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  • 1970 - The A’s Vida Blue no-hits the Twins, 6 - 0, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day. The only baserunner against Blue is Harmon Killebrew, who walks in the 4th inning. Bert Campaneris, who helps Blue with a leaping catch on George Mitterwald in the 5th, adds a triple and home run. An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue’s 2nd major league start.
  • 1992 - Oakland P Dennis Eckersley becomes the second pitcher in history to record 50 saves in a season as he preserves the Athletics’ 6 - 5 win over Chicago. The White Sox’ Bobby Thigpen had 57 saves in 1990.

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