I threw my best to every I faced, and I found I had the strength to go all the way. – Ed Walsh

Excellence in anything is something most simply cannot claim. Mediocrity and proficiency abound in this world, but peak performance eludes most of us.

In the end, there are so many factors at play that it’s impossible to break it down, so the most enjoyable route to go is to recognize and gravitate towards excellence as we see it manifested in others. Enjoy it – celebrate it – revel in it.

Then get busy imitating, emulating and achieving it. There’s only only thing that beats the excitement of witnessing someone achieve the ultimate in their field and that’s the thrill of achieving it ourselves. Awesome pitching, Roy!

thanks for the win and thanks for the inspiration!

33-year-old Roy (Doc) Halladay just wanted to pitch in the postseason, but his dream of throwing a postseason no-hitter came true when he pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history against the Reds. Halladay’s no-hitter put the Phillies at 4-0 over the Reds in Game 1 of the NL division series.

Scoreboard after Halladay’s historic win
Scoreboard after Halladay’s historic win

The All-Star right-hander “felt like we got into a groove early.” His fastball and slow curve dominated the Reds in his first playoff start, walking just one runner on a full count in the fifth, striking out eight with 104 pitches. Halladay gave credit to Carlos for helping him get into a rhythm early in the game.

Joey Votto expressed his own feelings that the Reds weren’t having any fun. The Phillies, on the other hand, were enjoying Halladay’s streak cheered on by the sellout crowd standing and giving an energetic chant of, “Let’s Go, Doc!” in the ninth.

The game wasn’t without its challenges. Consistently superior ball-playing highlighted by several long outfield throws, tough catches and fast grounder grabs helped the Phillies avoid the oft-predicted ninth inning breakup.

October 8th, 1956-Don Larsen’s Perfect Game
October 8th, 1956-Don Larsen’s Perfect Game

Don Larsen is the only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, tossing a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn and Halladay is now the 5th to throw two no-hitters in the same year, joining Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938).


YouTube: “Baseball’s been around since the 19th century and as is, there are only 23 official perfect games. Matt Cain and Sandy Koufax are tied with the most strikeouts in their perfect games with 14… slightly more than half of batters faced. In this context, to strike out all 27 batters is as close to impossible as you can get.” – GiantHog1

Huffington Post: “An awesome accomplishment no matter what team you are a fan of. Congrats Roy!!!” – Trouble1971

The rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, is expected to raise $100,000 at auction.
The rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, is expected to raise $100,000 at auction.

Wall Street Journal: “Beautifully pitched no-hitter by Halladay…, however, it was NOT a “World Series” game where the “best of the best” compete! Also, it was NOT a PERFECT GAME. Kudos again to Halladay, but let’s back off of the comparison to Don Larsen. – Michael X. Brick

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