Sunday, June 6, 2010

Counting Down a True Rarity: MLB's 20 Perfect Games

Part 14 of 21

13 Dennis Martinez, Montreal Expos July 28, 1991

Dennis Martinez is one of just nine pitchers to win at least 100-games in both leagues, but his most shining accomplishment came at the age of 36 when he tossed a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nicaraguan right-hander is the only pitcher born outside of the United States on the exclusive list of 20.

Interestingly, both Martinez and Dodgers hurler Mike Morgan were perfect through five innings, which is the latest that opposing pitchers have gotten to that point. Also, just two days earlier, teammate Mark Gardner no-hit the Dodgers through nine innings before giving up a hit in the 10th.

Although he never exceeded 16-wins in a season, Martinez racked up a 245-193 record. Overall, he played 23 years until the age of 43.

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