Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/22/12
Before Philip Humber, there was Lee Richmond. Humber on Saturday became the 21st pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, blanking the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle. Baseball's first perfect game, however, took place about 50 miles from Fenway Park. Lee Richmond tossed the first perfect game in baseball history in Worcester, Mass., on June 20, 1880. Richmond, who played six seasons, delivered the gem as a member of the Worcester Ruby Legs. The Toledo, Ohio, native shut down the Cleveland Blues, striking out five batters in the process. Richmond allowed just three balls to leave...

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