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Happy 30th birthday, Dave Righetti's no-hitter

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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It was July 4, 1983, when 24-year-old Yankees left-hander Dave Righetti did this ...

Like the man said, Righetti became the first Yankee to record a hitless nine-inning outing since Don Larsen crafted a World Series perfecto in 1956. As you can see, Righetti whiffed Boston's Wade Boggs to end it. Worth noting is that Boggs struck out just 36 times in 153 games in 1983, twice on this day. Boggs did, however, notch the only well-struck ball off Righetti during the course of the no-no -- a fourth-inning liner that settled into the glove of Dave Winfield.

Righetti's line for the day: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 9 K, 4 BB. His motivation for the day? Besides the usual incentives, Righetti was miffed about being passed over for the All-Star Game. Fellow Yankee Ron Guidry was forced to bow out, but, to replace him on the AL roster, Baltimore's Tippy Martinez was chosen over Righetti. On that front, Righetti's comments to the AP ...

Righetti was certainly on a roll at the time. He shut out the Orioles in his start before the no-hitter and, in the start after making history, he worked 10 1/3 innings (!) in an eventual loss to the Royals.

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