Here’s a visual representation of Felix Hernandez’ perfect game. It is NOT an infographic. It’s, for want of a better phrase, data art. It uses information to make graphic art.
I’m still experimenting with the idea, but, basically, what’s going on is I wanted to find a way to visually represent what happens between which bases during a game. This is the fourth experiment I’ve done.
What is going on here is each event involving a batter or runner is recorded with a coloured line. A hit, for example is pink. The width of the lines shows somewhat vaguely the amount of that thing occurring. There is a lot of grey on these “diamonds,” they represent outs. A lot of the Mariners’ outs occurred between home plate and first, via ground balls and fly balls. Strikeouts are represented by the circle in the centre of the diamond. You can see on the Rays’ side of the chart, Felix struck out way more than the Rays’ pitchers did.
Anyway, this, as I said, is not an infographic. It doesn’t really do what an infographic is supposed to do; that is use graphic elements to aid understanding of data. What it does do, though, is give a quick and, I think, attractive, overview of a game.
If you want to see the previous three “diamonds” charts, here are some links:
And an animated version of the idea for a random Rays/Nationals game from June 21st.