Barker's perfect game was the first one in which designated hitters were used. He didn't reach a three-ball count in the entire game. Toronto shortstop Alfredo Griffin, who played for the losing team in this game, went on to play for the losers in the perfect games of Browning and Martínez. All 11 of Barker's strikeouts were swinging
Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid, played with enthusiasm and exuberance while excelling in all phases of the game -- hitting for average and power, fielding, throwing and baserunning. His staggering career statistics include 3,283 hits and 660 home runs. The Giants superstar earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1951 and two MVP Awards. He accumulated 12 Gold Gloves, played in a record-tying 24 All-Star games and participated in four World Series.
Buehrle was assisted by a dramatic ninth-inning wall-climbing catch by center fielder DeWayne Wise to rob Gabe Kapler of a home run; Wise entered the game as a defensive replacement in that inning. On July 28, Buehrle followed up with another 5⅔ innings of perfection to set the major league record for consecutive batters retired at 45 (including the final batter he faced in his last appearance before the perfect game).
Koufax's perfect game was the first one pitched at night. It was nearly a double no-hitter, as Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley gave up only one hit, a bloop double to left-fielder Lou Johnson in the 7th inning that did not figure in the scoring. The Dodgers scored their only run in the 5th inning: Lou Johnson reached 1st on a walk, advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt, stole 3rd, & scored when Cubs catcher Chris Krug overthrew 3rd base on the play. The game also was fewest number of hits by both teams
On June 17, 1880, Ward pitched the second perfect game in baseball history, defeating future Hall of Famer Pud Galvin and the Buffalo Bisons, 5-0. Lee Richmond had thrown baseball's first perfect game just five days before, on June 12. The next perfect game by a National League pitcher would not happen for 84 years, when Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game in 1964
Cone's perfect game occurred on Yogi Berra Day. Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Berra, who had been his catcher during the 1956 World Series perfect game. Not a single Expo worked even a three-ball count. Cone's perfect game, to date the only one in regular-season interleague play, was interrupted by a 33-minute rain delay. This also represents the only time two successive perfect games have been thrown by the same team. This was the third perfect game in Yankee history.
Halladay pitched the 2nd perfect game of the 2010 season 20 days after Braden's, the shortest period between perfect games in the modern era. With Buehrle's 2009 performance, this is the 1st time in major league history that 3 perfect games occurred within a one-year span. Seven batters reached 3-ball counts against Halladay. With his no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds, Halladay became the only perfect game pitcher to throw another no-hitter in the same season.
Don Larsen, Perfect Game, Game Five, 1956 World Series
Martínez, born in Granada, Nicaragua, the only major league pitcher born outside of the United States to throw a perfect game. Martínez reached only one three-ball count. Opposing pitcher Mike Morgan was perfect through 5 full innings, the latest the opposing starter in a perfect game has remained perfect. 2 days earlier, Expos pitcher Mark Gardner no-hit the Dodgers through nine innings but lost the no-hitter in the tenth. Martínez's catcher, Ron Hassey, also caught Len Barker's perfect game.