The closest MLB ever came to an All-Star game no-no came 26 years ago yesterday.
With only seven shutouts in All-Star history, it’s no surprise that there have been no no-hitters since the tradition began in 1933. In fact, midsummer classic fans have never even got to witness a one-hitter, but the American League staff did take a one-hitter into the ninth inning during the 1990 All-Star Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The possibility of an All-Star no-no had been killed early when the San Francisco Giants’ Will Clark tagged the Oakland As’ Bob Welch for a first-inning single. Welch managed to keep the NL hitless for the rest of his two-inning stint, and Dave Steib, Bret Saberhagen, Bobby Thigpen, Chuck Finley held the fort through eight when Dennis Eckersley was called on for the save.
Eckersley gave up a lead-off single to the Phillies’ Lenny Dykstra before retiring the next three batters to notch the save and preserve the only two-hitter in All-Star history, final score American League 2, National League 0.