Blown call costs pitcher a perfect game.
It should have been the third perfect game
this season, and only the 21st in major league history. Armando Galarraga
was one out away from a perfect game, only to have it spoiled by what will likely be remembered as one of the worst calls in baseball history. "I just cost that kid a perfect game," said umpire Jim Joyce, a 22-year veteran. Can we go to the replay? Nope! [more inside]
20 men have thrown Perfect Games
in the history of the MLB -- 18 since the modern baseball era began 110 years ago -- yet, remarkably, this month has witnessed two: Dallas Braden's perfecto
on Mother's Day (previously
), and Roy "Doc" Halladay
, of the Philadelphia Phillies, tonight, on Memorial Day weekend (out #27
). [more inside]
Dallas Braden had a rough childhood
. A problem child in the tough neighborhood of Stockton, California, he was raised by his mother and, after she died, his grandmother, both of whom he credits for turning his life around. Today, on Mother's Day, in front of a small home crowd and his grandmother, Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history
and the second in as many years against the white-hot Tampa Bay Rays. This also happened to be 42 years and 1 day after the A's only other perfect game
, by Catfish Hunter. [more inside]
A 12-year-old Little Leaguer has pitched a perfect game
-- 18 straight strikeouts, the greatest individual achievement in baseball. And his parents missed the game! But they did take him out for ice cream later. Any Little League vets (or current players) here?