What is a Perfect Game? MLB's Greatest Pitching Performances

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Are you wondering what a perfect game is in baseball? Let's talk about it!

Baseball is one of the oldest known institutions in American culture. The sport has been dubbed 'Americas Pastime" because of how important the sport has been over the course of its history. A little game that was invented in 1839 is now enjoyed by millions of people around the world at the highest level.

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Now almost 200 years later, the game has been tried and tested amongst several generations of newcomers to the sport. While there have been renaissance and shifting popularity in different positions, pitching has always been the premier position. That's because pitching controls the game on defense, in the same way a quarterback controls the offense in football.

There have been a number of exceptional pitchers to come through the MLB in its history, but only a select few have completed a 'perfect game'.

Here's a breakdown of what a perfect game is and the players who have completed this rare feat.

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Players With Regular Season Perfect Games

Lee Richmond: June 12, 1880

John Montgomery Ward: June 17th, 1880

Cy Young: May 5th, 1904

Addie Joss: October 2nd, 1908

Charlie Robertson: April 30th, 1922

Jim Bunning: June 21st, 1964

Sandy Koufax: September 9th, 1965

Catfish Hunter: May 8th, 1968

Len Barker: May 15th, 1981

Mike Witt: September 30th, 1984

Tom Browning: September 16th, 1988

Dennis Martínez: July 28th, 1991

Kenny Rogers: July 28th, 1994

David Wells: May 17th, 1998

David Cone: July 18th, 1999

Randy Johnson: May 18th, 2004

Mark Buehrle: July 23rd, 2009

Dallas Braden: May 9th, 2010

Roy Halladay: May 29th, 2010

Philip Humber: April 21st, 2012

Matt Cain: June 13th, 2012

Félix Hernández: August 15th, 2012

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