Sporcle Saturday: No-hitters

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 25: Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito (27) thanks Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Engel (15) for making the final out and completing his no-hitter after during a Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates on August 25, 2020, at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)

Hey, did you hear? Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter on Tuesday night! Rare are the opportunities that I get to celebrate such an accomplishment with a Sporcle (read: never, unless we’re looking back at specific no-hitters of the past), so here we are on Sporcle Saturday doing just that.

Today’s Sporcle is actually a two-for-one: since there have “only” been 18 solo no-hitters by White Sox pitchers in franchise history (I’m not counting the July 28, 1976 combined no-hitter thrown by Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios), that’s not really long enough for a Sporcle on its own. Thus, the main Sporcle for today asks you to name the 76 solo no-hitters thrown since 1990. Then, if you want to test your knowledge on White Sox-specific no-hitters, you can try for the other 14 that came for the franchise prior to 1990. How many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game and (for the White Sox-centric Sporcle) the opponent or (for all of MLB) the team the player pitched for.
  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for the White Sox Sporcle and 15 minutes for the MLB Sporcle.
  • To reiterate, only solo no-hitters are included on both lists.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • Just one team has not been no-hit over the period of 1990-present: the New York Yankees. The last time they were no-hit was 1958 by Hoyt Wilhelm! While the Washington Nationals haven’t been no-hit in their current iteration, they were no-hit twice in the ’90s as the Montreal Expos.
  • Four teams tie for being victimized by a no-hitter the most: the Padres, Giants, Rays, and Blue Jays have each been no-hit five times since 1990.
  • Five teams have not had a pitcher throw a solo no-hitter since 1990 (parentheses indicate the last year they did, and who the pitcher was): the Padres (never), Pirates (1976, John Candelaria), Baltimore (1969, Jim Palmer), Cleveland (1981, Len Barker), Milwaukee (1987, Juan Nieves).

Link to MLB no-hitter

Link to White Sox-only no-hitter

All data from stathead.com

(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)

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I feel like the white sox against the cardinals in this double header. Not my best performance. 50/76 on the mlb one and 10/18 on the sox one.


Boomer with 13 on the White sox but only 39 on the MLB. A split? Ted we need another one to crown the winner of the week. Lol

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I got 11 on the Sox one. I beat KenWo! I can retire now.


MLB since 1990: 44/76.

Sox: 15/18.

I kept thinking of 1980s no-hitters, which I seem to remember more than most of the gems from the 2010s.

I know the rule change wipes it from the list, but I’m still counting the great Andy Hawkins game. Best Yankees game ever.


13/18 for the White Sox. I was like the pirates against Giolito on the other one, lots of swigs and misses. 32/76

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27 out of 76
5 out of 18

Fun tidbits about some of the no-hitters mentioned. Len Barker’s was a perfect game thrown to Ron Hassey, who also caught the 7/28/91 perfect game. He’s the only catcher to catch two.

Everyone remembers Yount’s catch in Nieves’ no-hitter, but Wimpy’s brother also had a great catch early in the game on an Eddy Murray blooper. If not for that catch, it never gets that far.

The 5/23/91 no-hitter was caught by Darrin Fletcher. He went to the same tiny high school I did, and you used to come back and help out our team and donate equipment. It was kind of a cool feeling having a current major leaguer helping you with your slider. Nice guy.