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A Comprehensive List Of All No-Hitters Against The Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs have been no-hit only seven times in their 139-year history.

Al Yellon

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hit the Cubs Saturday afternoon, 5-0 at Wrigley Field, snapping a streak of 7,920 consecutive games in which the Cubs had at least one hit.

The Cubs have been no-hit just six other times. That had been tied with the Yankees for the fewest among the "Original 16" teams. Here are details of those other six no-hitters.

September 18, 1903: Chick Fraser of the Phillies no-hits the Cubs 10-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at West Side Grounds. No boxscore link is available for this game, which came with just seven games left in a season where the Cubs went 82-56 and finished third. Fraser was a middling pitcher who went 12-17 with a 4.50 ERA that year. The kicker: In January 1907, the Cubs acquired Fraser from the Reds and he pitched (and pretty well) for both the Cubs World Series champion teams of 1907 and 1908 as a reliever/spot starter (though he didn't pitch in either World Series).

June 13, 1905: Christy Mathewson of the Giants no-hits the Cubs 1-0 at the Polo Grounds in New York. No boxscore link is available for this game either, and certainly Mathewson was one of the greatest pitchers of his time, if not ever. Mathewson didn't walk anyone in this no-hitter. The Cubs had two baserunners, both of whom reached on errors. One was erased on a double play. The Cubs were 28-25 after that no-no and went 64-36 the rest of the way, finishing third behind the Giants and Pirates, and won three consecutive pennants in the following three seasons.

May 2, 1917: Fred Toney of the Reds throws a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field (then called Weeghman Park). This is the famous "double no-hitter." Hippo Vaughn of the Cubs threw nine no-hit innings, but lost his no-no in the 10th when Larry Kopf singled. Two outs later, Jim Thorpe drove him in with the only run of the game. It would be the last no-hitter the Cubs would be involved in, for or against, for 35 years.

June 19, 1952: Carl Erskine of the Dodgers no-hits the Cubs 5-0 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. The Cubs were actually decent this year, 77-77, the only non-losing year between 1946 and 1963, but on this day, starter Warren Hacker was knocked out in the second inning. That's key because the man who relieved him, Willie Ramsdell, drew a walk in the third. He was the only Cubs baserunner. Ramsdell pitched in only 19 games for the Cubs that year, at age 36, and only eight more after this one, then retired.

August 19, 1965: Jim Maloney of the Reds no-hits the Cubs 1-0 at Wrigley Field in 10 innings. I've written about this game before, but the summary is: Maloney issued 10 walks, the most in any no-hitter, and yet the Cubs could not score. They hit into only one double play and left 10 men on base. Maloney's no-no, the last at Wrigley by a visitor until Hamels, is also the last complete-game, 10-inning no-hitter. Incidentally, in the second game of that doubleheader, the Cubs came back from a 4-0, eighth-inning deficit to win on a two-run walkoff homer by Don Landrum. Billy Williams had hit a three-run homer in the eighth to pull the Cubs within one before Landrum's blast.

September 9, 1965: Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers throws a 1-0 perfect game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. You've all likely read a lot about this game; Cubs starter Bob Hendley gave the Dodgers only one hit, and this game stands as the lowest-combined-hits game in major-league history. And the run had nothing to do with the hit -- the Dodgers scored in the fifth on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a stolen base and a throwing error. Here is audio of the last inning of this game, called by the incomparable Vin Scully. Know why that exists? There was a 19-year-old Dodgers fan who had been stood up on a date that night, and instead stayed home to listen to the game (Dodgers didn't televise many games in that era). He decided to record the game on his then technologically-advanced open-reel tape recorder. That's why we have this record of a perfect game from 50 years ago. And the end of that story is even cooler. That 19-year-old kid? That's David Smith -- who now runs Retrosheet, the site dedicated to eventually getting a play-by-play record of every game in history.

I hope to not have to add any games to this list any time soon. Let's hope the Cubs begin another long no-hit streak today!