Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw the 22nd perfect game in history. And, 2012 is now only the second time in history there have been two perfect games in a season (see Humber’s Perfection). The only other year was 2010 when Dallas Braden of the A’s and Roy Halladay of the Phillies both threw perfect games.
Cain is the first Giants pitcher in history to throw a perfect game.
Matt Cain joined a special club within a club by striking out 14 batters – only Dodger great Sandy Koufax has done the same during a perfect game. Randy Johnson had 13 K’s during his perfect game.
Other perfect game tidbits:
Yankee Stadium has hosted the most perfect games with three. Dodger Stadium has hosted two.
Ron Hassey is the only catcher in history to catch two perfect games, once with Indians and once with the Expos, 10 years apart.
Ted Barrett is the only umpire in history to call two perfect games. He called Cain’s perfection this week and David Cone’s perfect game in 1999, 13 years ago.
Seven of the now 22 perfect games were thrown in the month of May.
The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox have each had three perfect games.