RIGHETTI: THE NO
HITTER, JULY 4, 1983.
He has not been a New York Yankee for a long time. Nevertheless, it
whenever the Fourth of July comes around, some thoughts turn to what
Righetti accomplished on that Independence Day in
holiday crowd of 41,077 was on hand at Yankee Stadium on Independence
of the fans wore Yankee hats that had been given away as a promotion
game against the Boston Red Sox.
Dave Righetti had come to the Yankees in a multiple player deal that
Sparky Lyle to Texas. His major league debut was as an end of the
up on September 16, 1979. But it was not until 1981 that he
the Yankees to stay.
American League Rookie of the Year that 1981 season (8-4, 2.06
player they called "Rags" won twice against Milwaukee in
divisional play and once over Oakland in the LCS.
On this warm and sunny day, the 24-year-old Dave Righetti would make
He would pitch a no-hitter against the BoSox. The stylish hurler walked
and struck out nine men, including Wade Boggs for the final out. Boggs,
.357 at the time, went down swinging on a hard slider, Righetti’s bread
butter pitch that day.
FRANK MESSER (GAME CALL, WABC RADIO):
The Yankees lead, 4-0. Glenn Hoffman is at second base, two outs, in
the top of
the ninth inning. And Dave Righetti on the threshold of making history
Yankee Stadium. He set, the kick, and the pitch. . . HE STRUCK HIM OUT!
RIGHETTI HAS PITCHED A NO-HITTER! DAVE RIGHETTI HAS PITCHED A NO-HITTER!
Ironically, it would be Righetti’s last season as a regular
pitcher. The next year, he replaced Goose Gossage as the Yankees
closer, and in
1986 went on to set the then-major league single season save record of
The fourth of July no-hitter was the first by a lefthander in Yankee
history, the first no-hitter by a Yankee pitcher since 1956, when Don
tossed a perfect game. It was only the sixth regular-season no-hitter
Yankees history and the first since 1951.
Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program,
is in his
40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports
journalist, he is
the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New
City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime
well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling
Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering
Super Bowl was published last fall.
Frommer Baseball Classic –
Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports
Autographed copies at the ready of this and his other books.. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781630761554/Remembering-Yankee-Stadium-Second-Edition
The prolific author is at work on THE
ULTIMATER YANKEE BOOK