On This Day In Baseball History: September 17, 1981

Fernando Valenzuela


Los Angeles Dodgers rookie starter Fernando Valenzuela tosses his eighth shutout of the season tying a 68-year old record set in 1913 by Reb Russell of the Chicago White Sox. Along with his league leading and rookie record 8 shutouts he also lead the league in complete games with 11, innings pitched with 192 1/3, and strikeouts with 180. Fernando Mania was capped off by Valenzuela winning both the 1981 NL Rookie of the Year and CY Young awards while also coming in fifth in NL MVP voting.


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