Bain: The best pitchers who never threw a no-hitter

From SABR member Derek Bain at on July 21, 2016:

The no-hitter remains one of the rarest feats in Major League Baseball as only 237 complete game no-hitters have been hurled since 1901 (roughly 1.5 no-hitters per year). Let’s examine a group of pitchers who have never twirled a no-no despite possessing excellent hits-to-innings pitched ratios. The register includes pitchers with Hall of Fame credentials, several aces who flirted with no-hitters or perfect games along with an eclectic mix of wild flamethrowers and journeymen junkballers.

I will also comment on the “worst” pitchers to deliver at least one no-hitter in their career (“worst” being a relative term, based on a poor hits-to-innings pitched ratio). Additional leader boards consist of the no-hit club with less than 1000 innings pitched and the “best” pitchers to fashion one or more no-hitters.

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Originally published: July 21, 2016. Last Updated: July 21, 2016.