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27 up, 27 down for Cone 

                  Posted July 18, 1999 

                   NEW YORK -- On a day Don Larsen was celebrated at Yankee
                  Stadium, David Cone pitched a perfect game of his own. 

                  Cone dazzled the Montreal Expos with a wide assortment of pitches
                  Sunday, throwing the 14th perfect game in modern history to lead the
                  Yankees to a 6-0 victory. 

                  On the very same field where Larsen pitched a
                  perfect game against Brooklyn in Game 6 of the
                  1956 World Series - the only one in Series history
                  - Cone pitched the first no-hitter in the three-year
                  history of interleague play. 

                  "Once we got that big lead, I really relaxed," Cone
                  said. 

                  The closest the Expos came to putting a runner
                  on was when Jose Vidro hit a hard grounder up
                  the middle with one out in the eighth. Second
                  baseman Chuck Knoblauch, who has 16 errors
                  this season, ranged to his right to field the ball,
                  pivoted and made a perfect throw to first
                  baseman Tino Martinez to just get Vidro. 

                  Cone (10-4), who got his first shutout in exactly
                  four years, didn't go to a three-ball count all day
                  and struck out 10. 

                  When David Wells pitched the only other
                  regular-season perfect game in Yankees' history,
                  against Minnesota on May 17, 1998, Cone sat
                  next to Wells between innings, calming down his
                  teammate. 

                  Cone was given a standing ovation when he
                  walked out to the mound in the ninth, and the
                  crowd of 41,930 remained on its feet. 

                  Cone struck out Chris Widger, then retired
                  pinch-hitter Ryan McGuire on a fly to left that
                  Ricky Ledee almost dropped. 

                  Needing just one more out, pinch-hitter Orlando
                  Cabrera worked the count to 1-1, then hit a
                  popup that third baseman Scott Brosius gloved in
                  foul territory halfway toward the plate for the final
                  out. 

                  "Until he caught that last ball, I wasn't going to
                  relax," Cone said. 

                  When Brosius caught the last out, Cone dropped
                  to his knees and the Yankees rushed out of the
                  dugout and mobbed him. They then lifted them on
                  their shoulders and carried to the edge of the
                  dugout as the crowd waved wildly. 

                  Larsen, still the
                  only man to throw
                  a World Series
                  no-hitter, watched
                  on from a luxury
                  box behind the
                  plate and
                  applauded the
                  latest chapter in
                  the Yankees'
                  storied history. 




Cone threw 88 pitches, nine fewer than Larsen needed for his no-hitter against the Dodgers. Cone had pitched three one-hitters in his career, the last on May 22, 1994 against the Angels. But he had never pitched a no-hitter, much less a perfect game. The fans sensed the possibility of perfection in the seventh inning. After Cone got Wilton Guerrero to ground out to third, he got ahead of James Mouton 1-2. With the fans on their feet urging Cone on, Mouton swung threw a nasty slider that broke more than one foot off the plate. Cone used the same pitch to get Rondell White to end the seventh and received his first of many ovations. The free-swinging Expos made Cone's job easy, making out early in the count. Cone did the rest with a biting slider, a devastating splitter and a hopping fastball. With his wide assortment of arm angles, a lineup that didn't have any players who had faced him before was overmatched. Cone twice had long breaks between innings but didn't appear fazed. After a five-run second inning by the Yankees off Javier Vazquez (2-5), Cone came back and struck out the side on 12 pitches in the third. There was a 33-minute rain delay with one out in the bottom of the third. Cone needed only seven pitches to get through the fourth. New York backed him the the big second off Vazquez, recalled from Triple-A Ottawa before the game. Chili Davis walked with one out and Ledee hit the next pitch halfway up the upper deck in right field for his third homer. Joe Girardi added an RBI double in the inning and Derek Jeter capped the scoring with a two-run homer, his 16th. Notes: Yankees pitched three no-hitters at Yankee Stadium from its opening in 1923 through 1982: Monte Pearson against Cleveland (1938), Allie Reynolds against the Indians (1951) and Larsen. Since then then there have been five: Dave Righetti against Boston (1983); Jim Abbott against Cleveland (1993), Dwight Gooden against Seattle (1996); and Wells and Cone. ... It was the first perfect game against the Expos and fourth no-hitter. Larry Dierker pitched one for Houston on July 9, 1976; Bob Forsch did it for St. Louis on Sept. 26, 1983; and Tommy Greene did for Philadelphia on May 23, 1991. Joe Torre turned 59 Sunday and improved to 6-8 as a manager on his birthday.

List of perfect games thrown in
Major League Baseball History


                  Name
                               Game
                                                League
                                                         Score
                                                                   Date
                  Cy Young
                               Boston vs.
                               Philadelphia
                                                AL
                                                         3-0
                                                                   May 5,
                                                                   1904
                  Addie Joss
                               Cleveland vs.
                               Chicago
                                                AL
                                                         1-0
                                                                   Oct. 2,
                                                                   1908
                  Charles
                  Robertson
                               Chicago vs.
                               Detroit
                                                AL
                                                         2-0
                                                                   April
                                                                   30,
                                                                   1922
                  x-Don
                  Larsen
                               New York (AL)
                               vs. Brooklyn
                               (NL)
                                                NL
                                                         2-0
                                                                   Oct. 8,
                                                                   1956
                  Jim Bunning
                               Philadelphia vs.
                               New York
                                                NL
                                                         6-0
                                                                   June
                                                                   21,
                                                                   1964
                  Sandy
                  Koufax
                               Los Angeles vs.
                               Chicago
                                                NL
                                                         1-0
                                                                   Sept. 9,
                                                                   1965
                  Catfish
                  Hunter
                               Oakland vs.
                               Minnesota
                                                AL
                                                         4-0
                                                                   May 8,
                                                                   1968
                  Len Barker
                               Cleveland vs.
                               Toronto
                                                AL
                                                         3-0
                                                                   May
                                                                   15,
                                                                   1981
                  Mike Witt
                               California vs.
                               Texas
                                                AL
                                                         1-0
                                                                   Sept.
                                                                   30,
                                                                   1984
                  Tom
                  Browning
                               Cincinnati vs.
                               Los Angeles
                                                NL
                                                         1-0
                                                                   Sept.
                                                                   16,
                                                                   1988
                  Dennis
                  Martinez
                               Montreal vs. Los
                               Angeles
                                                NL
                                                         2-0
                                                                   July
                                                                   28,
                                                                   1991
                  Kenny
                  Rogers
                               Texas vs.
                               California
                                                AL
                                                         4-0
                                                                   July
                                                                   28,
                                                                   1994
                  David Wells
                               New York vs.
                               Minnesota
                                                AL
                                                         4-0
                                                                   May
                                                                   17,
                                                                   1998
                  David Cone
                               New York vs.
                               Montreal
                                                AL
                                                         6-0
                                                                   June
                                                                   18,
                                                                   1999
                  x-World Series
                                       Special Mention
                  Prior to modern era
                  John
                  Richmond
                               Worcester vs.
                               Cleveland
                                                NL
                                                         1-0
                                                                   June
                                                                   12,
                                                                   1880
                  John Ward
                               Providence vs.
                               Buffalo
                                                NL
                                                         5-0
                                                                   June
                                                                   17,
                                                                   1880
                  Unofficial perfect games
                  y-Ernie
                  Shore
                               Boston vs.
                               Washington
                                                AL
                                                         4-0
                                                                   June
                                                                   23,
                                                                   1917
                  z-Harvey
                  Haddix
                               Pittsburgh vs.
                               Milwaukee
                                                NL
                                                         0-1, 13
                                                         innings
                                                                   May
                                                                   26,
                                                                   1959
                  a-Pedro
                  Martinez
                               Montreal at San
                               Diego
                                                NL
                                                         0-1, 10
                                                         innings
                                                                   June 3,
                                                                   1995
                  y-Entered game after starter Babe Ruth walked Ray
                  Morgan, and following an argument, was ejected by
                  umpire Brick Owens. Morgan was caught stealing and
                  Shore retired the remaining 26 batters.
                  z-Pitched 12 perfect innings, lost in 13th on an error,
                  sacrifice bunt, walk and double.
                  a-Pitched 9 perfect innings, allowed leadoff double in
                  10th and was replaced by Mel Rojas, who finished
                  one-hitter in 1-0 win.


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