With the whisper whip of a speeding baseball cutting through the air on April 28, 1985, Mexican American Fernando Valenzeula pitched the conclusion of five shutouts during an eight-game winning streak to start the season. “Fernandomania” became a national epidemic. The 20-year old Valenzeula is left-handed, with an incredible screwball pitch that confounded the pros of his time. After a Major League career from 1980 to 1996, Valenzuela retired as the leading Mexican-born pitcher in Major League history. In 2003, he returned to assist his former team, the Dodgers, as a Spanish-language color commentator.
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