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Oakland Wants to Honor Its Perfect Son



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    Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays with his grandmother Peggy Lindsey during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 9, 2010 in Oakland, California. Braden is seen kissing his mother's wedding ring who passed away.

    The Oakland City Council will vote tonight on a resolution that  would declare Friday to be "Dallas Braden Day," in honor of the Oakland A's  pitcher who threw a perfect game on May 9.

          The resolution, authored by Councilwoman Desley Brooks, notes that  Braden's feat against the Tampa Bay Rays on Mother's Day is only the 19th  time in the 134-year history of Major League Baseball that a pitcher has  thrown a perfect game.
    It also notes that it was the second time in the history of the  Oakland A's that a pitcher has tossed a perfect game, as Hall of Fame hurler  Jim "Catfish" Hunter accomplished the feat in 1968.
    A perfect game is when a pitcher retires all 27 opposition batters  in succession.
    Brooks' resolution says Braden, a native of Stockton, "is  commended, not only for this magnificent achievement in baseball, but also  for upport of youth baseball in this  region."
    The resolution says Braden has donated tickets to A's games to his  former Little League team in Stockton and was a co-recipient of the 2009 Dave  Stewart Community Service Award, which is given annually to an A's player for  outstanding work in the community.
    If the resolution is approved, "Dallas Braden Day" will be  observed on Friday, when the A's host the San Francisco Giants, their Bay  Area rivals, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland.
    The council's meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. tonight  in the city council's chambers at One Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland.