Stat-urday, 5/25/2019

Harvey Haddix (photo courtesy of the Society of American Baseball Research)

This weekend, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Harvey Haddix’ perfect 12 innings (only to lose the game in the 13th) on May 26, 1959. How many perfect games have there been? As it always is with statistics, it depends on how you count.

MLB’s definition of a perfect game is as follows: “An official perfect game occurs when a pitcher (or pitchers) retires each batter on the opposing team during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings. In a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game.”

This has been done 23 times in Major League Baseball. But those aren’t the only ones:

League No. of Perfect Games First Perfect Game Most Recent Perfect Game
Major League Baseball 23 June 12, 1880, by Lee Richmond for the Worcester Ruby Legs August 15, 2012, by Felix Hernandez for the Seattle Mariners
Minor League Baseball 187 August 23, 1887, by Charles Bohn for Mansfield of the Ohio State League September 1, 2017, by Connor Grey of the Kane County Cougars (Midwest League)
Nippon Professional Baseball League 16 June 28, 1950, by Hideo Fujimoto for the Yomiuri Giants November 1, 2007, by Daisuke Yamai and Hitoki Iwase for the Chunichi Dragons
Mexican League 9 August 14, 1953, by Ramiro Cuevas for the Nuevo Laredo Owls August 7, 2005, by Oscar Rivera for the Yucatan Lions
Mexican Pacific League 3 January 5, 1971, by Vicente Romo for the Ciudad Obregón Yaquis August 7, 2005, by Joakim Soria for the Ciudad Obregón Yaquis
Cuban Serie Nacional 1 December 22, 1999, by Maels Rodriguez for Sancti Spiritus (same)
Chinese Professional Baseball League 1 October 7, 2018, by Ryan Verdugo for the Uni-President Lions (same)
Hoofdklasse Honkbal (Major League Baseball in the Netherlands) 3 1989 by Craig McGinnis for Haarlem Nicols April 14, 2019, by Misja Harcksen for Curacao Neptunus
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 5 1944 by Annabelle Lee for the Minneapolis Millerettes September 3, 1953, by Jean Faut for the South Bend Blue Sox
TOTAL: 248    

As the Baseball Project says, “Why don’t we add old Harvey to that list?”

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca