perfect game

Baseball Fan Jim Babwe’s email submission to reprinted with permission. Jim honors the Perfect Game that got away, in his own words …. We are honored that he chose to share them with the Baseballisms community.

A Ballad for Armando Galarraga

Pitching for the Tigers,
Armando Galarraga and Detroit
were leading Cleveland three to zip–
inning number nine.

He needed one more out
in this last frame.
One more out
would mean
a perfect game.

What happened next?
You won’t believe it.
An umpire blew the call.
The runner he’d allowed on base
became a source of shame.

Change the ruling.
Right the wrong.
Charge the umpire with an error.
Fix the book. Make it right.
Mistakes like this one
don’t belong.

The next day Galarraga
brought the line-up to home plate.
Classy, sad–understanding what he’d wrecked–
the ump shook hands with Galarraga.
Fix the scorebook. Make it correct.

Forget the glamor and the glitter.
Fix the book. Make it right.
At least give Galarraga credit
for throwing a no-hitter.

Change the ruling.
Right the wrong.
Charge the umpire with an error.
Fix the book. Make it right.
Mistakes like this one
don’t belong.

Jim D. Babwe
June 4, 2010

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We have come to the conclusion of our poll where we asked which was the best Legendary Scoreboard Game we have featured.  The votes are in and in a close race the Kirk Gibson walk off home run off of Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series just edged out Don Larsen’s 1956 Perfect Game.

Here is the breakdown:

Game Teams Notes Votes
World Series Game 1 1988 A’s versus Dodgers Gibson Walkoff 31%
World Series Game 5 1956 Dodgers versus Yankees Larsen’s Perfect 28%
World Series Game 6 1986 Red Sox versus Mets Buckner’s Boot 19%
World Series Game 6 1993 Phillies versus Blue Jays Carter’s Walkoff 14%
World Series Game 4 1996 Yankees versus Braves Leyritz Homer 8%

There might have been some last minute persuasion as a Baseballisms fan, Jim Bawbe, submitted a recollection of actually attending that game …

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Now it’s time to put up a new poll.  There are so many things that would be interesting to know, we had a hard time deciding what to ask.  After some serious brainstorming we have decided to ask your favorite Fan Ballpark Tradition.

So baseball fans, which tradition would you most like to participate in?

Wrigley Field – Cubs Fans throw back an opponent home run ball

Yankee Stadium – Yankee Fans conduct the player Roll Call

Ebbetts Field – Dodger fans march as the Brooklyn Dodger Sym-Phony Band

Fenway Park – Red Sox Royal Rooters sing Tessie

Angel Stadium – Fans break out Rally Monkeys and Thundersticks

Please vote early and vote often in the Poll in the right hand column.  We know there are more that we could have included so please let us know in the comments any others that are worthy of a mention.


Do you have a favorite player from your youth who captured your attention simply because he had that one magical year? The season that corresponds with your developing a passion for the game of baseball?  Author Rich Letarte has collected the stories of twenty-one of those types of players from 1950 – 1961 in his book That One Glorious Season: Baseball Players with One Spectactular Year.

The One Glorious Season | Rich Letarte | Baseballisms.comWe are delighted to have Rich appear on the Cover the Bases podcast to share his stories about writing this book.  He tells us about getting to know some of the players and even the wives who helped direct his work.  First though, we get to hear how Rich became a baseball fan as a youth in the early Fifties.

For Rich, there was something special about the 1954 New York Giants, and in particular an attraction to a player by the name of Dusty Rhodes.  This was the World Series Championship year for the Giants, immortalized by the Willie Mays catch, but for a young boy truly forming his baseball roots, the four for six pinch hit performance of Rhodes, driving in the go-ahead or tying run in all three games he appeared was a seed that eventually became this book.

Dusty Rhodes had an entire 1954 campaign that was marked by crucial clutch hits coming off the bench, combined with Johnny Antonelli’s 21 win season, and Rich had the basis for the types of characters he was going to portray in his book.

Many of the players profiled were top of mind for Rich to include, but as he was compiling the book he decided that it would be appropriate to represent every team with at least one player.  He dug around the rosters for representatives from the Tigers, Cardinals, Senators, and Yankees to round out his collection.

Rich also details for us a personal story of his which is represented by a photograph in the front of the book.  As a young boy in 1954 he was fortunate enough to have collected the most money for the Jimmy Fund, and got to present the check to Ted Williams in the Red Sox dugout.  Waiting in the dugout to make the presentation, Rich(ie) spoke to many players, but in particular Jackie Jensen.  Rich gets to recount the story to Jackie Jensen’s widow many years later as he is putting this book together.

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Yesterday we reached the conclusion of the fourth Legendary Game we have presented batter by batter in the “hidden” scoreboards on the Baseballisms web site.

We try to find games that have some emotional meaning either for us as fans (Gibson’s Homer, Leyritz’ Homer, ’86 World Series), or we try to put ourselves in the shoes of other fans who may have had their own indelible response to the events that took place.

As our friend Shawn Collins or any other New York Yankee fan could attest, this recent game we highlighted, Don Larsen’s Perfect Game during the 1956 World Series, has to be one of the most remarkable accomplishments in team history.  A remarkable accomplishment in baseball history period!

It is hard to imagine what the media crush might be if this feat were to be repeated in this day and age.  In 1956, the only live coverage would be from the radio & TV stations across the country that happened to pick up this day game broadcast. The analysis and breakdown of the game happened in the daily newspapers .. the following day!

Today it would be a night game so it would go late into the evening, and it would begin to gather some trending topic mentions on Twitter while it was happening.  This would really build up momentum as the unmentionable perfect game was in progress!

Then, I believe that you might begin to see some live cut-ins from ESPN and other sports networks, although they would be restricted from showing actual footage due to the exclusivity of the broadcasting network .. you might still have some anchors beginning to do some spots.

The pressure of the situation would almost be unbearable for fans and players alike (I know I had a hard time watching Randy Johnson’s perfect game against the Braves in ’04).  On the field each player would be starting to realize that they better make all the plays otherwise they might be a victim of seeing themselves in a “Buckner moment” over and over again in the media.

Finally upon successfully completing the perfect game, footage would be transmitted across the globe instantaneously, social networks would be buzzing with posts and comments, the sports networks would be thrashing to get good insights into the player and the moment by interviewing every player, coach, even locker room attendants …. and of course the pitcher would be instantly receiving invitations to appear everywhere from Disney World to a request to post his own Baseballism on this site!

We applaud the amazing accomplishment of Don Larsen and would love to see it happen again.  May it happen to the right guy!

We hope you enjoy these little games that we produce every single day .. check out Our Fifth Legendary Game beginning tomorrow and let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which one we are presenting.

And if you have your own personal Baseball story that you would like to share, please visit our Upload page. We look forward to receiving it!