This week, Did The Tribe Win Last Night looks back to Dick Bosman’s bid for perfection in his no-hitter thrown 46 years ago this week. This story was originally published by Vince Guerrieri on July 15, 2014. – BT
When Dick Bosman took the hill for a start on a warm Friday night in 1974 at Cleveland Stadium, he treated it no differently than any other game – even though it was against the two-time defending champion Oakland Athletics.
Bosman, in his second year with the Indians, had watched Gaylord Perry lose 2-1 the night before, and knew what he had to do.
Len Barker, getting the sign from Ron Hassey. Ernie Whitt stands in. Wind up, here it comes. Fly ball, center field. Manning coming on, he’s there…he catches it! Len Barker has pitched a no-hitter! A perfect game for Len Barker! The stands erupt, the players go out, Len Barker being surrounded on the field. He has made baseball history here tonight. Len Barker has pitched a perfect ball game. Faces 27 men, retires them all, eleven strikeouts. Len Barker being mobbed on the field, the Cleveland Indians win it, 3-0. – Herb Score’s call of Barker’s perfect game
It has now been 37 years since Len Barker lifted his leg high and tight on a 1-2 pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, inducing a fly ball to center field. Rick Manning raced in, arms extended straight out as though he were flying. He raised both arms above his head and he secured the catch before beginning his ascent to the mound with several high hops in celebration of the 27th and final out of Barker’s perfect game.