Well the story changed this weekend down in Miami, Florida. It’s the Memorial Day Holiday or ‘Halladay’ weekend and what a weekend it’s shaping up to be. The talk early in the series is how the Phillies were going to break out of a slump that they were in that lasted 5 games.
The story now is something different, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game tonight in Florida and it was only the second Perfect Game in Phillies history. The first perfect game was 46 years ago in 1964 for the Phillies.
There were several ‘no hitters’ throw by Phillies pitchers.
April 27th, 2003 was the last time a Phillies pitcher pitched a ‘no hitter’. The difference between a ‘no hitter’ and a ‘perfect game’ is that in the perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game.
The last ‘no hitter’ game by the Phillies was thrown by Kevin Millwood just into the last season at Veteran’s Stadium which now was quite some time ago in 2003.
The even more rare ‘perfect game’ has been thrown by a Phillies pitcher before Halladay’s perfect game thrown tonight, the first perfect game was on June 21, 1964 which was Father’s Day by Jim Bunning. This is the only other time in over 19000 games that the Phillies have played that a ‘perfect game’ was pitched.
Here’s the official definition and updated entry at Baseball-Reference.com that was just posted to the internet just minutes after Roy’s Perfect Game:
The first major league perfect game was thrown in 1880 by Lee Richmond. Only five days later, John Ward threw the second one. It was nearly a quarter of a century before a third one occurred, even though there were two or even three leagues for part of that time.
In Major League Baseball history nineteen pitchers have thrown perfect games. In addition, two pitchers (Harvey Haddix and Pedro Martinez) have thrown nine perfect innings, only to have their perfect game broken up in extra innings. Four pitchers have been perfect through less than nine innings before their games were called.
A perfect game has been thrown sixteen times in Nippon Professional Baseball history, one in the postseason. There have been nine perfect games in the Mexican League, including one utilizing three pitchers, one in the postseason and several 7-inning affairs. There has been one perfect game in the Cuban Serie Nacional.