100SS. 100 pitches. When did 100 become the official number of SoSG? Thanks to reader Koufax for passing along this very good article by Tim Kurkjian at ESPN.com: "Baseball's magic number: 100." Kurkjian examines the many factors which have gone into lowering the average number of pitches a starter throws per game. There's interviews with Orel Hershiser (who once threw 169 pitches in a game — and may have paid the price) and Bud Black, among others. And graphs! Lots of graphs!