“If I haven’t gotten a no-hitter after three times,” Dave Stieb said, ”I doubt if I ever will.”
The above quote was taken from an August 5, 1989 New York Times article, the night after Dave Stieb took a perfect game into the 9th inning against the New York Yankees before Roberto Kelly hit a two out double to break up the bid for perfection. Steve Sax followed with a single, scoring Kelly, and giving Stieb a complete game two-hitter.
Coming into his August 4th start, Stieb has thrown four career one-hitters. Stieb would go on to throw his fifth career one-hitter three weeks later against Milwaukee. Finally, in September, 1990, Stieb got his no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. It was the end of a 12 year quest that began on June 29th, 1979 against the Baltimore Orioles. Continue reading