Top 100 Greatest MLB Games of All-Time: #99 David Wells’ Perfect Game

** FILE ** New York Yankees pitcher David Wells is carried off the field by Bernie Williams, left, Willie Banks, second from left, and Darryl Strawberry, right, after pitching a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins in a Sunday, May 17, 1998 photo at Yankee Stadium in New York. David Wells is finished with his hometown San Diego Padres, and it's possible that the career of one of baseball's most boisterous characters could be over. (AP Photo/Lou Requena, file)

Despite having the richest history of any franchise in baseball, and perhaps even all of professional sports, the New York Yankees had not had a regular season perfect game in franchise history heading into the 1998 season.

Don Larsen had thrown a perfect game for the Bombers in the 1956 World Series (a game you will see further down on our list) but no Yankee had been able to throw one in the regular season, and only 14 had been thrown at that point in the history of Major League Baseball.

That was until David Wells stepped in.

Facing the Minnesota Twins, Wells went the distance, striking out 11 along the way en-route to the 15th perfect game in Major League history.

Wells had a solid big-league career, appearing in the playoffs with six different teams and winning 239 games in 20 seasons in the majors. However it was his perfect game, and the iconic image of his Yankee teammates hoisting him on their shoulders that lands Wells on our list of the greatest MLB games of all-time list.

There is one other tidbit about Well’s performance that lands him on this list, above some other perfect games that have happened. Wells, never known for his physical fitness, claimed later that he had pitched his perfect game while being “half-drunk” and “hungover.”

While there’s no way of proving it, if indeed Wells achieved a perfect game under the influence, it has to be considered one of the most impressive feats a drunk person has ever accomplished.

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