The Addie Joss Perfect Game in 1908

At the start of the 2001 season, Bob Dolgan of the Cleveland Plain Dealer took a look back at this game:

The duel between Hall of Famers Addie Joss and Ed Walsh on Oct. 2, 1908, the most remarkable two-man pitching performance under pressure in the history of the American League, lasted either one hour and 29 minutes or 1:40, depending on which paper you read.

A crowd of 10,598 in League Park saw Cleveland’s Joss throw a perfect game for a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the heat and fury of a great pennant race. . . .
Joss had kept the Naps a half-game behind Detroit, with four to play. The White Sox fell 2½ back.

Joss said: “Around the seventh inning, I began to realize none of the Sox had reached first. No one on the bench dared breathe a word to that effect. [Anyone doing so] would have been chased to the clubhouse. Even I rapped on wood when I thought about it. All I was trying to do was beat Chicago, for Walsh was pitching the game of his life.”

Walsh said: “I pitched a fairly good game, but Joss pitched better. Maybe I did strike out 15, but they got four hits off me and we got none off him. I walked a man and he passed none.

“It is something to be proud of, keeping a team like Chicago from reaching first base.”

Going into the crucial two-game series, the White Sox were confident. Chicago team owner Charles Comiskey boasted, “I think we’ll sweep the series and win all five of our remaining games.”

There was speculation that spitballer Walsh, who had pitched and won a doubleheader in Boston three days earlier, might work both games for Chicago. The big-shouldered former Pennsylvania coal miner worked 464 innings that season, still the record.

By noon, thousands lined up for the 3 p.m. game at East 66th and Lexington. Tickets cost 25 cents, 75 cents and $1.

The Rooters Club, 250 strong, marched in behind a drum corps, wearing badges and carrying song sheets. Fans sang “Hail, hail, the gang’s all here.” Parades and music were a big part of baseball then. Naps coach Jimmy McGuire, brandishing a horseshoe for luck, pirouetted around the diamond.

The Naps, named after their stellar second baseman-manager Larry “Napoleon” Lajoie, scored the only run in the third inning after Joe Birmingham singled. Walsh threw to first to pick him off and Birmingham dashed for second. He went to third when first baseman Frank Isbell’s wild throw hit him and bounced into the outfield. Birmingham scored when catcher Ossie Schreckengost couldn’t handle a violent breaking ball by Walsh, which was scored as a wild pitch.

Joss, who was taller and thinner than Walsh, struck out three and retired 16 batters on ground balls, with Lajoie making several fine plays. The closest call came when pinch-hitter John Anderson, the last batter in the game, lined a ball down the left-field line that was foul by three feet. Anderson then hit a hot grounder to third baseman Bill Bradley, who made a low throw. But first baseman George Stovall dug it out, juggled the ball and gained control just in time to nip Anderson. Joss, 24-11 that year, had the third perfect game in history.

“The boys played grandly behind me,” Joss said. “Larry killed three drives that would have been hits for ordinary second basemen.”

Walsh said: “I’m sorry we lost, but way down deep in my heart I’m glad Anderson was called out at first. It would have made no difference anyway.”

A SABR biography of Joss added that he “needed only 74 pitches to out-duel Walsh and retire all 27 White Sox batters. It was only the second perfect game in American League history.”

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Ernie Shore’s “Perfect” Game and Babe Ruth’s Ejection in 1917

The Boston Globe covered this game with as much attention to the fracas that got Babe Ruth ejected after walking the first batter as to Ernie Shore’s feat of retiring the 26 batters he faced in relief, which, with the first batter being thrown out stealing, made 27 straight outs, if not quite an absolute perfect game. It happened at Fenway Park on June 23, 1917, in the first game of a doubleheader vs. the Washington Senators. Here’s most of the Globe’s account:

FAME FOR SHORE, SOX IN TWIN WIN
No-Hit, No-Run and No-Man-to-First Performance
Modest Ernie Shore took a place in the Hall of Fame as a no-hit, no-run, no man-reached-first base pitcher in the curtain-raiser of the twin bill with the Griffmen at Fenway Park yesterday. It was the best pitching seen in this city since 1904 when Cy Young put over a similar feat, the only difference being that Uncle Cyrus pitched to every batter, while the Carolina professor did not get into the exercises until after Ruth, who had walked Morgan, the first batter, had been removed from the pastime for striking Umpire Brick Owns. . .

While Shore covered himself with glory. . . Baltimore Babe with his temper beyond control went to the dugout under a cloud and undoubtedly will be severely punished by Pres Johnson.

His suspension will cripple the Red Sox badly as they need the big portsider very much.
Babe pitched four balls to Morgan and accused Owens of missing two of them. “Get in there and pitch,” ordered Owens.

“Open your eyes and keep them open,” chirped Babe.

“Get in and pitch or I will run you out of there,” was the comeback of the arbiter.
“You run me out and I will come in and bust you on the nose,” Ruth threatened.

“Get out of there now,” said Brick.

Then in rushed Ruth. Chester Thomas tried to prevent him from reaching Owens, who had not removed his mask, but Babe started swinging both hands. The left missed the arbiter, but the right struck him behind the left ear.

Manager Barry and several policemen had to drag Ruth off the field. All season Babe has been fussing a lot. Nothing has seemed to satisfy him.

Prof Shore stepped to the hill and, after Sam Agnew had taken care of Morgan when he endeavored to annex second, Ernie just breezed along calmly. He fielded his position well and was ready for any of those cantankerous bunts that the opponents might try to lay down. But strange to say the Griffmen were off that stuff, relying mostly on the slam-bang system.

The Carolinian is indebted to Scotty [shortstop Everett Scott] and Duffy Lewis for making his record. The Bluffton Kid robbed Jamieson of a hit in the fifth when a hard hit ball was deflected by Shore, Scotty being obliged to travel fast. However, he made a one hand pick-up and tossed out the runner. In the seventh “Duff” went back to his own little cliff for a bang from Morgan and in the final frame came in like lightning and speared one that Henry had planted in short left.

Shore fanned only two and it did not seem as if he was working hard. He made a number of nifty plays himself. Barry closed the game with a grand play on a swinging bunt by pinch hitter Menoskey.

Here’s the Globe’s box score:

And the headline:

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Fun Facts about the 23 Perfect Games in MLB History

A while back I completed a project of chronicling most of major league baseball’s perfect games. What fun is that if you can’t make out a list of trivia about the games? So yes, the following list (updated to include Braden’s feat, and Halladay’s, and Humber’s, and Cain’s, and Hernandez’s) is trivial—but then, much of life is trivia, and sometimes trivia reveals things about life (and baseball) that bigger, more obvious facts can’t reveal.

And even if it doesn’t, you can still enjoy going through the following facts about the 23 perfect games from 1880 to 2012:

Fourteen have been pitched by A.L. teams and just 9 by N.L. teams, despite the N.L. being 25 years older.

Nine of the 14 pitched after the D.H. rule took effect have been in the A.L.

Seven have had crowds of no more than 10,598 as witnesses.

Six have had crowds of at least 40,000, but Don Larsen’s had easily the most attendees: 64,519.

David Wells’ took the longest, at 2:40; eight took less than two hours, and the quickest was Cy Young’s, which took 83 minutes.

There have been four “complete” perfect games of less than 9 innings, with the latest being a 5-inning job by David Palmer in 1984.

Seven of them were 1-0 affairs.

Six have occurred between May 5 and May 18, four between July 18 and July 28, and four between June 9 and June 17.

They’ve been thrown by pitchers ranging from age 20 (John Ward) to age 40 (Randy Johnson).

The Yankees and White Sox with three and Phillies, Indians, and A’s with two are the five teams with multiple perfect games.

Charlie Robertson is the least successful pitcher (not considering Phil Humber or Dallas Braden, who are still in their 20s) to throw a perfect game: he never had a winning season, pitched over 155 innings in a season just twice, and posted an ERA of 8.36 four years after his perfection.

There are 16 men alive who threw perfect games; for comparison, we now have four living ex-presidents.

Catfish Hunter’s 3-4 (three singles) and three RBI is the best hitting performance by any perfect pitcher; Jim Bunning’s 1-4 with a double and two RBI comes in second.

Catfish wore jersey no. 27 for his perfect game.

The 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks, at 51-111, are easily the worst team to have a perfect game.

Ron Hassey is the one catcher to catch (and call) two perfect games; he nearly caught a third for the 1989 A’s.

The 1988 Dodgers are the only World Series-winning team to never reach first base in a single game in their championship year.

Six perfect games were thrown in the ‘90s and ‘00s, an anomaly for two of the hardest-hitting decades in MLB history.

Six Hall of Famers have thrown perfect games, with Randy Johnson set to become the seventh in six years or so, and Kenny Rogers, David Wells, David Cone, and Dennis Martinez all possible future Hall of Famers (but likely near-misses; there are no Martinezes in the Hall of Fame, by the way).

Seven of these men threw at least one other no-hitter (so far, and Mike Witt as a two-inning reliever for Mark Langston in 1990).

1880 and 2010 and 2012 are the only years to have (at least) two perfect games; 2012 is of course the only one with more than two.

The number of pitches required to retire 27 batters has ranged from 74 (Joss) to 125 (Cain).

Fourteen of the 23 perfect games have happened in the last 30-odd years.

Five of the last seven perfect games have involved three of the four most recent expansion teams in the majors (Arizona, Tampa Bay, and the Marlins.)

These 23 pitchers include a recovering alcoholic (Martinez), an ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease victim (Hunter), a union organizer (John Ward), a construction contractor (Len Barker), two graduates of Point Loma High School (Wells and Larsen), a senator (Bunning), a one-time prisoner (Tom Browning), a man with an arthritic throwing arm who retired within a year (Koufax), a victim of tubercular meningitis who died at age 31, nine months after his final game (Joss), and a Tommy John surgery (Philip Humber).

Here is a nice bit of coincidence; a picture of a Mark Buehrle jersey I saw on a White Sox fan following Humber’s perfect game.

Also, here is a picture of the “King of Perfection” poster the Mariners issued to celebrate Felix Hernandez’s perfect game:

Rundown of Perfect Games

If you’ve come here looking for some information on perfect games in MLB history, you’re in luck: the following set of names links to accounts of most of the perfect games of the past hundred years, along with a handful of the near-perfect games: Tom Browning’s, Harvey Haddix’s, Charlie Robertson’s, Sandy Koufax’s, Jim Bunning’s, Cy Young’s, Dennis Martinez’s, Len Barker’s, Mike Witt’s, Catfish Hunter’s, Pedro Martinez’s, Dean Chance’s, Jerry Reuss’s, Waite Hoyt’s, Brian Holman’s, Kenny Rogers’, and David Palmer’s.

I haven’t covered Don Larsen’s, David Cone’s, Randy Johnson’s, or David Wells’ because there’s already plenty of accounts of those four games available. If you’re really dedicated to perfect games, buy the book that covers all of them but Johnson’s here.

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Charlie Robertson’s Perfect Game

When Charles Robertson threw his perfect game on Sunday, April 30, 1922, the Chicago Tribune’s Irving Vaughan was there, and he filed this report the next day:

The name of Charles Robertson will live in baseball lore alongside those of Cy Young and Addie Joss. Hurling himself to heights attained only twice before in modern major league history, the young Texan today turned back the Tigers without a hit, without a run, and without a hostile reaching first base. To say the White Sox won is hardly necessary. The score was 2-0.

Fully 25,000 fans were packed into the arena to witness this thriller. At the start they were anything but favorable toward the lean Texan. They howled at him and booed him. The Tigers themselves tried to break him down by unwarranted complaints that he was practicing some illegal trick. Undaunted, Robby kept right on going, and when it was all over the fans showed their appreciation of his work by carrying him off the field.

Despite the startling results attained by Robertson, the game itself was not particularly spectacular. The Texan’s mates were not called upon to perform hair raising feats to keep the Tygers away from first base. Robby was so good that ordinary fielding was all he needed.

What made Robby the pitcher he was today, was control. He shot fast ones, slow ones, and hooks right through the spots where the other fellows didn’t like ’em.

As a sample of his effectiveness, it might be mentioned that only seven balls were hit on the ground. Fourteen were slammed into the air, and six of the twenty-seven batters took their medicine in the form of strikeouts.

Only six balls were driven into the outfield.

Just what caused the Tygers to break out with their protests against the young pitcher is a mystery. Nothing was said during the first four innings, but in the fifth Harry Heilmann, while batting, called for the ball and tried to show Umpire Nallin that it had been soiled by some foreign substance. Nallin found nothing wrong.

The fact that the arbiter could find no fault with Robby didn’t satisfy the Tygers, however. Heilmann continued to “wolf” throughout the game. Once Cobb even went out to first base to see whether Sheely’s glove did not conceal coloring matter. It didn’t.

Later, the irrepressible Tyrus inspected all parts of Robertson’s uniform. He was foiled again,  but even after it was all over he still insisted there was something wrong. To a spectator it sounded like the squawk of a trimmed sucker. . . .

Hurling against Robby this afternoon was Herman Pillette from the Portland, Ore., team.

He also performed fairly well, but even then was lucky not to have half a dozen runs scored against him. He was in trouble time and again, but the Sox nicked him for hits only seven times.

The rally that won the game, started with a pass to Hooper in the second inning. Mostil bunted along the third base line and beat the throw to first base, after which Strunk sacrificed. Sheely then drove a hard bounder between short and third. Jones managed to reach the ball, but couldn’t get his glove around it and it caromed off into the outfield for a hit, Hooper and Mostil scoring.

After the runs went across, no one dreamed they would be sufficient to clinch victory. The fans surely didn’t think Robby could maintain the pace.

They still howled at him when they rose en masse for the lucky seventh, but when he got by that point without results, sentiment changed. He suddenly became a hero, and when Bassler, a pinch hitter, sent a fly to Mostil for the concluding out, Robby got an ovation that an athlete seldom is granted on a  foreign field.

Some pictures from the Tribune: first the headline:

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And second, the box score:

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Read the play-by-play for the 27 outs here.

Sandy Koufax’s Perfect Game

In lieu of repeating all the descriptions of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game that already exist, here is simply the cover of the Los Angeles Times sports section the day after the game:

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Well, I will note that on the same day, Juan Marichal, making “his first start in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park since his Aug. 22 battle with John Roseboro” pitched his 10th shutout of 1965, a four-hitter, and got his 21st win, one behind Koufax. And, the one hit Bob Hendley gave up in this game, a bloop double by Lou Johnson in the seventh, did not produce the Dodgers’ run: that came on a walk to Johnson, a sacrifice by Ron Fairly, and Johnson’s steal of third, then coming home on Chris Krug’s bad throw.

(audio of Vin Scully calling Koufax’s final three outs is available here)

Jim Bunning’s Perfect Game

When Jim Bunning pitched his perfect game for the Phillies in 1964, Sports Illustrated wrote about it, and said “It was his slider, Bunning said, that was working effectively, just as it was that day in 1958 when, as a member of the Detroit Tigers, he pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox after four years in the American League. When [Ralph] Kiner started to express amazement that the Tigers could trade such a pitcher, Bunning interrupted with a huge grin, saying, “Very happy, very happy.” He expressed appreciation of a diving stop and a fine throw made by Second Baseman Tony Taylor that had robbed the Mets’ Jesse Gonder of a hit in the fifth inning. Then Bunning’s wife, Mary, and his eldest daughter—he has seven children—appeared from the stands to plant kisses on their man. He deserved it. After all, it was Father’s Day.”

Many years later, after Bunning had entered Congress, the Philadelphia Inquirer looked back on the game. It wrote: “Then 32-year-old Jim Bunning entered the record books – and the hearts of Phillies fans – on a steamy first afternoon of summer in spanking-new Shea Stadium.
When it was over, The Ed Sullivan Show asked Bunning to appear that evening. Bunning, a stockbroker in the off-season, knew what to ask. The answer was $1,000.

The NL’s first perfect game in the 20th century was thrown on Father’s Day by the father of seven. A bright man with an obsessive work ethic who would accept nothing less than an all-out effort from his teammates. A calm player who held his teammates together as they – not he – grew anxious in the late innings.
Bunning said he talked about the perfect game in the dugout – a violation of baseball protocol – to relieve the pressure.
“Everybody tried to get away from him,” recalled rightfielder Johnny Callison, who homered in the game. “But he was so wired that he followed us around.”

The Inquirer added: “Just 17 days before Bunning’s perfect game, the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax faced the minimum 27 Phillies, with only a walk to Richie Allen, who was later caught stealing, ruining perfection. And Koufax would be the first pitcher after Bunning to be perfect, tossing his masterpiece against the Cubs in September 1965.”

Dennis Martinez’s Perfect Game

On July 29, 1991, Dennis Martinez pitched the 15th perfect game in baseball history to give the Montreal Expos a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers before 45,560 at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Times wrote:

“There were 17 groundouts, five strikeouts, two foul outs, and only three fair balls hit out of the infield.

In the fourth inning Martinez was visited on the mound by trainers because of a twinge in his back, but he continued. He needed a good throw to first base on a bunt by Juan Samuel in the seventh inning, but he survived.

He finally seemed to tire in the ninth inning. Leadoff hitter Mike Scioscia hit a hard fly ball to left field. Then, with two out, pinch- hitter Chris Gwynn hit a line drive barely foul down the third base line.

Then on a 1-and-2 pitch, Gwynn drove a ball toward the right field gap that hung up in the haze. To at least one person, it sounded like extra bases.

“It was scary,” said Martinez, who turned and stared at the ball. “I thought it was hit well. Then, it went nowhere.”

Marquis Grissom said he knew he could catch it. If only he could calm down.

“It was a routine fly ball,” he said. “But I had to get over there and get it. I had to forget what was at stake.”

When the ball dropped into his glove, Martinez leaped into the air. And he wasn’t the only one.

Larry Bearnarth, the pitching coach, was so excited he cut his finger on the dugout roof.

“Can you believe that?” Bearnarth said. “As soon as he got the last out, I jumped up in the air and boom! my finger hit something. I guess that shows you what I think about Dennis Martinez.”

Afterward Martinez showed the cheering fans what he thought of them by wading through a mob in the box seats, signing autographs in his street clothes.

Martinez was helped yesterday by the hazy background, the fast pace of the game, and two unearned runs against Mike Morgan.

The Expos ended Morgan’s no- hit bid in the sixth inning with a leadoff single to center field by Ron Hassey, then scored twice in the seventh on two fielding errors by shortstop Alfredo Griffin sandwiched around a run-scoring triple by Larry Walker.

Those runs also stopped the Dodger pitchers’ consecutive scoreless-innings streak at 38, tying a club record set in 1966.

With Morgan being the fastest worker on the Dodgers — this game took 2 hours, 14 minutes — Martinez wasn’t given much time to stiffen up on the bench, which also helped.

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Catfish Hunter’s Perfect Game

Not long after his death in 1999, USA Today took a look back at the perfect game Catfish Hunter threw in the A’s first season in Oakland, on May 8, 1968. The newspaper wrote:
“Hunter struck out 11 batters, including [Harmon] Killebrew three times, and went 3-for-4 at the plate, with three runs batted in. He needed only one outstanding defensive play — third baseman Sal Bando’s stab of Allison’s grounder in the fifth inning. Only five balls were hit out of the infield. His closest call came in the second inning when he went 3-0 on [Tony] Oliva, then struck him out. He ended the game by striking out pinch-hitter Rich Reese, who had fouled off five consecutive pitches.”

Catfish said: “I just tried to throw strikes to everybody; control is the name of the game.”

In 1998, 30 years after the game, Lowell Cohn remembered attending it as a grad student at Stanford. He said:

I was walking to the library with a friend named John, and I said, “I just can’t do this. Let’s go to an Oakland Athletics game, instead.”

This was a radical suggestion when you consider it was the A’s first season in Oakland. In fact, it was only their 12th home game in the East Bay. Before that, they’d played in Kansas City. So they weren’t exactly a sports staple in the area- not that they are now. Only 6,280 were to show up that night, but I’m getting ahead of my story.

My friend John said, sure, he’d like to see some baseball.

So we drove to Oakland and arrived in the second or third inning. Immediately, we bought beers and we might have gotten blitzed, although I’m not sure we did. But something was definitely screwy, because I can’t really explain what happened next.

We were watching the game, and it was kind of dull. No one scored until the seventh inning when Hunter squeezed in a run on a bunt single. . . .

In the top of the ninth, everyone in the ballpark got loud and restless. People shouted and clapped their hands.

I didn’t know why.

Sure, I noticed that Hunter seemed to be striking out his share of guys — he struck out 11. But I’d seen strikeouts before and I’d seen shutouts. And what was the big deal, anyway?

When the Twins Rich Reese made the final out, hitting a foul-tip third strike into catcher Jim Pagliaroni’s glove, the crowd erupted in a loud cheer and all the A’s ran onto the field to hug Hunter as if they had just won the World Series. . . .

The next morning, of course, I looked at the newspaper and saw headlines as big as a house saying Hunter had thrown a perfect game. And I felt like a fool. So here’s what I want to know. Can I take credit for watching Hunter’s famous performance, the first American-League perfect game in 46 years?

I was definitely there. Honest, I was. But I had no idea what was going on.”

Cohn, who was a longtime San Francisco Chronicle columnist, inspired me to track down the Chronicle for the day after the game. Here’s its banner headline:

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And, here’s the cover of the Chronicle’s sports section, with a shot of Catfish getting surrounded by happy teammates after finishing his perfect game:
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Kenny Rogers’ Perfect Game

This perfect game, the first by a left-hander in A.L. history,  happened just a couple weeks before the 1994-1995 strike began. On July 28, 1994, the AP reported:

Rogers pitched the 12th perfect game in modern major league history tonight, saved by center fielder Rusty Greer’s diving catch in the ninth inning in the Texas Rangers’ 4-0 victory over the California Angels.

Offensively for Texas, Jose Canseco hit two home runs. He and Ivan Rodriguez hit consecutive shots in the third.

Rogers said he did not think about a perfect game until the last inning. As soon as he did, it almost ended. Rex Hudler led off the ninth with a slicing liner to right-center. Greer, a rookie, ran over and in, left his feet and was nearly horizontal when he made a backhanded grab.

“I never thought he was going to get it,” Rogers said. “I thought that ball was going to drop, no matter what. Then, I thought the ball was going to pop out.”

“I was going to give it my best effort whether I caught it or not,” Greer said.

“I never thought about a perfect game,” said the 29-year-old Rogers. “I was thinking about the no-hitter until the last out. I just threw strikes. I got ahead of a lot of hitters and that helped a lot.

“Rusty Greer, gosh, what can you say after a guy makes a catch like that?

“When Rusty did that, I thought, ‘Somebody wants me to do this,'” Rogers said. “I never thought he could catch that ball. He went at it like there was a no-hitter on the line.”

“In a situation like that, you want to be the guy to break up the no-no,” Hudler said. “But I tip my hat to the guy. When he got three balls (in the count), you could read his body language. He was saying, ‘Hey, swing the bat, because I’m not going to walk you.'”

“I really didn’t expect to go nine innings,” Rogers said, “much less get this type of ball game. I never expected a no-hitter. I don’t think any pitcher goes out there thinking, ‘I’ve got no-hitter stuff.’ To be honest, I really didn’t think I did.

“It’ll hit me in a couple of days just what’s happened. It’s something I can always look back on. I’m one of those guys now. It’s a great feeling.

Rogers used 98 pitches and struck out eight, four swinging and four looking. He went to a three-ball count seven times, including on four straight batters starting with two out in the sixth.

Rogers got a standing ovation from the crowd of 46,581 at The Ballpark when he took the mound to start the ninth. After Hudler’s catch, Rogers got the last two outs without much trouble, retiring Chris Turner on a grounder to shortstop and Gary DiSarcina on a routine fly to Greer.

Rogers, who became a full-time starter only last year, pitched his second shutout and sixth complete game of the season. He had been nursing a sore shoulder since hurting it while throwing a curve July 9 against Detroit. He pitched with an extra day of rest against the Angels.

There’s a shaky handheld video, with weak audio, of a replay of the last three outs of Rogers’ perfect game on YouTube. Also, Bill Mazeroski’s Baseball Preview for 1995 looked back on this game, and explained that “during this particular game Jose Canseco was wearing a new pair of cleats. Gary Redus and  Chris James decided that they would put Canseco’s old raggy ones to good use. They soaked them in alcohol and lit them up during the fifth inning. Will Clark looked into the dugout from first base and wondered what was happening. The whole Texas dugout was rolling. Except Rogers. Clark was laughing so hard that ‘I couldn’t see,’ he said later on. After throwing his perfect game, he [Rogers] was informed of the sacrifice of the shoes and said, ‘Well burn the rest of Jose’s shoes if that’s what it takes.'”