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Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Sports?

Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/15/10 12:05 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, "I think I have a better way."

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Armando Galarraga & Jim Joyce
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Changed the game by ... not letting perfection become the enemy of the good. On June 2, Galarraga, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was one out away from pitching the 19th perfect game in major league history. All he had do was make sure that Jason Donald, the last Cleveland Indian to step to the plate, didn't get to first base. Donald hit a ground ball, the Detroit first baseman picked it up and threw it to Galarraga for the final out. Perfection! But Jim Joyce, the umpire, mistakenly ruled Donald safe. The resulting uproar was furious, and Joyce, unlike many in the public eye, immediately realized he had screwed up and apologized to Galarraga. For his part, Galarraga did not react with entitlement or rage—even when Joyce first made the mistake, he smiled. The record book may not have recorded perfection, but everyone will now remember both men for displaying something much rarer in professional sports: grace, decency, and true sportsmanship.

He said it: Galarraga: "Nobody's perfect."

Must-click link: The video of Galarraga and Joyce reconciling on the field
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