Rare SI Photos of Felix Hernandez

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It's good to be the King. Since his major league debut as a baby-faced 19-year-old with wild curly hair and a hat that never sat straight, Felix Hernandez had chased perfection. On Aug. 15, 2012, the Mariners' ace, 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star threw Seattle's first perfect game, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays with 12 strikeouts in a brilliant 1-0 victory. Here's how SI's photographers have captured him over the years.

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