John Montgomery Ward's perfect game

John Montgomery Ward, pitcher for the Providence Grays, pitched a perfect game against the Buffalo Bisons by retiring all 27 batters he faced on Thursday, June 17, 1880. This event took place in the Messer Street Grounds in Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

John Montgomery Ward's perfect game
John Montgomery Ward
John Montgomery Ward between 1877 and 1894
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Providence Grays 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 5 13 0
Buffalo Bisons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
DateJune 17, 1880

Background

This was the second game of a three game series involving the Grays and the Bisons. Providence, defending National League pennant champions, was 13–11 (with two ties) prior to the game, which was good for 4th place in the league, 8.5 games back of the Chicago White Stockings. Ward pitched a majority of the games for the season, appearing in 70 total games for the season. They were winners of four straight games coming into this game. [2] As for Buffalo, they were 8–17 and 7th in the league, with only the Cincinnati Reds having a worse record then them while being 14 games back of Chicago. They had lost two straight games going into this match-up. [3] The home team was determined by a coinflip, which Buffalo won. [4]

The game

The Bisons committed seven errors, with the most being two from right fielder (and later catcher) Bill Crowley and pitcher Pud Galvin, with Crowley having a passed ball and Galvin throwing a wild pitch. This is one of six perfect games in which both pitchers pitched the full nine innings. This was the second perfect game in history. This was the last perfect game in the National League until Jim Bunning threw one in 1964, which was the same year that Ward was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum by the Veterans Committee. [5]

Game statistics

June 17, Messer Street Grounds, Providence, Rhode Island
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Providence 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 5 13 0
Buffalo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7

Box score

Hitting
Providence Grays AB R H RBI Buffalo Bisons AB R H RBI
Paul Hines, CF 5 0 2 n/a Bill Crowley, RF/C 3 0 0 0
Joe Start, 1B 5 1 1 n/a Hardy Richardson, 3B 3 0 0 0
Mike Dorgan, RF 5 0 2 n/a Jack Rowe, C/RF 3 0 0 0
Emil Gross, C 5 0 0 n/a Oscar Walker, LF 3 0 0 0
Jack Farrell, 2B 4 3 3 n/a Joe Hornung, 2B 3 0 0 0
John Montgomery Ward, P 4 0 1 n/a Denny Mack, SS 3 0 0 0
John Peters, SS 4 0 1 n/a Dude Esterbrook, 1B 3 0 0 0
Tom York, LF 4 0 2 n/a Tom Poorman, CF 3 0 0 0
George Bradley, 3B 4 1 1 n/a Pud Galvin, P 3 0 0 0
Totals 40 5 13 n/a Totals 27 0 0 0
Pitching
Providence Grays IP H R BB SO Buffalo Bisons IP H R BB SO
John Montgomery Ward 9 0 0 0 2 Pud Galvin 9 13 5 0 2
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 Totals 9 13 5 0 2

References

  1. ^ "John Montgomery Ward Perfect Game Box Score by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com.
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PRO/1880-schedule-scores.shtml
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BUF/1880.shtml
  4. ^ https://calltothepen.com/2016/06/17/mlb-history-john-montgomery-ward-pitches-perfect-game/
  5. ^ https://calltothepen.com/2016/06/17/mlb-history-john-montgomery-ward-pitches-perfect-game/
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