Hideo Nomo needed little time to give Boston Red Sox fans something for which they had waited generations.
The former Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter 18 years ago Thursday, ending the team’s longest no-no drought. Nomo, then 32, achieved the rare baseball feat in his Red Sox debut, holding the Baltimore Orioles hitless at Camden Yards in Boston’s 3-0 win.
Check out highlights of his dominant performance, in which he struck out 11 batters and walked three.
Dave Morehead threw a no-hitter for Boston on Sept. 16, 1965. Fans had to wait 35 years, six months, and 18 days before another Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter. Step forward, Nomo.
Nomo would spend only the 2001 season with the Red Sox. He went 13-10 with a 4.50 ERA with an American League-high 220 strikeouts in 198 innings.
He re-joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent after his one-year contract with the Red Sox expired but he left behind a host of memories, none bigger than this his debut no-hitter.
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