Thursday, June 3, 2010

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

Part 4 of 21

3 Cy Young, Boston Americans May 5, 1904

Cy Young is the winningest pitcher in Major League Baseball history and synonymous with pitching excellence. It is only fitting that he recorded the first perfect game in the "Modern Era."

Young set down 27 batters in order against the Philadelphia A's at the age of 37. Leading into the game, the Hall of Fame hurler pitched eight hitless innings and then followed with six hitless innings after his perfect game— an almost incomprehensible streak of 23 straight hitless innings.

The sturdy right-hander registered a 511-316 record over 22 seasons, including five 30-win campaigns. All told, Young threw a record 7,356 innings in the major's.

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