Fernando Valenzuela

Fernando Valenzuela
Birthdate 11/1/1960
Death Date
Debut Year 1980
Year of Induction
Teams Angels, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, Padres, Phillies
Positions Announcer, Pitcher

The only pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year & Cy Young in the same season, Fernando Valenzuela made 6 straight All Star teams from 1981-86.

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1981 Topps Dodger Future Stars card signed by Fernando, Mike Scioscia, and Jack Perconte

1981 Topps Dodger Future Stars card signed by Fernando, Mike Scioscia, and Jack Perconte

Sometimes it’s difficult to predict how well a prospect will perform at the big league level. This card produced by Topps displays Mike Scioscia, Fernando Valenzuela, and Jack Perconte and is autographed by each player. Though Perconte would enjoy seven Major League seasons, the two men pictured with him became mainstays for two Dodger championship teams. Scioscia played
Jerry Layne called balls and strikes for Fernando's 1990 no-hitter; here Layne signs for his 2011 All Star ring

Jerry Layne called balls and strikes for Fernando's 1990 no-hitter; here Layne signs for his 2011 All Star ring

Fernando Valenzuela took the baseball world by storm in 1981. He earned both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards for his work in the regular season before the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series. Fernandomania was all the rage throughout the country. Perhaps his most memorable single

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