Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/4/11
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DALLAS –– Before Fernando Valenzuela and Pedro Martinez, there was Luis Tiant. During his major league debut against the Yankees on July 19, 1964, the right-hander stepped onto the mound and dazzled for the Cleveland Indians, fanning 11 batters en route to a shutout victory. That outing would establish the foundation for the rest of his career. After stints with the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the California Angels and the Boston Red Sox, Tiant finished with a 229-172 record and a 3.30 ERA. On the surface, the numbers don't appear eye-popping enough to merit induction...
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