On July 3, 2001 Brett Tomko tossed a no-hitter against Oklahoma City,
defeating the hometown RedHawks, 7-0. It was the first no-hitter by a Tacoma
pitcher since Pat Wernig's no-no in 1991.
Four days later, on July 7, 2001, John Halama duplicated the feat but went
one step further, tossing the first nine-inning perfect game in the 99-year
history of the Pacific Coast League, defeating the Calgary Cannons, 6-0, on
a 97-pitch perfect night. Halama had been sent down to the minors on June
29th to work on his mechanics and in his first start he defeated Oklahoma
City, 4-1, on just four hits. He joined the Seattle Mariners as the player
to be named in the 1998 trade that sent Randy Johnson to Houston.
The no-hitter by Halama was just the tenth no-hitter in Tacoma's history
since 1960. Blake Berthol caught both of the no-hitters.
(Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club.)