The list of no-hitters throughout baseball history is as notable for who’s on it as for who’s not.

For every Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Bob Feller and Cy Young who appears on the list at least once, there are those who don’t appear at all, legends such as Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Don Sutton and Steve Carlton.

There’s no rhyme or reason to why they are not on the list, and there’s even less to why the list populated with one-and-dones such as Dallas Braden, Bud Smith, Mike Warren or Ed Halicki.

And then there’s Clay Buchholz.

He threw a no-no in just his second big league start as a skinny 23-year-old in September 2007.

Yesterday, he took a no-hitter all the way into the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ 5-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays. And as cool as it would have been to see Buchholz become a two-time member of the no-hit club, something far more important transpired at Fenway Park.

Buchholz, now only slightly less skinny as a 28-year-old than he was as a rookie, is on the verge of confirming that he is not one of those fluke names on that no-hit list.

Injuries have ensured that his career has not been on that uninterrupted path to being a legitimate ace, and he has had as many downturns to his career as highlights, like his All-Star season in 2010. But his health and start this season — 0.41 ERA after his first three starts — lend more evidence to the suspicion that Buchholz still has time to leave a legacy as an ace, rather than merely one of the guys on that no-hitter list.

Just the fact that Buchholz has more weapons at his disposal now than when he threw that no-no in 2007 makes the case that he is capable of being an ace over the course of several seasons, rather than a few starts within one season — or for nine special innings at a time.