There was much tension on the field as Armando Galarraga went into his windup, just one out away from securing the third perfect game of the season. He pitched the ball. The batter swung and hit a ground ball in-between second and third base. Tiger first baseman Miguel Cabrera ran to the side and fielded it cleanly. He threw the ball to Galarraga for the final out. Galarraga stepped on the base before the runner did and the crowd erupted into cheers. But instead of calling the runner out and giving Galarraga the perfect game, umpire Jim Joyce made called the runner safe.
This would have been the third perfect game of the MLB season, something that has never happened before. Everyone thought that Joyce had blown the call. But after careful review, there is still a debate about whether Galarraga had bobbled the ball as he stepped on the bag.
Anyway, no matter what it should have been, the call stands, and Galarraga ended up with a one-hit shutout. After many apologies, this instance has been regarded as one of the greatest shows of sportsmanship in the history of baseball.