A's and no-hitters go hand-in-hand

A's and no-hitters go hand-in-hand

Make room, Catfish. Vida, you have company.

The list of one-name wonders in the history of Athletics baseball just grew larger.

"Dallas" is now an entry in the Oakland history books after Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game on Sunday, defeating the Rays, 4-0, to reach legendary status in the green-and-gold nation.

You can call him "Dal" for short. That's what his grandmother Peggy calls him. Braden's mother, Jodi Atwood, died when the pitcher was a senior in high school.

"It's a more important day for my grandmother than anything," Braden said. "That's the biggest thing to be able to give her something like this on a day of this magnitude, considering everything we've been through together. It's more about her for me."

Sunday was also about Braden.

The only other pitcher in A's history to toss a perfect game was Catfish Hunter, who did so on May 8, 1968, against Minnesota.

When asked how it felt to throw the franchise's second perfect game nearly 40 years to the day after Hunter did, Braden responded, "I don't know how much dates figure into how things happen or whatnot, but I guess I should have done it a day earlier. That would have been really cool."

The last no-hitter in A's franchise history came on June 29, 1990, when Dave Stewart accomplished the feat vs. Toronto.

As a franchise, the A's have now thrown 11 no-hitters. Weldon Henley threw the first Athletics no-hitter on July 22, 1905, when Philadelphia beat the St. Louis Browns in the first game of a doubleheader.

In his perfect game, Hunter struck out 11 and got some offensive support from Bert Campaneris, Ramon Webster and Rick Monday, who each had two hits.

Dallas Braden, Perfect Game

As for Blue, he was involved in two no-hitters, one he finished himself and one in which he got some help from the rest of the pitching staff on Sept. 28, 1975.

At the tender age of 21, Blue threw one on his very own on Sept. 21, 1970. He struck out nine and walked only one in a 6-0 win over the Twins at the Coliseum that day.

Prior to Stewart's no-no, which came on the same day Fernando Valenzuela threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers, the previous A's no-hitters have had many different small storylines, starting with the fact that Mike Warren waited until his last start of the season on Sept. 29, 1983, which seems to be a recurring theme for A's pitchers.

With the A's 23 games out of first place and 13 games under .500, Oakland was taking on the AL West's first-place team in the Chicago White Sox, who were skippered by Tony La Russa, who later wound up being the longtime A's manager. Warren struck out five and walked three in a game where fewer than 10,000 fans were in attendance in Oakland.

Bill McCahan threw the last no-hitter in Philadelphia A's history, throwing one on Sept. 3, 1947, when he blanked the Senators, 3-0, in a game that took just one hour and 26 minutes.

The A's have thrown five no-hitters in September, and it was Dick Fowler who threw the first, firing zeroes at the St. Louis Browns on Sept. 9, 1945. Fowler took one hour and 15 minutes to win the game, 1-0.

The A's went 29 years between no-hitters before Fowler's as the previous one came when Joe Bush stifled Cleveland on Aug. 26, 1916.

Chief Bender, one of the A's first superstars, threw the second no-hitter in A's history when he blanked Cleveland on May 12, 1910.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.