Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the June 4, 2010, edition of WORLD Magazine. Since this article appeared, Major League Baseball has implemented instant replay, in part because of this event. A 2019 documentary on this event, called “A Perfect Game,” is now available from Fox Sports. Even if you don’t follow baseball, you may have heard the story.

On Wednesday, June 2, Detroit Tigers journeyman pitcher Armando Galarraga — whose 21–18 career record is hardly spectacular — was one out away from that rarest of baseball achievements: the so-called “perfect game.” Twenty-seven batters up and 27 down. …

Warren Cole Smith

Warren Smith is the president of MinistryWatch. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books.

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