Phillies no-hitter drought remains longest in MLB history

Joe Musgrove #44 of the San Diego Padres (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Joe Musgrove #44 of the San Diego Padres (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

From 1906 to 1964, the Philadelphia Phillies went 8,944 consecutive games without throwing a no-hitter. Then, on Father’s Day — June 21, 1964 — future Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning tossed the first of two perfect games in franchise history, defeating the division-rival New York Mets, 6-0.

There was a growing chance that the San Diego Padres — the only franchise to never toss a no-hitter — could have a longer drought in a few years and end the infamous Phillies stretch. Entering their Friday road game against the Texas Rangers, the Padres had gone 8,205 consecutive games without tossing a no-hitter.

That streak ended thanks to six-year veteran Joe Musgrove. The right-hander needed 112 pitches to go the distance, while striking out 10 of his 28 batters faced. Musgrove’s masterpiece would have been a perfect game, had he not hit Joey Gallo by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.

Phillies all-time no-hitters

  • July 25, 2015: Cole Hamels vs. Chicago Cubs
  • September 1, 2014: Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles vs. Atlanta Braves
  • October 6, 2010: Roy Halladay vs. Cincinnati Reds (postseason)
  • May 29, 2010: Roy Halladay vs. Florida Marlins (perfect game)
  • April 27, 2003: Kevin Millwood vs. San Francisco Giants
  • May 23, 1991: Tommy Greene vs. Montreal Expos
  • August 15, 1990, Terry Mulholland vs. San Francisco Giants
  • June 23, 1971: Rick Wise vs. Cincinnati Reds
  • June 21, 1964: Jim Bunning vs. New York Mets (perfect game)
  • May 1, 1906: Johnny Lush vs. Brooklyn Superbas
  • September 18, 1903: Chick Fraser vs. Chicago Cubs
  • July 8, 1898: Red Donahue vs. Boston Beaneaters
  • August 29, 1885: Charlie Ferguson vs. Providence Grays

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Every Major League franchise has now tossed a no-hitter

The Mets were previously the only franchise to never throw a no-hitter before Johan Santana tossed their first on June, 1, 2012 — ending a 8,019-game drought. And while the Phillies continue to have the longest drought all-time, the Padres still hold the record for the most games without recording their first no-hitter (8,205).

Charlie Ferguson tossed the Phillies franchise’s first in mid-August 1885, just two years into their existence as the Quakers.

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