David Wells' perfect game

On May 17, 1998, David Wells of the New York Yankees pitched the 15th perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the second in team history. Pitching against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx in front of 49,820 fans in attendance, Wells retired all 27 batters he faced.[1] The game took 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete, from 1:36 PM ET to 4:16 PM ET. Wells claimed in a 2001 interview with Bryant Gumbel on HBO's Real Sports that he threw the perfect game while being hung over.[2] Jimmy Fallon claimed in a 2018 interview with Seth Meyers that he and Wells had attended a Saturday Night Live after-party until 5:30 A.M. ET the morning of the game.[3] In an interview, David Wells also mentioned having partied with Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers the night before.[4] However, there was no new episode of Saturday Night Live the previous night, as the season finale had aired the week prior.[5]

Wells' perfect game was the 245th no-hitter in MLB history and the tenth no-hitter in Yankees history. It was the first regular-season perfect game pitched by a Yankee; the franchise's previous perfect game was thrown by Don Larsen during the 1956 World Series. By coincidence, Wells graduated from the same high school as Larsen - Point Loma High School in San Diego, California.[6] The previous perfect game in MLB history was nearly four years prior, when Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched a perfect game against the California Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 28, 1994.

Wells' perfect game was the first Yankee no-hitter since Dwight Gooden's against the Seattle Mariners in May 1996. Wells' performance tied the record for franchises with most perfect games. At the time, the Cleveland Indians were the only other team to have two perfect games; David Cone added a third perfect game to Yankees history, breaking the record in July 1999.

Three months later, on September 1, Wells took a perfect game into the seventh inning in a game against the Oakland Athletics, but he gave up a two-out single to Jason Giambi to end his bid for an unprecedented second perfect game. Wells ended up with a two-hit shutout as the Yankees won the game, 7-0.[7]

David Wells' perfect game
David Wells on July 16, 2007
Wells' perfect game was only the second in New York Yankees history.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota Twins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York Yankees 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 4 6 0
DateMay 17, 1998
VenueYankee Stadium
CityNew York City, New York

Game statistics

May 17, Yankee Stadium, New York, New York[8]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota Twins (18–24) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York Yankees (28–9) 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 4 6 0
WP: David Wells (5–1)   LP: LaTroy Hawkins (2–4)
Home runs:
MIN: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (3)

Box score

Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Matt Lawton, CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .239
Brent Gates, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .123
Paul Molitor, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Marty Cordova, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .247
Ron Coomer, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .264
Alex Ochoa, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Jon Shave, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .143
Javier Valentín, C 3 0 0 0 0 3 .220
Pat Meares, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Totals 27 0 0 0 0 11 .000


  • Team RISP: 0-for-0.
  • Team LOB: 0.


  • PB: Valentin, J (4).
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
LaTroy Hawkins (L, 2–4) 7 6 4 4 0 5 1 5.26
Dan Naulty 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.14
Greg Swindell 23 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.65
Totals 8 6 4 4 1 6 1 4.50
Chuck Knoblauch, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Derek Jeter, SS 3 0 1 0 1 2 .337
Paul O'Neill, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .303
Tino Martinez, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .324
Bernie Williams, CF 3 3 3 1 0 0 .314
Darryl Strawberry, DH 3 1 1 1 0 0 .272
Chad Curtis, LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 .307
Jorge Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .272
Scott Brosius, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .318
Totals 30 4 6 3 1 6 .200


  • 2B: Williams, B 2 (11, Hawkins).
  • 3B: Strawberry (2, Hawkins).
  • HR: Williams, B (3, 4th inning off Hawkins, 0 on, 2 out).
  • TB: Williams, B 8; Strawberry 3; Jeter; Curtis.
  • RBI: Strawberry (19); Williams, B (19); Curtis (24).
  • 2-out RBI: Williams, B.
  • Team RISP: 2-for-8.
  • Team LOB: 3.


  • SB: Jeter (10, 2nd base off Hawkins/Valentin); Curtis (6, 2nd base off Hawkins/Valentin).
David Wells (W, 5–1) 9 0 0 0 0 11 0 4.45
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 11 0 0.00

Other info

  • WP: Wells (5).
  • Pitches-strikes: Hawkins 123-84; Naulty 7-3; Swindell 12-8; Wells 120-79.
  • Groundouts-flyouts: Hawkins 5-11; Naulty 0-1; Swindell 0-1; Wells 6-10.
  • Batters faced: Hawkins 27; Naulty 2; Swindell 2; Wells 27.
  • Umpires: HP: Tim McClelland; 1B: John Hirschbeck; 2B: Rich Garcia; 3B: Mike Reilly.
  • Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy.
  • Wind: 8 mph, left to right.
  • Time: 2:40.
  • Attendance: 49,820.
  • Venue: Yankee Stadium.

See also


  1. ^ Jaffe, Jay (May 17, 2013). "15 years ago today: David Wells' perfect game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Mushnick, Phil (June 24, 2001). "Now Appearing on HBO Real Sports Real Smut". New York Post. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Fallon, Jimmy; Meyers, Seth (April 26, 2018). Jimmy Fallon Reminisces on Pitching an SNL Sketch to Mick Jagger (YouTube). New York City: Late Night with Seth Meyers.
  4. ^ YESNetwork, David Wells remembers the night before his Perfect Game, retrieved 2019-01-22
  5. ^ List of Saturday Night Live episodes (seasons 1–30)#Season 23 (1997–98)
  6. ^ "David Wells Field in Point Loma gets renovated". ABC 10 News. July 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 23 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Oakland Athletics versus New York Yankees". Baseball-Reference.com. September 1, 1998. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA199805170.shtml

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1998 Minnesota Twins season

Like many Twins teams of its half-decade, the 1998 Minnesota Twins neither impressed nor contended. The team finished with a 70-92 record, with subpar batting and pitching. The season was not without its bright spots, as individual players had solid seasons and Hall of Fame designated hitter Paul Molitor announced his retirement at the end of the season. Tom Kelly's team had plenty of lowlights, most notably David Wells' perfect game against the team on May 17 at Yankee Stadium.

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American Chopper

American Chopper is an American reality television series that is still on air on Discovery Channel from 2003, produced by Pilgrim Films & Television. The series centers on Paul Teutul Sr. (frequently called Senior), and his son Paul Teutul Jr. (also known as Paulie or simply Junior), who manufacture custom chopper-style motorcycles. Orange County Choppers is in Newburgh, New York. The contrasting work and creative styles of the father-and-son team and their resulting verbal arguments were the series' hallmark until 2008 when an explosive argument led to Paul Jr.'s termination and departure to start a competing chopper company, Paul Jr. Designs.

The series originally aired on Discovery Channel beginning in March 2003. In December 2007, the series moved to Discovery's sister channel TLC, starting off with an 18-hour marathon. Its first TLC season premiered in January 2008. Season 6 began in April 2009 but the series was canceled by TLC in February 2010. In July 2010, TLC announced that the Teutuls would return in a new series, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. Senior vs. Junior premiered on TLC but was soon moved to Discovery halfway through the first season. Discovery Channel announced that the show would end with "The Chopper Live: The Revenge" show on December 11, 2012 after 10 seasons.

David Cone

David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, and current color commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network and WPIX. A third round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1981 MLB Draft, he made his MLB debut in 1986 and continued playing until 2003, pitching for five different teams. Cone batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history in 1999. On the final game of the 1991 regular season, he struck out 19 batters, tied for second-most ever in a game. The 1994 Cy Young Award winner, he was a five-time All-Star and led the major leagues in strikeouts each season from 1990–92. A two-time 20 game-winner, he set the MLB record for most years between 20-win seasons with 10.

He was a member of five World Series championship teams – 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 with the New York Yankees. His 8–3 career postseason record came over 21 games and 111 innings pitched, with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.80; in World Series play, his ERA was 2.12.Cone is the subject of the book, A Pitcher's Story: Innings With David Cone, by Roger Angell. Cone and Jack Curry co-wrote the autobiography Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, which was released in May 2019 and made the New York Times Best Seller list shortly after its release.

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Jim Kaat

James Lee Kaat (born November 7, 1938), nicknamed "Kitty", is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins (1959–1973), Chicago White Sox (1973–1975), Philadelphia Phillies (1976–1979), New York Yankees (1979–1980), and St. Louis Cardinals (1980–1983). His 25-year career spanned four decades.

Kaat was an All-Star for three seasons and a Gold Glove winner for sixteen seasons. He was the American League (AL) leader in shutouts (5) in 1962, and the AL leader in wins (25) and complete games (19) in 1966. In addition to his 283 career wins, he has three 20-win seasons.

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In 2014, Kaat appeared for the second time as a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era Committee election ballot for possible Hall of Fame consideration for 2015 which required 12 votes. He missed getting inducted in 2015 by 2 votes. None of the candidates on the ballot were elected. The Committee meets and votes on ten selected candidates from the 1947 to 1972 era every three years.

Joe Torre

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Pat Meares

Patrick James Meares (born September 6, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop.

Meares was the 12th round draft pick of the 1990 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins, from Wichita State University.

Meares made his major league debut on May 5, 1993 with the Minnesota Twins. He played six full seasons with the Minnesota Twins, with a high of 152 games in 1996. He was granted free agency after the 1998 season, and he then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1999 season. He played two full seasons and one incomplete season (1999 with 21 games) with the Pittsburgh Pirates with a career high of a .308 batting average in 1999. Meares played 742 games with the Minnesota Twins and 239 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a total of 981 professional baseball games in his career. His last major league game took place on October 7, 2001 vs. Chicago Cubs.

He led the American League in errors by a shortstop with 18 in 1995.

He also made the last out during David Wells' perfect game in 1998.

Paul O'Neill (baseball)

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McClelland retired as MLB's second-most senior umpire (after Joe West), and was the second tallest major league umpire at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m)—Jordan Baker is 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m). McClelland was originally known for working in a kneeling position behind the plate, but switched in 2006 to a "box position," a form of squat. He was also noted for his deliberate umpiring mechanics, which earned him the nickname "Rain Delay McClelland," and for his small but consistent strike zone. Pitcher Zack Greinke said of McClelland's tight strike zone, "For some reason, he's the one umpire that scares me. I have nightmares about him."

Umpire (baseball)

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