29 Facts About Dallas Braden


Dallas Lee Braden was born on August 13,1983 and is a former American professional baseball pitcher.

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Dallas Braden played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics from 2007 through 2011.

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On May 9,2010, Braden pitched a perfect game, the 19th in baseball history.

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Dallas Braden played Little League baseball in Stockton, California, in the Hoover Tyler Little League.

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Dallas Braden graduated from Stagg High School in Stockton, where he played baseball and ran cross country.

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Dallas Braden was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 46th round of the 2001 MLB Draft, but he did not sign.

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Dallas Braden then played one season for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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In 2004, Dallas Braden began the season with at Class A Short Season Vancouver Canadians.

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Dallas Braden made eight relief appearances, picking up a pair of victories and was promoted to the Class A Kane County Cougars and pitched exclusively as a starter.

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At the beginning of his minor league career, Dallas Braden was known for throwing the screwball; he abandoned it shortly after his shoulder surgery.

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Dallas Braden began the 2006 season on a rehabilitation assignment with the rookie league Arizona League Athletics.

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Dallas Braden was promoted to Double-A Midland where he made one start, giving up six runs in.

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Dallas Braden began 2007 in Double-A Midland and was called up to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats after one start.

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Dallas Braden was Oakland's Opening Day starter in 2009, giving up three runs in six innings to the Los Angeles Angels on April 6 and taking the loss.

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Dallas Braden received a no-decision, but the team got the win in the tenth inning.

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On May 9,2010, Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in MLB history against the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland.

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Dallas Braden did it in 109 pitches, 77 of which were strikes, with catcher Landon Powell behind the plate.

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Dallas Braden had lost his mother to melanoma, so pitching the 19th perfect game in major league history was of even greater significance to Dallas Braden because he achieved the feat on Mother's Day.

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Dallas Braden missed the entire 2012 season and on August 21, Dallas Braden required an additional surgery, this time to repair the rotator cuff of his shoulder.

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Dallas Braden officially announced his retirement on January 14,2014, citing his arm being a "shredded mess".

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Dallas Braden did not have any postseason appearances, as the Athletics did not have a winning season in any of Braden's years with the team.

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In 2014, Dallas Braden joined ESPN as a Baseball Tonight analyst and, the next season, moved into the broadcast booth as a color analyst on games.

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Early in the 2016 season, Dallas Braden was moved to ESPN's Monday Night Baseball booth following the network's dismissal of Curt Schilling.

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Dallas Braden was laid off with dozens of other ESPN employees on April 26,2017.

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On July 14,2017, Dallas Braden debuted on NBC Sports California as a new field-level analyst for the A's broadcasts.

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In 2017, Dallas Braden started a podcast and Facebook Live show, "Starting 9", with co-host Jared Carrabis on Barstool Sports that lasted until 2021.

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Dallas Braden helps give food and money for Charity Communities in Stockton.

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Dallas Braden threw out the first pitch at the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Little League World Series.

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In October 2015, the Los Rios Community College District honored Dallas Braden as a distinguished alumnus on behalf of American River College where he was a student and played baseball for two seasons.

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