Celebrating Bloodworth’s perfect game

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

On leaving the mound, Bloodworth wrote his way through a throng of autograph seekers. When he reached the clubhouse, he was met by club president A. Q. Schimmel. “Great game, Ronnie. The steaks are on me,” Schimmel said as he shook the young pitcher’s hand.

Bloodworth told reporters his greatest regret was that his wife didn’t see the game. “I called her afterwards and told her she could come on to Lincoln,” he said. “I told her I had pitched a perfect game and she said, ‘What’s a perfect game?’”

For those who may not be clear, a perfect game means that the pitcher hurled 27 consecutive outs over nine innings. Not only were there no hits against the pitcher, but no batter reached first base for any reason, such as on a walk, an error or being hit by a pitch. The feat is considered a rarity at all levels, and has been achieved only 23 times in the history of major league baseball.

Bloodworth now lives back in Apalachicola and has been with SunCoast Realty for about 20 years.

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