Phil Humber's Perfect Game Puts Him Amongst the Legends of the Game

Matthew Stone@@mattstone13Contributor IIApril 23, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 21:  Starting pitcher Philip Humber #41 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the first inning of a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 21, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. This was the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Moments after joining baseball history, Phil Humber summed up his afternoon by saying (via Todd Dybas of The Associated Press) "I don't know what Phil Humber is doing in this list. No idea what my name is doing there, but thankful it's there.''

Humber had never pitched into the ninth inning in his career, let alone pitch a complete game.

"I'm just so happy. There's so many good things happening right now and this adds to the list," said Humber, whose wife is currently pregnant.

Humber also added (via Seth Livingstone of The USA Today):

"When you have a four-run lead, you don't want to walk a leadoff guy. I felt myself overthrowing a bit, but was able to get back over the plate. A lot of credit goes to A.J. He did a great job calling the game and blocking balls."

Baseball Immortality. Humber joins a list that includes Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay.

Humber underwent Tommy John surgery seven years ago and has made it back to the MLB. Humber threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

He becomes the latest one-time Mets pitcher who went on to throw a no-hitter on another MLB team, a group that includes Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone. The Mets have never had a no-hitter in franchise history.