I’ve been developing websites since the late 1990s, and in 2008 I decided to combine those Internet skills with my lifelong love of the New York Mets to create NoNoHitters.com.
The blog, devoted to chronicling the New York Mets’ streak of failing to throw a single no-hitter in nearly a half-century of existence, was an instant hit with Mets fans. It also garnered more than its share of media attention, drawing feature stories in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, ESPN and the Mets’ own television magazine, “Mets Weekly.”
The site’s fame reached a frenzied pace in June 2012 when Johan Santana threw the Mets’ first no-hitter to end the streak, and NoNoHitters.com has since evolved into baseball’s online home for all no-hitters. (The archived Mets version remains online at mets.nonohitters.com).
Here’s a sampling of the media coverage that NoNoHitters.com has drawn over the years:
- Helping to Rewrite Record Book and the Tone of a Web Site – New York Times, June 1, 2012 – New York Times writer Vincent Mallozzi, who featured NoNoHitters.com in a May 2011 profile, puts it quite bluntly in his lede: “The curse is history — so is the Web site.” The Web site lives on, actually, but with a new focus chronicling the San Diego Padres’ streak of never throwing a no-no.
- ‘No-No-Hit’ Blog Loses Its Reason for Being – Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2012 – Wall Street Journal writer Jared Diamond tells the tale of how NoNoHitters.com made history in just one night.
- Mets’ No Hitter Means NoNoHitters Is No More – The Atlantic Monthly website, June 1, 2012 – Atlantic Wire writer Connor Simpson features NoNoHitters.com in a collection of media reactions to Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ longstanding curse.
- Nonohitters.com, Web site that chronicles dubious history, happy to get no hits – New York Post, June 1, 2012 – The Post’s Brian Costello talks about the site’s new focus and how it will continue post Mets no-no.
- A Mets Web Site About Nothing – New York Times, May 20, 2011 – Mallozzi profiles NoNoHitters.com shortly after Mets pitcher Dillon Gee took a potential no-no 5 2/3 innings deep.
- Mets Weekly (streaming video file) – SNY television, Aug. 15, 2009 – SNY’s Mets news magazine hosted by Julia Alexandria showcases NoNoHitters.com in its “Sites, Sounds, Links and Blogs” segment. One of the show’s video journalists interviewed me in the upper deck at Citi Field during a weekday game against the Colorado Rockies.
- Forty years later, Jim Qualls still looms as biggest figure in New York Mets’ no-hit futility – The Star-Ledger, May 28, 2009 – Star-Ledger writer Steve Politi profiles Jim Qualls, the man who ended Tom Seaver’s bid for a Mets perfect game July 9, 1969 with a one-out ninth-inning single. Politi for the piece interviews myself, Qualls and Ron Darling.
- Despite Jonathon Niese’s bid, Mets still without a no-hitter – CBSSports.com, April 8, 2012 – After Jon Niese loses a no-no in the seventh inning, CBSSports.com baseball blogger C. Trent Rosecrans talks about the Mets’ streaks and mentions the site.
- No-Hitters Have Given Mets the Slip Since 1962 – Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2011 – NoNoHitters.com is mentioned in a Wall Street Journal piece by writer Brian Costa that highlights the Mets’ dubious no no-no streak, which at the time lasted 49 years and 38 days.
- One-hit Wonders – ESPN New York, Aug. 18, 2010 – ESPNNewYork.com baseball writer Mark Simon chronicles the Mets’ one-hitters after R.A. Dickey throws the team’s 35th, missing the elusive no-no on a lone Cole Hamels single. NoNoHitters.com gets a mention.
- Mets, Padres Unlucky To Have No No-Hitters – Wall Street Journal’s “The Daily Fix,” July 28, 2010 – Wall Street Journal blogger Carl Bialik discusses the no no-hitters streaks that belong to the Mets and the San Diego Padres and discusses the probabilities of throwing one. NoNoHitters.com gets a couple of mentions in the story.
- Mets’ Pelfrey: We’ll get our no-no – New York Daily News, April 22, 2012 – Kristi Ackert interviews Mike Pelfrey about his friend Philip Humber’s perfect game in an article that mentions NoNoHitters.com. Pelfrey vows: “I think one day it’s gonna happen. I can’t tell you when, but it’s gonna happen eventually.”
- Phillip Humber’s Perfect Game Continues New York Mets’ No-Hitter Curse – Bleacher Report, April 21, 2012 – Columnist Michael Moraitis discusses ex-Met Philip Humber’s perfect game and his addition to the “No-hitters after they left the Mets” club.