The very first perfect game in 1904
May 5th marks the 96th anniversary of the first perfect game ever pitched in American League history. Boston right-hander Cy Young faced 27 Philadelphia Athletics and set all 27 down en route to a 3-0 win. No Athletics reached first base. No hits, no walks, no errors, no hit-batsmen.
The perfect game is one of the rarest occurrences in sports. Since Young's masterpiece, only 15 pitchers have accomplished the feat, the last one by New York Yankees veteran David Cone in 1999. Cone set down 27 Montreal Expos in a row in the Yakees' 6-0 win on July 18.
Possibly the most famous perfect game in history was turned in by NY Yankee hurler Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series. Larsen's 2-0 gem in game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers gave the Yankees a 3-2 series lead and sparked them to their fifth World Series Championship of the decade.
Perfect game oddities and near-misses: