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Hideo Nomo does the improbable eighteeen years ago today – No No at Coors

September 17, 2014

Hideo Nomo no hiiter

On Sept 17th, 1996 Hideo Nomo did what no one thought could be done. Pitch a no – hitter in the hitters paradise known as Coors Field.

Rich Westcott, author of No-Hitter, wrote the following, “A pitcher has about as much chance of firing a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver as someone would have sliding down Pike’s Peak in a canoe.”

Dodger Nation wrote about the no hitter earlier this year. Note the 20th no – hitter in LA Dodger History. would need to update this by two later with Josh and Clayton adding to the LA Dodger total.

On Sept. 17, 1996, Hideo Nomo threw a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. This feat is all the more impressive because it was the first no-no ever thrown in the hitter-friendly setting at Coors Field. Furthermore, it came down the stretch of the regular season and during a highly competitive pennant race. This made Nomo the seventh Dodger to throw a no-hitter, and his performance marked the 20th no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

Here is the box score – a few notes:

  • The Dodger outfield was Wayne Kirby / Curtis playing CF (combined to go 4 for 5), and two ROY Todd Hollandsworth / Raul Mondesi
  • Just like Tom Brownings perfect game, this game was also delayed by rain, but in this case it was two hours instead of three
  • Because of the rain delay, Nomo pitched from the stretch from the 1st inning on
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