What would have been the opening day of the Major League Baseball season has come and gone, and instead of watching the national pastime welcome spring, coronavirus has demanded we all just stay inside and watch TV.
If you’re yearning for some baseball though, ESPN+ is here to help. Starting March 31, they’re offering up the first round of a slate of classic MLB games. And to start, it’s all about the pitching. 13 games are available, starting with Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series and ending with Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in the 2010 NLDS.
Here’s the complete lineup for the first round of ESPN+ classic MLB offerings:
Oct 8, 1956 – Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees – World Series Game 5: Don Larsen perfect game.
May 15, 1981 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians – Len Barker perfect game.
Sep 26, 1981 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros – Nolan Ryan no-hitter.
June 11, 1990 – Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics – Nolan Ryan no-hitter.
June 29, 1990 – Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Dave Stewart no-hitter.
May 17, 1998 – Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees – David Wells perfect game.
July 18, 1999 – Montreal Expos vs. New York Yankees – David Cone perfect game.
May 18, 2004 – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves – Randy Johnson perfect game.
May 19, 2008 – Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox – Jon Lester no-hitter.
July 23, 2009 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox – Mark Buehrle perfect game.
May 29, 2010 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Florida Marlins – Roy Halladay perfect game.
July 26, 2010 – Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Matt Garza no-hitter and the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history.
Oct 6, 2010 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Roy Halladay no-hitter in the National League Division Series.
More games are on the way in the next coming weeks, and it’s likely ESPN will stick to a theme each time around like they did here. It’s not clear is this year’s MLB season will ever get under way, but until it does, the classic games will hopefully fill the void.