The winningest pitcher to ever come from the country of Mexico, Fernando Valenzuela is one of the of the better pitchers in Dodgers history. Valenzuela was signed by the Dodgers in 1979, and in his first full season in 1981, he has one of the most iconic rookie seasons in the history of the MLB. Fernando won his first eights starts, five of which in shutouts, and sparked what would be known as “Fernandomania” in Los Angeles. Overall, he had a record of 13-7 with a 2.48 ERA in a strike-shortened season leading the league in strikeouts and won both the NL Rookie of the Year as well as the Cy Young award, becoming the first player to ever do both in the same season. The Dodgers also won the World Series in his rookie year in 1981.
Fernando Valenzuela pitched for the Dodgers for the first ten years of his 17-year career. His time in L.A. was by far his most successful as he was a six-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award in 1986, two Silver Sluggers in 1981 and 1983, led the National League in wins in 1986 and even pitched a no-hitter in 1990. While Valenzuela’s jersey was not retired officially, no one has worn the No. 34 for the Dodgers since Valenzuela out of respect for his incredible career with the team.
Its never too late for Dodgers fans to get in on the “Fernandomania” with our rare selection of memorabilia from the great Mexican pitcher. Valenzuela is one of the best pitchers in Dodgers history and is most known for having the best rookie season by any pitcher in baseball history. Every collectible from his career that we offer is guaranteed authentic and a great value for any collector.
Collecting Fernando Valenzuela Memorabilia