Monday, September 30, 2013

Mike Witt Tosses A Gem

 On Sept. 30, 1984, California Angels pitcher Mike Witt tossed the eleventh perfect game in Major League history.  

Witt’s Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0 in a game played at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Witt’s perfect game came on the final day of the season as he thoroughly dominated the Rangers.  

He had 10 strikeouts on the day to go along with 13 groundouts, as only four balls left the infield throughout the course of the game.  

A few years later in 1990, Witt would finish off a no-hitter started by teammate Mark Langston. After pitching seven innings of no-hit ball, Langston left the game and was replaced by Witt, who finished off the final two innings.  

There have only been nine combined no-hitters in Major League history.

To this day there has only been 23 perfect games pitched in the Major Leagues, with three of the last six coming against the Tampa Bay Rays. Both the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox have the most perfect games in history with three each. The Oakland Athletics have two to their credit and the Giants franchise dating back to New York has one, Cain’s from last season.