Matt Cain’s Perfect Game Makes Baseball History

Before the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season there were only 20 pitchers who had tossed for a perfect game. A pretty impressive accomplishment that has been done by some of the game’s best pitchers, like Cy Young, Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson.

By June 13, there were two new members of this exclusive club.

There was Philip Humber’s perfect game back on April 21 and now Matt Cain from last night (June 13). While Humber’s feat was amazing, Cain’s is instantly historic.


Believe it or not, Cain’s perfect outing was the first for the San Francisco Giants, a team that entered baseball in 1883 as The Gothams in New York. It was also the team’s 14th no-hitter, since a perfect game is also a no-hitter, which puts them 6th all-time for most no hitters for a franchise.

The career-high 14 strike out performance for Cain also made baseball history by making it only the third time that there have been multiple perfect games during the same season, which were 2010 and 1880.

Also, this is the first season since 1917 that baseball has had five no-hitters by mid-June.

With that in mind, here are the players who have pitched a perfect game:

  • Lee Richmond, Worcester Ruby Legs vs. Cleveland Blues, 1-0, June 12, 1880
  • John Ward, Providence Grays vs. Buffalo Bisons, 5-0, June 17, 1880
  • Cy Young, Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0, May 5, 1904
  • Addie Joss, Cleveland Naps vs. Chicago White Sox, 1-0, Oct. 2, 1908
  • Charles Robertson, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers, 2-0, April 30, 1922
  • Don Larsen, New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0, Oct. 8, 1956 (World Series)
  • Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets, 6-0, June 21, 1964
  • Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs, 1-0, Sept. 9, 1965
  • Catfish Hunter, Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins, 4-0, May 8, 1968
  • Len Barker, Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0, May 15, 1981
  • Mike Witt, California Angels at Texas Rangers, 1-0, Sept. 30, 1984
  • Tom Browning, Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1-0, Sept. 16, 1988
  • Dennis Martinez, Montreal Expos at Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0, July 28, 1991
  • Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers vs. California Angels, 4-0, July 28, 1994
  • David Wells, New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins, 4-0, May 17, 1998
  • David Cone, New York Yankees vs. Montreal Expos, 6-0, July 18, 1999
  • Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves, 2-0, May 18, 2004
  • Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, July 23, 2009
  • Dallas Braden, Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, May 9, 2010
  • Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Florida Marlins, 1-0, May 29, 2010
  • Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners, 4-0, April 21, 2012
  • Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants vs. Houston Astros, 10-0, June 13, 2012

Now with two perfect games in one season, and Josh’s Hamilton’s four-homer night, the 2012 MLB season is turning out to be one of the most memorable, exciting and legendary in history. And, the best part. It’s only June.

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