10 years ago today … Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter

Hideo Nomo after pitching no-hitter in April 4, 2001 (Photo: Robert Borea/AP)

Hideo Nomo after pitching no-hitter in April 4, 2001 (Photo: Robert Borea/AP)

Actually, it was 10 years ago yesterday, but as a title, it is much nicer sounding when I say “today”.

On April 4, 2001, Red Sox RHP Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore Orioles. It was his Sox debut, walking three and striking out 11. This no-hitter was the first in the 10-year history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and made Nomo the first Red Sox to pitch a no-hitter since Dave Morehead in 1965 (Since then, three other Red Sox pitchers pitched no-hitters: Derek Lowe in 2002, Clay Buchholz in 2007 and Jon Lester in 2008, all of them caught by Jason Varitek). Nomo also became just the fourth player in baseball history to have thrown a no-hitter in both leagues, joining Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan. All of whom are in Hall of Fame. Randy Johnson would later join them, becoming the 5th player after throwing a perfect game in 2004.

Robert Whiting of The Japan Times wrote this great 4-parts special series on Nomo back in October last year. He has also published a full book about Nomo in Japanese.

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