Mike Witt Pitches a Perfect Game
Michael Atwater "Mike" Witt (born July 20, 1960 in Fullerton, California) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball.
At just twenty years of age, Witt made his major league debut with the California Angels in 1981. Standing 6 feet, 7 inches tall and possessing a great curveball as well as a good fastball, Witt's breakout season came in 1984 when he went 15-11 for the Angels. On July 23 of that year, he struck out sixteen Seattle Mariners during a complete game five-hitter; but the highlight of the year came on the final day of the season, September 30, when he pitched the 11th perfect game in baseball history against the Texas Rangers. He struck out ten and needed just 94 pitches to complete the gem.
Witt's perfect game is, to date, one of two no-hitters ever pitched on the final day of a Major League Baseball regular season, the other being the combined no-hitter pitched by Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers for the Oakland Athletics on September 28, 1975. He was also the first pitcher to hurl a perfect game by a 1-0 score since Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965, see Sandy Koufax Pitches a Perfect Game).