Top Ten Moments in Toronto Blue Jays History - Number 8
Mark Everett Kelly
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
While we await the start of the 2020 MLB season (whenever it occurs), I thought a look back at some historical memories to carry sports fans through would be therapeutic.
For the next ten days, I will uncover my perspective on the ten most memorable moments in Blue Jays history.
Number 8: Dave Stieb Finally Gets His No-No.
Date: September 2, 1990 - Cleveland Municipal Stadium
Opponent: Cleveland Indians
Final Score: Blue Jays 3 Indians 0
In his first 295 starts, Dave Stieb established himself as one of the most consistent pitchers in the American League. Despite being a six-time All-Star entering his 296th start on May 31, 1988, Stieb had never thrown a no-hitter or even a one-hitter. The fewest hits Stieb allowed in a complete game was two, which he accomplished twice (August 10 & September 6 in 1982).
Beginning with his start on May 31, 1988, and over his next 81 starts, Stieb completed five starts, which he allowed one hit. Three times over that span, Stieb came within one out of a no-hitter, including consecutive starts to end the 1988 season.
Finally, on September 2, 1990, Stieb accomplished what eluded him his previous five tries. He remains the only pitcher in team history to throw a no-hitter.