List of perfect MLB games: Yankees Domingo Germán throws first league since 2012, fourth in team history

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New York Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán pitched the 24th perfect game in Major League Baseball history against the Oakland Athletics (box score) on Wednesday night. It was the fourth perfect game in Yankees franchise history and broke ties with the Chicago White Sox for most of a single organization.

Here’s a rundown of the three previous perfect games in Yankees history:

  1. Don Larsen: October 8, 1956 (Brooklyn Dodgers): Larsen’s gem has endured as the first and only perfect game and no-hitter pitched in World Series history.
  2. David Wells: May 17, 1998 (Minnesota Twins): Wells’ perfect play was the first in the modern era for the Yankees, as well as the 15th in MLB history.
  3. David Cone: July 18, 1999 (Montreal Expo): Cone’s perfecto was the first in interleague game history. It fell on Yogi Berra Day, which was fitting since the aforementioned Larsen was seen throwing out the first pitch.

The 30-year-old German has had an uneven season. He entered the night with a 5.10 ERA (81 ERA+) and a 2.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 14 starts. He was earlier this year suspended for 10 games after violating MLB’s grip-enhancing substance policy. Nevertheless, he mowed down the Athletics on Wednesday, striking out nine batters on 99 pitches (including 72 strikeouts).

Here’s a complete list of perfect games in MLB history:

  • Lee Richmond (Worcester Ruby Legs): Jun 12, 1880 vs. Cleveland Blues
  • Monte Ward (Providence Grays): June 17, 1880 v. Buffalo Bisons
  • Cy Young (Boston Pilgrims): May 5, 1904 vs. Philadelphia Athletics
  • Addie Joss (Cleveland Naps): October 2, 1908 against Chicago White Sox
  • Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox): April 30, 1922 against Detroit Tigers
  • Don Larsen (New York Yankees): October 8, 1956 against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Jim Bunning (Philadelphia Phillies): June 21, 1964 vs. New York Mets
  • Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers): September 9, 1965 vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Catfish Hunter (Oakland Athletics): May 8, 1968 v Minnesota Twins
  • Len Barker (Cleveland): May 15, 1981 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
  • Mike Witt (California Angels): September 30, 1984 against Texas Rangers
  • Tom Browning (Cincinnati Reds): September 16, 1988 against Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Dennis Martinez (Montreal Expos): July 28, 1991 against Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers): July 28, 1994 vs. California Angels
  • David Wells (New York Yankees): May 17, 1998 v Minnesota Twins
  • David Cone (New York Yankees): July 18, 1999 vs. Montreal Expo
  • Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks): May 18, 2004 v. Atlanta Braves
  • Mark Buehrle (Chicago White Sox): July 23, 2009 v. Tampa Bay Rays
  • Dallas Braden (Oakland Athletics): May 9, 2010 v. Tampa Bay Rays
  • Roy Halladay (Philadelphia Phillies): May 29, 2010 v. Florida Marlins
  • Philip Humber (Chicago White Sox): Apr 21, 2012 v Seattle Mariners
  • Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants): June 13, 2012 v Houston Astros
  • Félix Hernández (Seattle Mariners): August 15, 2012 v. Tampa Bay Rays
  • Sunday German (New York Yankees): June 28, 2023 Oakland A’s

The Yankees and Athletics close their series on Thursday afternoon. Clarke Schmidt is expected to get the start for New York.

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