Fittingly, Wells's tour de force earned him a spot in one of baseball's most eclectic pantheons (chart). The list of players who have thrown perfect games runs the gamut from Cy Young and Sandy Koufax, who were burnishing their Hall of Fame r�sum�s, to the likes of Mike Witt (who had a 117-116 lifetime record), Len Barker (74-76) and Charlie Robertson (49-80), who simply snagged lightning in a bottle. In all likelihood, history will place Wells, who through Sunday was 111-86 in 11 seasons and who turned 35 this week, somewhere in the middle.
That doesn't really matter. Consider it another of baseball's better qualities: Whatever a player's flaws might be, for one glorious afternoon he can be simply perfect.
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