Brought to you by the UM Sports Hall of Fame !
UM Sports Hall of Fame member Kevin Sheary
pitched the FIRST perfect game in Miami History with ...
a 7-0 victory over the Southern Illinois University Salukis !
The 1988 UM Baseball Media Guide described it this way....
"The senior righthander steamrolled into the ninth inning throwing three balls to only three batters. The gem was his, but Kirk Dulom and Joe Nelson get assists.
In the fifth, leadoff hitter, Jim Limperos' bid to break up Sheary's party was stabbed on a glove-side dive by Dulom at first base. In the ninth, just two outs away from history, pinch hitter Brad Hollenkamp lined a 1-2 pitch off Sheary's foot, bouncing it high into the air to Joe Nelson at third. Nelson charged, bare handed the ball and threw a dart to Dulom for the 1-5-3 putout and the 26th SIU out of the game.
Catcher Joe Hall was the only obstacle left for Sheary and a place in the record books. The Saluki catcher worked the Seminole, Florida resident into a 3-2 count, fouling the next two pitches away before taking a called third strike from home plate umpire Barry Shulman for the final out."
Legend has it that Hall confronted umpire Shulman, saying the pitch was a ball...and yelled, "where would that pitch have to be for you call it a ball ?" Shulman reported responded, "Son, that ball would have had to one-hop into the dugout for me to call it a strike...swing the bat !"
In 85 years of baseball at Miami, eight other times the Canes have recorded no-hitters...but the FIRST to be PERFECT...30 years ago today...was Kevin Sheary !
(UM pitcher Javi Salas pitched the school's only other Perect Game on March 4, 2014...a 17-0 victory over Villanova)