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Armando Galarraga needed only 83 pitches to mow down 27 batters in rhythmic succession, and five more to retire Trevor Crowe. When Miguel Cabrera moved to his right to snare Jason Donald's ground ball, and threw to a covering Galarraga at first base, it appeared for all the world that baseball had just seen third perfect games completed in less than a month. All the world, that is, except first base umpire Jim Joyce, who inexplicably called Donald safe, robbing Galarraga of his place in the record books, but cementing the pitcher's legacy in baseball lore. Joyce apologized after admitting he had missed the call, but baseball refused to overturn the umpire's decision.

Text: Lee Feiner/SI.com
Photo: AP

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