When Was The Last Perfect Game In Baseball

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When a perfect game is thrown, no runner is allowed to reach second base, whether it be by a single or a base-on-balls situation. It is one of the most difficult achievements in baseball, and it belongs to a subgroup of no-hitters. Lee Richmond threw the first major league perfect game in 1880, and it was against the Boston Red Sox. John Ward threw the second one only five days after the first. It took over a quarter of a century before a third one occurred, despite the fact that there were two or even three leagues at various points throughout that period.

In addition, two pitchers (Harvey Haddix and Pedro Martinez) have combined to toss nine perfect innings, only to have their perfect game shattered in the extra frames.

In the history of Japanese professional baseball, a perfect game has been pitched sixteen times, with one of those coming in the postseason.

In the history of the Cuban Serie Nacional, there has only been one perfect game.

Pitching a perfect game in Major League Baseball was most recently accomplished by Felix Hernandezof theSeattle Marinersagainst theTampa Bay Rayson July 1, 2018.

This was the third perfecto of the year 2012, following the performances of Matt Cain and Michael Jordan.

The perfect game was pitched at Safeco Field for the second time in 2012 (the third no-hitter), marking the first occasion in the history of the game that two perfect games were thrown in the same ballpark in the same season.

Perfect Games

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score Notes
Lee Richmond June 12,1880 Worcester Ruby Legs Cleveland Blues 1 – 0 First perfect game in Major League history
Monte Ward June 17,1880 Providence Grays Buffalo Bisons 5 – 0
Cy Young May 5,1904 Boston Pilgrims Philadelphia Athletics 3 – 0
Addie Joss October 2,1908 Cleveland Naps Chicago White Sox 1 – 0
Charlie Robertson April 30,1922 Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers 2 – 0 Robertson’s third start of his Major League career
Don Larsen October 8,1956 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 2 – 0 Game Five of the1956 World Series
Jim Bunning June 21,1964(first game) Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets 6 – 0 First perfect game in NL in 20th century
Sandy Koufax September 9,1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs 1 – 0 Cubs’ pitcherBob Hendleypitches one-hitter in loss to Koufax;Koufax strikes out 14 batters
Catfish Hunter May 8,1968 Oakland Athletics Minnesota Twins 4 – 0 Hunter drives in three runs with three hits
Len Barker May 15,1981 Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays 3 – 0 First perfect game to have designated hitters in teams’ lineups
Mike Witt September 30,1984 California Angels Texas Rangers 1 – 0 Pitched on final day of1984regular season
Tom Browning September 16,1988 Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers 1 – 0 First perfect game against eventual World Series champion
Dennis Martinez July 28,1991 Montreal Expos Los Angeles Dodgers 2 – 0 Martinez is first non-USA-born pitcher to pitch perfect game.Dodger Stadiumbecome first ballpark to host two perfect games.
Kenny Rogers July 28,1994 Texas Rangers California Angels 4 – 0 Rangers and Angels become first pair of Major League teams tohave perfect games pitched for them against each other
David Wells May 17,1998 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins 4 – 0
David Cone July 18,1999 New York Yankees Montreal Expos 6 – 0 First perfect game in regular season interleague play
Randy Johnson May 18,2004 Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves 2 – 0 40-year-old Johnson becomes oldest pitcher to pitch perfect game
Mark Buehrle July 23,2009 Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Rays 5 – 0 Sox outfielderDewayne Wisemakes catch reaching over the wallin 9th inning to save Buehrle’s gem
Dallas Braden May 9,2010 Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Rays 4 – 0
Roy Halladay May 29,2010 Philadelphia Phillies Florida Marlins 1 – 0 Halladay joins Braden as the first pair to pitch perfect gamesin the same season since Richmond and Ward 130 years earlier
Philip Humber April 21,2012 Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners 4 – 0
Matt Cain June 13,2012 San Francisco Giants Houston Astros 10 – 0 Ties Koufax for most strikeouts in a perfect game with 14;second time in three years that two perfect gamesare thrown in the same season.
Felix Hernandez August 15,2012 Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays 1 – 0 First time that three perfect games are thrown in the same season;first time that two perfect games are pitchedin the same stadium in the same year.

Minor League Baseball

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Nippon Professional Baseball

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Site Score K
Hideo Fujimoto June 28,1950 Yomiuri Giants Nishi-Nippon Pirates Aomori Stadium 4 – 0 7
Fumio Takechi June 19,1955 Kintetsu Pearls Daiei Stars Osaka Stadium 1 – 0 6
Yoshitomo Miyaji September 19,1956 Kokutetsu Swallows Hiroshima Carp Kanazawa Stadium 6 – 0 3
Masaichi Kaneda August 21,1957 Kokutetsu Swallows Chunichi Dragons Chunichi Stadium 1 – 0 10
Sadao Nishimura July 19,1958 Nishitetsu Lions Toei Flyers Komazawa Stadium 1 – 0 6
Gentaro Shimada August 11,1960 Taiyo Whales Osaka Tigers Kawasaki Stadium 1 – 0 3
Yoshimi Moritaki June 20,1961 Kokutetsu Swallows Chunichi Dragons Korakuen Stadium 1 – 0 4
Yoshiro Sasaki May 1,1966 Taiyo Whales Hiroshima Carp Hiroshima Municipal Stadium 1 – 0 7
Tsutomu Tanaka May 12,1966 Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks Osaka Stadium 2 – 0 7
Yoshiro Sotokoba September 14,1968 Hiroshima Toyo Carp Taiyo Whales Hiroshima Municipal Stadium 2 – 0 16
Koichiro Sasaki October 6,1970 Kintetsu Buffaloes Nankai Hawks Osaka Stadium 3 – 0 4
Yoshimasa Takahashi August 21,1971 Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions Korakuen Stadium 4 – 0 1
Soroku Yagisawa October 10,1973 Lotte Orions Taiheiyo Club Lions Sendai Stadium 1 – 0 6
Yutaro Imai August 31,1978 Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Sendai Stadium 5 – 0 3
Hiromi Makihara*see note May 18,1994 Yomiuri Giants Hiroshima Toyo Carp Fukuoka Dome 6 – 0 7
Daisuke YamaiandHitoki Iwase November 1,2007 Chunichi Dragons Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Nagoya Dome 1 – 0 7
  • It was a dropped foul fly ball that caused the Giants to make an error in Makihara’s game, which prevented the hitter from reaching first base.

Mexican League

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score Notes
Ramiro Cuevas August 14,1953 Nuevo Laredo Owls Mexico City Red Devils 1 – 0
Francisco MaytorenaHector Manuel DiazNicolas Garcia March 24,1971 Mexico City Tigers Veracruz Eagle 3 – 0 7 Innings
Andrés Ayón June 30,1972 Saltillo Saraperos Monterrey Sultans 9 – 0 7 Innings
Diego Segui June 21,1978 Cordoba Coffee Growers Nuevo Laredo Owls 5 – 0 7 Innings
Horacio Pina July 12,1978 Aguascalientes Railroadmen Mexico City Red Devils 3 – 0
Jairo Valenzuela June 10,1984 Saltillo Saraperos Cordoba Coffee Growers 5 – 0 7 Innings
Herminio Dominguez April 14,1985 Campeche Pirates Cordoba Coffee Growers 1 – 0 7 Innings
Don Heinkel June 2,1992 Campeche Pirates Mexico City Red Devils 7 – 0 7 Innings
Oscar Rivera August 7,2005 Yucatan Lions Oaxaca Warriors 1 – 0 Postseason

Mexican Pacific League

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score Notes
Vicente Romo 1971
Jesus Moreno 1989
Joakim Soria 2006 Obregon Yaquis Hermosillo Naranjeros 6-0

AAGPBL

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent
Annabelle Lee 1944 Minneapolis Millerettes Kenosha Comets
Carolyn Morris 1945 Rockford Peaches Fort Wayne Daisies
Doris Sams August 18,1947 Muskegon Lassies Fort Wayne Daisies
Jean Faut July 21,1951 South Bend Blue Sox Rockford Peaches
Jean Faut September 3,1953 South Bend Blue Sox Kalamazoo Lassies

Cuban National League

Pitcher(s) Date Serie Team Opponent Site Score
Maels Rodríguez December 22,1999 XXXIX (Nac) Sancti Spiritus Las Tunas Estadio José Antonio Huelga 1 – 0

Chinese Professional Baseball League

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score
Ryan Verdugo October 7,2018 Uni-President Lions Chinatrust Brothers 1 – 0

Hoofdklasse Honkbal

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score
Craig McGinnis 1989 Haarlem Nicols De Spartaan ?
Eelco Jansen July 27,1997 Corendon Kinheim ADO ?
Misja Harcksen April 14,2019 Curaçao Neptunus Twins Oosterhout 4-0

International Tournaments

  • Dutch national team hurlers Rob Hoffmann and Herman Beidschat partnered on a flawless game against the Spanish national team during the 1964 European Championship in the Netherlands.
  • While competing in the 1964 European Championship, Dutch national teamhurlers Rob Hoffmann and Herman Beidschat collaborated to throw a flawless game against the Spanish national team.
  • In the 1964 European Championship, Dutch national teamhurlers Rob Hoffmann and Herman Beidschat partnered on a flawless game against the Spanish national team
  • While competing in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, Dalier Hinojos of Cuba threw a flawless game against the team from Hong Kong. He also threw a perfect game against Sri Lanka in the 2010 World University Championship, which lasted seven innings.
  • Dalier Hinojosof Cuba threw a perfect game against Hong Kong at the 2010 Intercontinental Cup. At the 2010 World University Championship, he tossed a seven-inning perfect game against Sri Lanka.

“Near” Perfect Games

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score Innings How Broken
Harvey Haddix May 26,1959 Pittsburgh Pirates Milwaukee Braves 0 – 1 13 In the 13th inning the first batter reaches on an error,followed by sacrifice hit, intentional walk and a “walk-off” double
Pedro Martínez(9 inn.)Mel Rojas(1 inn.) June 3,1995 Montreal Expos San Diego Padres 1 – 0 10 In the 10th the first batter leads off with a double,Rojas replaces Martínez and retires next three batters

Shortened Games

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score Innings
Ed Karger August 11,1907(second game) St. Louis Cardinals Boston Doves 4 – 0 7
Rube Vickers October 5,1907 Philadelphia Athletics Washington Senators 4 – 0 5
Dean Chance August 6,1967(second game) Minnesota Twins Boston Red Sox 2 – 0 5
David Palmer April 21,1984(second game) Montreal Expos St. Louis Cardinals 4 – 0 5

Umpire Error

Pitcher(s) Date Team Opponent Score Innings How Broken
Hooks Wiltse July 4,1908 New York Giants Philadelphia Phillies 1 – 0 10 With two outs in the 9th inning, umpireCy Riglermissed an obviouscalled strike three against batterGeorge McQuillan. The next pitchfrom Wiltse hit McQuillan in the shoulder.Wiltse retired the next batterand then all three Philadelphia hitters in the 10th inning. New York scoredin the bottom of the 10th to give Wiltse a 10-inning no-hitter instead of a10-inning perfect game. Rigler later admitted his mistake.
Armando Galarraga June 2,2010 Detroit Tigers Cleveland Indians 3 – 0 9 With two outs in the 9th inning, ground ball to first base 3-1 for putout,umpireJim Joyceincorrectly calls runner safe;after the game, Joyce admits his error upon reviewing the replay

Further reading

  • Joe Cox’s book, Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching’s Holy Grail, was published by Lyons Press and Rowman & Littlefield in Lanham, Maryland, in 2017. The ISBN for the book is 978-1493019502. Rebecca Sichel, Uri Carl, and Bruce Bukiet: “Modeling Perfect Games and No-Hits in Baseball,” in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 58-65
  • Rebecca Sichel, Uri Carl, and Bruce Bukiet: “Modeling Perfect Games and No-Hits in Baseball,” in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 58-65
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Perfect Games in Baseball History

Despite the fact that any day at the ballpark is a perfect day in our opinion, there have only been 23 real perfect games in the history of the Major League Baseball league. A perfect game is one in which no opposition hitter gets beyond first base. A perfect game and a no-hitter are two very different things. A no-hitter occurs when the losing team does not register any hits, but at least one batter reaches base (for example, by a walk). These 23 pitchers created history in their respective leagues.

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1. Lee Richmond, Worcester Worcesters – June 12, 1880

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2. John Montgomery Ward, Providence Grays – June 17, 1880

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3. Cy Young, Boston Americans – May 5, 1904

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4. Addie Joss, Cleveland Naps – October 2, 1908

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5. Charlie Robertson, Chicago White Sox – April 30, 1922

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6. Don Larsen, New York Yankees – October 8, 1956 (Game 5 of the World Series!)

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7. Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies – June 21, 1964

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8. Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers – September 9, 1965

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9. Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Oakland Athletics – May 8, 1968

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10. Len Barker, Cleveland Indians – May 15, 1981

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11. Mike Witt, California Angels – September 30, 1984

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13. Dennis Martínez, Montreal Expos – July 28, 1991

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14. Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers – July 28, 1994

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15. David Wells, New York Yankees – May 17, 1998

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16. David Cone, New York Yankees – July 18, 1999

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17. Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks – May 18, 2004

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18. Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox – July 23, 2009

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19. Dallas Braden, Oakland Athletics – May 9, 2010

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20. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies – May 29, 2010

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21. Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox – April 21, 2012

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22. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants – June 13, 2012

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23. Félix Hernández, Seattle Mariners – August 15, 2012

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How many perfect games have been thrown in MLB history?

In Major League Baseball history, how many perfect games have been thrown? Pitchers have thrown a total of 23 perfect games since the beginning of the 1880 season through the end of the 2021 season. After three pitchers carved their names in the Major League Baseball record books with perfect games during the 2012 season, however, the accomplishment hasn’t been repeated since.

6 things you may not know about the 23 perfect games that have been thrown in MLB history

On June 12, 1880, Lee Richmond pitched the first perfect game in Major League Baseball history, guiding the Worcester Ruby Legs to a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Blues. Five days later, Monte Ward would pitch a perfect game in the Providence Grays’ 5-0 victory over the Buffalo Bisons, the first perfect game in franchise history.

Cy Young is one of the pitchers in MLB history to throw a perfect game

It was on May 5, 1904, when Cy Young of the Boston Pilgrims pitched the perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics, earning him the honor of being named after him as the game’s most prized pitcher. It was one of Young’s 511 victories, which included 76 shutouts, on his route to a 2.63 earned run average for his career.

Has anyone ever thrown a perfect game in the World Series?

Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956, in Game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. Larsen was the only pitcher in MLB history to accomplish this feat. The right-hander needed only 97 pitches to earn the historic victory. Here’s what Vin Scully had to say about the final out.

A Sandy Koufax perfect game highlights a pitching duel between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs

Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium in a game that took only one hour and 43 minutes to finish. The opposition pitcher, Chicago’s Bob Hendley, only surrendered one hit and one run, but he was nevertheless charged with the loss after Los Angeles scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an error.

There were no further hits in the game until Lou Johnson’s two-out double in the seventh inning. Hendley would only strike out three Dodgers during his career, but Koufax would strike out 14.

Who has the most strikeouts in a perfect game?

As previously said, Koufax threw a complete game with 14 strikeouts. When the San Francisco Giants defeated the Houston Astros 10-0 in San Francisco on June 13, 2012, Matt Cain of the Giants also struck out 14 batters in his perfect game performance.

Randy Johnson is the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history

On May 18, 2004, a 40-year-old man was shot and killed. As the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-0 at Turner Field, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in baseball history to throw a perfect game. The game was played in front of a crowd of 23,381 people. Chipper Jones was among the 13 batters who were struck out by Johnson throughout the course of his three at-bats.

MLB history: Which teams have thrown the most perfect games?

Only 23 perfect games have been thrown in the history of Major League Baseball, dating back to the beginning of the 1880 regular season. A perfect game is defined as a full game pitched in which no runner reaches base as a result of a hit, walk, or error by the pitcher. It is one of the most difficult feats in all of Major League Baseball, and it is one of the reasons why a perfect game hasn’t been recorded since the 2012 regular season. While it is unusual, several franchises have experienced it on more than one occasion during their existence.

The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees have each thrown three perfect games, the most in MLB history

Begin with the Yankees, who have the distinction of being the only team to pitch a perfect game while competing in the World Series in the last 30 years. Don Larsen’s game-winning home run in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series will go down in baseball history as well as World Series mythology for generations to come. More information regarding Larsen’s perfect game, which was tossed on October 8, 1956, can be found here. In less than 42 years, another Yankees pitcher would throw a perfect game, which would be the first in franchise history.

David Cone would go down in history the following season when he threw the first-ever perfect game in interleague play, handcuffing the Montreal Expos in a 6-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on July 18, 1999, to becoming the first pitcher to do it.

A brief history of perfect games thrown by the Chicago White Sox

The first-ever perfect game by a White Sox pitcher occurred on April 30, 1922, when Charlie Robertson threw a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in his third start of his eight-year Major League Baseball career. Since 1908, Robertson’s perfect game had been the first in Major League Baseball, and it would remain the last until Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Another perfect game would not be thrown by a White Sox pitcher until the twenty-first century, though. The perfect game was achieved by Mark Buehrle on July 23, 2009, in a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays (a club that occupies a special place in the history of Major League Baseball).

It would be the first of three perfect games that would be pitched during the 2012 season. If you’re interested in learning more about Major League Baseball’s perfect games, take a look at these intriguing facts about the 23 perfect games.

While the MLB no-hitters pile up, the perfect game remains elusive

3 minutes to read on April 19, 2021 at 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time Photographs courtesy of Getty Images Recently, we’ve spoken a lot about no-hitters, but not nearly as much about perfect games, which is surprising. Due to the fact that no-hitters are significantly more common than perfect games, and this has been especially true recently, this makes sense. If you needed a reminder, go no farther than the two recent no-hittersHOT-linked above for confirmation. In the instance of Joe Musgrove, the only thing that prevented his no-hitter from being a perfect game was a home run by pitch in the fourth inning.

Carlos Rodón, on the other hand, had perfection through 25 hitters.

According to the latest available data, it’s been eight years, eight months, and four days since Felix Hernandez gave us the last perfect game at Major League Baseball level.

In all, we’ve recorded more than 300 no-hitters throughout the history of the big leagues, but only 23 perfect games in that time span.

Pitcher, team Opponent Date Time since previous perfect game
Lee Richmond, Worcester Worcesters Cleveland Blues June 12, 1880
John Montgomery Ward, Providence Grays Buffalo Bisons June 17, 1880 5 days
Cy Young, Boston Americans PhiladelphiaAthletics May 5, 1904 23 years, 10 months, 23 days
Addie Joss, Cleveland Naps Chicago White Sox Oct. 2, 1908 4 years, 4 months, 27 days
Charlie Robertson, Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers April 30, 1922 13 years, 6 months, 28 days
Don Larsen,New York Yankees BrooklynDodgers Oct. 8, 1956 34 years, 5 months, 8 days
Jim Bunning,Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets June 21, 1964 7 years, 8 months, 13 days
Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs Sept. 9, 1965 1 year, 2 months, 19 days
Catfish Hunter, Oakland Athletics Minnesota Twins May 8, 1968 2 years, 7 months, 29 days
Len Barker,Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays May 15, 1981 13 years, 7 days
Mike Witt, CaliforniaAngels Texas Rangers Sept. 30, 1984 3 years, 4 months, 15 days
Tom Browning,Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers Sept. 16, 1988 3 years, 11 months, 17 days
Dennis Martínez, Montreal Expos Los Angeles Dodgers July 28, 1991 2 years, 10 months, 12 days
Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers California Angels July 28, 1994 3 years
David Wells, New York Yankees Minnesota Twins May 17, 1998 3 years, 9 months, 20 days
David Cone, New York Yankees Montreal Expos July 18, 1999 1 year, 2 months, 2 days
Randy Johnson,Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves May 18, 2004 4 years, 10 months, 1 day
Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Rays July 23, 2009 5 years, 2 months, 6 days
Dallas Braden, Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Rays May 9, 2010 9 months, 17 days
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies FloridaMarlins May 29. 2010 21 days
Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners April 21, 2012 1 year, 10 months, 24 days
Matt Cain,San Francisco Giants Houston Astros June 13, 2012 1 month, 24 days
Félix Hernández, Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays Aug. 15, 2012 2 months, 2 days
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The first two perfectos of the nineteenth century are included because they occurred in the National League, although they should probably be disqualified because the rules of baseball were much different in 1880 than they are now. There have only been 21 perfect games in the modern period – that is, since the inaugural American League-National League World Series was played in 1903 – regardless of your feelings about the subject. Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 26, 1959, and Pedro Martinez of the Montreal Expos on June 3, 1995, are the only players who have failed to match the formal criteria of a perfect game in remorseless way.

  • A perfect game is only considered a perfect game according to the rules if no baserunners are allowed to cross the plate for the whole game, even if it lasts longer than nine innings, as stipulated by the regulations.
  • Unfortunately and unfortunately, they are not.
  • As is the case with anything this unusual, the clusters that we witnessed from 2009 to 2012, as well as the radio quiet that has followed since then, may be best explained by chance.
  • With the exception of Rodón’s most recent brilliance, eight perfect game bids have been squandered in the ninth inning since 2012.
  • In addition, nine times in MLB history, starting pitchers have been pulled from the game with a perfect game intact after five innings, with three of those occurrences occurring since 2015.
  • Moreover, while we’ve seen batting averages decline over recent history, which certainly helps explain all of the no-hitters, we’ve also seen walk rates and hit batters rise, indicating that the game is becoming more balanced.
  • No one factor appears to be responsible for the prolonged semi-drought; instead, it’s the result of a succession of little nudges in the wrong direction, along with a sprinkle of bad luck.

Obviously, someone will break through at some time, and, unlike the “ubiquitous to the point of tedium” no-hitter, when it happens, it will be worth all of the laurel wreaths we can find to celebrate.

Perfect Game Box Scores, Perfect Game Stats, Perfect Game Pitchers and more by Baseball Almanac

There are no words to adequately describe the perfect game, which is the pinnacle of any pitcher’s career and one of the most difficult feats to achieve in the entire game of baseball. The perfect game is the masterpiece of any career, the pinnacle of the pitching aspect, and one of the most difficult feats to achieve in the entire game of baseball. In baseball, what exactly is a perfect game? A no-hitter is defined as follows by author Paul Dickson in The New Baseball Dictionary (1999): “A no-hitter is defined as follows: a game in which no opposing player reaches first base, whether by a hit batter, a walk batter, or a fielding error; that is, the pitcher or pitchers retire each of the twenty-seven opposing batters in order.” Don Larsen’smiracle during the 1956 World Series was the first and only perfect game to occur during the postseason / World Series, and the whole box score can be seen on Baseball Almanac’s website (click here).

Harvey Haddix (the Pedro Martinez performance took place after the 1991 ruling) pitched a perfect game for nine and a half innings before losing his perfect game in the final minutes of the game.

What is a Perfect Game in Baseball – What Makes it Rare?

A no-hitter in baseball is a thrilling experience for both fans and players. The perfect game, which is even more unusual than a no-hitter by a pitcher, is a game in which everything goes perfectly. So, what precisely is a perfect game, what are some well-known perfect games, and what more should you know? Continue reading to find out more.

What is a Perfect Game in Baseball?

Perfect games in baseball are when one or more pitchers throw a complete game without giving up a hit or allowing anybody to reach second base while no one else is on base. A perfect game is defined as one in which there are no hits or walks, no hit batsmen, no fielding mistakes that let a player to reach second base, no uncaught third strikes, and no interference. That implies that a perfect game is as much the success of a pitcher as it is the defense’s ability to make every play that is hit to them.

Early History of the Perfect Game

Perfect games in baseball are when one or more pitchers pitch a complete game without giving up a hit or allowing anybody to reach second base while the game is still in progress. It is impossible to have a perfect game if there are no hits or walks, no hit batsmen, no fielding mistakes that allow a player to reach second or third base, no uncaught third strikes, or any interference. To put it another way, pitching a perfect game is as much of a feat as the defense’s ability to field every pitch that is hit to them.

What is the Difference Between a No-Hitter and a Perfect Game in Baseball?

The fundamental distinction between a no-hitter and a perfect game comes down to whether or not runners are allowed to reach base. When a pitcher throws a no-hitter and only walks three hitters in nine innings, he is considered successful. A perfect game, on the other hand, indicates that the pitcher, or pitchers, faced 27 hitters and struck out each and every one of them without allowing them to reach base.

The legendary pitcher Cy Young pitched three no-hitters throughout his professional baseball career, with just one of them being an absolute gem known as a perfect game. In 1904, he pitched a perfect game for the Boston Americans, who won the World Series.

How Rare is a Perfect Game?

There is a significant difference between allowing runners to reach first base and pitching a no-hitter. If a pitcher throws a no-hitter and only walks three hitters in nine innings, he is considered successful. If a pitcher, or a group of pitchers, sees 27 batters and retires each of them without allowing any of them to reach base, they have pitched a perfect game. During his professional baseball career, Cy Young was notable for throwing three no-hitters, just one of which was a perfect game.

Has Anyone Thrown a Perfect Game in a World Series Game?

In the history of the World Series, just one perfect game has ever been recorded. This particular pitch was thrown by Don Larsen for the New York Yankees in a 1956 game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Has There Ever Been a 27 Strikeout Baseball Game?

Another outstanding accomplishment, a 27-strikeout performance, has only occurred once in the history of professional baseball. Ron Necciai pitched a nine-inning game in 1952 in which he struck out 27 hitters and did not allow a single hit. At the time of his historic achievement, Necciai was only 19 years old and playing minor league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, he was experiencing stomach discomfort throughout the game.

Other Notable Perfect Games

  • A gallant effort by Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Milwaukee Braves resulted in a near-perfect 12-inning game for the Pirates in 1959. During the 13th inning, a throwing mistake by the third baseman, Don Hoak, caused the perfect game to be broken.
  • Father of seven children Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game for the Philadelphia Phillies on Father’s Day in 1964
  • He was the father of seven children.
  • Sandy Koufax became the first major league pitcher to throw four no-hitters when he did it in 1951.
  • At the age of 22 years and 30 days, Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Oakland Athletics became the youngest pitcher to pitch a perfect game in the modern era
  • He did it in 1968.
  • When Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitched a perfect game in 1968, he was 22 years and 30 days old, he set the record for the youngest pitcher to do it in modern-era baseball.
  • Tom Browning of the Cincinnati Reds became the 12th pitcher to throw a perfect game in 1988. On artificial turf, this flawless match was the first of its kind to be played.
  • Dennis Martinez threw the 13th perfect game in Major League Baseball history in 1991. He made history by being the first pitcher born outside of the United States to throw a perfect game in Major League Baseball.
  • David Wells became the 15th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game in 1998. He claimed to have had a horrible hangover throughout the game, yet he still managed to pitch a perfect game despite his state of mind.
  • David Cone threw the 16th perfect game in baseball history while playing for the New York Yankees fourteen months later, in 1999. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in New York versus the Montreal Expos of the National League.
  • Until 2004, Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks had been the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game, having done it at the age of 40, surpassing Cy Young’s previous mark of 37 years.
  • A perfect game was pitched by Roy Halladay, of the Philadelphia Phillies, on May of 2010, marking the 20th in Major League Baseball history.
  • A perfect game was thrown by Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox against the Seattle Mariners in 2012. In the game, he struck out all 27 batters.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a perfect game in baseball is an extremely unusual accomplishment. This means that not only does the pitcher have to record an out on each batter they face, but the defense also has to avoid making any mistakes on the field. Because of the extreme strain that the pitcher and defense are under during a perfect game, a perfect game is such a rare feat for a pitcher and his or her team to achieve in baseball.

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Who Has The Last Perfect Game In Mlb History? – SLFP

The most recent perfect game in Major League Baseball was pitched by Félix Hernndez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Rays. In a 1–0 victory, he struck out a total of twelve hitters, including two strikeouts of the opposing team.

How Many Perfect Games Have Happened In Mlb History?

In the most recent perfect game in Major League Baseball, it was Félix Hernndez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012, that held the record. With twelve strikeouts in total and two strikeouts against the side in a 1–0 triumph, he was able to secure the victory.

Has There Ever Been A 27 Pitch Perfect Game?

The most flawless games are generally filled with suspense at the conclusion, but Len Barker looked to be cruising from that point forward.

The first person to beat the second person. He has struck out seven of the Blue Jays in his past 11 at-bats against them and has never reached a three-ball count against them.

Who Threw The Only Perfect Game In Mlb History?

While even the most flawless games are normally filled with suspense at the conclusion, Len Barker looked to be cruising from there. Who will be the first to beat the other? Nine times in the remaining 11 innings, he struck out the Blue Jay and never got to a three-ball count against him.

Has There Ever Been An 81 Pitch Game?

On April 16, 2011, Randall Ashley Harder (Mel Harder’s grandson) pitched an astounding 81 pitch game, setting a new record. Aninningis, I only throw nine pitches, and I strike out on every one of them.

When Was The Mlb Last Perfect Game?

The most recent perfect game in Major League Baseball was pitched by Félix Hernndez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Has There Ever Been A 27 Pitch Game?

It was during a nine-inning game in the Class-D Appalachian League on May 13, 1952, when Necciai recorded his most illustrious strikeout of his career. This year’s victor was the only pitcher to accomplish this feat in a nine-inning professional-league game.

Has Anyone Ever Thrown An 81 Pitch Game?

Randall On April 16, 2011, Ashley Harder (Mel Harder’s grandson) pitched an astounding 81 pitch game, setting a new record. There were just nine pitches thrown by Aninningis, and he struck out on every one of them. When the opposition team tried to figure out what was going on, they were unsuccessful.

What Do You Call A 27 Strikeout Perfect Game?

Randall In an unbelievable 81-pitch game on April 16, 2011, Ashley Harder (Mel Harder’s grandson) set a new record. In the end, aninningis pitched only nine pitches, all of which were strikes, to win the game. Because of this, the opposition squad was completely baffled by what was happening.

What Is The Lowest Pitch Count In A Perfect Game?

Red Barrett (February 14, 1915 – July 28, 1990) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who spent the most of his career in the National League, appearing in 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Besides the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals, he has also played for the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw the shortest complete game in history, using only 58 pitches to achieve the feat.

What Is The Highest Pitch Count Ever?

When Red Barrett was born on February 14, 1915, he would grow up to be a Major League Baseball pitcher who spent his whole career in the National League, pitching in 11 seasons. He also played for the New York Yankees, in addition to the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals. 58 pitches were used to finish the shortest complete game in history, which he pitched in 2004.

What Is The Best Pitched Game In Mlb History?

On May 13, 2015, against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw a no-hitter with one hit, no walks, and 18 strikeouts in 98 innings, the longest such outing by any pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

What Is The Hardest Pitch Ever Thrown?

On May 13, 2015, Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched 98 innings, allowing no runs, one hit, no walks, and 18 strikeouts against the St. Louis Cardinals, the longest such performance by any pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

What Are The Most Pitches Ever Thrown In A Game?

Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Dodgers is thought to have thrown every inning of a 26-inning game in 1920, which would have set a Major League Baseball record.

Cadore would have been the first pitcher to accomplish so. It is believed that he threw 360 pitches throughout the duration of the contest. Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves also pitched all 26 innings and threw an estimated 319 pitches throughout the game, according to Baseball Reference.

Watch who has the last perfect game in mlb history Video

In the history of baseball, there have been a countless number of unforgettable moments. From walk-off hits to game-saving catches, there have been a slew of big-time plays performed throughout the years. A perfect game is an uncommon occurrence in baseball, and it takes a special player to pull off the feat. A perfect game occurs when a pitcher tosses the whole game without allowing a hit, a walk, or a run to be scored on him. There are also no mistakes made by the team when it comes to defense.

Felix Hernandez threw the last perfect game eight years ago, and it was a no-hitter.

King Felix’s perfect game

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  1. Phillip Humber and Matt Cain both pitched perfect games during the 2012 season, making it a banner year for perfect games.
  2. Hernandez’s perfect game was the 23rd in Major League Baseball history and the first in the Mariners’ franchise’s storied history.
  3. 113 pitches were thrown by Hernandez, with 77 of them being strikes, and he struck out the side in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively.
  4. The Mariners were having a difficult season at the time, and King Felix was one of the team’s bright spots.
  5. Hernandez struck out the final batter to end the game, which made it even more enjoyable to watch.
  6. Hernandez will never forget how he felt at the time of the incident.
  7. It was Hernandez who demonstrated it, and his defense backed him up by making all of the plays and not making a single mistake.

Hernandez’s 2012 season

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  1. A number of perfect games were thrown during the 2012 season, including ones by Phillip Humber and Matt Cain.
  2. Hernández’s perfect game was the 23rd in Major League Baseball history and the first in the franchise’s storied history.
  3. 113 pitches were thrown, 77 of which were strikes, and he struck out the side in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively.
  4. King Felix was a bright spot for the Mariners during a season in which they were suffering.
  5. Hernandez struck out the final batter to end the game, which made it even more enjoyable.
  6. Hernandez will never forget how he felt at the moment.

It was Hernandez who demonstrated this, and his defense backed him up by making all of the plays and not making a single mistake. During the game, the Mariners demonstrated their ability to work as a unit.

A look back at history for Hernandez

The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> After all, who knows when the league will witness yet another flawless game? The Major League Baseball has been in existence for about 151 years, and only 23 pitchers can claim to have accomplished something extraordinary that did not come easily to them. Throughout his career, Hernandez has demonstrated why he is considered one of the best pitchers in the league, and in 2012, he made a statement by throwing a perfect game to end the season.

A List of Every Perfect Game in MLB History

Image courtesy of Stephen Brashear/Stringer/Getty Images In the world of baseball, pitching a perfect game is a rare and practically difficult performance. A perfect game is defined as one in which the pitcher allows no hits, walks, or errors in a nine-inning game. There have been six perfect game pitchers elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, out of a total of 23 perfect game pitchers. Throughout the history of Major League Baseball, there have been 23 perfect games pitched, with no pitcher ever achieving this accomplishment twice.

Perfect Games

Here’s a list of all of the perfect games, starting with the pitcher, followed by the teams that played, the scores, and the dates they occurred:

  • In 1880, Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs defeated the Cleveland Blues 1-0
  • John Ward of the Providence Grays defeated the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 on June 17, 1880
  • Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0, on May 5, 1904
  • Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps defeated the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, on October 2, 1908
  • Charles Robertson of the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0 on April 30, 1922

Unofficial Perfect Games

  • In 1880, Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs defeated the Cleveland Blues 1-0
  • John Ward of the Providence Grays defeated the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 on June 17, 1880
  • Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0, on May 5, 1904
  • Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps defeated the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, on October 2, 1908
  • Charles Robertson of the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, on April 30, 19

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