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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11261075 Nearly perfect: The heartbreakers Nearly+perfect%3A+The+heartbreakers MLB

11 pitchers lost a perfect game on the 27th batter, and two took a perfecto into extra innings only to lose it.

• July 4, 1908, Hooks Wiltse, N.Y. Giants (v. Phillies): Hit batsman, on 2–2 count. Ump Cy Rigler later said previous pitch should have been strike 3.
• Aug. 5, 1932, Tommy Bridges, Tigers (v. Senators): Single.
• June 27, 1958, Billy Pierce, White Sox (v. Senators): Double, just fair.
• May 26, 1959, Harvey Haddix, Pirates (v. Braves): Perfect through 12. Error in 13th, followed by intentional walk, then game-winning hit.
• Sept. 2, 1972, Milt Pappas, Cubs (v. Padres): Walk on borderline 3–2 pitch; he got a no-hitter.
• April 15, 1983, Milt Wilcox, Tigers (v. ChiSox): Single.
• May 2, 1988, Ron Robinson, Reds (v. Expos): Single.
• Aug. 4, 1989, Dave Stieb, Blue Jays (v. NYY): Double.
• April 20, 1990, Brian Holman, Mariners (v. A's): Homer.
• June 3, 1995, Pedro Martinez, Expos (v. Padres) Perfect through 9 before giving up leadoff double in the 10th.
• Sept. 2, 2001, Mike Mussina, Yankees (v. Red Sox): Two-strike single.
• June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga, Tigers (v. Indians): Infield single. Umpire Jim Joyce admitted to bad call.
• April 2, 2013, Yu Darvish, Rangers (v. Astros): Infield single on the first pitch to Marwin Gonzalez. Darvish was then pulled from the game.
 

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 31115764 Matt Cain — June 13, 2012 Matt+Cain+%26mdash%3B+June+13%2C+2012 MLB

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect-game record 125 pitches, 86 of them for strikes, for the Giants' first franchise perfect game. He fanned 14 to tie Sandy Koufax's record for strikeouts in a perfect game. Cain's  masterpiece featured a pair of great plays by his corner outfielders. Plate umpire Ted Barrett became the first umpire to work two perfectos; he also called David Cone's 1999 perfect game. This was the fifth no-hitter of the 2012 season and the third in less than two weeks. Cain's perfect game occurred less than two months after Philip Humber's. This is the second time in three years there have been two perfect games in the same season.


STATS
Opponent, score
: Houston Astros, 10-0
Venue: AT&T Park in San Francisco, night game
Attendance: 42,298
Time: 2:36
Catcher: Buster Posey
Umpire: Ted Barrett

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 30921930 Philip Humber — April 21, 2012 Philip+Humber+%26mdash%3B+April+21%2C+2012 MLB

Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw only 96 pitches (67 for strikes) and struck out nine. It was his first complete game and 12th win in his 30th big-league start. He was the Mets' first-round draft pick (third player overall) out of Rice University in 2004. The next year he had Tommy John surgery. In '08, he was one of the prospects traded to the Twins for Johan Santana. The Twins released him after the '09 season. He signed with the Royals, who lost him on waivers to the A's, which in turn lost him on waivers to the White Sox.


Umpire Brian Runge called Humber's perfecto. Runge's grandfather Ed umpired Boston's Dave Morehead's no-hitter in 1965. They are the second family combo to umpire no-hitters; Mike DiMuro called Roy Halladay's perfecto for the Phillies in 2010. His father Lou umpired Orioles righty Jim Palmer's no-hitter in 1969.


STATS
Opponent/score
: Chicago White Sox, 4-0
Venue: Safeco Field in Seattle, day game
Attendance: 22,472
Time: 2:17
Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski
Umpire: Brian Runge

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11243377 Roy Halladay — May 29, 2010 Roy+Halladay+%26mdash%3B+May+29%2C+2010 MLB

This game is the second perfect game of the 2010 season. Halladay is the second Phillie to throw a perfecto, joining Jim Bunning. Halladay completed his perfect game with 11 strikeouts. This PG was 20 days after Dallas Braden's perfect game, the shortest span between PGs and the only time there have been two in one season in the modern era. Halladay is the 7th pitcher (Richmond, Joss, Koufax, Witt, Browning, Martinez) to win a PG on an unearned run. Halladay was one out away from a no-hitter in his second career start with Toronto in 1998. He became the only perfect game pitcher to throw another no-hitter in the same season when he no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of the NLCS.

 

STATS
Opponent/score:
Florida Marlins, 1-0
Venue: Sun Life Stadium in Miami, night game
Attendance: 25,086
Time: 2:13
Catcher: Carlos Ruiz
Umpire: Mike DiMuro

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11197195 Dallas Braden — May 9, 2010 Dallas+Braden+%26mdash%3B+May+9%2C+2010 MLB

Before this, Oakland A's pitcher Braden was best known for his altercation with A-Rod over the latter’s breach of baseball etiquette. This was the first complete game in Braden's career. He struck out six in this Mother’s Day perfect game. After the last out, Braden embraced his grandmother, who raised him after his mother died when he was a teenager. The Rays are the second team to be victims of back-to-back perfect games; the first was the Dodgers, who lost to Browning in ’88 and Martinez in ’91.



STATS
Opponent/score
: Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0
Venue: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., day game
Attendance: 12,288
Time: 2:07
Catcher: Landon Powell
Umpire: Jim Wolf

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170342 Mark Buehrle — July 23, 2009 Mark+Buehrle+%26mdash%3B+July+23%2C+2009 MLB

Buehrle was assisted by an over-the-wall catch in the ninth by White Sox teammate, center fielder DeWayne Wise, to rob Gabe Kapler of a home run. This was the first perfect game with first-time battery-mates. It was also the first perfecto featuring a grand slam — by Josh Fields in the bottom of the second. Buehrle is one of six pitchers to throw a no-hitter and a perfect game. Umpire Eric Cooper was also behind the plate for Buehrle's previous no-hitter. In his start after the perfect game, Buehrle threw 5-2/3 perfect innings, setting the major league record for consecutive batters retired at 45 (including the final batter he faced in his appearance before the perfect game).



STATS
Opponent/score:
Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, day game
Attendance: 28,036
Time: 2:03
Catcher: Ramón Castro
Umpire: Eric Cooper

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170371 Randy Johnson — May 18, 2004 Randy+Johnson+%26mdash%3B+May+18%2C+2004 MLB

While with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Johnson was the oldest (40) and tallest (6-foot-10) man to hurl a perfect game. He struck out 13 and went to three balls just once. "The Big Unit" is one of six pitchers to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter. As a Mariner, he no-hit Detroit in 1990, giving him the longest span between no-hitters by a pitcher ever. He's one of five to throw a no-hitter in each league.


The surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer retired in 2010. In 2006, Johnson guest-starred in "The Simpsons" episode "Bart Has Two Mommies," in which he promotes left-handed teddy bears. He played himself in the film "Little Big League."



STATS
Opponent/score:
Atlanta Braves, 2-0
Venue: Turner Field in Atlanta, night game
Attendance: 23,381
Game time: 2:13
Catcher: Robby Hammock
Umpire: Greg Gibson

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170341 David Cone — July 18, 1999 David+Cone+%26mdash%3B+July+18%2C+1999 MLB

The battery of the 1956 World Series perfect game was on hand for this Yankees perfect game; It was Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium. Don Larsen threw out the first pitch. This was the only perfecto in regular-season interleague play. It was interrupted by a 33-minute rain delay. Joe Torre was present for all three perfect games at Yankee Stadium. As a 16-year-old, Torre attended Larsen's. He managed Wells' and Cone's. The latter two were the only successive perfectos by the same team. This was the Cone's last shutout.



He retired in '01; his attempted comeback with the Mets in '03 infuriated George Steinbrenner.



STATS
Opponent/score:
Montreal Expos, 6-0
Venue: Yankee Stadium in New York, day game
Attendance: 41,930
Time: 2:16
Catcher: Joe Girardi
Umpire: Ted Barrett

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170288 David Wells — May 17, 1998 David+Wells+%26mdash%3B+May+17%2C+1998 MLB

Wells was the second Yankee pitcher to reach perfection. The first perfect game thrown in Yankee Stadium was by Don Larsen, who attended the same high school as Wells. Wells claims that he threw the perfect game while being hung over. After the game, actor Billy Crystal approached Wells and said, "I got here late, what happened?" Wells said of the game: "In the seventh inning, I started getting really nervous. I knew what was going on, I was hoping the fans would kind of shush a little bit. They were making me nervous."

 

STATS
Opponent/score:
Minnesota Twins, 4-0
Venue: Yankee Stadium in New York, day game
Attendance: 49,820
Game time: 2:40
Catcher: Jorge Posada
Umpire: Tim McClelland

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11176212 Kenny Rogers — July 28, 1994 Kenny+Rogers+%26mdash%3B+July+28%2C+1994 MLB

Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers' perfect game occurred exactly three years after MLB’s last perfect game. Attendance was the largest ever at The Ballpark in Arlington for a regular-season game. The Angels and Rangers are the only major league teams to record perfect games against each other.



A few weeks after the game, Rogers appeared with singer Kenny Rogers at an event in Arlington. In 2005, Rogers was charged with misdemeanor assault for shoving a cameraman. The charge was reduced following completion of an anger management course. MLB suspended him 20 games and fined him $50,000.



STATS
Opponent/score:
California Angels, 4-0
Venue: The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, night game
Attendance: 46,581
Game time: 2:08
Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez
Umpire: Ed Bean

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170369 Dennis Martinez — July 28, 1991 Dennis+Martinez+%26mdash%3B+July+28%2C+1991 MLB

The Dodgers' "El Presidente," from Nicaragua, was the first foreign-born pitcher with a perfect game and the only one until Felix Hernandez did it in 2012. Mike Morgan had a no-hitter into the sixth, the latest the opposing starter in a perfect game remained perfect. Both runs were unearned. Two days earlier, Expos pitcher Mark Gardner no-hit the Dodgers through nine but lost the no-hitter in the 10th. Catcher Ron Hassey also caught Len Barker's PG. This was the third PG vs. the Dodgers (joining Larsen's and Browning's); the other teams to lose more than one are the Twins (to Hunter and Wells) and the Rays (to Buehrle and Braden). The national baseball park in Managua is named for Martinez.



STATS
Opponent/score: Montreal Expos, 2-0
Venue: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, day game
Attendance: 45,560
Time: 2:14
Catcher: Ron Hassey
Umpire: Larry Poncino

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170298 Tom Browning — Sept. 16, 1988 Tom+Browning+%26mdash%3B+Sept.+16%2C+1988 MLB

The game was delayed 2.5 hours. The pefect game came vs. the eventual World Series winner — the only time that has happened. The only run was unearned. Reds OF Paul O'Neill played for the winner in two more perfectos — Wells' and Cone's. Reds owner Marge Schott put a clause in Browning's contract (nixed by the NL) that his wife would get $300K if he pitched a perfect game the next year. He took a PG into the ninth in '89. The superstitious hurler did not shave between starts and wore red underwear when he pitched. He wrote "Tom Browning's Tales from the Reds Dugout." In '09, he was arrested for not paying child support.



STATS
Opponent/score:
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1-0
Venue: Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, night game
Attendance: 16,591
Time: 1:51
Catcher: Jeff Reed
Umpire: Jim Quick

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170349 Mike Witt — Sept. 30, 1984 Mike+Witt+%26mdash%3B+Sept.+30%2C+1984 MLB

The 6-foot-7 Witt struck out 10 and threw just 94 pitches to complete his perfect game for the California Angels. It is one of two no-hitters pitched on the final day of the MLB regular season. (The other was a combined no-hitter pitched by Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers for the A's in 1975.) Witt was the fourth pitcher (with Richmond, Joss and Koufax) to win a perfect game by a 1-0 score, on an unearned run. Doug DeCinces scored on a passed ball; Reggie Jackson got the RBI. In the ninth, California made three defensive changes. Witt struck out the first batter and Texas countered with two pinch hitters, both of whom grounded out.



STATS
Opponent/score: Texas Rangers, 1-0
Venue: Arlington Stadium in Texas, day game
Attendance: 8,375
Game time: 1:49
Catcher: Bob Boone
Umpire: Greg Kosc

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170263 Len Barker — May 15, 1981 Len+Barker+%26mdash%3B+May+15%2C+1981 MLB

Barker stuggled with control early in his career; he once threw a fastball that landed in the pressbox nearly 50 feet above home plate. But on this night for the Cleveland Indians, control was't an issue. "The Big Donkey" struck out 11 — and each went down singing. No batter reached a three-ball count. Spectacular plays by third baseman Toby Harrah in the sixth and second baseman Duane Kuiper in the seventh kept the perfecto alive. It was the first perfect game in which the DH was used. Only a handful of fans braved the 49-degree cold. Toronto shortstop Alfredo Griffin was on the losing side of two other perfect games — Tom Browning's and Dennis Martínez's.



STATS
Opponent/score:
Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0
Venue: Cleveland Stadium, in Cleveland night game
Attendance: 7,290
Time: 2:09
Catcher: Ron Hassey
Umpire: Rich Garcia

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170264 Jim "Catfish" Hunter — May 8, 1968 Jim+%26quot%3BCatfish%26quot%3B+Hunter+%26mdash%3B+May+8%2C+1968 MLB

In Hunter's perfect game — the first in the AL since 1922 — the pitcher also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and 3 RBI, driving in the winning run for the Oakland A's. Hunter (right, with Jim Pagliaroni and Sal Brando) received a $5,000 bonus. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.



Hunter spent his first year in the majors on the DL after being shot in the foot in a hunting accident. A's owner Charlie Finley gave Hunter his nickname. He was the subject of the Bob Dylan song, "Catfish," which was also released by Joe Cocker and Kinky Friedman. Hunter died in 1999 at age 53 after a fall at his home. He had Lou Gehrig's disease.



STATS
Opponent:
Minnesota Twins, 4-0
Venue: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, in Oakland, Calif., night game
Attendance: 6,298
Time: 2:28
Catcher: Jim Pagliaroni
Umpire: Jerry Neudecker

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170187 Sandy Koufax — Sept. 9, 1965 Sandy+Koufax+%26mdash%3B+Sept.+9%2C+1965 MLB

Legendary Dodger Koufax was the first lefty to pitch a perfect game. This was the first nighttime perfect game. Koufax struck out 14, the most in a perfect game. The opposing pitcher, Bob Hendley, pitched a one-hitter, allowing only two men to reach base, and had a no-hitter intact until the seventh. The game's only run was unearned. Koufax's perfect game gave him a then-record four no-hit games; he is one of six pitchers to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter.



Arthritis ended his career at age 30. The three-time Cy Young winner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.



STATS
Opponent/score:
Chicago Cubs, 1-0
Venue: Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles, night game
Attendance: 29,139
Time: 1:43
Catcher: Jeff Torborg
Umpire: Ed Vargo

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170283 Jim Bunning — June 21, 1964 Jim+Bunning+%26mdash%3B+June+21%2C+1964 MLB

The father of nine pitched his perfect game for the Philadlphia Phillies on Father's Day, becoming the first in 42 years (since Robertson) to pitch a regular-season perfect game. Bunning, who also pitched a no-hitter in 1958 (for the Tigers), is one of six pitchers to throw both a perfect game and a no-hitter, and one of five to throw a no-hitter in both leagues. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1996.



After baseball, Bunning returned to his native Kentucky and took up politics. He was elected to the city council, the state senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.



STATS
Opponent/score:
New York Mets, 6-0
Venue: Shea Stadium, in New York, day game (first game of doubleheader)
Attendance: 32,026
Game time: 2:19
Catcher: Gus Triandos
Umpire: Ed Sudol
 

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170262 Don Larsen — Oct. 8, 1956; World Series Game 5 Don+Larsen+%26mdash%3B+Oct.+8%2C+1956%3B+World+Series+Game+5 MLB

Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees came on the sport's biggest stage — the World Series. In Game 2 Larsen lasted less than two innings, allowing four runs on four walks. He didn't know he was going to start Game 5 until he arrived at the stadium. Only one Dodger (Pee Wee Reese) reached a three-ball count. The Dodgers had the highest season winning percentage (.604) of any team to surrender a perfect game.


On the day of the game, Larsen's wife Vivian filed for divorce. Asked years later if he ever gets tired of talking about the perfect game, Larsen said "No, why should I?" In this iconic photo, Yankees' catcher Yogi Berra leaps into Larsen's arms.



STATS
Opponent/score:
Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0
Venue: Yankee Stadium, in New York, day game (Game 5 of the World Series)
Attendance: 64,519
Time: 2:06
Catcher: Yogi Berra
Umpire: Babe Pinelli

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170282 Charlie Robertson — April 30, 1922 Charlie+Robertson+%26mdash%3B+April+30%2C+1922 MLB

In only his fourth career game, and second start, the White Sox's Robertson became the first pitcher to throw a perfect game on the road. The opposing lineup had an OBP of .369. Throughout the game, the Tigers accused Robertson of doctoring the ball and submitted game balls to American League President Ban Johnson, who found no trace of tampering. Until his death, Ty Cobb said that Charlie Robertson doctored the ball. Ray Schalk, who caught this perfect game and a record three other no-hitters, sent a telegram of congratulations to every catcher who caught a no-hitter until his death. MLB's next perfect game would not occur for 34 years, the longest gap ever.



STATS
Opponent/score: Detroit Tigers, 2-0
Venue: Navin Field, in Detroit, day game
Attendance: 25,000
Time: 1:55
Catcher: Ray Schalk
Umpire: Dick Nallin

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170284 Addie Joss — Oct. 2, 1908 Addie+Joss+%26mdash%3B+Oct.+2%2C+1908 MLB

Joss, of the Cleveland Naps, threw just 74 pitches in his perfect game. This is one of seven perfect games to be won without  an earned run. Joss pitched a second no-hitter in 1910, also against the Chicago White Sox; Joss is the only pitcher in major league history to no-hit the same team twice. He's one of six pitchers to throw both a perfect game and a no-hitter. His 1.89 career ERA is ranked second all-time. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1978.
 

In the offseasons and after retirement Joss was a popular columnist and Sunday sports editor for the Toledo News-Bee.



STATS
Opponent/score:
Chicago White Sox, 1-0
Venue: League Park, in Cleveland, day game
Attendance: 10,598
Time: 1:29
Catcher: Nig Clarke
Umpire: Tommy Connolly

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11170297 Cy Young — May 5, 1904 Cy+Young+%26mdash%3B+May+5%2C+1904 MLB

Boston Americans pitcher Young's perfect game was part of a hitless inning streak (23) and a scoreless inning streak (45). The last out of the game was a pop-out by the opposing pitcher. Baseball's most cherished pitching award is named for this legend, who pitched for five different teams in 22 years. The right-hander (pictured as a Cleveland Indian in an undated photo) holds other records, including: games started (815); complete games (749); and innings pitched (7,356). He is one of six pitchers to throw both a perfect game and a no-hitter. Young was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.



STATS:
Opponent/score: Philadelphia A's, 3-0
Venue: Huntington Avenue Grounds, in Boston, day game
Attendance: 10,267
Time: 1:23 (wow!)
Catcher: Lou Criger
Umpire: Frank Dwyer
 

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11199228 John Montgomery Ward — June 17, 1880 (Pre-modern era) John+Montgomery+Ward+%26mdash%3B+June+17%2C+1880+%28Pre-modern+era%29 MLB

Monte Ward threw his perfecto for the Providence Grays, at the Grays' park, but Buffalo, by virtue of a coin toss, which was the custom under the rules at that time, was officially the home team. At the 20 years, 105 days, Ward is the youngest pitcher to throw a perfect game. Beginning in 1881, the year after his perfect game, Ward spent more time as a position player than a pitcher; in 1885, following an arm injury, he became a full-time infielder. The five days between Ward's game and Richmond's is the shortest amount of time between major-league perfect games. In the modern era, the gap is 20 days (Braden and Halladay). Ward was the only pitcher on the Grays all season.

 

STATS
Opponent/score
: Buffalo Bisons, 5-0
Venue: Messer Street Grounds, in Providence, RI
Attendance: N/A
Time: N/A
Catcher: Emil Gross
Umpire: Charles F. Daniels

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11199162 J. Lee Richmond — June 12, 1880 (Pre-modern era) J.+Lee+Richmond+%26mdash%3B+June+12%2C+1880+%28Pre-modern+era%29 MLB

Richmond was pitching in his first full season in the bigs, for the Worcester Ruby Legs. He batted second in the lineup. The only run was unearned. The game featured an unusual 9-3 putout and three outs were recorded on "foul bounds", ie: balls caught after bouncing once in foul territory (a rule eliminated three years later). Richmond's perfecto came after staying up all night following a pregraduation dinner at Brown University, pitching in an early morning game, and taking a train to Worcester just in time for the game. Richmond pitched full-time for only three seasons. He became a medical doctor.

 

STATS
Opponent/score:
Cleveland Blues, 1-0
Venue: Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, in Worcester, Mass.
Attendance: N/A
Time: 1:26
Catcher: Charlie Bennett
Umpire: Foghorn Bradley

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MLB 49 1580 In MLB a perfect game is a rare feat 11173063 27 up, 27 down 27+up%2C+27+down MLB

A no-hitter is impressive. But the perfect game is a rare masterpiece, achieved just 23 times in the history of baseball — 20 times since the modern era began in 1900. No hits. No walks. No errors. Futility for 27 batters. A place in the history books for the pitcher. Let's take a look at the talented pitchers who can count this among their glorious accomplishments.

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