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Matt Cain pitched the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants history last night. His 14-strikeout performance was probably the most dominant this year. We saw a similar dominant performance 3,000 miles east, as R.A. Dickey stifled Tampa Bay by allowing only 1 hit (a questionable one), during a 9-1 victory that include 12 K’s of his own. Both these performances come after the Mariners combined to no-hit the Dodgers on Friday, and Johan Santana pitched a no-no against St. Louis, one of the best offensive teams in the league, two weeks ago. With the harsher penalties for PED use, are we seeing the no-hitter become less of a feat? Were the no-hitter thrown during the “steroid era” that much more impressive?

Tom Tango of Inside the Book broke down “baseball eras” earlier this week:

(The Pioneer Era), 1871-1892 

(The Spitball Era), 1893-1919 

(The Landis Era), 1920-1946 

(The Baby Boomers Era), 1947-1968 

(The Artificial Turf Era), 1969-1992 

(The Camden Yards Era), 1993-2012

Tango rates the eras on runs shifts, home runs, BABIP and runs per game. Regardless of one’s system, Tango’s final result is pretty much how all of us would breakdown baseball history.

Back to the no-hitters. Here is a breakdown of complete game no-no’s (I took the combined versions out) since 1947. I picked ’47 since I wanted to do the evaluation post-integration.

1947-68 – (52)

1969-1992- (64)

1993-2012 – (42)

There is probably going to be some argument of when the “steroid era” started, but out of the 42 no-hitters since 1993, 16 have come since the Mitchell Report was released.

Anyone who looks at runs per game knows the insanity of scoring from 1998 onword. Only 4 no-hitters were thrown during that late 90s three-year period (98-2000), or the same amount of no-no’s this year.

Would you put David Cone‘s perfect game ahead of Cain’s? How about Hideo Nomo shutting down the Rockies in Colorado!

I believe the no-hitters thrown between 1992-and 2007 are some of the most impressive feats. Yes, the pitchers could have been “enhanced,” but the combination of small ballparks, PEDs (especially amphetamines), gives me reason to believe the hitters benefited more. Remember, amphetamines were part of baseball since it’s inception, so it was an issue “pre-steroid era.”

With expansion watering down the talent pool, specialized relievers and travel putting a strain on amphetamine-less players, it’s probably easier to mow down a big league lineup than at any point in the game’s history.

Here is the list of every complete game no-hitter since 1947- discuss.

 

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
1 Matt Cain 2012-06-13 SFG HOU W 10-0
2 Johan Santana 2012-06-01 NYM STL W 8-0
3 Jered Weaver 2012-05-02 LAA MIN W 9-0
4 Philip Humber 2012-04-21 CHW SEA W 4-0
5 Ervin Santana 2011-07-27 LAA CLE W 3-1
6 Justin Verlander 2011-05-07 DET TOR W 9-0
7 Francisco Liriano 2011-05-03 MIN CHW W 1-0
8 Matt Garza 2010-07-26 TBR DET W 5-0
9 Edwin Jackson 2010-06-25 ARI TBR W 1-0
10 Roy Halladay 2010-05-29 PHI FLA W 1-0
11 Dallas Braden 2010-05-09 OAK TBR W 4-0
12 Ubaldo Jimenez 2010-04-17 COL ATL W 4-0
13 Mark Buehrle 2009-07-23 CHW TBR W 5-0
14 Jonathan Sanchez 2009-07-10 SFG SDP W 8-0
15 Carlos Zambrano 2008-09-14 CHC HOU W 5-0
16 Jon Lester 2008-05-19 BOS KCR W 7-0
17 Clay Buchholz 2007-09-01 BOS BAL W 10-0
18 Justin Verlander 2007-06-12 DET MIL W 4-0
19 Mark Buehrle 2007-04-18 CHW TEX W 6-0
20 Devern Hansack 2006-10-01 BOS BAL W 9-0
21 Anibal Sanchez 2006-09-06 FLA ARI W 2-0
22 Randy Johnson 2004-05-18 ARI ATL W 2-0
23 Kevin Millwood 2003-04-27 PHI SFG W 1-0
24 Derek Lowe 2002-04-27 BOS TBD W 10-0
25 Bud Smith 2001-09-03 STL SDP W 4-0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
26 A.J. Burnett 2001-05-12 FLA SDP W 3-0
27 Hideo Nomo 2001-04-04 BOS BAL W 3-0
28 Eric Milton 1999-09-11 MIN ANA W 7-0
29 David Cone 1999-07-18 NYY MON W 6-0
30 Jose Jimenez 1999-06-25 STL ARI W 1-0
31 David Wells 1998-05-17 NYY MIN W 4-0
32 Kevin Brown 1997-06-10 FLA SFG W 9-0
33 Hideo Nomo 1996-09-17 LAD COL W 9-0
34 Dwight Gooden 1996-05-14 NYY SEA W 2-0
35 Al Leiter 1996-05-11 FLA COL W 11-0
36 Ramon Martinez 1995-07-14 LAD FLA W 7-0
37 Kenny Rogers 1994-07-28 TEX CAL W 4-0
38 Scott Erickson 1994-04-27 MIN MIL W 6-0
39 Kent Mercker 1994-04-08 ATL LAD W 6-0
40 Darryl Kile 1993-09-08 HOU NYM W 7-1
41 Jim Abbott 1993-09-04 NYY CLE W 4-0
42 Chris Bosio 1993-04-22 SEA BOS W 7-0
43 Kevin Gross 1992-08-17 LAD SFG W 2-0
44 Matt Young 1992-04-12 (1) BOS CLE L 1-2
45 Bret Saberhagen 1991-08-26 KCR CHW W 7-0
46 Wilson Alvarez 1991-08-11 CHW BAL W 7-0
47 Dennis Martinez 1991-07-28 MON LAD W 2-0
48 Tommy Greene 1991-05-23 PHI MON W 2-0
49 Nolan Ryan 1991-05-01 TEX TOR W 3-0
50 Dave Stieb 1990-09-02 TOR CLE W 3-0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
51 Terry Mulholland 1990-08-15 PHI SFG W 6-0
52 Melido Perez 1990-07-12 CHW NYY W 8-0
53 Andy Hawkins 1990-07-01 NYY CHW L 0-4
54 Dave Stewart 1990-06-29 OAK TOR W 5-0
55 Fernando Valenzuela 1990-06-29 LAD STL W 6-0
56 Nolan Ryan 1990-06-11 TEX OAK W 5-0
57 Randy Johnson 1990-06-02 SEA DET W 2-0
58 Pascual Perez 1988-09-24 MON PHI W 1-0
59 Tom Browning 1988-09-16 CIN LAD W 1-0
60 Juan Nieves 1987-04-15 MIL BAL W 7-0
61 Mike Scott 1986-09-25 HOU SFG W 2-0
62 Joe Cowley 1986-09-19 CHW CAL W 7-1
63 Mike Witt 1984-09-30 CAL TEX W 1-0
64 David Palmer 1984-04-21 (2) MON STL W 4-0
65 Jack Morris 1984-04-07 DET CHW W 4-0
66 Mike Warren 1983-09-29 OAK CHW W 3-0
67 Bob Forsch 1983-09-26 STL MON W 3-0
68 Dave Righetti 1983-07-04 NYY BOS W 4-0
69 Nolan Ryan 1981-09-26 HOU LAD W 5-0
70 Len Barker 1981-05-15 CLE TOR W 3-0
71 Charlie Lea 1981-05-10 (2) MON SFG W 4-0
72 Jerry Reuss 1980-06-27 LAD SFG W 8-0
73 Ken Forsch 1979-04-07 HOU ATL W 6-0
74 Tom Seaver 1978-06-16 CIN STL W 4-0
75 Bob Forsch 1978-04-16 STL PHI W 5-0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
76 Bert Blyleven 1977-09-22 TEX CAL W 6-0
77 Dennis Eckersley 1977-05-30 CLE CAL W 1-0
78 Jim Colborn 1977-05-14 KCR TEX W 6-0
79 John Montefusco 1976-09-29 SFG ATL W 9-0
80 John Candelaria 1976-08-09 PIT LAD W 2-0
81 Larry Dierker 1976-07-09 HOU MON W 6-0
82 Ed Halicki 1975-08-24 (2) SFG NYM W 6-0
83 Nolan Ryan 1975-06-01 CAL BAL W 1-0
84 Nolan Ryan 1974-09-28 CAL MIN W 4-0
85 Dick Bosman 1974-07-19 CLE OAK W 4-0
86 Steve Busby 1974-06-19 KCR MIL W 2-0
87 Phil Niekro 1973-08-05 ATL SDP W 9-0
88 Jim Bibby 1973-07-30 TEX OAK W 6-0
89 Nolan Ryan 1973-07-15 CAL DET W 6-0
90 Nolan Ryan 1973-05-15 CAL KCR W 3-0
91 Steve Busby 1973-04-27 KCR DET W 3-0
92 Bill Stoneman 1972-10-02 (1) MON NYM W 7-0
93 Milt Pappas 1972-09-02 CHC SDP W 8-0
94 Burt Hooton 1972-04-16 CHC PHI W 4-0
95 Bob Gibson 1971-08-14 STL PIT W 11-0
96 Rick Wise 1971-06-23 PHI CIN W 4-0
97 Ken Holtzman 1971-06-03 CHC CIN W 1-0
98 Vida Blue 1970-09-21 OAK MIN W 6-0
99 Bill Singer 1970-07-20 LAD PHI W 5-0
100 Clyde Wright 1970-07-03 CAL OAK W 4-0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
101 Dock Ellis 1970-06-12 (1) PIT SDP W 2-0
102 Bob Moose 1969-09-20 PIT NYM W 4-0
103 Ken Holtzman 1969-08-19 CHC ATL W 3-0
104 Jim Palmer 1969-08-13 BAL OAK W 8-0
105 Don Wilson 1969-05-01 HOU CIN W 4-0
106 Jim Maloney 1969-04-30 CIN HOU W 10-0
107 Bill Stoneman 1969-04-17 MON PHI W 7-0
108 Ray Washburn 1968-09-18 STL SFG W 2-0
109 Gaylord Perry 1968-09-17 SFG STL W 1-0
110 George Culver 1968-07-29 (2) CIN PHI W 6-1
111 Catfish Hunter 1968-05-08 OAK MIN W 4-0
112 Tom Phoebus 1968-04-27 BAL BOS W 6-0
113 Joe Horlen 1967-09-10 (1) CHW DET W 6-0
114 Dean Chance 1967-08-25 (2) MIN CLE W 2-1
115 Dean Chance 1967-08-06 MIN BOS W 2-0
116 Don Wilson 1967-06-18 HOU ATL W 2-0
117 Sonny Siebert 1966-06-10 CLE WSA W 2-0
118 Dave Morehead 1965-09-16 BOS CLE W 2-0
119 Sandy Koufax 1965-09-09 LAD CHC W 1-0
120 Jim Maloney 1965-08-19 (1) CIN CHC W 1-0
121 Jim Bunning 1964-06-21 (1) PHI NYM W 6-0
122 Sandy Koufax 1964-06-04 LAD PHI W 3-0
123 Ken Johnson 1964-04-23 HOU CIN L 0-1
124 Juan Marichal 1963-06-15 SFG HOU W 1-0
125 Don Nottebart 1963-05-17 HOU PHI W 4-1
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
126 Sandy Koufax 1963-05-11 LAD SFG W 8-0
127 Jack Kralick 1962-08-26 MIN KCA W 1-0
128 Bill Monbouquette 1962-08-01 BOS CHW W 1-0
129 Sandy Koufax 1962-06-30 LAD NYM W 5-0
130 Earl Wilson 1962-06-26 BOS LAA W 2-0
131 Bo Belinsky 1962-05-05 LAA BAL W 2-0
132 Warren Spahn 1961-04-28 MLN SFG W 1-0
133 Warren Spahn 1960-09-16 MLN PHI W 4-0
134 Lew Burdette 1960-08-18 MLN PHI W 1-0
135 Don Cardwell 1960-05-15 (2) CHC STL W 4-0
136 Sam Jones 1959-09-26 SFG STL W 4-0
137 Mike McCormick 1959-06-12 SFG PHI W 3-0
138 Hoyt Wilhelm 1958-09-20 BAL NYY W 1-0
139 Jim Bunning 1958-07-20 (1) DET BOS W 3-0
140 Bob Keegan 1957-08-20 (2) CHW WSH W 6-0
141 Sal Maglie 1956-09-25 BRO PHI W 5-0
142 Mel Parnell 1956-07-14 BOS CHW W 4-0
143 Carl Erskine 1956-05-12 BRO NYG W 3-0
144 Sam Jones 1955-05-12 CHC PIT W 4-0
145 Jim Wilson 1954-06-12 MLN PHI W 2-0
146 Bobo Holloman 1953-05-06 SLB PHA W 6-0
147 Virgil Trucks 1952-08-25 DET NYY W 1-0
148 Carl Erskine 1952-06-19 BRO CHC W 5-0
149 Virgil Trucks 1952-05-15 DET WSH W 1-0
150 Allie Reynolds 1951-09-28 (1) NYY BOS W 8-0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt
151 Allie Reynolds 1951-07-12 NYY CLE W 1-0
152 Bob Feller 1951-07-01 (1) CLE DET W 2-1
153 Cliff Chambers 1951-05-06 (2) PIT BSN W 3-0
154 Vern Bickford 1950-08-11 BSN BRO W 7-0
155 Rex Barney 1948-09-09 BRO NYG W 2-0
156 Bob Lemon 1948-06-30 CLE DET W 2-0
157 Bill McCahan 1947-09-03 PHA WSH W 3-0
158 Don Black 1947-07-10 (1) CLE PHA W 3-0
159 Ewell Blackwell 1947-06-18 CIN BSN W 6-0

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