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Flashback Friday: History of Detroit Tigers no-hitters

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UPDATED 4/22/16

On Thursday night, Jake Arrieta threw his second no-hitter in is last 11 starts. Here is the history of no-hitters in Detroit Tigers history. Let’s hope we can and a couple more to the list this season.

Which of these no-no’s do you think was the most impressive? Let us know.

 

George Mullin – July 4th, 1912 vs. St. Louis Browns

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Talk about fireworks on the 4th of July! George Mullin provided all of the fireworks needed as he pitched a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns in the second game of a double-header. The game was played at newly constructed Navin Field, and the Tigers won 7-0.

Virgil Trucks – May 15, 1952 vs. Washington Senators

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In what was his first of two no-hitters in the 1952 season, Virgil Trucks allowed a total of six base-runners but was still able to get the job done. The Tigers were able to win the game 1-0 over the Washington Senators.

 

Virgil Trucks – August 25, 1952 @ New York Yankees

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In his second no-hitter of the 1952 season, Trucks was able to shut down the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium. What made this performance almost unbelievable was the fact that the Yankees went on to win the World Series while Trucks won 5 games on the season and ended up being traded.

 

Jim Bunning – July 20, 1958 @ Boston Red Sox

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In the first game of a double header at Fenway Park, Jim Bunning was able to completely baffle the Boston batters on his way to a no-hitter. Bunning struck out 12 Red Sox batters that day in what was his greatest performance as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

 

Jack Morris – April 7, 1984 @ Chicago White Sox

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In a game that was played in the first week of the 1984 season, Jack Morris did his best impression of Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn but was still able to no-hit the Chicago White Sox. Morris walked six batters but had good enough stuff to dominate. At one point in the game a White Sox fan started yelling at Morris from above the Tigers dugout, telling him that he had a no-hitter going. Morris’ response, “Yeah, I know I do and I’m going to finish it!” He was right.

Here is the audio of Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell as he called the Morris no-hitter.

 

Justin Verlander – June 12, 2007 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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In only his second full season as a member of the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander showed the fans a preview of things to come as he tossed a gem against the Milwaukee Brewers. Verlander struck out 12 batters in the game, including three out of the final four Brewers that he faced.

Justin Verlander – May 7, 2011 @ Toronto Blue Jays

In what very well could go down as his greatest pitching performance as a member of the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander retired the first 22 batters of the game. The only Blue Jay to reach base on this day was J.P. Arencibia as he drew a walk in the bottom of the 8th inning. Verlander went on to retire all three hitters in the bottom of the 9th inning to grab his second career no-hitter.

Here are the highlights of Justin Verlander’s second career no-hitter.

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