Throwback Thursday: Celebrating six years since Mark Buehrle’s perfect game

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, left, is embraced by teammates including catcher Ramon Castro after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game, Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Chicago. The White Sox won 5-0. | AP Photo/Jim Prisching

One of the most beloved players in White Sox history celebrates the six-year anniversary of his perfect game Thursday.

Mark Buehrle — who pitched 12 seasons for the Sox and won a World Series in 2005 — had the best game of his career on July 23, 2009, blanking the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the second perfect game in Sox history.

The game featured some standout plays from rookie Gordon Beckham and an even more memorable play from outfielder Dewayne Wise.

Wise replaced Carlos Quentin in the outfield right before the inning started and was playing a shallow center field when Gabe Kapler hit a fly ball deep to left-center. Check out the look on Buehrle’s face after Kapler makes contact.

(gif courtesy Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

Buehrle then struck out Michel Hernandez and got Jason Bartlett to ground out to short. Here’s the final out:

Former Rays manager and current Cubs manager Joe Maddon had this to say afterward:

“I’ve been involved in no-hitters before and you just have to move along,” Maddon said. “It’s just a loss, but it does impact the team that gets the win, I believe.”

Buehrle took a phone call from Barack Obama shortly after stepping into the postgame press conference.

“We joked around, a 30-second phone call, and I’m like ‘What? That’s all he’s got for me?” Buehrle said.

Here’s a link to the box score and play by play from the 5-0 White Sox victory.

And here are a few more videos from MLB.com to commemorate Buehrle’s perfecto:

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