This date in sports history: Armando Galarraga robbed of perfect game

In this image taken from video and provided by, Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald, right, runs to first base as Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga takes the throw during the ninth inning baseball game Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Detroit. Umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe on the play, then said he got it wrong. Even in the sports world, where bad calls are part of the mix, this one reached way beyond the lines: the perfect game that wasn't. (AP Photo/
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In this image taken from video and provided by, Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald, right, runs to first base as Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga takes the throw June 2, 2010, in Detroit.
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On June 2, 2010, what appeared to be a routine baseball play proved that nobody's perfect.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga covered first base at Comerica Park while teammate Miguel Cabrera fielded a grounder from the Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald, presumably the 27th batter to fall in Galarraga's thus-far perfect game.

Not so much. Cabrera threw to Galarraga for the out, but umpire Jim Joyce threw his arms wide: Safe.

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Joyce later said he blew the call, and the next day Galarraga shook his hand to show no hard feelings. ( reports that a book co-written by the two is expected to hit bookstores Thursday, resulting in Major League Baseball's decision to ban Joyce from officiating any games involving Galarraga's team.)

On, C. Trent Rosecrans writes there was no "happily ever after" for the pitcher.

"Galarraga went 8-13 with a 4.82 ERA in his 21 starts last season after the not-perfect game and was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in January. In eight starts for the Diamondbacks this season, the right-hander went 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA and blew up at a reporter when asked following his last outing if he was worried about his spot in the rotation."

Galarraga was recently sent down to the Diamondbacks' Triple-A team in Reno, Nev.

Below is a list of other notable historic events in sports that also took place on June 2 as compiled by The Associated Press:

  • 1896 -- Hastings, ridden by H. Griffin, edges Handspring by a neck to capture the Belmont Stakes.
  • 1908 -- Royal Tourist, ridden by Eddie Dugan, posts a four-length victory over Live Wire in the Preakness Stakes.
  • 1909 -- Joe Madden, ridden by Eddie Dugan, wins the Belmont Stakes by eight lengths over Wise Mason.
  • 1935 -- Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player.
  • 1947 -- After a six-year layoff, 13-year-old Honey Cloud wins the second race at Aqueduct. His jockey, Clarence Minner, takes his first ride in 10 years.
  • 1985 -- Nancy Lopez beats Alice Miller by eight strokes to win the LPGA championship.
  • 1991 -- Andrettis finish 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway in Milwaukee. Mario Andretti finishes third, his son Michael wins the race and his nephew John places second.
  • 1996 -- Annika Sorenstam closes with a 4-under 66 to win her second consecutive U.S. Women's Open. Sorenstam's 8-under 272 is the best ever in the Open.
  • 2002 -- Annika Sorenstam matches the LPGA record for margin of victory in a 54-hole event while winning the inaugural Kellogg-Keebler Classic. Sorenstam finishes at 21-under 195 to win by 11 strokes.
  • 2007 -- Daniel Gibson scores a career-high 31 points as Cleveland beats Detroit 98-82 to advance to the NBA finals. The Cavaliers are the third team to come back from an 0-2 deficit in a conference finals, joining the 1971 Baltimore Bullets and 1993 Chicago Bulls.
  • 2008 -- Pittsburgh outlasts Detroit 4-3 in three overtimes of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Petr Sykora scores at 9:57 of the third overtime ending the fifth-longest finals game in NHL history.
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