Celebrating Bloodworth’s perfect game

Heroes of the June 10 game were catcher Al Schrader, left, batter Jim Lynn, right and pitcher Ron Bl

Heroes of the June 10 game were catcher Al Schrader, left, batter Jim Lynn, right and pitcher Ron Bloodworth, center.

Florida Memory Project
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 01:36 PM.

Fifty-five years ago, this week, one of Apalachicola’s favorite sons set a record for baseball prowess when he pitched a perfect game.

It was 1959, Ron Bloodworth, just 22 years old, had left the Washington Senators after a salary dispute and was lead pitcher for the Lincoln Chief s, part of the minor league Three-I League, so named because it centered around teams in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

It had started as a bad season. The Chief s, out of Lincoln, Nebraska and a farm team for the Chicago White Sox, were on a losing streak.

Bloodworth’s wife taught school in Apalachicola. When she called to discuss coming to stay with him at the end of the school year, he told her she’d better wait until after his next game.

He was worried. Bloodworth’s record for the season stood at 2-4 and he was just returning from a disastrous three-game series against Des Moines.

“I had to do something,” recalled Bloodworth. “I decided I was going to be the leanest, meanest pitcher the Sherman Field had ever seen.”

The June 10 home game was against the Green Bay Bluejays, the number one team in the league with a 10-2 record, and six straight wins going into the June 10 doubleheader.



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