Charlie Robertson's perfect game

Charlie Robertson's perfect game was a Major League Baseball game that took place on April 30, 1922, between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. Robertson, pitching for the White Sox, retired all 27 batters he faced to pitch a perfect game.

Charlie Robertson's perfect game
Charlie Robertson
Charlie Robertson in 1922 with Chicago.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago White Sox 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
DateApril 30, 1922
VenueNavin Field
CityDetroit, Michigan
Managers
Umpires

The game

Robertson was the White Sox's starting pitcher for their game against the Tigers in Detroit on Sunday, April 30, 1922. The 26-year-old Robertson, who had played for the American Association's Minneapolis Millers the previous season, was making his fourth start in Major League Baseball.[1] He faced a Detroit team that ended the season with a .306 batting average.[1]

Robertson started off the game by striking out Lu Blue. In the second inning, Chicago's Harry Hooper and Johnny Mostil scored on a Whitey Sheely single for the only runs. A spectacular diving catch by Johnny Mostil on a liner to left by Bobby Veach in the second inning preserved the historic feat.[1] Throughout the game, Tigers manager Ty Cobb complained to the umpires that Robertson was doctoring the ball. Robertson's uniform was checked, and Detroit kept several game balls, but nothing was ever found. In the ninth inning, Robertson retired pinch hitter Johnny Bassler for the final out.[1] The game lasted one hour and 55 minutes.[2]

It was 34 years before anyone else pitched a perfect game in the majors. For White Sox catcher Ray Schalk, it was one of four no-hitters he caught in his career. During the 1922 season, Robertson had a 14–15 win-loss record and a 3.64 earned run average. He finished his career with a win-loss record of 49–80 and a 4.44 ERA, and according to one writer, "Hands down, Robertson is the least-accomplished pitcher to have thrown the most accomplished of games."[1]

He appeared on the game show What's My Line? on October 14, 1956, six days after Don Larsen's perfect game.[3]

Game statistics

April 30, Navin Field[2]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago White Sox 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
WP: Charlie Robertson (2–0)   LP: Herman Pillette (2–1)

Box score

Hitting
Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI Detroit Tigers AB R H RBI
Eddie Mulligan, SS 4 0 1 0 Lu Blue, 1B 3 0 0 0
Harvey McClellan, 3B 3 0 1 0 George Cutshaw, 2B 3 0 0 0
Eddie Collins, 2B 3 0 1 0 Ty Cobb, CF 3 0 0 0
Harry Hooper, RF 3 1 0 0 Bobby Veach, LF 3 0 0 0
Johnny Mostil, LF 4 1 1 0 Harry Heilmann, RF 3 0 0 0
Amos Strunk, CF 3 0 0 0 Bob Jones, 3B 3 0 0 0
Earl Sheely, 1B 4 0 2 2 Topper Rigney, SS 2 0 0 0
Ray Schalk, C 4 0 1 0   Danny Clark, PH 1 0 0 0
Charlie Robertson, P 4 0 0 0 Clyde Manion, C 3 0 0 0
. 0 0 0 0 Herman Pillette, P 2 0 0 0
. 0 0 0 0   Johnny Bassler, PH 1 0 0 0
Totals 32 2 7 2 Totals 27 0 0 0
Pitching
Chicago White Sox IP H R ER BB SO Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Charlie Robertson 9 0 0 0 0 6 Herman Pillette 9 7 2 2 2 5
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 6 Totals 9 7 2 2 2 5

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Coffey, Michael (2004). 27 Men Out. Atria Books. pp. 36-51.
  2. ^ a b "Box score". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Joe Stafford, David Niven [panel]". What's My Line?. Episode 332. 14 Oct 1956. Retrieved 29 Jun 2017.
1983 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world.

Billy Evans

William George Evans (February 10, 1884 – January 23, 1956), nicknamed "The Boy Umpire", was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He became, at age 22, the youngest umpire in major league history, and later became the youngest to officiate in the World Series at age 25.Upon his retirement at age 43, his 3,319 career games ranked fifth in major league history; his 1,757 games as a home plate umpire ranked third in AL history, and remain the eighth most by a major league umpire. He later became a key front office executive for three teams and president of the minor league Southern Association.In addition to his inside role in the sport, Evans authored countless articles, as well as two books, Umpiring from the Inside (1947) and Knotty Problems in Baseball (1950). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, the third umpire ever selected.

Catfish Hunter's perfect game

On May 8, 1968, Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitched the ninth perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Hunter struck out 11 batters, including the last two batters he faced: Bruce Look and pinch-hitter Rich Reese. He also struck out Harmon Killebrew all three times the two future Hall-of-Famers faced each other. Only two batters got to a three-ball count: Tony Oliva in the second inning, who reached a 3-0 count before striking out, and pinch hitter Rich Reese, who fouled off five consecutive 3-2 pitches before striking out to end the game.Hunter relied mostly on his fastball during the game, only disagreeing with catcher Jim Pagliaroni's pitch-calling decisions twice. As a measure of his appreciation for his catcher's contribution to the perfect game, Hunter rewarded Pagliaroni with a gold watch that he had inscribed on back. Only 6,298 fans showed up for the evening contest.

The perfect game was the American League's first regular season perfect game since Charlie Robertson's perfect game in 1922, as well as the first no-hitter in the Athletics' Oakland history, which was in only its 25th game after the franchise had moved from Kansas City, Missouri, its home from 1955 to 1967. Bill McCahan had pitched the Athletics' last no-hitter in 1947; the franchise was then based in Philadelphia.

One of the best hitting pitchers of his time, Hunter also helped his own cause by batting in three of the four Oakland runs. In the bottom of the seventh inning, his bunt single scored Rick Monday to break a scoreless tie. One inning later, with the Athletics leading 2-0, he singled to score Pagliaroni and Monday.

As of 2017, Hunter is the youngest pitcher to pitch a modern-era perfect game, at 22 years, 30 days old.

Dick Nallin

Richard Francis Nallin (February 26, 1878 – September 7, 1956) was an American football player and coach and baseball player and umpire. He served as head football coach at Villanova College—now known as Villanova University—in 1899, compiling a record of 7–2–1. Nallin was a Major League Baseball umpire from 1915 to 1932 for the American League. He umpired the 1927 World Series and 1931 World Series. During his umpiring career, he was home plate umpire for three no-hitters: Ernie Koob's on May 5, 1917, Bob Groom's the very next day, and Charlie Robertson's perfect game on April 30, 1922. As of the end of the 2010 season, only two other umpires have called balls and strikes for two no-hitters in the same month: Bill Dinneen in September 1923 and Bill Deegan in May 1977. He was also the home-plate umpire during Ty Cobb's final game on September 11, 1928.

Jim Bunning's perfect game

On June 21, 1964, Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the seventh perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the New York Mets 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. A father of seven children at the time, Bunning pitched his perfect game on Father's Day. One of Bunning's daughters, Barbara, was in attendance, as was his wife, Mary.

Needing only 90 pitches to complete his masterpiece, Bunning struck out 10 batters, including six of the last nine he faced; the last two strikeouts were of the last two batters he faced: George Altman and John Stephenson.

The perfect game was the first regular season perfect game since Charlie Robertson's perfect game in 1922 (Don Larsen had pitched a perfect game in between, in the 1956 World Series), as well as the first in modern-day National League history (two perfect games had been pitched in 1880). It was also the first no-hitter by a Phillies pitcher since Johnny Lush no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas on May 1, 1906.

Bunning, who no-hit the Boston Red Sox while with the Detroit Tigers in 1958, joined Cy Young as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters in both the National and American Leagues; he has since been joined by Nolan Ryan, Hideo Nomo and Randy Johnson. The perfect game also made Bunning the third pitcher, after Young and Addie Joss, to throw a perfect game and an additional no-hitter; Sandy Koufax, Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay have since joined him (the latter of these pitchers pitched his additional no-hitter in the 2010 National League Division Series after pitching his perfect game earlier in the season).

As the perfect game developed, Bunning defied the baseball superstition that no one should talk about a no-hitter in progress, speaking to his teammates about the perfect game to keep himself relaxed and loosen up his teammates. Bunning had abided by the tradition during a near-no hitter a few weeks before, determining afterwards that keeping quiet didn’t help.Gus Triandos, Bunning's catcher, had also caught Hoyt Wilhelm's no-hitter on September 20, 1958 while with the Baltimore Orioles, becoming the first catcher to catch no-hitters in both leagues.

Ray Schalk

Raymond William Schalk (August 12, 1892 – May 19, 1970) was an American professional baseball player, coach, manager and scout. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox for the majority of his career. Known for his fine handling of pitchers and outstanding defensive ability, Schalk was considered the greatest defensive catcher of his era. He revolutionized the way the catching position was played by using his speed and agility to expand the previously accepted defensive capabilities for his position. Schalk was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

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