Nobody's Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History (Hardcover)
The perfect game is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports. No hits, no walks, no men reaching base. In nearly four hundred thousand contests in more than 130 years of Major League Baseball, it has only happened twenty times. On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga threw baseball's twenty-first perfect game. Except that's not how it entered the record books. That's because Jim Joyce, a veteran umpire with more than twenty years of big league experience, the man voted the best umpire in the game in 2010 by baseball's players, missed the call on the final out at first base. "No, I did not get the call correct," Joyce said after seeing a replay. But rather than throw a tantrum, Galarraga simply turned and smiled, went back to the mound and took care of business. "Nobody's perfect," he said later in the locker room. In Nobody's Perfect, Galarraga and Joyce come together to tell the personal story of a remarkable game that will live forever in baseball lore, and to trace their fascinating lives in sports up until this pivotal moment. It is an absorbing insider's look at two lives in baseball, a tremendous achievement, and an enduring moment of sportsmanship.
About the Author
Armando Galarraga is a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished third in balloting for American League Rookie of the Year in 2008. Jim Joyce has been an umpire in the major leagues for more than twenty years. Daniel Paisner is a New York Times best-selling writer and collaborator on dozens of books, including On the Line with tennis great Serena Williams. He is also the author of The Ball: Mark McGwire's 70th Home Run Ball and the Marketing of the American Dream.
Praise for Nobody's Perfect
Captivating [It reads] like a great summer novel.” Mark Newman, MLB.com
The reason that there are only twenty perfect games in the history of baseball is that everything has to go right and everyone has to be perfect for that day to happen. In Nobody’s Perfect, Armando Galarraga, a young pitcher looking for his place in history, and Jim Joyce, arguably the finest umpire of his time, show us why. With the skilled Dan Paisner, they reveal major league baseball at its core, the day to day struggles of a young pitcher and the grind of umpiring in the major leagues. If you are a baseball fan, I dare you to name all twenty days of perfection. But after reading Nobody’s Perfect, you will never forget this game or these two men.”Ron Darling
You might think everything that could have been said, replayed and revealed about that night has already been uttered, logged and exposed. You would, however, be as wrong as the unfortunate Mr. Joyce.”Neal Rubin, The Detroit News