Shortest, Longest Times Between No-Hitters

From SABR member Bill Petti at Beyond the Box Score on May 10:

This past Saturday, Justin Verlander tossed his second career no-hitter. This was the second no-hitter thrown this season, and the second thrown during the week. Two no-hitters thrown within just four days of each other.

Was this the shortest time between no-hitters? Actually, no.

Two no-hitters were thrown on the same day: Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela achieved the feat on 6/29/1990. 1990 was a heck of a year for no-hitters. Eight no-no’s were thrown that year, the most in any single year. Randy Johnson threw the first on 6/2/1990, which was 616 days after Pascual Perez no-hit the Phillies on September 24, 1988 (11th longest drought between no-hit games).

The second most prolific year for no-hitters? 1969, which featured six no-no’s. That season came on the heals of 1968’s five no-hitters.

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Originally published: May 10, 2011. Last Updated: May 10, 2011.