110 years ago, Cy Young threw the first perfect game in Major League History
On May 5, 1904, at the age of 37, Cy Young threw the first perfect game under "modern" Major League Baseball rules, retiring all 27 Philadelphia Athletics batters he faced.
And while Young's eight strikeout performance was masterful, the story of the perfecto is even better. Young's opposing pitcher that day was fellow future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell. Coming off of two straight victories against Boston, Waddell challenged Young to a re-match of their April 25th matchup (which the A's ace had won). When Young retired Waddell to end the game, Young shouted "How do you like that, you hayseed" -- a perfect moment of retribution in one of baseball's all-time greatest performances.
Young's perfect game wasn't some fluke either, coming during a stretch of 25 1/3 hitless innings. Young would toss 40 complete games during that '04 season, including a league-leading 10 shutouts. Dude could hurl.