Celebrating Bloodworth’s perfect game

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

In the course of the game, only five balls were hit into the outfield.

 “I just kept moving the ball around trying to keep it breaking inside on all the hitters,” said Bloodworth. “The catcher would give me a signal and I’d shake it off to confuse the batter. There’s a lot of mental stuff going on in batter’s head wondering what you’re going to throw.”

The game finished 3-0. Centerfielder Jim Lynn hit a 370-foot homer in the fourth inning. The Chief s scored additional runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Bloodworth’s masterpiece was only the second perfect game ever pitched in the Three-Is. The first, on August 18, 1910 was the work of Red Faber. That game also finished 3-0.

When the game was done, over 600 fans stood to honor Bloodworth with applause. “People started to leave before the game was over, but they must have been listening to the radio because, somehow, word got out,” he recalled. “They started filing back in at the end.”

Perhaps the greatest honor bestowed on Bloodworth was praise from the manager of the Bluejays. “This is what is good for baseball, especially minor league baseball. What a game that boy pitched. It’s a great thing for the boy and a great thing for Lincoln,” Stan Wasiak told sportswriters.

 “In those days, we had some good guys in the sport,” Bloodworth said. “Some real gentlemen.”

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