Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay delivers an unhittable pitch Wednesday night.
Baseball is a game of statistics, and feats like Roy Halladay's playoff no-hitter Wednesday for the Philadelphia Phillies bring out the trivia geek in fans.
Here are some of the more interesting factoids surrounding Halladay's gem:
- Halladay's no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds is only the second postseason (playoffs and World Series) no-hitter in Major League Baseball history. Don Larsen's perfect game for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series was the only other one.
- Halladay threw 104 pitches to 28 batters in his nine innings of work, 79 of them strikes.
- He also had a good day on offense, gathering a hit, a run and a run batted-in in three at-bats.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, MLB's official statistician, Halladay is the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in both the regular season and the postseason. (Larsen would have been the only other one to have a chance, and he never came close.)
- Before Halladay, Cy Young and Addie Joss were the only pitchers ever to throw a no-hitter after having thrown a perfect game, according to Elias. They both played in the first decade of the 20th century.
- Halladay tossed his gem in his postseason debut. The Chicago Cubs Claude Passeau in 1945, the Boston Red Sox' Jim Lonborg in 1967 and the New York Mets' Bobby Jones in 2000 threw one-hit shutouts in their postseason debuts, according to Elias.
- The Reds had not been the victims of a no-hitter since 1971, when it happened to them twice in the same month despite a lineup stacked with the likes of Pete Rose, Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster and Johnny Bench.
- According to baseball-almanac.com, only four pitchers besides Halladay have thrown no-hitters twice in the same season: Johnny Vander Meer, Cincinnati Reds, 1938; Allie Reynolds, New York Yankees, 1951; Virgil Trucks, Detroit Tigers, 1952; and Nolan Ryan, California Angels, 1973.
- The Phillies hold the record for longest span between no-hit games: 57 seasons.
Much more on Halladay's no-hitter, and sports in general, is at SI.com.