Written By: Stephanie Santa Maria
At almost every sports event, whether it’s a kids’ game or the pros, somebody complains about the referee’s or umpire’s calls.
Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga almost became the 21st pitcher in the history of major league baseball to throw a perfect game. That’s when a pitcher faces 27 batters in nine innings and gets them all out. No hits, no walks, no errors.
Gallarraga had set down the first 26 Cleveland Indians batters. The 27th hit a ground ball, and Galarraga ran over to cover first base. But the first base umpire, Jim Joyce, said the runner had beaten Galarraga and the ball to first base and called the runner safe.
Galarraga pitched to the next batter, the last of the game, and got him out.
After the game the umpire saw film of the play, and admitted he had made a mistake. The runner had been out. But the umpire’s original call meant Galarraga lost his chance for a perfect game and a place in baseball history.