Daily Almanac for Monday, June 21, 2021

On this date in 1964, Jim Bunning, pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies against the feeble New York Mets, pitched a perfect game, 6-0. Here he was a U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Congress Official Portrait By Unknown author, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

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On Sunday, June 21, 1964, Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the seventh perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the New York Mets 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. A father of seven children at the time, Bunning pitched his perfect game on Father’s Day. One of Bunning’s daughters, Barbara, was in attendance, as was his wife, Mary. Needing only 90 pitches to complete his masterpiece, Bunning struck out 10 batters, including six of the last nine he faced; the last two strikeouts were of the last two batters he faced: George Altman and John Stephenson.

The perfect game was the first regular season perfect game since Charlie Robertson’s perfect game in 1922 (Don Larsen had pitched a perfect game in between, in the 1956 World Series), as well as the first in modern-day National League history (two perfect games had been pitched in 1880). It was also the first no-hitter by a Phillies pitcher since Johnny Lush no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas on May 1, 1906.

As the perfect game developed, Bunning defied the baseball superstition that no one should talk about a no-hitter in progress, speaking to his teammates about the perfect game to keep himself relaxed and loosen up his teammates. Bunning had abided by the tradition during a near-no hitter a few weeks before, determining afterwards that keeping quiet didn’t help.

Gus Triandos, Bunning’s catcher, had also caught Hoyt Wilhelm‘s no-hitter on September 20, 1958 while with the Baltimore Orioles, becoming the first catcher to catch no-hitters in both leagues.

With the win, Bunning went to 7-2 for the Phillies, who were 37-23 at the time. He beat Tracy Stallard, who dropped to 4-9 for the Mets , who dropped to 20-46.

Gene Mauch (Philadelphia Phillies) Casey Stengel (New York Mets) were the Managers
UmpiresHPEd Sudol 1BPaul Pryor 2BFrank Secory 3BKen Burkhart

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