Each perfect game is truly special

Taking into account the caliber of the opposition, Don Larsen's perfect game is the finest of them all.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 4:07 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Although perfect games are far more frequent than they used to be, when one happens, one still has to take some time to talk about it. After Randy Johnson's gem on Tuesday night against the Braves, I did a little bit of ranking based on quality of opponent. I asked for a better nomenclature for a team that has a perfecto thrown its way than the awkward one I was using. Reader Adam McKenzie of Los Angeles, California suggested "Perfect Victim" which makes a lot of sense to me.

Anyway, I ranked the "Perfect Victims" according to won-loss record at the time they were completely blanked. That brought this letter:

    Jim: In regards to your article on perfection, I find it interesting that instead of talking about the offense the pitcher was pitching against, you talk about the record. The 1988 Dodgers may have been the champs, but they had a horrid offense. Browning's gem was still an amazing feat, but I wouldn't call it a "better" perfect game than the others.

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Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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