UNTOUCHABLE; WITH LARSEN THERE TO SEE IT, CONE PERFECT AGAINST EXPOS : N.Y. YANKEES 6, MONTREAL 0.Byline: Murray Chass Murray Chass is a New York sports journalist for The New York Times. In 2003 the Baseball Writers Association of America honored him with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. He is a pioneer in the coverage of business and labor issues within baseball. The New York New York, state, United States
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In an improbable setting, David Cone
Larsen was at Yankee Stadium
• • [ to help celebrate Yogi Berra Noun 1. Yogi Berra - United States baseball player (born 1925)
Berra, Lawrence Peter Berra, Yogi Day, and after Larsen threw the ceremonial first pitch The ceremonial first pitch is longstanding ritual of American baseball in which a guest of honor throws a ball to mark the end of pregame festivities and the start of the game. to Berra, Cone took command of the mound and retired all 27 Montreal batters he faced as the Yankees clubbed the Expos 6-0.
Following David Wells' perfect game against Minnesota by one year, two months and one day, Cone made the Yankees the first team to pitch perfect games in successive seasons. In throwing baseball's 16th perfect game overall, he also became the first pitcher to pitch an interleague no-hitter in the three-year history of interleague games.
``I probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than this happening today,'' an exuberant Cone said. ``What an honor. All the Yankee legends here. Don Larsen in the park. Yogi Berra Day. It makes you stop and think about the Yankee magic and the mystique of this ballpark.''
Said Larsen: ``I'm sure David will think about this every day of his life.''
When the popup lofted by Orlando Cabrera Orlando Luis Cabrera (born November 2, 1974 in Cartagena, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He bats and throws right-handed. on Cone's 88th pitch of the day descended softly into Scott Brosius' glove just on the foul side of the third-base line for the 27th out, Cone dropped to his knees and grabbed his head, ``in disbelief,'' he said later.
After hugs and high-fives all around, Joe Girardi
When the 36-year-old right-hander reached manager Joe Torre's office, he was handed the telephone.
``Boomer's on the phone,'' Cone related, meaning Toronto's Wells, with whom he became close as teammates. ``He welcomed me to the club and said he was going to fly in and party with me tonight, so I'm expecting him any minute.''
Of the previous 15 perfect games, including Larsen's, the only one ever pitched in the World Series, none could have been any crisper crisp·er
One that crisps, especially a compartment in a refrigerator used for storing vegetables and keeping them fresh. than the one that unfolded in the heat and haze of the Bronx.
Working in 95-degree heat, Cone had the Montreal hitters lunging at sliders sliders
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But the fourth grounder was the one that nearly shattered Cone's brilliant, dominating performance. With one out in the eighth inning, Jose Virdo, the Montreal second baseman second baseman
The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base.
Noun 1. second baseman - (baseball) the person who plays second base
second sacker , rapped a grounder up the middle that had every chance to scoot scoot
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Upper Southern U.S. into the outfield for a single.
But second baseman Chuck Knoblauch ranged far to his right, speared the ball with a backhanded grab and traveled another four steps on momentum before he stopped, turned, planted his feet deliberately and, unlike many times this season, fired a perfect throw to first for the 23rd out.
``It's getting to be a habit, huh?'' Larsen said as he rode the elevator to get to the Yankees clubhouse, where he threw his arms around Cone.
In his 13-year career, Cone has won the Cy Young Award once and has been a 20-game winner twice, but he has also experienced the downside of a career. His worst time occurred early in the 1996 season, when he was found to have an aneurysm aneurysm (ăn`yrĭzəm), localized dilatation of a blood vessel, particularly an artery, or the heart. in the upper part of his right arm. Surgery eliminated the problem, but he had no guarantee that he would continue his career or continue to be successful in it.
BY THE NUMBERS
Number of batters faced.
Number of pitches
Number of perfect games thrown in modern major-league history
Number of 1-hitters David Cone has pitched in his career
Number of batters to reach three-ball count
Number of pitchers to have thrown perfect games who were at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (Don Larsen, David Cone).
Number of perfect games thrown at Yankee Stadium (Larsen Oct. 8, 1956; David Wells, May 17, 1998; Cone, July 18, 1999)
NO-HIT NEW YORK
David Cone on Sunday became the 11th pitcher in Yankees' history to throw a no-hitter. Here's a look at New York's finest pitching performances:
April 24, 1917, George Mogridge at Boston, 2-1
Sept. 4, 1923, Sam Jones at Philadelphia, 2-0
Aug. 27, 1938, Monte Pearson vs. Cleveland, 13-0
July 12, 1951, Allie Reynolds at Cleveland, 1-0
Sept. 28, 1951, Allie Reynolds vs. Boston, 8-0
Oct. 8, 1956, Don Larsen vs. Brooklyn (NL), 2-0-y
July 4, 1983, Dave Righetti vs. Boston, 4-0
Sept. 4, 1993, Jim Abbott vs. Cleveland, 4-0
May 14, 1996, Dwight Gooden vs. Seattle, 2-0
May 17, 1998, David Wells vs. Minnesota, 4-0-x
July 18, 1999, David Cone vs. Montreal, 6-0-x
y-perfect game in World Series
3 Photos, 2 Boxes
PHOTO (1--Cover--Color) PERFECT DAY
Don Larsen throws perfect pitch, David Cone follows with 16th perfect game.
(2--Color) Pitcher David Cone is given the hero's treatment by his teammates after retiring 27 straight batters for the second Yankees perfect game in the last two years.
(3--Color) no caption (Scoreboard of Yankees and Expos game)
BOX: (1) NO-HIT NEW YORK (see text)