"I made a vow to make a simple life
with a rattle-shaking baby
and a buddha wife
I vowed that only the Red Sox could bring me down" -- Ellis Paul in "Marc Chagall"
Baseball’s first El Perfecto, a perfect game, was recorded on this day - June 12 - in 1880 ... a perfect game being when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings. A southpaw, left-handed Lee Richmond of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Ruby Legs, pitched himself to perfection with a 1-0 shutout of the Cleveland Spiders in a National League game. Five days later, on June 17, the second, official perfect game was pitched by John Ward in another National League game between Providence and Buffalo.
It was two and a half decades later before this feat was accomplished again - by a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox - when he stopped the Philadelphia Athletics in an American League game.
Perfect game days are very rare! So if you get a chance to see one, either in person or on TV, you’ll be watching history in the making.
Can you name the Red Sox pitcher who pitched the 3rd perfect game ever on May 5, 1904?
Click HERE for answer.
Test your knowledge of Ellis Paul trivia here.
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