September 30, 1984 – Mike Witt threw only perfect game in Angel history.
It was the last day of the 1984 season the Angels having been eliminated from the AL West Title race two days earlier took the field for the final time of the season. Mike Witt was on the mound and he had a decent season going 15-11 with a 3.47 ERA with nine complete games with two shutouts.
Witt started the game with five strikeouts in his first nine batters he faced holding the Rangers scoreless going into the fourth inning. Witt kept the Rangers at bay over the next three innings as well, but Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough was matching him almost pitch for pitch allowing only three hits to keep the Angels off the scoreboard.
The Angels finally broke through in the seventh inning against Hough as third baseman Doug DeCinces opened the inning with a single. DeCinces moved to third on a passed ball and a ground out. Up stepped Reggie Jackson and “Mr. October” delivered one day early with an RBI ground out to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.
Witt continued his dominance into the ninth inning still not allowing a base runner. Tom Dunbar led off and Witt recorded his 10th and final strikeout to retire Dunbar. Witt then got Bob Jones to ground to second for the second out. Witt finished his masterpiece getting pinch hitter Marv Foley to ground out Rob Wilfong setting off a celebration on the mound as Witt’s teammates mobbed him. It was the 13th perfect game in MLB history and the only one in Angel history.