Happy anniversary to one of the most compelling nights in baseball history.
It was on this date in 1990 that two no-hitters were thrown on the same exact night. Two different time zones. Two different aces. Two amazing moments in baseball history.
Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics set the stage for a night filled with baseball drama as he took to the Skydome mound and mowed down the Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-0 win. Stewart struck out 12, walked just three, and needed just 115 pitches to get through a pretty decent Blue Jays lineup. Toronto was held hitless despite having John Olerud, Fred McGriff, and George Bell in the middle of their order.
You can check out how the game ended here:
Of course, Stewart’s no-no in Toronto was just the beginning. Thirty minutes and a few time zones later, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers began his quest for a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Valenzuela needed 119 pitches to cut down the Cardinals, striking out seven and walking three.
And at 10:17 p.m., it happened … and with Vin Scully – who at that point was in just his 40th season with the Dodgers – on what is still to this day an iconic call: