Monday, April 30, 2012
On this day in 1922, Charlie Robertson threw the first perfect game for the Chicago White Sox at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan, against the Tigers.
Charlie pitched the fifth perfect game in history and the first one to be thrown on the road, in only his fifth career start. Hall of Fame catcher Ray Schalk caught Robertson's gem that day, in front of roughly 25,000 fans. As with most perfect games, there was a moment where the perfection is nearly lost and this game was no exception. In the second inning, Detroit left fielder hit a liner to his counterpart, Johnny Mostil, who made an amazing catch to preserve the game.
Robertson never duplicated his feat and developed arm trouble that plagued him the rest of his career. Charlie's accomplishment that day would be the last perfect game in the majors until Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.