Simply Amazing. Even though I was not able to see the game live, it is simply historic to think about what Halladay did on several levels. These stats show how historic Halladay was:
- Including the Rays/Rangers game that was early game and the Philly/Reds game there had only been two post season no hitters in 2525 games.
- Put another way only .0007% of post season games ever have been no hitters.
- Only 5 pitchers have ever thrown two no hitters in same calendar year.
- Nolan Ryan was the last pitcher to throw two in a season in 1973, 37 years ago.
- It has Been 54 years since there has been a no hitter in the post season.
- Last one being Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series perfect game.
As a final though from me it is nice when my love of history and baseball can come together.
A little more info from ESPN:
Only two other times in the history of the postseason had any pitcher even taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning — Jim Lonborg 7 2/3 hitless in the 1967 World Series, and Bill Bevens 8 2/3 hitless in the 1947 World Series. So even to see a man get so close that it came time to start counting down the outs was a heart-thumping experience.
And, of course, Halladay had already thrown one no-hitter himself this season — a May 29 perfect game in Florida. No pitcher who ever lived, obviously, had ever thrown a regular-season no-hitter and a postseason no-hitter in the same season before. So you can add that stunning wrinkle to this improbable script.