Lee Richmond Pitches a Perfect Game

John Lee Richmond (or, more commonly, Lee Richmond or J. Lee Richmond) (May 5, 1857, in Sheffield, Ohio – October 1, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio) was a left-handed pitcher who threw the first perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

He played for the Worcester Ruby Legs. The game was played at the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near the intersection of Sever St. and Highland St. in Worcester which is located on the Becker College Campus. The game was played on June 12, 1880, and the second perfect game came just 5 days later, pitched by John Montgomery Ward. In his perfect game, Richmond struck out five, allowed only three balls to be hit out of the infield, and, remarkably, got one of his 27 outs when the right fielder threw the batter out at first base. Worcester beat Cleveland 1-0, with the only run scoring on an error by the Cleveland second baseman.