Malcolm: The opponents of the perfectos

From SABR member Don Malcolm at Big Bad Baseball on April 22, 2012:

Here are some randomly oblique (or is that vice-versa?) perspectives stemming from Phil Humber’s perfecto yesterday…

First, here’s a chart (below) of the “victims”–the twenty-one pitchers who ran up against an opposite hurler who went out and mowed down 27 straight batters.

There are three Hall of Famers on that list–Pud Galvin, Rube Waddell, Ed Walsh) as opposed to the six “perfecto owners” who are enshrined (Monte Ward, Cy Young, Addie Joss, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter–with two more likely members to follow in Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay).


As you can see, the 21 pitchers on the other side of perfection pitched pretty well in aggregate–a 2.52 ERA. That would be a mind-blowing record, wouldn’t it: 0-21, with a 2.52 ERA.

So how do the lifetime records of “perfecto victims” compare with those who reached perfection?

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Originally published: April 23, 2012. Last Updated: April 23, 2012.