Bailey has scant company among the 20 pitchers who have thrown multiple no-hitters since World War II. A breakdown, with names appearing chronologically:
●Hall of Famers: Bob Feller, Jim Bunning, Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan. Ryan famously threw seven no-hitters, the total combined for the only two other men to throw more than two — Feller (three) and Koufax (four). Koufax’s came in four straight seasons.
●Multiple all-star appearances: Allie Reynolds, Virgil Trucks, Ken Holtzman, Steve Busby, Randy Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay. There’s a range here. Johnson will end up in the Hall of Fame, and Verlander and Halladay have both won the Cy Young Award. Reynolds was a five-time all-star for the Yankees, Buehrle a four-timer with the White Sox, while Holtzman, Busby and Trucks made just two all-star appearances. Holtzman’s first no-hitter came without a strikeout, the only one on this list in that category.
●One-time all-stars: Carl Erskine, Jim Maloney, Don Wilson, Bill Stoneman, Hideo Nomo. Nomo, the only Japanese-born pitcher to pitch a no-hitter, was an all-star as a rookie for the Dodgers in 1995, but his first no-hitter came the next season. Erskine won 68 games in a four-year stretch for Brooklyn. Stoneman owns several distinctions: the only pitcher on this list with a career losing record (54-85), he made his only all-star appearance in 1972 with Montreal — for whom his first no-hitter was just the ninth game in franchise history.
●Never an all-star: Bob Forsch, Homer Bailey. Time will tell which category Bailey fits into, but he could do worse than having a career such as Forsch’s — four seasons with at least 14 wins, including a 20-7 campaign in 1972 with St. Louis, and a career record of 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA over 16 seasons.