Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

15 years ago today David Cone threw a perfect game.

Here are some stats about that game:

  • It was the first regular season interleague perfect game in MLB history – The Yankees beat the Montreal Expos.
  • It was the 16th perfect game (14th in the modern era) and 247th no-hitter in the MLB.
  • It was the third perfect game and 11th no-hitter for the Yankees. And the last to date. It came only 14 months after David Wells‘ (May 1998)
  • The game took two hours and 16 minutes to complete.
  • There was a 33-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning.
  • The temperature at first pitch was hot: 92 degrees.
  • There were 41,930 fans in attendance including both Don Larsen and Yogi Berra who were battery mates for the Yankees’ only perfect game in postseason history. It was Yogi Berra day at Yankee Stadium and Larsen threw the ceremonial first pitch to Berra.
  • Cone struck out the first batter, Wilton Guerrero, and rolled from there striking out 10 total for the game.
  • He never worked a count more than 2-0.
  • Cone only needed 88 pitches to throw the perfect game. He threw 68 of them for strikes.
  • According to Baseball Reference Cone’s Game Score that day was 97.
  • The losing pitcher for the Expos was none other than Javier Vazquez.

And here’s the game in case you have time to watch it this morning or afternoon:

Happy Anniversary, Coney!

[Stats and Info from Baseball Almanac and Baseball Reference]

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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