October 7th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Halladay no-hitter conjures up baseball trivia

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.

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  1. Bart

    Your fact checker is wrong. The article says "The Phillies hold the record for longest span between no-hit games: 57 seasons". Just to point out one instance, Tommy Greene threw a no-hitter for the Phillies in 1991.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim B

      The record they are referring to with the Phillies is the Phillies themselves not having a no-hitter thrown at them for 57 seasons, not the Phillies throwing a no-hitter because there was another Philly that threw one even after Tommy Green, Kevin Millwood in 2003.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • L.A.

      The 57-year gap was between 1906 and 1964.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • wray clark

      Buy the way, Virgil Trucks is still with us!!!!!!!! He's 93 and lives in Calera AL. My wife cleans his house...I used to watch hime pitch in Detroit at Briggs Stadium in 1956 from the $.50 centerfield bleachers when I was 9 years old..;It's amazing

      October 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby

    Technicality, but Ken Griffey, Sr did not play for the Reds until August, 1973.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bart

    Whoops. The author was correct. The article is just misleading. The gap of no-hit games was not before Halladay, but back around 1906.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • L.A.

      Context: The Mets have never had a no-hitter but have not existed long enough to have a 57-year or otherwise record-breaking gap.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sharon

    its kind of weird that people still watch sports while our ancestors from our previous planets before earth just landed here..all of the recent alien (our ancestor human from other planets) talk and the warning from the gov't employees for First Contact. What is going on here?

    October 7, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @Sharon... Huh?!
      This article is about facts on Halladay's awesome (and rare) no-hitter last night. Not about aliens!

      October 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Entertained

      I have nothing to say to that. I am completely baffled. Wow.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pawsglas

      Sharon, gimme some of what your smokin' !

      October 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Feel free to join them. We'll take it from here on Earth.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • garristotle

      Cmon guys! You didn't know that the anciet race of super intelligent humaniods from Nibiru that founded humanity in the form of Ancient Sumeria had indeed landed on Earth after their undiscoved planet made passed by earlier this year without anybody knowing? Were have you guys been, distracted by the Bilderberg/Illuminati/Freemason/Nazi/Jew controlled media bent on creating an New World Order to battle the Second Coming of Christ and secure the Earth as the domain of Satan?

      October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous Al

      Can I buy some drugs from you?

      October 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarcusC

      It's people like you that really help me reassure myself as normal. Thanks Sharon!

      October 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      Your a freakin idiot.....Get a real life!!! You know NO business commmenting on baseball about your stupid aliens!! Who gives a crap!!! Way to go Phils!!

      October 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie


      You are an effin nut job. I think you have been watching too many X Files reruns.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    Actually the fact checker wasn't wrong...The Phillies hold that record for the years 1906 to 1964...

    October 7, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jon Feldstein

    1971 was a stacked lineup for the Reds, but George Foster and Ken Griffey Sr. were not the reason. Ken Griffey, as stated in a previous comment, was not on the team and Foster was a part time player who batted .234 that season for the Reds. Your article should have read " stacked with players such as Tony Perez, Lee May, Rose and Bench". Common CNN sports, your better than this.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lenny

      you're better than this, not your better than this.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I do find it funny when someone finds fault with an article, only to fall victim to grammatical error such as "your" vs. "you're".

      Our wonderful public education system on parade again.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat H.

    GO PHILLIES we want another parade here in Philadelphia in November !!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Please , NO!!!!!!

      October 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous Al

      GO HALLADAY! I couldn't care any less about the Phillies. As a Jays fan, I just want to see Halladay get the ring he deserves after being so loyal to my team for so long (and, on top of that, he left with pure class).

      October 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael


    As your alien king I command you to watch more sports.

    Alien King

    October 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    Let me start by saying I'm not a "baseball" person and the term "no-hitter" is very misleading. I thought that these guys must be extemely awesome pitchers-NO, because a "no-hitter" doesn't actually mean no batter hit the ball, it means they may have hit it but got out before getting to 1st base. WHAT?!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Michelle, I'll be gentle. A "hit" refers to the action of getting on base while putting the ball in play with the bat. Additionally, the ball must be put into play in an area where it cannot be reasonably fielded by a postion player. If it can be reasonably fielded and no out was recorded then it would be an error on the fielder. A "no-hitter" indicates that no opposing player has placed the ball into play where it can be reasonably fielded. A remarkable feat. This is accomplished by either strikeouts or putout.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously?

      Yeah....if you're not a baseball person, you should probably refrain from making comments on baseball articles, that just sounded really dumb. If a no hitter meant no one actually made contact, there would never have been a no-hitter....ever.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I'm not exactly a baseball person either, but this will really rock your world. A pitcher can even get a perfect game if a batter makes contact and gets out before first base by the outfielders or first basemen. If it wasn't for a walk, this would have been a perfect game. Not that I wanted that, I am rooting for the Reds.

      You have to make it to first base after hitting the ball to get a hit. Walks and the other ways, like getting hit by a pitch don't count.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CB

      Now I'm not a politician, but I thought a "filibuster" is very misleading too. I thought this was someone who busted up philly fans for rooting for the phillies. This makes no sense to me. What the - ???

      Halladay is a beast.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • OutOfContext

      ... Interesting point ... For me,
      1- I don't see why the game is called "Baseball" when the ball is *clearly* not made from bases.
      2 – Additionally, I have seen players jog to the base when "walked"
      ... the whole thing does not seem to make a lit of sense.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      @ Outofcontext: just to rebut your #2 argument: Its not really called a "walk". Its called "base on balls" or "BB" which would make more sense for you.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      But Kevin, there are no balls under first base that I can see.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chemack56

    They still won't beat the Yankkes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • garristotle

      They won't have too.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarcusC

      Yeah, they won't beat the Mets either.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jon

    Thank you for the correction *you're instead of your" but you missed my other mistake. I wrote "common" instead of "come on". Luckily I do not write for a living or write incorrect articles and claim them to be "facts". I actually saw both mistakes I made but unfortunately had already submitted it so I could not correct them.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steveo

    Go Giants!

    October 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LOL

    who cares, Baseball sucks

    October 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarcusC

      Yeah, baseball sucks. That's why you read this article and then posted a comment.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TMOON

    The Phillies are garbage in my mind, GO BRAVES, but kudos to you Roy Halladay on an one-of-a-kind night!

    October 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      The fact that you define the team with the best record in baseball as "garbage" leads me to believe one of two things.....1) you are dumb1) you are dumb. Wait never mind, you are a Braves fan. Everyone on Philly thanks your team for showing up so the Phils can have batting practice. Go home.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Braves all the Way!

      Why isn't there a like button here?

      October 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Garbage? Really? What happened in that last series against the Phillies? I also recall the Braves being up 3 or 4 games a few months back. But the Phillies are garbage? At least we didn't choke. I think the only thing worse than a Mets fan is a Braves fan. Good luck with your wild card slot. Why can't Braves fans realize that they are no longer the NL powerhouse they once were...you can't live in the past. Get over it.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Look, Halladay was amazing, no doubt. I don't think he threw the same pitch in the same spot all night long. But, it is much easier to get batters out when John Hirschbeck gives you a 20-inch plate.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Is that you, Orlando?

      October 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bearcat

      Thank you Steve for saying it. I don't want to sound like a New Englander, nor do I intend to take anything away from Halladay, but he definitely had a bigger strike zone than Volquez did last night.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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