Yankees' David Cone achieves a flawless game
On Sunday, July 18, New York Yankees pitcher David Cone accomplished one of the rarest feats in sports - the perfect game. Cone was brilliant as he set down 27 consecutive Montreal Expos batters to lead the Yankees to a 6-0 victory. No hits, no walks, no errors, no hit-batsmen.
The Most Perfect Game?
Arguably the most famous perfect game in history was thrown by former Yankee Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series. His 2-0 masterpiece in game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers gave the Yankees a 3-2 series lead and sparked them to their fifth World Series Championship of the decade.
Coincidentally, Larsen was in attendance on Sunday for a ceremony honoring Yankee legend Yogi Berra. Berra was the catcher during Larsen's gem. Prior to Sunday's game, Berra borrowed current Yankee catcher Joe Girardi's glove to receive the game's ceremonial first pitch from Larsen in a dramatic reenactment of that day 43 years ago. No one realized the drama that was to come.
Perfect game oddities and near-misses: