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Midwest League Reference Pages

No Hit Games

This page celebrates our league's no hit performances.

140 no hit games have been pitched in the Midwest League and its predecessors since the Illinois State League began play in 1947. This list shows pertinent details for all of these games. Most years have two or three no hitters.


This table disagrees with the MWL Media Guide. Reasons for those disagreements are discussed at the bottom of the page.


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Midwest League no-hitters are poor predictors of career success.

These were mainly thrown by pitchers you wouldn't recognize. Some never developed to their full potential, while others blew their arms out before making the majors. Some were simply lucky on one day. For most pitchers listed here, this was their best professional performance, and it's the baseball story they tell their kids and grandkids.

My thanks to Jon Mielke for the original compilation of this information for posting on MWLguide.com.


Noteworthy:

The best pitching performance in Midwest League history? Bob Sprout's win on August 18, 1960. Decatur's Commodores (a Detroit farm) stopped the Waterloo Hawks (Boston), 3-0. No hits, 22 strikeouts.


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Vida Blue's the best-known name on this list; he threw his MWL no-hitter on June 19, 1968 for Burlington (then an A's farm club). Other recognizable names are Dennis Ribant (July 2, 1961, for Quad Cities [Braves]), Sid Monge (May 4, 1971, for Quad Cities [Angels]), Dennis Leonard (July 15, 1972, for Waterloo [Royals]), and Dontrelle Willis (May 1, 2002, for Kane County [Marlins]).

On May 30, 1965, Quincy's Chris Heintz (relieved by Dave Langrock; Cubs farmhands) and Waterloo's Darrel Bunge (Red Sox) both shut down their opponents without hits.

Clinton and Burlington were involved in no hitters on consecutive days in 1996: On August 4, Jim Sak and Todd Bussa of Clinton (Padres) beat the Bees; the next day, Jason Grote of Burlington (Giants) beat the LumberKings. Both games were played at Clinton's Riverview Stadium.

Six of these games were perfect: Vern Orndorff of Decatur (June 20, 1961; 7 innings; Tigers), Dennis Ribant of Quad Cities (July 2, 1961; 9 innings; Braves), Abelino Pena of Burlington (July 20, 1975; Brewers), Bob Link of Waterloo (July 25, 1985; Indians), Scott Dunn of Clinton (August 3, 2000; Reds), and Chris Coughlin of Burlington (June 30, 2004). Note that Orndorff and Ribant pitched their gems within a few days.

Mount Vernon's Stanley Burat threw his September 4, 1951 no hitter during the first round of the championship playoff. It wasn't enough; the (independent) Kings won the first round, but got shut down in the championship set.

Four South Bend (Arizona) pitchers--Greg Valera, Jose Valverde, Tim Stanton, and Bret Prinz--combined to shut down the Peoria Chiefs on April 21, 2000. Four Chiefs--James Russell, Chris Siegfried, Matt Maradeo, and Jose Ceda--combined to shut down Beloit on August 25, 2007.

No pitcher's thrown two no hitters in our league. Jon Mielke discovered that the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball credits no hitters to David Sartain (Kenosha [Twins]) in 1992 and 1993, but they are obviously the same game, and the 1993 listing is an error.

Nineteen of the gems on this list were thrown by pitchers assigned to Clinton.

From 1954 through 1985, most MWL no-hitters were thrown in 7 inning contests, with an occasional 9 inning game. Before and after those years, the normal no-hitter was a 9 inning game except for the odd 7-inning outing, though there was a flurry of short games in 2000. A handful, naturally, have had odd lengths.

Four MWL pitchers, Chris Heintz (relieved by Dave Langrock; for Quincy [Cubs], May 30, 1965), Larry Bracco (Clinton [Tigers], May 3, 1972), Gary Trumbauer (Cedar Rapids [Cardinals], August 2, 1972), and Wade Davis (Southwest Michigan [Devil Rays], August 31, 2006), allowed no hits but lost their games. All the losses were by 1-0 scores. Davis' game occurred on the last day the franchise played in Battle Creek.

Although two or three no hit games per year is the league norm, the range is from none (seven seasons, most recently 1995) to seven (1972 and 2000). For some reason, most years in the 1980s had exactly one no hitter.

The most lopsided win? The Lansing Lugnuts (Cubs) trounced the Dayton nine by a 15 to 0 margin with Justin Jones doing the honors with help from Weston O'Brien and Mark Carter on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003. Third baseman Donnie Hood hit for the cycle.


1947-59


Illinois State League
Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
1947
No No-Hitters
1948
No No-Hitters
Mississippi-Ohio Valley League
Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
1949
No No-Hitters
1950
1 No-Hitter
7-8-50 Gene Pisarski Centralia West Frankfort 6-0  
1951
1 No-Hitter
9-4-51 Stanley Burat Mt. Vernon Centralia 10-0 Playoff Game
1952
2 No-Hitters
5-31-52 Ed Garrett Decatur Mt. Vernon 5-1  
6-12-52 McPherson Crum Canton Hannibal 3-0  
1953
No No-Hitters
1954
2 No-Hitters
7-28-54 John Bumgarner Decatur Clinton 1-0  
8-24-54 Tom Cronin Mattoon Hannibal 2-0 7 Innings
1955
1 No-Hitter
8-9-55 Richard Lessman Hannibal Lafayette 1-0 7 Innings
1956
2 No-Hitters
7-16-56 Mike Wallace Mattoon Clinton 6-0 7 Innings
8-14-56 Lewis Glidewell Dubuque Kokomo 5-0  
1957
4 No-Hitters
6-10-57 Jose Lizondro Dubuque Decatur 5-0 5 Innings
8-12-57 Bobby Bolin Michigan City Dubuque 11-0 7 Innings
8-18-57 Kenneth Rollins Paris Michigan City 12-0  
8-20-57 Dick Lines Clinton Decatur 6-0 7 Innings
1958
3 No-Hitters
5-16-58 James Conrad Dubuque Clinton 2-0  
5-19-58 Scott Breeden Kokomo Keokuk 3-0 7 Innings
8-3-58 Gerald Fields Decatur Clinton 5-0  
1959
1 No-Hitter
6-2-59 Thomas Fisher Clinton Paris 1-0  

1960-69


Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
1960
4 No-Hitters
6-19-60 Scott Seger Clinton Quincy 3-0 7 Innings
6-24-60 Lowell Bussler Quincy Kokomo 3-0 7 Innings
7-27-60 Pedro Perez Waterloo Quincy 1-0 7 Innings
8-18-60 Bob Sprout Decatur Waterloo 3-0 22 strikeouts!
1961
3 No-Hitters
6-15-61 Bob Miller Dubuque Quincy 12-0 7 Innings
6-20-61 Vern Orndorff Decatur Clinton 3-0 7 Innings
Perfect Game
7-2-61 Dennis Ribant Quincy Clinton 1-0 Perfect Game
1962
5 No-Hitters
5-6-62 Vincent Scales Quincy Clinton 2-0 Opening Day; Scales' first professional appearance
6-4-62 Pedro Tio Burlington Quad Cities 13-0 7 innings
7-17-62 Alan Riffle Fox Cities Decatur 7-0 5 innings
8-12-62 Tony Komisar Cedar Rapids Clinton 8-0  
8-14-62 Charles Ling Burlington Keokuk 6-0  
1963
2 No-Hitters
5-23-63 Bill Dawson Clinton Fox Cities 10-0 7 Innings
8-13-63 Ollie Brown Decatur Wisconsin Rapids 8-0 Brown hit two home runs.
1964
1 No-Hitter
6-23-64 Norbert Rodgers Clinton Quincy 2-0 7 Innings
1965
5 No-Hitters
5-6-65 Don Pierce Burlington Fox Cities 4-0  
5-30-65 Chris Heintz/
Dave Langrock
Quincy Fox Cities 0-1 7 Innings
5-30-65 Darrel Bunge Waterloo Wisconsin Rapids 7-0  
6-29-65 George Bosworth Burlington Cedar Rapids 3-0  
7-22-65 Emmanual Fitzgerald Fox Cities Quincy 4-0 7 Innings
1966
3 No-Hitters
5-6-66 Vern Geishert Quad Cities Appleton 7-0  
5-28-66 Michael Abarbanel Fox Cities Wisconsin Rapids 9-1  
6-7-66 Jesse Huggins Decatur Wisconsin Rapids 1-0 7 Innings
1967
3 No-Hitters
6-11-67 John Lamb Clinton Quad City 3-0 7 Innings
6-22-67 Joe Barnett Clinton Quincy 2-0 7 Innings
8-25-67 Bill Laxton Clinton Waterloo 2-1 7 Innings
1968
1 No-Hitter
6-19-68 Vida Blue Burlington Appleton 4-0 7 Innings
1969
3 No-Hitters
6-7-69 Charles Bowlby Cedar Rapids Decatur 3-0 10 Innings
8-15-69 Gary Lavelle Decatur Clinton 4-0 7 Innings
8-20-69 James Koering Wisconsin Rapids Waterloo 3-0 7 Innings

1970-79


Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
1970
1 No-Hitter
8-7-70 John Conzatti Clinton Quad Cities 2-0 6 Innings
1971
3 No-Hitters
5-4-71 Sid Monge Quad Cities Cedar Rapids 6-0  
5-30-71 Bill Travers Danville Quad Cities 16-1  
6-12-71 Dennis Yard Danville Quincy 3-0 7 Innings
1972
7 No-Hitters
5-3-72 Larry Bracco Clinton Waterloo 0-1 7 Innings
5-31-72 Doug Capilla Decatur Appleton 1-0 7 Innings
6-15-72 Wayne McCauley Appleton Quincy 2-0 7 Innings
6-25-72 Frank Schuster Wisconsin Rapids Burlington 2-0 7 Innings
7-15-72 Dennis Leonard Waterloo Quincy 3-0 7 Innings
8-2-72 Gary Trumbauer Cedar Rapids Burlington 0-1  
8-23-72 Tom Bruno Waterloo Danville 2-0 7 Innings
1973
1 No-Hitter
7-25-73 Robert Dean/
Paulo DeLeon
Cedar Rapids Danville 6-0 7 Innings
1974
3 No-Hitters
6-12-74 Jeff Little Decatur Dubuque 1-0 7 Innings
8-21-74 Lamar Wright Quad Cities Danville 2-0 7 Innings
8-22-74 Jared Garvini Wisconsin Rapids Waterloo 2-0 7 Innings
1975
5 No-Hitters
5-20-75 Jim Dorsey Quad Cities Clinton 4-0 7 Innings
6-30-75 Dean Olson Wisconsin Rapids Clinton 6-0  
7-20-75 Abelino Pena Burlington Cedar Rapids 2-0 7 Innings
Perfect Game
8-16-75 Jose Alfaro Dubuque Cedar Rapids 5-0  
8-22-75 Larry Monroe Appleton Cedar Rapids 1-0 7 Innings
1976
3 No-Hitters
5-31-76 Don Mraz Quad Cities Wisconsin Rapids 3-0 7 Innings
6-29-76 Ted Barnicle Cedar Rapids Dubuque 5-0  
7-26-76 Ralph Botting Quad Cities Wausau 3-0 7 Innings
1977
1 No-Hitter
7-9-77 T. Joel Crisler Quad Cities Wausau 1-0 7 Innings (G2)
1978
3 No-Hitters
5-15-78 Russell McDonald Clinton Wausau 1-0 7 Innings
7-16-78 Jim Nobles Clinton Wisconsin Rapids 7-1 7 Innings
8-3-78 Robin Fuson Waterloo Appleton 2-0  
1979
No No-Hitters

1980-89


Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
1980
3 No-Hitters
4-16-80 Wayne Guinn/
Steve Daniels/
Mark Moore
Cedar Rapids Quad City 2-0 11 Innings
6-4-80 Jerry Stovall Clinton Wausau 2-0 7 Innings
6-7-80 Dane Anthony Waterloo Appleton 3-0 7 Innings
1981
1 No-Hitter
4-20-81 Greg Bangert Clinton Burlington 4-1 7 Innings
1982
1 No-Hitter
8-12-82 Mark Grant Clinton Danville 9-0  
1983
1 No-Hitter
5-9-83 Ramon Bautista Clinton Appleton 2-0 7 Innings
1984
1 No-Hitter
8-8-84 John Martin Springfield Wausau 2-0  
1985
2 No-Hitters
6-12-85 Ozzie Soto Cedar Rapids Clinton 2-0 7 Innings
7-25-85 Bob Link Waterloo Clinton 10-0 7 Innings
Perfect Game
1986
2 No-Hitters
5-26-86 John Stein Appleton Beloit 5-0  
6-6-86 Mike Converse Cedar Rapids Beloit 2-0  
1987
1 No-Hitter
7-10-87 Jeff Schwarz Peoria Kenosha 4-0  
1988
4 No-Hitters
5-20-88 Scott Scudder Cedar Rapids Wausau 4-0  
6-23-88 Mike Redding Kenosha Quad City 3-0  
8-9-88 Michael Aspray Peoria Waterloo 5-0  
8-22-88 Mike Girouard South Bend Appleton 5-1  
1989
2 No-Hitters
5-26-89 Curt Krippner Beloit Madison 1-0  
7-29-89 Jody Ryan Wausau Clinton 2-0  

1990-99


Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
1990
2 No-Hitters
7-26-90 John Conner/
Jim Smith
Appleton Wausau 8-0  
8-21-90 Tim Nedin Kenosha Burlington 1-0 7 Innings
1991
2 No-Hitters
6-18-91 Geoff Kellogg Beloit Appleton 6-0  
7-17-91 Doug Johns Madison Burlington 3-0  
1992
2 No-Hitters
5-14-92 Chuck Wanke Clinton Peoria 5-3  
8-13-92 David Sartain Kenosha Clinton 1-0 7 Innings
1993
3 No-Hitters
4-28-93 Scott Gardner/
Tony Lee
Peoria Springfield 2-1  
7-7-93 Stacy Hollins Madison Springfield 3-0  
8-13-93 T. J. Mathews Springfield Burlington 4-0  
1994
2 No-Hitters
6-28-94 Brett Hinchliffe Appleton Cedar Rapids 13-0  
8-7-94 Glendon Rusch Rockford Kane County 9-0  
1995
No No-Hitters
1996
3 No-Hitters
7-26-96 Jason Dawsey Beloit Burlington 5-0  
8-4-96 Jim Sak/
Todd Bussa
Clinton Burlington 3-0  
8-5-96 Jason Grote Burlington Clinton 8-0 8 Innings
1997
3 No-Hitters
4-20-97 Dave Borkowski West Michigan Kane County 6-0  
8-7-97 Ramon Ortiz Cedar Rapids Quad City 12-0  
8-24-97 Aaron Cames Kane County Peoria 1-0  
1998
1 No-Hitter
5-6-98 Lance Davis/
Dan Timm
Burlington Quad City 5-0  
1999
1 No-Hitter
4-17-99 Sean Buller/
Luis Pineda
West Michigan South Bend 2-0 7 Innings

2000-09


Date Pitcher Team Opponent Score Comments
2000
7 No-Hitters
4-21-00 Greg Valera/
Jose Valverde/
Tim Stanton/
Bret Prinz
South Bend Peoria 5-1 7 Innings
4-29-00 J.J. Putz Wisconsin Kane County 6-1 7 Innings
5-19-00 Tim Sturdy Quad City Cedar Rapids 1-0 7 Innings
5-28-00 Carlos Hernandez Michigan West Michigan 2-0 7 Innings
6-10-00 Tommy Marx West Michigan Kane County 8-0  
6-13-00 Calvin Chipperfield West Michigan Kane County 2-0 7 innings
8-03-00 Scott Dunn Clinton Lansing 7-0 Perfect Game
2001
3 No-Hitters
6-14-01 Gustavo Lopez/
Chris Key/
Michael Flannery
Kane County Fort Wayne 6-0 83 minute rain delay
8-12-01 Brian Wolfe Quad City Dayton 2-0  
8-27-01 Derrick Van Dussen Wisconsin Cedar Rapids 2-0  
2002
2 No-Hitters
4-14-02 Edgar Gonzalez South Bend West Michigan 5-0 faced 27 batters
5-1-02 Dontrelle Willis/
Tyler Banks/
Kevin Cave
Kane County Beloit 8-0  
2003
3 No-Hitters
4-20-03 Justin Jones/
Weston O'Brien/
Mark Carter
Lansing Dayton 15-0 Cycle by Lansing's Donnie Hood.
6-10-03 Bill Murphy Kane County West Michigan 6-0  
7-9-03 Domingo Valdez Clinton Kane County 4-0 7 innings (G2)
2004
4 No-Hitters
4-12-04 Dusty Hughes/
Jake Mullis
Burlington Wisconsin 3-0  
5-24-04 Elvys Quezada Battle Creek South Bend 7-0  
6-30-04 Chris Coughlin Burlington Beloit 3-0 Perfect game
8-6-04 Jonah Bayliss Burlington Peoria 1-0  
2005
2 No-Hitters
4-20-05

Sean Gallagher/
Walt Nolan/
Jonathon Hunton

Peoria Cedar Rapids 3-2 10 innings
5-20-05

Jino Gonzalez/
Matt Larson/
Jose De La Cruz

Southwest Michigan Beloit 7-0  
2006
4 No-Hitters
5-13-06

Johnny Cueto

Dayton Wisconsin 6-0 5 innings (rain)
5-14-06

Jared Lansford

Kane County Beloit 4-0 7 innings (G1)
8-18-06

Mike Wlodarczyk/
Celso Rondon

Southwest Michigan Peoria 12-0  
8-31-06

Wade Davis

Southwest Michigan Beloit 0-1 7 innings (G1)
2007
1 No-Hitter
8-25-07

James Russell
Chris Siegfried
Matt Maradeo
Jose Ceda

Peoria Beloit 6-0  
2008
2 No-Hitters
4-9-2008

Craig Italiano
Branden Dewing

Kane County Burlington 3-0 7 Innings (G2); only baserunner HBP
8-7-2008

Danny Duffy
Juan Abreu

Burlington Peoria 10-0  
2009
1 No-Hitter
8-18-2009

Simon Castro

Fort Wayne Dayton 6-0 7 Innings (G2); only baserunner HBP

This table was originally compiled by Jon Mielke.

  • Most of this information was taken from The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd ed; Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, editors. Durham: Baseball America, 1997.
  • Everything was checked against yearly editions of the Sporting News Baseball Guides; changes have been made to reflect that comparison.
  • Some of this information is available from the League Media Guide.
  • The remaining information was culled from news sources.

Note:
The MWL Media Guide does not include all of these games. Most of the difference is because the Guide omits short no-hitters pitched before the 1970 season, which appears to be a concession to space limitations. It's less obvious why the Lance Davis (1998) and Sean Buller (1999) no hitters were missed.

No list I've seen, probably including this one, is entirely accurate. Minor league record keeping, unfortunately, isn't all it might be.



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