David Wells' perfect game
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On May 17, 1998, David Wells of the New York Yankees pitched the 15th perfect game (no opposing batters reach first base) in Major League Baseball history and the second in team history. Pitching against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx in front of 49,820 fans in attendance, Wells retired all 27 batters he faced. The game took 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete, from 1:36 PM ET to 4:16 PM ET. Wells claimed in a 2001 interview with Bryant Gumbel on HBO's Real Sports that he threw the perfect game while being hung over.[not in citation given] Jimmy Fallon claimed in a 2018 interview with Seth Meyers that he and Wells had attended a Saturday Night Live after-party until 5:30 A.M. ET the morning of the game.
Wells' perfect game was the 245th no-hitter in MLB history and the tenth no-hitter in Yankees history. It was the first regular-season perfect game pitched by a Yankee; the franchise's previous perfect game was thrown by Don Larsen during the 1956 World Series. By coincidence, Wells graduated from the same high school as Larsen - Point Loma High School in San Diego, California. The previous perfect game in MLB history was nearly four years prior, when Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched a perfect game against the California Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 28, 1994.
Wells' perfect game was the first Yankee no-hitter since Dwight Gooden's against the Seattle Mariners in May 1996. Wells' performance tied the record for franchises with most perfect games. At the time, the Cleveland Indians were the only other team to have two perfect games; David Cone added a third perfect game to Yankees history, breaking the record in July 1999.
Three months later, on September 1, Wells took a perfect game into the seventh inning in a game against the Oakland Athletics, but he gave up a two-out single to Jason Giambi to end his bid for an unprecedented second perfect game. Wells ended up with a two-hit shutout as the Yankees won the game, 7-0.
- May 17, Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
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|WP: David Wells (5–1) LP: LaTroy Hawkins (2–4)|
NYY: Bernie Williams (3)
- WP: Wells (5).
- Pitches-strikes: Hawkins 123-84; Naulty 7-3; Swindell 12-8; Wells 120-79.
- Groundouts-flyouts: Hawkins 5-11; Naulty 0-1; Swindell 0-1; Wells 6-10.
- Batters faced: Hawkins 27; Naulty 2; Swindell 2; Wells 27.
- Umpires: HP: Tim McClelland; 1B: John Hirschbeck; 2B: Rich Garcia; 3B: Mike Reilly.
- Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy.
- Wind: 8 mph, left to right.
- Time: 2:40.
- Attendance: 49,820.
- Venue: Yankee Stadium.
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- Mushnick, Phil (June 24, 2001). "Now Appearing on HBO Real Sports Real Smut". New York Post. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
- Fallon, Jimmy; Meyers, Seth (April 26, 2018). Jimmy Fallon Reminisces on Pitching an SNL Sketch to Mick Jagger (YouTube). New York City: Late Night with Seth Meyers.
- "David Wells Field in Point Loma gets renovated". ABC 10 News. July 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 23 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "Oakland Athletics versus New York Yankees". Baseball-Reference.com. September 1, 1998. Retrieved March 16, 2017.