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Perfect Games

This is a list of major league perfect games sorted chronologically. Below it is a list of the near misses we know about. We define a near miss is a pitcher who retired the first 26 batters he faced. The ballpark name listed here might not match what the field was called at the time of the game.

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Date       Pitcher              Tm  Lg Opp Score Site  Park                        Home Plate Umpire
 
06/12/1880 Lee Richmond         WOR NL CLE  1-0  WOR   Ag. County Fair Grounds I   Foghorn Bradley 
06/17/1880 Monte Ward           PRO NL BUF  5-0  PRO   Messer Street Grounds       Charles Daniels
05/05/1904 Cy Young             BOS AL PHA  3-0  BOS   Huntington Ave. Grounds     Frank Dwyer
10/02/1908 Addie Joss           CLE AL CHA  1-0  CLE   League Park III             Tommy Connolly
04/30/1922 Charlie Robertson    CHA AL DET  2-0  DET   Navin Field                 Dick Nallin
10/08/1956 Don Larsen           NYA AL BRO  2-0  NYA   Yankee Stadium I            Babe Pinelli   [World Series, Game 5]
06/21/1964 Jim Bunning          PHI NL NYN  6-0  NYN   Shea Stadium                Ed Sudol
09/09/1965 Sandy Koufax         LAN NL CHN  1-0  LAN   Dodger Stadium              Ed Vargo
05/08/1968 Catfish Hunter       OAK AL MIN  4-0  OAK   Oakland-Alameda Coliseum    Jerry Neudecker
05/15/1981 Len Barker           CLE AL TOR  3-0  CLE   Cleveland Stadium           Rich Garcia
09/30/1984 Mike Witt            CAL AL TEX  1-0  TEX   Arlington Stadium           Greg Kosc
09/16/1988 Tom Browning         CIN NL LAN  1-0  CIN   Riverfront Stadium          Jim Quick
07/28/1991 Dennis Martinez      MON NL LAN  2-0  LAN   Dodger Stadium              Larry Poncino
07/28/1994 Kenny Rogers         CAL AL TEX  4-0  TEX   The Ballpark in Arlington   Ed Bean
05/17/1998 David Wells          NYA AL MIN  4-0  NYA   Yankee Stadium I            Tim McClelland
07/18/1999 David Cone           NYA AL MON  6-0  NYA   Yankee Stadium I            Ted Barrett
05/18/2004 Randy Johnson        ARI NL ATL  2-0  ATL   Turner Field                Greg Gibson
07/23/2009 Mark Buehrle         CHA AL TBA  5-0  CHA   U.S. Cellular Field         Eric Cooper
05/09/2010 Dallas Braden        OAK AL TBA  4-0  CHA   Oakland-Alameda Coliseum    Jim Wolf
05/29/2010 Roy Halladay         PHI NL FLO  1-0  FLO   Sun Life Stadium            Mike DiMuro
04/21/2012 Philip Humber        CHA AL SEA  1-0  SEA   Safeco Field                Brian Runge
06/13/2012 Matt Cain            SFN NL HOU 10-0  SFN   AT&T Park                   Ted Barrett
08/15/2012 Felix Hernandez      SEA AL TBA  1-0  SEA   Safeco Field                Rob Drake

Near Misses

We define a near miss as a pitcher retiring the first 26 batters he faces, but not getting a perfect game. There have been several times when the only runner to reach was on an error. None of the errors was in the ninth inning, so to some extent the pressure of going for a perfect game was not there. Those games are indicated on the list of no-hitters.

Here is a list of the ones we know about. We suspect there have been others. If you know of one, please send an e-mail to "retro2--ATsign--pankin.com". You can click on the date to see the box and play-by-play when available.

Date       Pitcher              Tm  Lg Opp Score Site  Park                        Home Plate Umpire
 
07/04/1908 Hooks Wiltse         NY1 NL PHI  1-0  NY1   Polo Grounds IV             Cy Rigler
Wiltse apparently struck out the opposing pitcher, George McQuillan, to end the top of the ninth of a scoreless
game, but umpire Rigler called the pitch a ball. McQuillan after the game said it should have been a strike.
The next pitch hit McQuillan. The game went ten innings and Wiltse did not allow anyone else to reach base
in his near perfect no hitter.

06/23/1917 Ernie Shore          BOS AL WAS  4-0  BOS   Fenway Park                 Brick Owens
Babe Ruth started for the Red Sox and walked the first batter. He argued with umpire Brick Owens and was
ejected. Ernie Shore relieved him. The man who walked was caught stealing and Shore retired all 26 batters
he faced, so he pitched nine perfect innings without getting credit for a perfect game. Ruth and Shore are
credited with a combined no-hitter.

08/05/1932 Tommy Bridges        DET AL WAS 13-0  DET   Navin Field                 Harry Geisel
Pinch hitter Dave Harris singled. Bridges retired the next batter.

06/27/1958 Billy Pierce         CHA AL WAS  3-0  CHA   Comiskey Park I             Nestor Chylak
Pinch hitter Ed Fitz Gerald hit a double to right. Pierce retired the next batter.

05/26/1959 Harvey Haddix        PIT NL MIL  0-1  MIL   County Stadium              Vinnie Smith
Haddix retired the first 36 batters he faced pitching 12 perfect innings. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates
did not score. In the 13th, the Braves first hitter up reached on an error and scored an unearned run on a
double by Joe Adcock, the only hit Haddix allowed in 12-2/3 innings.

09/02/1972 Milt Pappas          CHN NL SDN  8-0  CHN   Wrigley Field               Bruce Froemming
Pinch hitter Larry Stahl walked. Pappas retired the next batter to complete the no-hitter.

04/15/1983 Milt Wilcox          DET AL CHA  6-0  CHA   Comiskey Park I             Joe Brinkman
Pinch hitter Jerry Hairston singled to center. Wilcox retired the next batter.

05/02/1988 Ron Robinson         CIN NL MON  3-2  CIN   Riverfront Stadium          Paul Runge
Pinch hitter Wallace Johnson singled to left. Tim Raines then hit a two run homer, and John Franco relieved Robinson to get the last out.

08/04/1989 Dave Stieb           TOR AL NYA  2-1  TOR   Skydome                     Terry Cooney
Roberto Kelly, who played the whole game, doubled to left. Steve Sax singled him home, and Stieb retired the next batter.

04/20/1990 Brian Holman         SEA AL OAK  6-1  OAK   Oakland-Alameda Coliseum    Kerwin Danley
Pinch hitter Ken Phelps homered. Holman retired the next batter. Holman batted in the 9th as the Mariners gave up the DH, and reached on an error.

06/03/1995 Pedro Martinez       MON NL SDN  1-0  DSN   Jack Murphy Stadium         Drew Coble
The Expos Martinez retired the first 27 Padres he faced, but the game was scoreless
after nine innings. The Expos scored a run in the top of the tenth. Bip Roberts doubled
leading off the botton of the inning, and Martinez was then relieved by Mel Rojas who
completed the one-hit shutout.

09/02/2001 Mike Mussina         NYA AL BOS  1-0  BOS   Fenway Park                 Mike Fichter
Pinch hitter Carl Everett singled to left. Mussina retired the next batter.

06/02/2010 Armando Galarraga    DET AL CLE  3-0  DET   Comerica Park               Marvin Hudson
Jason Donald, who played the whole game, hit a ground ball to the first baseman who
threw to Galarraga covering. First base umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe for an
infield single. Replays showed that Donald should have been called out, and Joyce
later apologized to Galarraga for the wrong call. The next batter was retired, so
in a sense Galarraga had a 28 out perfect game.

04/02/2013 Yu Darvish           TEX AL HOU  7-0  HOU   Minute Maid Park            Paul Nauert
Darvish struck out 14 as he retired the first 26 batters he faced. Marwin Gonzalez, who played
the whole game, shot a ground ball between Darvish's legs for a clean hit into center
field. Darvish, having thrown 111 pitches, left the game after the hit.

09/06/2013 Yusmeiro Petit       SFN NL ARI  7-0  SFN   AT&T Park                   Phil Cuzzi
Petit was one strike away from the second perfect game in San Francisco Giants history,
but after taking a tough 2-2 pitch, Eric Chavez singled just in front of a diving
Hunter Pence in right field, forcing Petit to settle for a dominant one-hitter.


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