Thursday, October 07, 2010
Normally, I would not repeat something that the excellent SportsProf has already blogged about, but when something happens for only the second time in 54 years, it is worth noting here.
Roy "Doc" Halladay pitched a no-hitter last night in the first post-season appearance of his career, leading the Phillies to a 4-0 win over the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. Not since Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series has a no-hitter been tossed in post-season play. Halladay also had a key base hit and an RBI in the game.
Here's the call of the final out by the Phillies' radio announcers Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson.
Halladay has been a dominant pitcher in the Majors for a number of years, but hasn't had the opportunity to pitch for a playoff contender until this year. He pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins in Florida earlier this season.
Regardless of whether you're a Phillies fan or a Philles hater, last night was a remarkable and amazing performance, and made history. Halladay's work ethic, dedication, preparation and intensity is legendary, so that might have something to do with his overall success, and his feat last night.
UPDATE: Don Larsen congratulates Halladay, and remembers and salutes his Yankees catcher during the perfect game, who is known for being a quote machine.