A Perfect Infographic
Is there anything cooler than a baseball infographic?
Last Saturday, Philip Humber pitched a masterpiece at Seattle's Safeco Field. The 29-year-old hurler orchestrated the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history as the Chicago White Sox shutout the Seattle Mariners, 4-0.
What is a perfect game? A perfect game is when a pitcher faces the bare minimum number of batters. Twenty-seven up, 27 down. No hits. No base runners reach on an error. No walks. No batters hit by a pitch. Perfection.
Oddly enough, of the 21 perfect games, three belong to White Sox pitchers. The first was by Charles Robertson on April 30, 1922 against the Detroit Tigers. The White shutdown the Tigers, 2-0. Mark Buehrle recorded the second in a 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Humber was the third. Not too shabby for a kid with a career total of 12 wins, and who has pitched for four MLB teams since being called up in 2006.
The Chicago Tribune posted a baseball infographic detailing every pitch in last Saturday's game. Very cool for all baseball geeks out there.