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Anniversary day: The David Wells perfect game against the Twins

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: May 17, 2013 - 12:57 PM

In case you're looking for a way to kill the afternoon -- or an afternoon coming soon -- the fine people at MLBClassic have posted the complete replay of David Wells' perfect game against the Twins from May 17, 1998.

It had been an ugly season for Wells coming into that game, and the history-maker was part of a major turnaround -- the first season in a three-year stretch in which the left-hander went 55-22 with a 4.16 ERA for the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. After one bad season with the White Sox, he returned to New York and won 34 games combined in 2001 and 2002.

In his book, "Perfect, I'm Not," Wells wrote: "As of this writing, 15 men in the history of organized baseball have ever thrown a perfect game. Only one of those men did it half-drunk, with bloodshot eyes, monster breath and a raging, skull-rattling hangover. That would be me."

Wells later recanted that claim -- after being fined $100,000 by the Yankees, saying that he "intended to write the book in the spirit of fun" and that some people didn't take it that way.

Whatever.

Maybe more interesting for Twins fans is the collection of players that manager Tom Kelly used that day. Ron Coomer was at first base and Paul Molitor was the DH. On the other end of the notoriety spectrum, the Twins' third baseman that day was Jon Shave, who hadn't played in the majors for five years. Javier Valentin was catching and Alex Ochoa was in right field.

On the bench was the Twins' best hitter at the time, Todd Walker, and on the disabled list was the later-to-be Boston star David Ortiz. Catcher Terry Steinbach, now the Twins' bench coach, also got the day off.

Click here for the boxscore.

Grab some popcorn, turn off your phone and watch as much as you have time for. (There's a Billy Crystal cameo at about the 22-minute mark.)

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Philadelphia 2 Top 7th Inning
NY Mets 4
Milwaukee 4 Bottom 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Arizona 2 Top 7th Inning
Cincinnati 0
Washington 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Miami 1
Oakland 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Houston 1
Pittsburgh - C. Morton 2:45 PM
San Francisco - T. Lincecum
LA Angels - G. Richards 6:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Seattle - F. Hernandez 6:05 PM
Cleveland - C. Kluber
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 6:08 PM
Detroit - M. Scherzer
Toronto - M. Buehrle 6:10 PM
Boston - B. Workman
Colorado - B. Anderson 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda 7:05 PM
Texas - C. Lewis
Minnesota - P. Hughes 7:10 PM
Kansas City - D. Duffy
Atlanta - A. Wood 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
St. Louis - J. Kelly 9:10 PM
San Diego - J. Hahn
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Buffalo
Toronto FC 6:00 PM
D.C.
Colorado 6:30 PM
New England
Vancouver FC 7:30 PM
Chicago
Red Bull New York 8:00 PM
Real Salt Lake
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg

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