𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐆𝐀𝐌𝐁𝐋𝐄𝐑 𝐃𝐄𝐀𝐋𝐒 𝐀 𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐅𝐄𝐂𝐓 𝐆𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐒𝐓 𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐋𝐒
July 28, 1994
On a warm July evening in the Metroplex, Kenny Rogers took the mound looking to get his season back on track. The Rangers lefty had pitched poorly in his three previous starts but a visit from the cellar-dwelling California Angels would prove to be just what the doctor ordered. Little did any of the 46,581 in attendance at The Ballpark in Arlington know that they would not only see Rangers shutout the Angels, but they would be treated to one of the greatest pitching performances in major league history.
Staked to a 4-0 lead after three innings by the Rangers offense, Rogers continued to cut through the Angels lineup and had retired the first 24 hitters he had faced. In the top of the ninth, Angels utility man Red Hudler served an 0-2 pitch to centerfield that represented the best chance the Angels had all night for a base hit. However, Texas centerfielder Rusty Greer made a diving catch for the dramatic first out of the inning. Rogers retired the final two hitters in order to record the first perfect game in Rangers history.
𝐏𝐎𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐘 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐃𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐒
⚾️ Earlier that day, the executive committee of the MLB players association voted to go on strike on August 12, 1994.
⚾️ Rogers was the first left-handed pitcher in American League history to toss a perfect game.
⚾️ Rogers was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1982 as an outfielder but due to the strength of his arm was converted to a pitcher.