Every Yankees no-hitter in history

June 29th, 2023

A no-hitter is one of the most nerve-wracking and thrilling feats to experience in baseball, and the Yankees have been no stranger to the excitement.

Dating back to 1917, New York has had 12 pitchers get penciled into the history books for tossing nine innings of hitless baseball. With some historic moments more prominent than others, MLB.com takes a look back at every no-hitter thrown in Yankees history.

June 28, 2023: Domingo Germán
Yankees 11, Athletics 0 (Perfect Game)

Germán certainly did the improbable by throwing the 24th perfect game in Major League history, and the first one in 11 years, but it was even more remarkable considering how his season was going and how long it had been since the A's had been no-hit.

The 30-year-old right-hander entered the start with a 5.10 ERA on the season, and he was coming off an outing in which he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) over 3 1/3 innings against the Mariners. But on this night, he was flawless, reaching a three-ball count to only two batters and striking out nine on 99 pitches.

Germán's perfect game, the fourth in Yankees history, was the first no-hitter against the A's in nearly 32 years -- the last one had been on July 13, 1991, a combined no-hitter by the Orioles at the Oakland Coliseum.

May 19, 2021: Corey Kluber
Yankees 2, Rangers 0

Corey Kluber was only able to make seven starts in 2019 and threw just one inning in 2020, as injuries forced the two-time Cy Young Award winner out of the league he’d dominated since 2013. Kluber joined the Yankees in 2021, and in the midst of a bounce-back season, ended his new club’s no-hitter drought.

Kluber made his ill-fated 2020 comeback attempt with the Rangers, but his return trip to Texas was much more memorable, as his first career no-hitter came against his former team.

While it’s not quite the connection between Don Larsen and David Cone’s perfect games, Kluber does share something with Cone; before Kluber, Cone was the last pitcher to throw his first career no-hitter at age 35 or older.

July 18, 1999: David Cone
Yankees 6, Expos 0 (Perfect Game)

On the same afternoon that Yogi Berra caught Don Larsen’s ceremonial first pitch as part of Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium in commemoration of the battery-mates’ perfect game in 1956, David Cone was perfect against the Montreal Expos.

In front of a crowd of 41,930, Cone retired 27 straight hitters, recorded 10 strikeouts and never reached a three-ball count. In the eighth inning, second baseman Chuck Knoblauch preserved the perfect game by robbing Jose Vidro of a hit up the middle for the second out of the inning.

As Berra -- who sported the No. 8 on the back of his uniform as a Yankee -- watched from the crowd, Cone completed the feat for just the 16th time in Major League history and the first in regular-season Interleague Play, throwing just 88 pitches.

“You probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than this happening,” Cone said after the game. “The last three innings, that’s when you really think about it. You can’t help feel the emotion of the crowd. I felt my heart thumping through my uniform.”

May 17, 1998: David Wells
Yankees 4, Twins 0 (Perfect Game)

On a 59-degree, cloudy day in the Bronx, David Wells threw the 15th perfect game in MLB history and the first pitched in the regular season by a Yankee. At the time, the only other Yankee perfect game had been thrown by Don Larsen -- who graduated from the same high school as Wells (Point Loma High in San Diego) -- in the 1956 World Series.

With a crowd of 49,820 for a Beanie Baby promotion in the Bronx, Wells had retired 22 straight batters when a hard shot to second base by Ron Coomer was briefly muffed and knocked down by Knoblauch, but the second baseman was able to recover quickly and throw him out.

”In the seventh inning, I started getting really nervous. I knew what was going on,” Wells said after the game. “I was hoping the fans would kind of shush a little bit. They were making me nervous.”

After Paul O’Neill made the final out in right field, the team celebrated by carrying Wells off the field as the left-hander thrusted his cap above his head.

May 14, 1996: Dwight Gooden
Yankees 2, Mariners 0

Dwight Gooden missed the majority of the 1994 season and all of '95 for repeated violations of Major League Baseball’s drug policy. Upon returning, the former Mets star joined the Yankees looking for a new start, but he struggled early in the season.

Gooden had a brief demotion to the bullpen in the middle of April before rejoining the rotation that led to his accomplishment of the 241st no-hitter in baseball history and eighth Yankee regular-season no-no in front of 20,786 fans.

The right-hander walked six batters and allowed another baserunner on a Tino Martinez error in the top of the sixth, but he struck out five, including eventual Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. twice. Gooden threw 134 pitches to finish the job.

September 4, 1993: Jim Abbott
Yankees 4, Indians 0

After posting back-to-back ERAs under 3.00 in 1991 and '92 for the Angels, Abbott was traded to the Yankees for the '93 season, but he didn’t have the same enduring success.

Entering a game on Sept. 4, Abbott had compiled a 4.31 ERA through 26 starts. But, on that overcast September day in front of 27,125 at Yankee Stadium, Abbott pitched the first Yankees no-hitter in a decade.

Against a lineup that featured Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, the Yankees one-handed pitcher threw 119 pitches to stymie the Indians, while allowing five walks and striking out three.

July 4, 1983: Dave Righetti
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0

Two years removed from winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award, Righetti created his own fireworks on the Fourth of July. The left-hander was in his final season as a starter before he moved to the bullpen as a closer.

Righetti pitched his gem against the Red Sox, striking out nine batters and walking four to throw the Yanks' first no-hitter since 1956. In front of 41,077 at Yankee Stadium, Righetti also became the first left-hander to accomplish the feat for New York since '77.

In '86, Righetti had the most saves in the Majors, with 46, to become the first player in history to pitch a no-hitter and lead MLB in saves in his career.

October 8, 1956: Don Larsen
Yankees 2, Dodgers 0 (Perfect Game)

In Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Larsen struck out seven hitters in front of a packed house of 64,519 in the Bronx to complete the first and only perfect game in the history of the Fall Classic.

The closest that the Brooklyn Dodgers came to picking up a hit was when Jackie Robinson laced a line drive that popped off the glove of third baseman Andy Carey in the second inning, which shortstop Gil McDougald was able to field in time to throw out.

On the 97th pitch of the game, Larsen struck out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell, who checked his swing but was rung up by home plate umpire Babe Pinelli. Berra ran from behind the plate and leaped into Larsen’s arms, creating one of the most iconic moments in baseball history.

September 28, 1951: Allie Reynolds
Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

Just two months after throwing a no-hitter against the Indians, Reynolds completed the feat again against the Red Sox. The right-hander took care of Game 1 of a doubleheader by striking out nine and walking four.

With two outs in the ninth, Reynolds got Ted Williams to pop up to Berra in foul territory, but Berra was unable to make the play, which resulted in an error. Despite prolonging Williams’ at-bat, the right-hander forced another popup to Berra that ended the game.

Reynolds became the first AL pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season, and he was only the second player to do so in MLB history at the time.

July 12, 1951: Allie Reynolds
Yankees 1, Indians 0

Facing his former team, Reynolds threw his first no-hitter of the 1951 season at Cleveland Stadium in front of 39,195. Just four Indians reached base, via three walks and an error by Phil Rizzuto, before Reynolds retired the final 17 hitters.

Reynolds’ no-hitter was one of his career-high seven shutouts that he pitched that season, three of which came against the Indians.

August 27, 1938: Monte Pearson
Yankees 13, Indians 0

In the second game of a doubleheader against the Indians -- and on just two days of rest -- Pearson pitched the first Yankee no-hitter on their home turf. Pearson was untouchable, striking out seven hitters and walking just two.

September 4, 1923: Sam Jones
Yankees 2, A’s 0

Exactly 70 years before Abbott’s no-hitter, Sad Sam Jones was nearly perfect against the Philadelphia A's, allowing just one walk and one other baserunner on an error by Everett Scott at Shibe Park. And he accomplished the feat despite striking out zero batters through the entire nine innings.

In a season where New York finished first in the AL with a 98-54 record -- and ultimately won the its first World Series -- Jones accumulated a 3.63 ERA with a 21-8 record.

April 24, 1917: George Mogridge
Yankees 2, Red Sox 1

Although Mogridge was responsible for the first no-hitter in Yankee history and the first at Fenway Park, it didn't come easily, as the Red Sox were still able to get a run on the board.

Mogridge walked three batters and struck out three, but he had to overcome three Yankee errors in front of a crowd of 3,219 to complete the no-hit game.

This performance is tied with Allie Reynolds’ 1-0 gem as the smallest margin of victory in a Yankees no-hitter.