White Sox Humber throws perfect game against Mariners
April 21st, 2012
06:28 PM ET

White Sox Humber throws perfect game against Mariners

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched a perfect game Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

Only 20 other pitchers have tossed perfect games, in which no opposing batter reaches base, in Major League history, according to MLB.com.

It was the first no-hitter of the 2012 season.

Humber threw 96 pitches, 67 for strikes, and struck out nine. The last batter he faced, Brendan Ryan, nearly spoiled the perfect game when he struck out but had to be thrown out at first when the ball got past Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Until Humber's gem, Philadelphia's Roy Halladay had the most recent perfect game, on May 29, 2010, against Florida. Oakland's Dallas Braden had the American League's most recent perfect game, on May 9, 2010, against Tampa Bay. The last White Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game was Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.

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  1. Thermion7

    WOW! JUST WOW! congrats on joining such an exclusive club of pitchers!

    April 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan Levin

    The most recent perfect game was Roy Halladay's against the Marlins on May 29, 201o, not Braden's.

    April 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • forryanoutloud

      Nice catch. That has been corrected. Thanks, and apologies to Phillies fans.

      April 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • gstolljr

      please read again, its said braden's was the most recent AMERICAN LEAGUE perfect game !

      April 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RF Burns

    Funny thing about hurling a no-hitter during an away game. In the late innings, the hometown fans start rooting for the visiting pitcher.

    April 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe form CT, not Lieberman

      That's because the diehards who stay until the last out are lovers of the game and always hope that history is made before them. I would have loved to have been there, too, even though I have no love for either the Chisox or the Mariners. Just like I would have loved being at Yaz's last game, the 100th Anniversary at Fenway (GO YANKS!), or any of the other milestones.

      April 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LHart

    Factcheck....Roy Hallady threw the last perfect game prior to this one May 29,2010. Braden's was the last AL perfect game

    April 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cleareye1

    Why do we have so many perfect games these days? Is it just because the pitchers are better rested or have they improved the actual pitching itself?

    April 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBGurl

      Nope..the "sluggers" stopped taking steroids.

      April 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roland.


    April 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roy Ussery

    If only the Secret Service could be this good.

    April 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Good for him!
    Go White Sox!

    April 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. paul lennarson

    Congratulations from a Cubs fan!

    April 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sbarr

    Congrats Humber and Sox! What a gem!

    April 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tbone

    Another loss for the pathetic Mariners.

    April 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mikemo

    Hats off to Humber. I've never heard of him before but I sure know his name now!

    April 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |

    Great apochryphal story about the 1930's St. Louis Cardinal pitching staff. They had two brothers who were pitchers, Jay and Paul Dean, better known as 'Dizzy' and 'Daffy' Dean. Both were renown for their Southern sense of humor.

    One day they found themselves pitching both ends of a double-header. 'Dizzy' pitched game one and pitched a one-hitter. 'Daffy', his brother, pitched game two and pitched a no-hitter!

    After both games, Dizzy went up to his brother and reportedly said, "Daffy, why in tarnation didn't you tell me you was gonna pitch a no-hitter? I woulda pitched one too!"

    April 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. One From The Bronx

    It is what it is.
    Congrats to Philip Humber and the Chi Sox.
    Welcome to the ages!

    April 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clint

    hooray hooray to humber the pitcher know 1 nose's all an yea in your face ozzie take that.

    April 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
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