Sporcle Saturday: Philip Humber’s perfect game

Today marks the sixth anniversary of Philip Humber’s unexpected* perfect game against the Seattle Mariner’s, the 21st of its kind on the 21st of April, 2012. As such, today’s Sporcle will celebrate by taking a look at the players involved — on both sides — throughout the game.

In the comments, feel free to share where you were and what you were doing when it took place. Myself, I was refinishing stairs in my basement, and managed to catch only the ninth after a buddy texted me. I suspect you’ll all do well on the Sox’ players, but how well can you do on the Mariners’? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As always, last names accepted in addition to both first and last.
  • I’ve given you ten minutes to attempt completion.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the position of the player and the team they played for.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or confuse your friends:

  • Humber was a model of efficiency that day, needing just 96 pitches –67 of them strikes– to breeze through the Mariners’ lineup.
  • It wasn’t until the ninth inning that Humber ran a count to three balls, which he did on both the first and last batters of that frame.
  • The Sox would go on to sweep the Mariners the next day; in fact, the Sox owned the Mariners throughout the season, going 8-1 against them.

*Aren’t they all? Perhaps “unexpected-er”.

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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Trooper Galactus

18/25. Props to anybody who actually got any of the Seattle pitchers. Good lord.


11/25 Props to anybody who got anybody who played on that Seattle team other than the one obvious player. I got all of the White Sox players except the sub LF.

Per Ted’s request, where was I. I have a dim memory of folding laundry during the ninth inning.

Trooper Galactus

I remembered several of them. Could only remember two pitchers from that staff, though, and neither of them was in this game. Didn’t have too much trouble with the White Sox side, not even with the super-sub left fielder. Took me a few to think of 3B, though…I kept thinking of the guy who replaced him.


Well, I got Humber! And where is Philip (don’t call me Phil) Humber these days?


16/25 the mariners stunk how am I supposed to remember that crap


I got all the white Sox easily and 5 mariners. I was on recap duty so I was marking the game in front of the tv.


21/25. Couldn’t remember the Seattle SS or any of the Mariner pitchers.

Right Size Wrong Shape

11/25. The only Sox I forgot was

, because I always forget him. The only Mariner I could come up with was the obvious one (should have had a few more in retrospect). I spent most of my time trying to remember the name of the guy who got hosed on the check swing call at the end.

Patrick Nolan

I actually got the Mariners shortstop while trying to remember Iwakuma’s name. 18/25.