David Wells pitching for Toronto
- May 20, 1963
- 6' 3"
- 187 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-30-1987 with TOR
- Allstar Selections:
- 1998 ALCS
With his brash, rock-and-roll image, flabby belly, tatooed left-arm, and a flare for controversy, southpaw David Wells rarely stayed in one place for long. But his sharp curveball and savvy pitching acumen translated into success and more than 200 career victories. In 1998 at Yankee Stadium, Wells hurled the 14th perfect game in baseball history. After putting in his finest season for the Bronx Bombers in 1998, he was traded to the Blue Jays for Roger Clemens, prompting him to lash out at the Big Apple. A few years later all was forgiven, and Wells came back to the Yankees, winning 19 games as a 39-year old.
"I drank beer and a I had a career year." — Wells on his 1998 season "I would have never thought I'd make it 25 years in spring training. That's basically for the love of the game. You come out every year, year after year, and do something that you grew up admiring."
In May, Wells hurled the perfect game, and he used that masterful performance to springboard his way to an 18-4, 3.49 season. He twirled five shutouts that season and helped the Yankees to a league record 114 wins. He went a perfect 4-0 in the post-season as the Yanks won the World Series championship.
A fan of baseball history and Babe Ruth, David Wells once wore one of the "Bambino's" actual Yankee caps in a major league game.
1998 perfect game-hurler David Wells attended the same high school as Yankee pitcher Don Larsen, who threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
On the final day of the 2003 regular season, September 28, Wells defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, for his 200th career victory.
On may 17, 1998, in front of a sell-out crowd at Yankee Stadium, Wells hurled the 14th regular season perfect game in baseball history. He defeated the Minnesota Twins, 4-0.
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- David Wells