On June 27, 1980, Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Jerry Reuss threw his first and only career no-hitter on the road against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory.
It was the first no-hitter of the 1980 MLB season and the sixth no-hitter in Dodgers history since relocating to Los Angeles and the 16th in franchise history.
Reuss’ no-hitter had perfect game potential if it wasn’t for a throwing error committed by shortstop Bill Russell in the first inning, which wound up as the only blemish in the Dodgers’ box score.
As for Reuss, he started the season in the bullpen after posting a subpar 7-14 record in the 1979 season. Reuss made the most of his opportunity when put into the starting rotation in 1980 and the no-hitter improved the left-hander’s record to 9-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.87.
Perhaps most impressive, Reuss struck out just two batters en route to throwing the no-hitter. Reuss finished the 1980 season with an 18-6 overall record and 2.51 ERA.
He also recorded 10 complete games, six shutouts and earned the NL Comeback Player of the Year award while finishing second in the running for the CY Young Award. Reuss was selected to his second and final All-Star game that season as well.
Reuss spent nine seasons with the Dodgers before being released in the 1987 season. The next Dodgers no-hitter wouldn’t come for another 10 years.
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