Saturday, June 5, 2010

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

Part 11 of 21

10 Len Barker, Cleveland Indians May 15, 1981

Although Len Barker never realized his overall potential due to issues with his command, he was completely dialed in on one particular cold, damp night in Cleveland. The hard throwing right-hander never once threw as many as three balls to any Blue Jays hitter on his way to an 11-strikeout perfect game.

Barker's masterpiece was the first against a team using the designated hitter. It is also the last time an Indians' pitcher has thrown a no-hitter.

Over 11 seasons, Barker compiled a 74-76 record with a 4.34 ERA. That misty night in 1981 was undoubtedly the zenith of his career.

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