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Vida Blue
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Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher. In his 17-year career, he played for the Oakland Athletics , San Francisco Giants , and Kansas City Royals .

In 1970, after spending the season in the minor leagues with the Iowa Oaks of the American Association, , Blue was called up in September and made two starts that provided a glimpse of what was to come for the 21-year old. On September 11, he shut out the Kansas City Royals 3-0, giving up only one hit, to Pat Kelly in the eighth inning. Ten days later, he no-hit the Minnesota Twins 6-0 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the lone baserunner coming on Harmon Killebrew's fourth-inning walk. The no-hitter capped a season that witnessed four no-hitters; like Blue's, the other three were also pitched in California-based stadiums :

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