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19:20  15 may  2019
19:20  15 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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On May 15 , 1981 , Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians threw a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium, the tenth perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

WEWS field view of the final three outs of Len Barker ' s perfect game May 15 , 1981 .

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One of the greatest things about baseball is that we never know when we'll see something historic, or who will author that bit of history.

Sometimes these moments are made by players from whom we expect great things, superstars who've built reputations of excellence. But other times, history smiles on more obscure names, players whose careers aren't necessarily known for consistent excellence but who, for a short time — perhaps just one day — join the ranks of the all-time greats to ensure their names will never be forgotten.

Len Barker fits somewhere into that mix for what he did on May 15, 1981. That was the day Barker threw a perfect game for the Indians against the Blue Jays.

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Pitched a perfect game on May 15 , 1981 . Leonard Harold Barker III (born July 7, 1955)[1] is a Barker ' s pitching was so consistent that he never once reached ball three against any Blue Jay hitter. ^ "Pitcher Perfect : Len Barker tosses MLB's ninth perfect game ". mlb.com. May 15 , 1981 .

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Barker's perfecto was the first in the majors since 1968, and just the eighth of the modern era at that time. Let's break it down a bit further.

— Barker struck out 11 Blue Jays in the 3-0 win — including future NBA All-Star Danny Ainge, who was the Jays' starting third baseman. All 11 strikeouts were swinging, and he struck out seven of the last 11 hitters. "I had total command. I could throw anything anywhere I wanted," he told Sporting News shortly after.

— In addition to Ainge, the Toronto lineup that night was aggressively 1980s Blue Jays: Alfredo Griffin, Lloyd Moseby, George Bell, Damaso Garcia, Ernie Whitt, Willie Upshaw. Those names defined Blue Jays baseball for a long time.

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May 15 , 1981 : Len Barker pitched a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays . It was the tenth perfect game ever pitched, is one of only seventeen in the history of the major leagues, and remains the last no-hitter thrown by an Indian.[3] In that season he also was selected an All-Star.

On May 15 , 1981 , Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians pitched a perfect game against the Blue Jays . The President of the Blue Jays , Peter Bavasi, went to see the team in Anaheim against the California Angels.

— Barker threw 103 pitches in the game, 84 of which were strikes. That means he threw only 19 balls the entire game. That's exceptional. Related ...

— He never went to a three-ball count on any batter.

— He never threw more than five balls out of the strike zone in any inning.

— Of Barker's 27 outs, only five — including the final out of the game — were made in the outfield. In fact, there were no balls hit to the outfield between the first out of the fourth inning and the last out of the ninth inning.

— The attendance that rainy Friday night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium was just 7,290.

— The time of game was a brisk 2 hours 9 minutes.

— Barker's catcher, Ron Hassey, would catch another perfect game 10 years later when he was behind the plate for Dennis Martinez's perfecto for the Expos against the Dodgers. Hassey is the only catcher in history to catch multiple perfect games.

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On May 15 , 1981 , Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians threw a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium, the tenth perfect game in Major League Baseball history.[1] The Indians defeated the Blue Jays 3–0, as Barker did not allow a baserunner.[2] Barker never once

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Though Barker is primarily known for his perfect game, he wasn't exactly a one-hit wonder. He led the AL in strikeouts in 1980 (when he won 19 games) and again in 1981, when he was named to the AL All-Star team and pitched two (appropriately) perfect innings for the junior circuit in front of his home crowd in Cleveland.

After winning 15 games in 1982, Barker's career declined relatively quickly. He retired in 1987 with a career win-loss mark of 74-76 and a 4.34 career ERA.

But when older baseball fans think "Len Barker," the words generally lead to another thought: "Perfect game."

"It was the most unreal experience of my life. It was real and yet like a dream," he told Sporting News in '81. "Maybe never before in my life have I concentrated more about each pitch and about controlling myself."

Thanks to that concentration and, more importantly, the execution, he'll forever have a place in history.

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