Perfect Games

Words alone cannot describe pitching's top "club" and most desired goal — 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 is the perfect game.

What is a perfect game in baseball? Author Paul Dickson in The New Baseball Dictionary (1999) describes it best with, "A no-hitter in which no opposing player reaches first base, either by a base hit, base on balls, hit batter, or fielding error; i.e., the pitcher or pitchers retire all twenty-seven opposing batters in order."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The sun don't shine on the same dog's ass all the time." - Perfect Game Club Member & Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter (commenting on why he was not able to pitch another perfect game) in When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes (Hyperion Publishing, 05/22/2002, Yogi Berra, Dave Kaplan, Page 18)

American League Perfect Games

American League

Official American League Perfect Games

Cy Young (37y1m7d)
3
vs
0
10,267
1:25
Addie Joss (28y5m20d)
1
vs
0
10,598
1:29
2
at
0
25,000
1:55
Don Larsen (27y2m1d)
2
vs
0
64,519
2:06
4
vs
0
6,298
2:28
Len Barker (25y10m8d)
3
vs
0
7,290
2:09
Mike Witt (24y2m10d)
1
at
0
8,375
1:49
Kenny Rogers (29y8m18d)
4
vs
0
45,581
2:08
David Wells (34y11m27d)
4
vs
0
49,820
2:40
David Cone (36y6m16d)
6
vs
0
41,930
2:16
Mark Buehrle (29y4m)
5
vs
0
28,036
2:03
Dallas Braden (26y9m26d)
4
vs
0
12,228
2:07
4
at
0
22,472
2:17
Felix Hernandez (26y4m8d)
1
vs
0
21,889
2:22

National League Perfect Games

National League

Official National League Perfect Games

Lee Richmond (23y1m7d)
1
vs
0
uk
1:26
John Ward (20y3m14d)
5
vs
0
uk
uk
Jim Bunning (32y7m29d)
6
at
0
32,026
2:19
Sandy Koufax (29y8m10d)
1
vs
0
29,139
1:43
Tom Browning (28y4m19d)
1
vs
0
16,591
1:51
Dennis Martinez (36y2m14d)
2
at
0
45,560
2:14
Randy Johnson (40y8m8d)
2
at
0
23,381
2:13
Roy Halladay (33y15d)
1
at
0
25,086
2:13
Matt Cain (27y8m13d)
10
vs
0
42,298
2:36
Perfect Game Club

"Un-Official" Perfect Games
(Did Not Meet Criteria Set Forth by MLB)

Andres Galarraga Final Out Blown Call

Photo of Out #27 / The Blown Call (Source: Fox Sports)

Blown Call

3
vs
0
Jim Joyce Blown Call

"Un-Official" Perfect Games
(Did Not Meet Criteria Set Forth by MLB)

National League

Broken Up In Extra Innings

0
at
1
E, BB & H In 13th
1
at
0
H In 10th

"Un-Official" Perfect Games
(Did Not Meet Criteria Set Forth by MLB)

American League

Less Than Nine Innings

10-05-1907
4
at
0
5 Innings
2
vs
0
5 Innings

"Un-Official" Perfect Games
(Did Not Meet Criteria Set Forth by MLB)

National League

Less Than Nine Innings

08-11-1907
4
vs
0
7 Innings
4
at
0
5 Innings
"Un-Official" Perfect Game Club
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Did you know that Charlie Robertson was the first pitcher to throw a perfect game while pitching on the road? Too easy you say? How about KNOWN pitch counts from perfect games in descending order:

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Don Larsen's gem during the 1956 World Series was the first and only perfect game to occur during the postseason / World Series AND the entire box score is here on Baseball Almanac.

Harvey Haddix (the Pedro Martinez performance occurred after the 1991 ruling) pitched perfectly for nine-plus innings only to lose his perfect game during the late innings. For years the game was considered a perfect game until Major League Baseball redefined the rule in respect to what defines a no-hitter and perfect game.

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