Andy Hawkins’ No-Hit Loss in 1990

It happened on July 1, 1990, as three Yankee errors and two walks in the eighth brought in four White Sox runs for a 4-0 defeat of the Yankees at old Comiskey Park. Hawkins had two out in the eighth when Sammy Sosa hit a grounder inside the bag at third to Mike Blowers, who dropped the ball on a backhanded stab, then failed to beat Sosa with his throw to first. It was initially a hit, but Bob Rosenberg, the official scorer, ruled the play an error after seeing the replay. Hawkins said: “The only difficult time I had was when they started changing things around on the scoreboard. They called it a hit, changed it to an error, and I went on a psychological seesaw there.”

He issued back-to-back walks to Ozzie Guillen and Lance Johnson, then made “a good first pitch” to Robin Ventura, who hit a fly ball toward Jim Leyritz in left. Leyritz explained: “The ball got caught up in the wind a little bit and just carried. When I caught up with it, I didn’t get my glove all the way on it.” Three runs scored. Then, in right, Jesse Barfield got a glove on Ivan Calderon’s fly ball, but dropped it, and Ventura scored the fourth run. After the game, Hawkins said: “I’m stunned, I really am. That’s not even close to the way I envisioned a no-hitter in the big leagues.

“You expect to walk off the field and shake everybody’s hands just like you’ve seen a thousand times before-like we’ve seen in the last two days with Fernando (Valenzuela) and Davey (Stewart). They came off the field in jubilation. They had a no-hitter and they had a win. And that’s the way it should be.”

White Sox starter Greg Hibbard had a perfect game going himself, until Bob Geren’s infield single with one out in the sixth. Hawkins left the game still with just one victory, on May 6 against the Angels. Yankees management had recently told Hawkins to either go down to triple-A affiliate in Columbus or be released, but Mike Witt, who’d pitched a perfect game 5 years earlier, went on the DL in early June, and Hawkins was back in the rotation to set the stage for his no-hitter. You can read more about this 8-inning no-hitter by Andy Hawkins here and here.

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  1. Last ever Sox Yankees game in old Comiskey Park. The fly ball Barfield dropped was an absolute “can of corn” He was camped under the ball and just dropped it.

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