Neat stuff Tuesday during YES’ Mariners-Yankees. A graphic asked the name of the M’s losing pitcher on this date, in 1996, when Dwight Gooden pitched his no-hitter.
David Cone jumped: “I was lying in a hospital bad. That’s why Doc was starting. That was my spot in the rotation when I was diagnosed with an aneurysm.
“I actually listened to that game on the radio because we couldn’t get it on TV up at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. That was my start — and Dwight Gooden pitched a no-hitter!”
Al Leiter, also in the booth, was flabbergasted to hear that. Who knew? Who remembered that part of it?
“And three days before that,” Cone said, “Al Leiter [with the Marlins] had a no-hitter.”
Oh, the answer: Twice-Yankee Sterling Hitchcock.