Dallas Braden may have pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history on Sunday, but a fight over the memorabilia has pitted Stockton against Cooperstown.
In the moments after throwing that perfect game, the Oakland A's pitcher surprised Tom Stubbs, former University of the Pacific baseball coach and treasurer for the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame about where the historic game ball was going to go. "They said that Dallas Braden was going to donate his ball, rather than go to Cooperstown to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame, I almost fell out of my seat," said Stubbs.
But, about 48 hours later, Cooperstown, home of the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame is playing Goliath to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame's David. "Cooperstown is putting the pressure on everybody to make sure the ball goes to Cooperstown," said Stubbs. Braden, apparently, was having none of that and may have found a way to even the score for his hometown. "Dallas is considering donating his jersey and glove to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame."
Braden still lives in Stockton and commutes to Oakland. During the summer he works out with the U.O.P. baseball team. Head coach Ed Sprague isn't at all surprised by Braden's generosity, saying, "Prior to the perfect game, he's been all about the 209 and what he can do for this community and he all he can do -- and now people are finding out this is really genuine -- it's really what Dallas is all about."