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Philip Humber delivers 21st perfect game in MLB history

Apr 21, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

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White Sox right-hander Philip Humber took the mound Saturday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field as the owner of an uninspiring 4.06 career ERA.

When nine innings were up, the 29-year-old starter fell to the grass a few feet in front of home plate as a member of major league history.

Humber tossed nine perfect framess against the Mariners, striking out nine batters, walking none, and yielding only a handful of hard-hit balls (all of which were converted into outs). He needed just 96 pitches, and 67 of those deliveries went for strikes.

It was the first perfect game of Humber’s career, the third in White Sox history, and the 21st in MLB.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Humber told the FOX broadcast in a postgame interview, shortly before being doused with a bucket of ice water by his teammates. He dedicated the achievement to his wife.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Holy Redundancy, HBT!

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      This comment is great.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      This is a really great comment.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Fantastic comment.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        So, you liked the comment?

  2. youjivinmeturkey - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    I Was Able To Watch It On My Computer.
    He Was Amazing, Today, Fo SHO.
    Good Game, Phil, Good Game 😉

  3. thomas2727 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Anybody thinking how close A.J. Pierzynski came to becoming a new Mickey Owen?

    • listenin2u - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      The video of the last pitch sure looked like ball 4 to me, making Humber the happy recipient of an unearned perfect game. Oh, well, umpires are human, and Humber was undeniably dominant.
      This makes one recall the perfect game thrown on June 3, 2010 by Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga against the Cleveland Indians — perfect except for a blown call by the first base umpire.
      So who’s really more deserving of being in the record book? IMO, it’s clearly Galarraga. But let’s be magnanimous and put both games in the record book, each with an asterisk.

  4. creek0512 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    To bad FOX decided I would rather see Boston-New York

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      Here in SE Virginia, we finally got the perfecto in the 9th, split screen at first, then finally, with one out they went full screen.
      Speaking of errors, on msnbc’s perfecto pictorial, they have the wrong date for Koufax’s. They say Sept. 10; it was Sept. 9. Alas, for perfection today, you had to be in Seattle.
      Congrats Mr. Humber!!!!!!!

    • spindervish - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      Yes, because White Sox-Mariners is a positively scintillating matchup. How dare those assholes at Fox concern themselves with ratings?

      Obviously they should have known a journeyman fourth starter would throw a perfect game today. In fact they probably did, and simply decided not to broadcast it just to fuck with you. What a bunch of dicks.

      • sasquash20 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        I can’t argue that he has been a journeyman, but he really was never given a shot to start until last season. 26 of his 29 career starts were last season. He finished 9-9, with a respectable 3.75 era, 1.18 whip, 163 inn, and only 41 bb. Not to shabby for a 4th starter. I’m not telling you he is an ace, but I think he is a solid pitcher middle of the rotation guy. Lets just say I wasn’t shocked he had a perfect game against the Mariners. Maybe if he faced a major league team I would be shocked. All joking aside, way to go P.Humber.

      • yahmule - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        He’s referring to the way all other games got blacked out, clueless asshole.

  5. skeleteeth - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    A perfect Maddux!

    • firedude7160 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      You beat me to it. And as is stated below, only a day after we were introduced to the stat

    • Lukehart80 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      The national media seems totally oblivious to the fact that Humber threw the first Maddux of the season. Some people just don’t know history when they see it.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        None the less, what an effective way to cement the term Maddux into the HBT lexicon, eh?

      • Lukehart80 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        Yeah, it’s nice timing.

  6. meteor32 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    A perfect game Maddux, and only a day after the stat was introduced to Hardball Talk!!!

  7. whodeytn - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    To bad FOX decided I would rather see Boston-New York

    Yes, to bad.


  8. bigzant82 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM


    • sasquash20 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Dude at the time you got one of the best pitchers in baseball in J.Santana. Injuries happen but how do you not make that trade. Looking back it looks like a lose-lose trade though.

      • bigzant82 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM

        either way the mets sucks

  9. kcredneck - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    CHECK SWING!!!!!!!!!!

  10. deep64blue - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    @bigzant82 – I was thinking the same thing, another Mets pitcher leaves and pitches one of these gems elsewhere.

  11. jwbiii - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM!/Sean_McAdam/status/193829338599276545!/Sean_McAdam/status/193829468824014848

    • jwbiii - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Eh, crap. Two twit links in a row doesn’t work as desired.

      Sean McAdam ‏ @Sean_McAdam
      In a half-century, no NY Met has ever thrown a no-hitter. But the list of EX-Mets to have done it is a long one: Ryan (7), Gooden, Cone,
      Seaver, Scott, Nomo and now Humber..

  12. jlovenotjlo - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Another great day to be a White Sox fan. So happy for you Mr. Humber, can’t wait for the standing O when you get home

  13. swu32733 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Don’t give him too much credit. After all the Mariners have a double A lineup. Every pitcher lucky enough to start against the pathetic Mariner batting order gets to feel like Sandy Koufax at the peak of his career.

    • jlovenotjlo - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      Really? So the Mariners will get no-hit and perfect-gamed several more times this season? Should pitchers who throw perfect games against top lineups be the only ones who get your “credit”? After all, there’s been so many of them.

      Go online and get your GED

  14. sablefish13 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Needs to be an asterisk next to this one the Mariners are a triple A team.

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  16. cluelessdufus - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    I wish this was MLB 2k12 and i threw a perfect game but one of the most inpressive thing I seen I watched the hole thing

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