» June 5, 1970: In a sign of things to come, Minnesota rookie Bert Blyleven gives up a homer to the first batter he faces in the majors, Lee Maye. Blyleven settles down and allows just four more hits in seven innings and beats Washington, 2–1. Blyleven was brought up from Evansville (AA) to replace the injured Tiant.
» September 16, 1970: Clyde Wright joins Dean Chance (1964) as the Angels 2nd twenty-game winner as he beats the Twins, 5–1. Bert Blyleven, 19-year old rookie, ties an American League record by striking out the first six batters. He strikes out 10 in six 2/3 innings.
» July 31, 1972: Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950 (Hank Thompson) to hit two inside-the-park homers in a game. Minnesota's Bert Blyleven is on the mound in the first and the 5th when Allen connects past Danny Darwin in CF. Chicago wins, 8–1 behind Stan Bahnsen, with Allen driving in five with his homers.
» May 24, 1973:
The Twins Bert Blyleven one hits the Royals to win, 2–0. Ed Kirkpatrick's bunt single in the 5th is the only hit.
» September 26, 1973: The Twins Bert Blyleven posts his 2nd one-hitter of the season, beating the A's 4–1. Angel Mangual's single in the 5th is the only hit.
» July 4, 1974:
Toby Harrah's 3rd inning homer is the only hit for Texas, as Bert Blyleven and Twins win, 3–1.
» August 27, 1975: The Twins Craig Kusick ties the major-league record by being hit with pitches three times in a game, an 11-inning 1–0 win over the Brewers. Bert Blyleven goes the distance for the win.
» June 1, 1976:
The Twins trade P Bert Blyleven and SS Danny Thompson to the Rangers for P Bill Singer, SS Roy Smalley, 3B Mike Cubbage, and $250,000. Thompson will die of leukemia on December 10.
» June 21, 1976: Bert Blyleven hurls a one-hit shutout as the Rangers edge the A's, 1–0. On the 26th, Blyleven will pitch another 1-0, one-hit victory, beating the White Sox in 10 innings.
» September 20, 1976: The Angels Nolan Ryan outduels Rangers Bert Blyleven, 1–0.
» September 22, 1977: Bert Blyleven pitches a no-hitter as the Rangers beat the Angels 6–0. Blyleven (14-12) walks one. Blyleven, who grew up two miles from the Angels' Anaheim Stadium and owns a restaurant nearby, fans seven including the side in the 7th inning. Paul Hartzell gives up 12 hits in losing.
» December 8, 1977: The Rangers engineer a series of deals with the Braves, Mets, and Pirates, unloading a total of six players and getting three in return. Among those involved are 1B Willie Montanez (to New York), Bert Blyleven (Pittsburgh), and Al Oliver (Texas).
» June 14, 1978: Bob Horner signs with the Braves for an estimated $175,000 bonus. Two days later he will celebrate his ML debut with a home run off Bert Blyleven of the Pirates.
» December 9, 1980:
The Pirates trade P Bert Blyleven and C Manny Sanguillen to the Indians for P Bob Owchinko, P Victor Cruz, C Gary Alexander, and minor league P Rafael Vasquez.
» May 6, 1981:
Cleveland's Bert Blyleven holds Toronto hitless for eight innings before Lloyd Moseby doubles to lead off the 9th, and Blyleven settles for a 4–1 two-hitter.
» June 14, 1985: Cleveland's Bert Blyleven notches his 200th career win, a 5–1 complete game against Oakland.
» August 1, 1985:
The Indians trade veteran P Bert Blyleven to the Twins for OF Jim Weaver, P Curt Wardle, and SS Jay Bell.
» July 18, 1986:
Against Baltimore's Scott McGregor, the Twins first two batters -- Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti -- hit homers Puckett adds another to help the Twins to a 7–3 win. Bert Blyleven is the winner.
» August 1, 1986: Minnesota's Bert Blyleven fires a 2-hitter and strikes out a club-record 15 batters to become the 10th pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts. Kirby Puckett hits for the cycle to lead the Twins to a romp 10–1 over the A's.
» September 13, 1986: The Rangers set a club record with seven home runs in a 14–1 rout of Minnesota. Five of the home runs come off Twins starter Bert Blyleven, who will yield a ML-record 50 this season.
» September 29, 1986: Cleveland 2B Jay Bell becomes the 9th player in history to hit a home run on the first ML pitch he sees, but the Indians fall to the Twins, 6–5. Bell tolls his home run off Bert Blyleven, for whom Bell, along with two other players, had been traded the previous year. Bell's dinger is the 47th of the season against Blyleven, breaking the major-league record of 46 home runs allowed by Robin Roberts in 1956. Blyleven will end the year with 50 gophers.
» October 8, 1987: Minnesota wins again as Bert Blyleven beats the Bengals ace Jack Morris 6–3.
» October 18, 1987: The Twins win their 2nd straight World Series game 8–4, tallying seven runs in the 4th inning. Bush's bases loaded double is the inning's big blow to back Bert Blyleven's seven innings of solid pitching.
» October 22, 1987: Danny Cox gives the Redbirds a 4–2 victory in game 5. Ford singles off Bert Blyleven with the sacks full in the 6th to break a scoreless tie.
» April 22, 1988: Cory Snyder and Joe Carter hit grand slams to power the Indians to a 11–6 win over the Twins. Twins P Bert Blyleven hits a ML record-tying four Cleveland batsmen before departing.
» May 23, 1988:
Danny Tartabull, who hit an IPHR against Bert Blyleven last October, does it again in the Metrodome. The Twins hang on for a 7–5 win over KC. Bert also served up a pair of IPHR to Bernie Allen in the dome in 1972, his only other IPHRs at Minnesota.
» June 19, 1988: Bert Blyleven wins his 250th career game as Minnesota beats Seattle 3–1. Jeff Reardon picks up his 20th save of the season, giving him seven straight 20-save seasons.
» July 8, 1988: In game with the Angels, Cleveland's Bud Black hits Jack Howell, Devon White, and Johnny Ray with pitches in the 4th inning of a 10–6 loss, tying the ML record. Bert Blyleven will match him in September.
» September 28, 1988:
In a 5–2 loss to Oakland, Minnesota's Bert Blyleven plunks three batters in the 2nd inning to tie a ML record.
» November 3, 1988: Veteran pitcher Bert Blyleven changes clubs for the 5th time, going from the Twins to the Angels for a package of minor leaguers.
» April 21, 1990:
California's Bert Blyleven lasts just four innings, allowing seven runs in an 8–0 loss to Minnesota. Blyleven allows nine hits, including homers to Kent Hrbek and Randy Bush. He's now reached the 400 mark in gopher balls, 7th on the all-time list. West is the winner with help from Candelaria.
» July 8, 1990: Losing 7–0 to California in the 3rd, the Brewers score 20 unanswered runs, including 13 in the 5th, to win. This is the biggest swing of runs since 1980 and will not be topped in the 90s. Looking for his 279th win, Bert Blyleven starts for the Angels but never makes it out of the 4th. He'll win only once more the rest of the year.
» September 29, 1992: Royals P Dennis Rasmussen (4–0) hurls a one-hit, 2–0 shutout over the Angels. Damion Easley's leadoff single in the 4th inning is the only California hit. Bert Blyleven takes the loss, serving up a 2-run gopher to Mike MacFarlane.
» October 4, 1992: Juan Gonzalez has three hits, including his American League-high 43rd homer, one better than Mark McGwire, to pace the Rangers to 9–5 win over California. Dean Palmer also homers, both coming off Bert Blyleven, to help Kevin Brown win his 21st.
» September 4, 2002:
Aaron Myette, ejected yesterday for two pitches behind Melvin Mora, starts today's game, allowing six of the 11 walks in an 8–3 loss to Baltimore. According to the New York Times, it is the first back to back start by a pitcher since Steve McCatty in 1980 [though five pitchers -- Dennis Martinez (Baltimore), Bert Blyleven (Cleveland), Pete Vuckovich (Milwaukee), Rick Langford (Oakland), and Juan Eichelberger (San Diego) -- made the last start before the 1981 strike and the first start after].