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1996 HEADLINE: Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

1996 HEADLINE:  Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person. This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’. And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me. That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter. And Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person. This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’. And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me. That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter. And Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person.  This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’.  And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me.  That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter.  And Happy Anniversary!!!

My Al Leiter Collection Commemorating His ‘No-Hitter’ Is Now Complete!!!

My Al Leiter Collection Commemorating His ‘No-Hitter’ Is Now Complete!!!

I have stated it many times on this blog – the best sporting event I have ever been to was the game in which I saw Al Leiter throw a no-hitter!!  I have been to World Series games, NBA conference Finals, and some extremely exciting events during my time, but no game captured the ‘edge of your seat’ feeling like watching a no-hitter going down right in front of your eyes.

A few years ago I sent my ticket stub to Mr. Leiter along with a few cards in hope of nabbing a few autographs.

And then just last week, I got my baseball back from a signing he was doing in conjunction with the Major League Alumni Marketing team.

And now, my collection is complete – and it looks G-R-E-A-T!!!

Have a look:

Thank you for the memories, Mr. Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person.  This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’.  And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me.  That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter.  And Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person.  This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’.  And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me.  That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter.  And Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person.  This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote a few months back when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’.  And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me.  That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter.  And Happy Anniversary!!!

Ticket Stub #13 – The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To

Ticket Stub #13 – The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To

Hopefully the headline drew you in for this one….

May 11, 1996 – Florida Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies – Joe Robbie Stadium

A little background on how I got tickets for this game:  I was working at a local sporting goods store and Nike presented our store with 15 tickets in the ‘picnic’ section of the bleachers for winning a sales contest in our district.  The 15 tickets went quickly, and we all were able to enjoy the comfortable seating in the picnic area as well as free food and drinks for the duration of the game.  So not only did we got to enjoy a night out at the ballpark, but the free food and drinks were a nice added bonus!!

Colorado Rockies AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Young 4 0 0 0 0 2 0.319  
Weiss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.308  
Bichette 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.310  
Galaraga 2   0 0 1 1 0.260  
Burks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.308  
Castilla 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.299  
Hubbard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.192  
Munoz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Bates 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.250  
Painter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Owens 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.222  
Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Hayban 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
McCracken 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.182  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
White 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.248  
Arias 5 1 1 0 0 2 0.333  
Colbrunn 5 3 3 0 0 1 0.289  
Sheffield 1 3 0 0 3 0 0.290  
Conine 2 1 1 3 2 0 0.273  
Pendleton 4 2 3 5 0 1 0.227 HR
Johnson 4 1 1 3 0 1 0.240 HR
Grebeck 4 0 2 0 0 0 0.143  
Leiter 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.059  

That’s right baby!!!!  I was at Al Leiter’s no-hitter and I loved every minute of it!!!!

This is the kind of game you read about.  This is the kind of game you hear stories about.  This is the kind of game you are envious about when someone tells you that they have seen a ‘no-hitter’ live in person.  The energy and sheer excitement was effecting everyone in the ballpark.  Just like players and coaches that have superstitious traditions when it comes to not effecting the pitcher’s focus during a game like this, we as fans follow suit.  We all stayed in the same seats.  None of us drank or ate anything differently.  None of us took bathroom breaks. 

Look, I have been to some pretty awesome sporting events in my life.  College football homecoming games, NBA playoffs, Tennis chamopinships, and even the World Series.  When I tell you that nothing has ever come close to the excitement and enthusiasm that I felt during this game I am not exaggerating!!! 

This game was thrilling from start to finish and is ‘The Game’ that I will remember seeing live for the rest of my life!!!!

Ticket Stub #12 – Padres vs. Marlins – 04/22/1996

Ticket Stub #12 – Padres vs. Marlins – 04/22/1996

Miami, FL – Joe Robbie Stadium

Padres 5, Marlins 3

I got the opportunity to see Rickey Henderson live and I jumped at it!!!  I had seen him play in several Spring Training games, but to watch him play in a regular season game was great.  His approach at the plate and desire to beat the competition was one of my favorite attributes of Rickey’s play.  Too bad, he went 0-for-4….

I also got to see Gary Sheffield hit a home run which was pretty impressive.  I’ve always been in awe of Sheffield at the plate, and I can honestly say that over the course of his career if I caught a game on TV in which he was at bat I stopped to watch EVERY time.  He is immensely talented, and his bat speed is out of this world.

San Diego Padres AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Henderson 4 0 0 0 1 0 0.159  
Finley 4 0 0 0 0 2 0.217  
Newfield 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.395  
Caminiti 4 1 2 0 0 0 0.325  
Livingstone 4 1 2 2 0 0 0.235 HR
Reed 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.295 SB
Ausmus 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.215  
Cedeno 4 1 3 1 0 0 0.246  
Ashby 2 0 0 1 0 2 0.364  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Veras 3 0 1 0 1 1 0.254 SB
Orsulak 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Sheffield 4 1 2 1 0 0 0.288 HR
Conine 4 0 2 1 0 0 0.260  
Pendleton 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.211  
Colbrunn 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.230  
Johnson 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.214  
Abbott 3 1 1 1 0 0 0.304 HR
Burkett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.154  
White 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.205  
Weathers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  

Hall of famers in this game – Rickey Henderson(???) & Gary Sheffield(???) 

Ticket Stub #11 – Reds vs Marlins – 05/10/1995

Ticket Stub #11 – Reds vs Marlins – 05/10/1995

Joe Robbie Stadium – Miami, FL

Reds 3, Marlins 0

I wanted to go to this game for 1 reason – Deion Sanders.  I found Deion to be an ‘electric’ kind of player.  A player that makes you want to go to the ballpark to see him live.  Although Deion was not the most talented player on the field, his style and personality were unmatched and even in a visiting stadium, he was a crowd favorite.  In this game I recall him hitting a triple.  A triple that would have been a double for 99% of the league, but Deion had some serious wheels and really ran the base paths well.

For the Marlins, they were still a few seasons away from their 1997 World Series title, but their roster was full of players with an awful lot of potential.  Led by Gary Sheffield’s incredible talent, this roster included Charles Johnson, Jeff Conine, Terry Pendleton, and Chuck Carr.

Unfortunately this game did not live up to what I had hoped for, primarily because my Marlins only managed 2 hits in the entire game.  But, for me I was still more than pleased as I was able to see ‘Prime Time’ live in person.

Cincinnati Reds AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Sanders 4 1 1 1 0 1 0.192 3B
Harris 4 1 2 1 0 1 0.375  
Larkin 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.404  
Gant 4 0 1 1 0 1 0.289  
Walton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.400  
Morris 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.255  
Boone 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.340  
Sanders 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.220  
Taubensee 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.231  
Jarvis 4 1 2 0 0 1 0.286  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Veras 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.178  
Abbott 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.313  
Sheffield 3 0 1 0 1 0 0.340  
Conine 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.347  
Pendleton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.192  
Colbrunn 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.306  
Johnson 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.116  
Carr 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Burkett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Veres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Mathews 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Browne 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.100  
Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  

Hall of Famers in this Game – Gary Sheffield(???) and Barry Larkin(???)