Jack McIntyre, a 69-year-old retired plumber from York, Pennsylvania, has been playing slow-pitch softball since the mid-1960s, and has had great success doing so, according to the York Daily Record. He's pitched in tournaments all over the country, and has played on a number of very competitive teams. Today, he says that he still participates in more than 100 games every year.
Recently, McIntyre's team had a doubleheader and he was scheduled to pitch both games. Halfway through the first outing, he and his team realized that he had not given up a hit yet. No-hitters are rare in all levels of baseball and softball, but they are especially unprecedented in slow-pitch softball, a sport in which the pitcher has one strategy – lightly toss the ball down the middle of the plate and let the defense do the rest.
Just before the end of the game with the no-no on the line, the opposing hitters managed to get a hit to break up the bid, but there was still one game to play.
McIntyre continued right where he left off in the second match, and by the fifth inning, he had retired every hitter who stepped up to the plate. At that point, his team was leading by 10 runs, and due to the league's mercy rule, the game was called, and McIntyre had pitched a perfect game.
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