“Captivating . . . [It reads] like a great summer novel.” MLB.com
“Nobody’s Perfect achieves the remarkable feat of taking us inside the heads of both the pitcher and the umpire at the moment of that call, and during everything leading up to it. . . . A thrilling, emotionally complex revisit to the legendary almost-perfect game of June 2, 2010.” John McFarland, Shelf Awareness
The perfect game is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports. In nearly four hundred thousand contests in over 130 years, it has happened only twenty times. On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga threw baseball’s twenty-first. Except that’s not how it entered the record books. That’s because Jim Joyce, voted the best umpire in the game in 2010 and 2011, missed the call on the final out. But rather than throwing a tantrum, Galarraga simply turned and smiled, went back to the mound, and finished the game. “Nobody’s perfect,” he said later in the locker room. In Nobody’s Perfect,
Galarraga and Joyce come together to tell the personal story of a remarkable game that will live forever in baseball lore, and to trace their fascinating lives in sports. Galarraga’s professional career began at age sixteen in Venezuela
. Joyce played college ball but was working in the same Jeep factory where his parents had worked when he took a chance and went to umpire school. Nobody’s Perfect
is an absorbing insider’s look at two lives in baseball, a tremendous achievement, and an enduring moment of pure grace and sportsmanship.