June 17th, 1880
John Montgomery Ward pitched a perfect game in Providence against Buffalo, winning 5-0
Losing pitcher Pud Galvin made the last out.
This is the 2nd perfect game in the NL in 5 days.
The next National League perfect game would not occur until June 21, 1964
Ward was a Right-handed Pitcher for the Providence Grays 1878-82;
N.Y. Giants 1883-89 & 1893-94; and Brooklyn 1890-92
This great Hall of Famer pitched the longest complete game shutout in baseball history;
an 18 inning 1-0 win over Detroit in 1882. John Monte Ward won 47 games in 1879.
Monte Ward pitched so often that his arm gave out and he was traded to the N Y Giants at the end of the 1882 season.
Monte Ward won 108 Major League games before his 21st birthday!
At the start of the 1883 season he gave up pitching and he was appointed player manager.
Monte Ward appointed himself team shortstop.
Ward pounded out 2,151 hits and had a lifetime batting average of .275, and scored over 1400 runs.