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May 10, 2021

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On May 10, 1981, Montreal Expos right-hander Charlie Lea pitches the first no-hitter in the history of Olympic Stadium. Lea, the first French-born pitcher to hurl a no-hitter, strikes out eight batters and walks four in the second game of a doubleheader, as the Expos beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-0.

In 2010 Lea was asked what he remembered about the final out of the game, it ended with a fly ball of the bat of Giants first baseman Enos Cabell. Lea said “It was a slider a little bit away from him,”  he went onto say, ” I don’t know if it was up or down but he hit it off the end, a little lazy fly ball to center. Dawson really didn’t have to move out of his tracks. Andre was a fairly emotionless guy. When he caught it and and immediately threw his arms in the air and started jumping up and down, me seeing his emotion, it was something special.”

Only three pitchers tossed no-hitters for the Montreal Expos franchise, Bill Stoneman did it twice in 1969 and 1972, and Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game in 1991.

Learn More about the teams, players, ball parks and events that happened on this date in history just click the tags! 1981 | Andre Dawson | Bill Stoneman | Charlie Lea | Dennis Martinez | Enos Cabell | May 10 | Montreal Expos | Olympic Stadium | San Francisco Giants