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No-hitters come in all kinds of ways, shapes, forms

Six Astros combined for one, yet the great Steve Carlton has none. There's just no explaining no-hitters.

Originally Published: June 12, 2003
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

No-hitters make no sense. Bud Smith has thrown a no-hitter, and Roger Clemens hasn't? Tommy Greene did, Steve Carlton didn't. Charlie Lea did, Greg Maddux hasn't. Mike Warren has more no-hitters than the Padres. Juan Nieves has more than the Mets. And six Astros pitchers -- in one game -- have taken part in as many no-hitters as Tom Seaver and Jim Palmer.

It's really hard to throw a no-hitter, which makes Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters in 1938 so remarkable. In the 12 ...

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