninth tied at 3, but Glenn Beckert hits a walk-off single off Cardwell to score Don Kessinger and hand the Mets a 4-3 loss. (New York would wake up for the nightcap, crushing the Cubs for 17 hits while Dick Selma hurled a complete-game 10-0 shutout.)


Thursday, June 21, 1973 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh

Gene Clines, who would later join the Mets for the 1975 season, leads off the game with a single to center off Jerry Koosman to make it 2,000 New York Mets games without a no-hitter. The Mets lost 2-1 in a game that feature just one RBI. It remained scoreless for six innings until the Pirates took a 1-0 lead on a Manny Sanguillen double. Jim Beauchamp tied the game in the eighth by scoring on a Felix Millan double-play, but the Bucs got the eventual winning run when Dave Cash scored on a Bob Robertson double-play.


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