When the 1990 Major League Baseball Season started there had been 217 total No-Hitters in the long history of baseball. Many seasons have had their share of No-Hitters but the oncoming season would be the best for this difficult feat. In the 1990 season a record seven No-Hitters would occur. No other season since has been able to break this incredible record. Let’s visit the 1990 season and it’s record breaking games.
April 11, 1990-
Mark Langston (7 Innings) – California Angels
Mike Witt (2 Innings) – California Angels
California Angels pitchers Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined for the No-Hitter in nine total innings. Langston pitched seven innings while Witt pitched the final two innings of the game and recorded the save. This was the second No Hitter of Witt’s career and Langston’s first and only in his career.
June 2, 1990-
Randy Johnson – Seattle Mariners
For the second time in the 1990 season the Mariners were involved in a No-Hitter on June 2nd. This time they were on the better end of the of the box score. Randy Johnson achieved his first career No-Hitter and grabbed his second win of the season in the 2-0 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
June 11, 1990-
Nolan Ryan – Texas Rangers
One of the all time greatest pitchers and the career leader in No-Hitters, Nolan Ryan notched his sixth career “No-No” in the 1990 season. In that game Ryan was given a good amount of help by his offense in the 5-0 victory in which his Texas Rangers visited the Oakland A’s. Ryan would go on to throw one more No-Hitter in 1991 in his final Major League season in 1991 cementing his legacy as of the best pitchers in the history of baseball.
June 29, 1990-
Dave Stewart – Oakland A’s
Nineteen days after falling victim to Nolan Ryans sixth career no hitter the Oakland A’s were able to feel the joy of this great pitching feat themselves. Dave Stewart pitched the A’s to a 5-0 No-Hit win against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Canada. This was the first of two No-Hit games on the 29th of June in 1990.
June 29, 1990-
Fernando Valenzuela – Los Angeles Dodgers
Less than a decade removed from “Fernando Mania” the city of Los Angeles got to revel in the greatness that this pudgy pitcher from Mexico was able to provide on June 29, 1990. Fernando Valenzuela was the second pitcher to record a No-Hitter on that day, it was the only one of his career. Fernando was able to pitch his Dodgers to the 6-0 No-Hit victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in L.A. It would be the last great moment of Fernando Valenzuela’s career.
August 15, 1990-
Terry Mulholland – Philadelphia Philles
Terry Mulholland became the victor in the sixth No-Hitter of the 1990 season on Agust 15th, His Phillies defeated the visiting San Francisco Giants by a score of 6-0.
Most baseball fans could not believe that they had witnessed so many No-Hit performances in one season. The seson was not yet finish and niether was this history making season.
September 2, 1990-
Dave Stieb – Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Stieb finished off this history making season with its seventh and final No-Hitter. Stieb’s Blue Jays defeated the Indians in Cleveland, OH by a score of 3-0. The Blue Jays became the third team that season to fall to a No-Hitter only to return later that season with a No-Hit performance of their own.