December 20, 2001 – The Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Hideo Nomo to a two-year contract. It was the second L.A. tenure for Nomo, who made history in 1995 as the first player from a Japanese professional league in 30 years to appear in the Major Leagues. As the 1995 N.L. Rookie of the Year, Nomo’s success would pave the way for other Japanese stars to play in the United States. In 191 lifetime games with the Dodgers, Nomo went 81-66 with a 3.74 ERA. He also is one of five players in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter in each league, joining Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.