From time to time I visit a fun website called www.nonohitters.com. It chronicles the Mets futility in pitching a no-hitter.
Now in their 50th season, the Mets incredibly have never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter. They've gone, through Sunday, 7,959 games without tossing a no-no.
Oh they've had plenty of pitchers throw no-hitters...but after they left the Mets. Here are the guys who threw no-hitters after pitching for the Mets: Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, Dwight Gooden, Tom Seaver, David Cone and Hideo Nomo who threw a no-hitter before and after pitching for the Mets.
So while the Mets have gone nearly 8,000 games without a no-hitter, the Montreal Expos didn't have to wait that long. In just the 9th game in franchise history, on April 17, 1969, Bill Stoneman threw a no-hitter at the Phillies in old Connie Mack Stadium before a whopping crowd in Philadelphia of 6,496. Stoneman, who also threw a no-no in 1972 for the Expos, struck out 8 in his no-hitter. The Expos won the game 7-0. Rusty Staub, a future Met, had four hits including a homer and three RBI's.
I guess the Mets got the last laugh though since the Expos morphed into the Washington Nationals.
I hope I live another 50-years without a Mets no-hitter. That would be nice.