No-hitters may be rare in the big leagues, but they don’t discriminate. Dock Ellis claimed to pitch one while on lysergic acid diethylamide. That’s LSD, kids. Some Bobo name Holloman had one in his first major league start. He was out of the bigs three months later. Heck, Mike Fiers owns not one but two of them, the second of which left him with a career 57-58 record and 4.11 ERA.
That’s the beauty of the no-hitter — it’s unpredictable. The odds are roughly 1,500-to-1 that you’ll witness one, but even the most ordinary Joe can be that good and that lucky on a given day. Crazier yet, many of the best pitchers have tried hundreds and hundreds of times and still don’t have one. In fact, a bunch haven’t come close.
Based on career dominance (measured by hits allowed per inning) and number of opportunities (games started), here are the greatest pitchers in baseball history without an official no-hitter.
Note: An official no-hitter is finishing a game with no hits allowed through at least nine innings. Career statistics are through Sept. 2, 2019.