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The no-hitter is one of the most precious moments in baseball as well as sports. There have been 274 no-hitters in the history of the game. Out of those 274 no-hitters, 21 of those no-hitters have resulted in perfect games. However, baseball’s greatest superstition lies within this precious moment.
However, there are some unwritten rules that a baseball player must follow when a no-hitter is taken place. There are three rules.
1. You do not talk about a no-hitter.
2. You don’t even think about taking about a no-hitter
3. You absolutely, positively, do not talk about a no-hitter.
Matt Garza threw a no-hitter for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on July 26th 2010. It was the first in the history of the Rays franchise. Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play announcers Dewayne Staats and Kevin Kennedy did not even mention the word no-hitter until Garza accomplished the feat. This is significant since play-by-play announcers are well known to start thinking about the possibility of a no-hitter after six or seven innings.
One has to wonder who jinxed former pitching great Dave Stieb. Stieb had the second-most pitching victories during the 1980’s with 140. Well, Dave Stieb was one strike away from a no hitter two starts in a row! This occurred in 1988. One year later, he had a potential perfect game broken up with two outs in the ninth. It’s one thing to have a no-hitter broken up once, but three times!! Who was responsible for opening their big fat mouth all three times?
As many of you may know, Justin Verlander has pitched two no-hitters. He almost had a third no-hitter two weeks ago, but it was broken up in the ninth inning. I believe that I may have found the culprit responsible for Justin Verlander’s failed bid.
The culprit may be Yahoo Sports freelance contributor Adam Biggers. He had given two tickets to his varsity coach at his high school for the game. Biggers was supposed to attend the game but was unable to attend. His varsity coach called him and gave him a hard time for not being there to witness a possible no-hitter. Out of spite, Biggers tells his varsity coach that the no-hitter would possibly be broken up. He was right.
There are times in which the jinx fails to achieve its desired effect. In 1962, Mets’s coach Sally Hemus tried to heckle Sandy Koufax during his potential no-hitter in a game. It failed to work as Koufax would go on to pitch his third no-hitter during that game. Koufax would inform the media of Hemus’s failed efforts during that game.
Furthermore, Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series almost did not occur as the jinx was in full effect. The culprit behind the attempted jinx was…Don Larsen. It seems as if Don Larsen was unaware of the superstition. He tried to talk about the no-hitter with his teammates as it was taken place. However, his teammates ignored him at every single turn. Therefore, Don Larsen’s teammates gave Larson help that went beyond fielding groundballs and flyballs during his perfect game.
It is clear that the discussion of the no-hitter is baseball’s greatest superstition. There is no sign that it is going to be overtaken by another superstition.