Posted by Cameron @ 12:25 pm on July 24th 2009

Congratulations

Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox just joined a club only marginally less exclusive than the twelve men who walked on the surface of the Moon. In the history of major league baseball there have been only eighteen pitchers who have pitched a perfect game. Mark Buehrle’s achievement occurs only once every 11,000 games and involves a game in which every single batter is retired without reaching first base. That means no hits, no home runs or ground rule doubles, no walks, and no hit batters. All 27 batters that the pitcher faced over the course of nine innings were retired hitless. This is obviously an achievement for not just the pitcher but the rest of the team who caught every pop fly and line drive and threw the batter out with every ground ball sent their way.

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  1. For those who may have missed it: click the link, and check out Wise’s play in the ninth to save the perfect game.

    Amazingly, all of the perfect games in baseball history have been pitched against teams other than the Royals.

    Comment by Rojas — 7/24/2009 @ 6:49 pm

  2. I was lucky to have had an ESPN recording set up at that time that cut to the final inning and I was able to watch the final 3 batters. Interestingly, I caught a no-hitter the same way a couple weeks ago. I’m not much of a baseball fan but it was pretty cool watching these great accomplishments.

    Comment by Jerrod — 7/25/2009 @ 2:35 am

  3. Wise’s catch was something indeed. The tip of his glove catch was one thing; the juggling transfer of the ball mid fall to his bare hand was nothing less than stunning.

    Because it seems to be hard to find on my original link, here’s anESPN video of the catch (annoyingly not embedded because it’s forbidden).

    Comment by Cameron — 7/25/2009 @ 7:25 am

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