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 Blues 1-0 06-12-1880
Monte Ward (Providence Grays) Buffalo Bisons 5-0 06-17-1880
Cy Young (Boston Americans) Philadelphia A's 3-0 05-05-1904
Addie Joss (Cleveland Naps) Chicago White Sox 1-0 10-02-1908
Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox) Detroit Tigers 2-0 04-30-1922
Don Larsen (New York Yankees) Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 10-08-1956
Jim Bunning (Philadelphia Phillies) New York Mets 6-0 06-21-1964
Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers) Chicago Cubs 1-0 09-09-1965
Catfish Hunter (Oakland Athletics) Minnesota Twins 4-0 05-08-1968
Len Barker (Cleveland Indians) Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 05-15-1981
Mike Witt (California Angels) Texas Rangers 1-0 09-30-1984
Tom Browning (Cincinnati Reds) Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 09-16-1988
Dennis Martinez (Montreal Expos) Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 07-28-1991
Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers) California Angels 4-0 07-28-1994
David Wells (New York Yankees) Minnesota Twins 4-0 05-17-1998
David Cone (New York Yankees) Montreal Expos 6-0 07-18-1999
Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks) Atlanta Braves) 2-0 05-18-2004
Mark Buehrle (Chicago White Sox) Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 07-23-2009
Dallas Braden (Oakland Athletics) Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 05-09-2010
Roy Halladay (Philadelphia Phillies) Florida Marlins 1-0 05-29-2010


  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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