It’s now been 7,968 games for the Mets without a no-hitter. Fifty years of waiting for a Mets pitcher to toss that elusive no-no.
We’ve had plenty of close calls in all those years, and some of them were pretty gut-wrenching (Damn you, Jimmy Qualls! ).
Ironically, there has been no shortage of no-hitters tossed by “former” Mets pitchers. It’s baffling how many great Mets starting pitchers hurled their first no-no’s once they left the Amazins’. One of the performed the feat a record seven times (Damn you too, Jim Fregosi!).
Lets look at the ones that got away… All six of them, beginning with Doctor K who turned the trick while with the New York Yankees. Et tu, Brute.
DWIGHT GOODEN – MAY 14, 1996
YANKEES 2 – MARINERS 0
“George Steinbernner was the only guy who gave me an opportunity when nobody else did. And this is where I threw my no-htter.” ~ Dwight Gooden
Stay tuned for Episode II of the Mets No-Hitters That Got Away on Wednesday.