Lee Richmond's perfect game

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Lee Richmond's perfect game
Lee Richmond.jpg
Richmond, depicted between 1879-1886
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Worcester Worcesters 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 3 0
Date June 12, 1880
Venue Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds
City Worcester, Massachusetts
Managers
Attendance n/a

Lee Richmond, pitcher for the Worcester Worcesters, pitched a perfect game against the Cleveland Blues by retiring all 27 batters he faced on Saturday, June 12, 1880. This event took place in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds in Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]

Background[edit]

The Worcesters were in their first ever season in the National League, having previously played in the National Association. Prior to the game, Worcester opened up a three game series with the Cleveland Blues by beating them 5-0 two days earlier (June 10). The record of Worcester was 13-9 (second place) and Cleveland being at 12-9 (third place).[2]

The game[edit]

Richmond had one of only three hits during the game, with Irwin having the latter two. While on base, Irwin contributed the only run of the game; second baseman Fred Dunlap bobbled a throw that had come from pitcher Jim McCormick that counted for an error, and Irwin ran for home plate. On the throw home by Dunlap, the ball went over Doc Kennedy's head for another error. Worcester left two men on base, in part due to a 6-4-3 double play from Glasscock to Dunlap to Phillips. Three outs were recorded on "foul bounds", where the ball was caught by the fielder after it had bounced once in foul territory, a rule that in place at the time until 1883. The game lasted 1 hour and 26 minutes, with a seven minute delay due to rain in the seventh inning.[1] This was the first ever perfect game in Major League Baseball history, and it was the second ever no-hitter in league history (the first being in 1876).

Game statistics[edit]

June 12, Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, Worcester, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Worcester 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0

Box score[edit]

Hitting
Worcester Worcesters AB R H RBI Cleveland Blues AB R H RBI
Wood, GeorgeGeorge Wood, LF 4 0 0 0 Dunlap, FredFred Dunlap, 2B 3 0 0 0
Richmond, LeeLee Richmond, P 3 0 1 0 Hankinson, FrankFrank Hankinson, 3B 3 0 0 0
Knight, LonLon Knight, RF 3 0 0 0 Kennedy, DocDoc Kennedy, C 3 0 0 0
Irwin, ArthurArthur Irwin, SS 3 1 2 0 Phillips, BillBill Phillips, 1B 3 0 0 0
Bennett, CharlieCharlie Bennett, C 2 0 0 0 Shaffer, OratorOrator Shaffer, RF 3 0 0 0
Whitney, ArtArt Whitney, 3B 3 0 0 0 McCormick, JimJim McCormick, P 3 0 0 0
Sullivan, ChubChub Sullivan, 1B 3 0 0 0 Gilligan, BarneyBarney Gilligan, CF 3 0 0 0
Corey, FredFred Corey, CF 3 0 0 0 Glasscock, JackJack Glasscock, SS 3 0 0 0
Creamer, GeorgeGeorge Creamer, 2B 3 0 0 0 Hanlon, NedNed Hanlon, LF 3 0 0 0
Totals 27 1 3 0 Totals 27 0 0 0
Pitching
Worcester Winchesters IP H R ER BB SO Cleveland Blues IP H R ER BB SO
Richmond, LeeLee Richmond 9 0 0 0 0 5 McCormick, JimJim McCormick 8 3 1 0 1 7
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 6 Totals 8 3 1 0 1 7

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