DAVE RIGHETTI’S NO-HITTER YANKEE STADIUM, JULY 4, 1983 On the...

DAVE RIGHETTI’S NO-HITTER
YANKEE STADIUM, JULY 4, 1983
On the 44th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest man” speech and George Steinbrenner’s 53rd birthday, Righetti threw a no-hitter against Red Sox. He finished with a strikeout against Wade Boggs, who was on his way to the first of his five batting titles. Credit: AP

A new baseball season brings new players, new statistics and, of course, new books.

Some are in-depth biographies. Some are investigative/researched books about a specific event or season. Some are countdowns and lists and rankings designed to be sold to the masses.

The latest book to come across the OBP desks is called "100 Things Yankees Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."

Catchy, huh? Highly subjective, as well. In keeping with the subjective determination of the book's title, OBP decided to flip the book in the air and read and report whatever page it opened up to upon landing.

Page 161 (of 276). "58 - Dave Righetti." The entry on Righetti runs to page 164. It spends most of the words on his no-hitter. (Of course, if you're already a Yankee fan, you should know the date, opponent and final out.) But the more interesting part is the sidebar on how Andy Hawkins lost his no-hitter . . . one year after he threw it.

If you think you may want to read this book, start here.

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