Perfect game (baseball)

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A perfect game is a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) throws a full nine-inning game without allowing a single opposing batter on base. This differs from a no-hitter, in that the pitcher(s) may not allow any walks or hit batsmen. By definition, a perfect game will also be a shutout, meaning a game where the opposing team scores no runs.

There have been just 20 perfect games in Major League Baseball history [1] and only one of those occurred in the postseason. The first perfect game was thrown on June 12, 1880, by Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs in a 1-0 defeat of the Cleveland Blues.[2] The most recent such game was thrown by Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies, who blanked the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010.

List of Perfect Games[3]
Pitcher (Team) Opposing Team Score Date
Lee Richmond (Worcester Ruby Legs)Cleveland Blues1-006-12-1880
Monte Ward (Providence Grays)Buffalo Bisons5-006-17-1880
Cy Young (Boston Americans)Philadelphia A's3-005-05-1904
Addie Joss (Cleveland Naps)Chicago White Sox1-010-02-1908
Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox)Detroit Tigers2-004-30-1922
Don Larsen (New York Yankees)Brooklyn Dodgers2-010-08-1956
Jim Bunning (Philadelphia Phillies)New York Mets6-006-21-1964
Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers)Chicago Cubs1-009-09-1965
Catfish Hunter (Oakland Athletics)Minnesota Twins4-005-08-1968
Len Barker (Cleveland Indians)Toronto Blue Jays3-005-15-1981
Mike Witt (California Angels)Texas Rangers1-009-30-1984
Tom Browning (Cincinnati Reds)Los Angeles Dodgers1-009-16-1988
Dennis Martinez (Montreal Expos)Los Angeles Dodgers2-007-28-1991
Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers)California Angels4-007-28-1994
David Wells (New York Yankees)Minnesota Twins4-005-17-1998
David Cone (New York Yankees)Montreal Expos6-007-18-1999
Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks)Atlanta Braves)2-005-18-2004
Mark Buehrle (Chicago White Sox)Tampa Bay Rays5-007-23-2009
Dallas Braden (Oakland Athletics)Tampa Bay Rays4-005-09-2010
Roy Halladay (Philadelphia Phillies)Florida Marlins1-005-29-2010

References

  1. Major League Baseball; Rare feats
  2. Baseball almanac
  3. Rare Feats (English) (HTML). Major League Baseball. Retrieved on May 31, 2010.
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