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Perfect Games in Baseball History

Although any day at the ballpark is a perfect day in our book, there have been just 23 true perfect games throughout Major League Baseball history. In a perfect game, no opposing batter reaches base. (The difference between a perfect game and a no-hitter? In a no-hitter, although the losing team does not record any hits, at least one batter reaches base-e.g. via a walk.) These 23 pitchers made history. Who do you think will be next?

Perfect Games Richmond 1

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

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Perfect Games Ward 2

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

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Perfect Games Young 3

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

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Perfect Games Joss 4

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

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Perfect Games Robertson 5

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

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Perfect Games Larsen 6

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

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Perfect Games Bunning 7

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

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Perfect Games Koufax 8

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

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Perfect Games Hunter 9

9. Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Oakland Athletics - May 8, 1968

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Perfect Games Barker 10

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

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Perfect Games Witt 11

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

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Perfect Games Browning 12

12. Tom Browning, Cincinnati Reds - September 16, 1988

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Perfect Games Martinez 13

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

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Perfect Games Rogers 14

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

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Perfect Games Wells 15

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

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Perfect Games Cone 16

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

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Perfect Games Johnson 17

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

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Perfect Games Buehrle 18

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

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Perfect Games Braden 19

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

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Perfect Games Halladay 20

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

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Perfect Games Humber 21

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

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Perfect Games Cain 22

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

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Perfect Games Hernandez 23

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

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