David Wells was the 1st Yankee to throw a perfect game since Don Larsen had thrown one in the 1956 World Series. It was the 15th perfect game in World Series history. This underrated Lefty was a 3 time ALL – Star and is 2 time World Series winner – and he also was the last player to have been carried off the field at Yankee Stadium. Wells led the American League in 1999 with 20 wins, had the best win percentage with the Yankees in 1998 (.818) – and had several years in which he led for Walks/Strikeouts Ratio, Complete Games and even had a year of each leading the league in Innings Pitched and Shutours wih the Yankee.
David Wells is one of the most criminally underrated Left Handed Pitchers of ALL – Time. I put him right up there with Jamie Moyer for never being recognized for just how good they were. But it was almost not to be.
David Wells was about the 10th Pitcher to undergo the Tommy John Surgery ever. This was back in 1985 – before he even made it to the big leagues.
At just age 22, he was also one of the youngest ever to have the procedure done. Only Dwayne Henry of the Mariners was younger at age 20 at the time.Continue reading →