No-hitter vs. hit for cycle

Which is more rare, a pitcher throwing a no hitter or a batter hitting for the cycle (a single, double, triple and home run in one game)?

Turns out that throwing a no hitter is slightly rarer than hitting for cycle, at least since a Major League Baseball committee tightened its definition of a no hitter in 1991, knocking 50 of such feats off the record books.

So why have 10 Mets players hit for cycle, yet just one has hurled a no hitter?

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Players have had 304 hits for cycle while there have been 282 sanctioned no-hitters thrown in Major League history. The 50 no-nos thrown out the the Committee for Statistical Accuracy either involved games not lasting the full nine innings or games in which the pitcher yielded an extra-inning hit after no-hitting through nine.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of these two rare feats:

 

No-Hitters


Hits for Cycle


Total in history

282

304

Mets

accomplishing

this

1

Johan Santana, June 1, 2012

10

Jim Hickman

  Aug. 7, 1963

Tommie Agee

  July 6, 1970

Mike Phillips

  June 25, 1976

Keith Hernandez

  July 4, 1985

Kevin McReynolds

  Aug. 1, 1989

Alex Ochoa

  July 3, 1996

John Olerud

  Sept. 11, 1997

Eric Valent

  July 29, 2004

Jose Reyes

  June 21, 2006

Scott Hairston

  April 27, 2012

Teams

without

one

San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres

Florida Marlins

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