What Is a No-Hitter?


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A no-hitter is a complete baseball game in which the pitcher yields no hits to the opposing team, while pitching a minimum of nine innings and completing the entire game. However, the opponent still may reach base any number of times by walk or error.

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As of 2014, there have been 285 no-hitters thrown in Major League Baseball history. Remarkably, Ken Johnson tossed a no-hitter in 1964 and his team still managed to lose the game, thanks to two errors that allowed a run to score. In 2003, a record six Houston Astros pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the New York Yankees. As of 2014, Nolan Ryan holds the MLB record with seven no-hitters in his career with the California Angels, Astros and Texas Rangers.

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