Tom Browning’s Perfect Game
More than 150,000 major league games have been
played in the modern era (1900 - present), but
only 15 have been Perfect Games." A game
is "perfect" when a pitcher pitches
at least nine innings of a complete game victory
and allows not a single runner to reach first
On September 16, 1988, Cincinnati Reds lefthander,
Tom Browning, pitched a perfect game against the
Los Angeles Dodgers. This game was the only perfect
game in which the losing team would go on to win
the World Series in that same season. Here is
the Dodgers' original dugout line-up card from
that day. What’s amazing is that the card
was signed by Browning after the game. The pitcher
and his victims have never been better documented!
Did you know:
Browning barely missed becoming the first Major
League pitcher to pitch two perfect games, taking
his second bid into the ninth inning on July 4,
1989 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans
Stadium. A lead-off single by Dickie Thon ended
The ball that Browning threw in his perfect game
used to sit on his mantelpiece. Where is it now?
"I don't know if the kids played with it
or not," Browning said. "I think it's
in the woods behind our house. It didn't have
anything on it, and it was just sitting there.
I guess the kids needed a ball to play with."
The game was delayed two-and-a-half hours, but
when it finally started, Tom Browning was at his
best, throwing 102 pitches, 72 of which were strikes.
The small crowd that patiently waited nearly three
hours for a 10 p.m. start were treated to a magnificent
pitchers' duel that featured Tim Belcher taking
a no-hitter into the the sixth inning and Tom
Browning completing the first ever Cincinnati
Reds perfect game.