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27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games

2 Ratings: 3.0
2004 non-fiction book by Michael Coffey and Bill James

A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base.[1] Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot … see full wiki

Author: Michael Coffey
Genre: History of Sports
Publisher: Atria
Date Published: April 6, 2004
1 review about 27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games

The odds of throwing a perfect game in MLB are 1 in 12,000!

  • Dec 21, 2008
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Ordinarily I am not a big fan of sports books.  But every now and again I will come across a book that piques my curiosity.  Such was the case with Michael Coffey's "27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games".   This one grabbed my attention on page one and simply never let go.  Coffey recalls, in remarkable detail, each of the 14 perfect games in modern major league history.  More importantly for me, he manages to put the accounts of these pitching gems in the context of what was happening in the baseball world at that time.  Furthermore, Coffey asseses the careers of each of the 14 perfect game pitchers.  It is an improbable group. 

From Hall of Famers Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter to talented hurlers like Dennis Martinez, David Wells, Mike Witt and Don Larsen to mediocre pitchers Len Barker and Charlie Robertson, these gentlemen all share a remarkable legacy.  I seem to recall from my reading that the odds of tossing a perfect game in major league baseball are something like 1 in 12,000!!  And as a huge baseball fan, I also enjoyed reading the names of those players who were fortunate enough to be a part of these historic games.  Many of these names I had not seen in many moons.  There is one more noteworthy fact  I will throw out as a tease.  Incredibly, one rather average receiver caught all 9 innings in 2 of the 14 perfect games.  Can you name him?  Somehow I doubt it.  I had absolutely no clue.  Learning his identity is just another great reason baseball fans should read "27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games"Highly recommended.

Since this book was published in April 2004 four more perfect games have been tossed. They are as follows:

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 A's vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0
May 9, 2010

Roy Halladay
Philadelphia Philles vs Florida Marlins,  1-20
May 29, 2010
The odds of throwing a perfect game in MLB are 1 in 12,000! The odds of throwing a perfect game in MLB are 1 in 12,000! The odds of throwing a perfect game in MLB are 1 in 12,000! The odds of throwing a perfect game in MLB are 1 in 12,000!

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