Ste­wart’s no­no part of base­ball his­tory

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Dave Ste­wart made his­tory north of the bor­der on the night of June 29, 1990, and later in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, that Fri­day evening be­came even more his­toric.

Ste­wart threw a no­hit­ter in Toronto; the right­han­der struck out 12 and walked three in the A’s 5­0 vic­tory. The Oak­land na­tive would rack up 22 wins in 1990, the fourth straight sea­son in which he’d have at least 20 wins. He had been named the World Se­ries MVP the pre­vi­ous year when the A’s swept the Gi­ants.

“This was the high­light of my ca­reer,” Ste­wart said about the no­hit­ter in a wire­ser­vice story. “Win­ning 20 ball­games, that’s some­thing be­cause they don’t have to vote on 20 wins. But I thought after win­ning a World Se­ries and an MVP that you couldn’t top that. This does.”

Ste­wart is­sued a two­out walk in the ninth be­fore get­ting Tony Fer­nan­dez to fly to cen­ter fielder Dave Hen­der­son to end the game and give the

A’s their first no­hit­ter since Mike War­ren shut down the White Sox on Sept. 29, 1983.

It didn’t take long for the next no­hit­ter to be thrown in the ma­jors. A few hours after the fi­nal out in Toronto, the Dodgers’ Fer­nando Valen­zuela fin­ished his no­no against St. Louis. Ste­wart and Valen­zuela, who had been team­mates in L.A. in the early 1980s, be­came the first and only ma­jor­league pitch­ers to throw a no­hit­ter on the same day in mod­ern MLB his­tory.

— Steve Kroner

Patti Gower / Toronto Star via Getty Images 1990

Rickey Hen­der­son (left) and Dave Ste­wart cel­e­brate after Ste­wart pitched a no­hit­ter in Toronto on June 29, 1990.

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