It wasn't AROD. Or Albert Pujols. Or Clemens, or Bonds, or Maddux or Pedro Martinez. For the first time in at least 20 years (and maybe the first time ever), a baseball player's picture appears on on the cover of the The World Almanac and Book of Facts. Buehrle not only pitched a perfect game, but he retired 45 straight batters over the course of a 3 games to set a new record.
This will no doubt lead to a huge jolt in his popularity and make him a mega-star. Endorsements and guest appearances will probably come pouring in. People magazine might be next. I checked the covers of past almanacs at amazon.com and google images and could not find one with a picture of a baseball player on it. It looks like in recent years both Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps have made the cover. I hope scandal is not about to hit Mr. Buehrle anytime soon.
And Buehrle was not the only White Sox left-hander to appear on the cover. Click here to see the other guy. He is even more famous.