We already know how rare it is for a pitcher to throw a "perfect game" in MLB, as the Oakland A'S Dallas Braden was only the 19th to accomplish this amazing feat on May 9, 2010. My question to the many great minds on Eteamz is this: How rare is this in divisions OTHER than MLB? For example:
Thank you in advance,
In 32 seasons coaching LL
Been in three (1-2). (In the two losses we were struck out for 35 of the 36 outs. In the win we actually had fielding plays. The losses were regular season. The win was a all-star "B" team game.)
The farther down the food chain you go the more likely they are.
One of the kids in our LL pitched a perfect game in all-stars. My daughter's high school softball teammate pitched a few perfectos in high school and travel. She pitched in college. The issue with a perfect games at the lower age groups is pitching control and fielding.
I'm sure they happen plenty of times in amateur ball. I've umpired in a few; in fact, I've seen two this season in high school softball. One game only went five innings, but the other went the full seven.
There have been a few in the LL World Series. In fact, there's a movie currently out named "Perfect Game" about the Monterrey, MX team that won the LLWS in 1957 with a perfecto in the championship.
In high school, my son was one pitch away from a perfect game. Only hit against him came in the last inning...was a litle bloober over the second baseman's head. Second baseman dove and just about caught it.
My son had 14 strike outs in that game.
Was a fun game to watch (for our side anyway)
Rather an open ended question wouldnt you say? Are you speaking in a season, in a period of years, decades or what? Im gonna guess anyways: 10/23/18/ and 7 for Michael.
Many thanks to all that have replied so far- please keep the coming! I assumed that this accomplishment would most likely be rare in other divisions, I just did not know HOW rare. My 14 y.o son threw one the other night, which included 13 strikeouts in a full 7 innings("Pony" division baseball, in California). Most of the old timers in the league could not recall the last time they saw one.
I was BU for a good one last year. The top two teams in the league were tied for first place, and as luck would have it they were scheduled to face each other in the last game of the season. The both saved their best pitchers for the game.
The visitors scored in the top of the first, and after that both pitchers were in cruise control. The visiting pitcher threw a perfect game, and I'm guessing the home team pitcher threw a 3-hitter at most.
Until the end of the game, I didn't realize the one kid threw a perfect game, though it did strike me that I was spending an awful lot of time in A during that game.