Six Years Ago Today, Roy Halladay Threw a Playoff No-Hitter

On October 6, 2010, the Phillies began their playoff series against the Reds with the best record in baseball — 97 games won in the regular season — for the first time in team history.

Their starting pitcher for that game was Roy Halladay, making his first postseason start after a long, successful career. He’d finished that season with 21 of the Phillies wins, a 2.44 ERA, nice complete games and four shutouts — including a perfect game. But how would he handle the playoffs?

What happened was incredible. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, with Halladay knocking in one of the runs. The game was basically over. Doc cruised, walking just one, and striking out eight. And though he needed some heroics from Carlos Ruiz to get that final out, the result was the same: Halladay pitched only the second playoff no-hitter in baseball history. The Phillies have been around since 1883; five years ago today was one of the best moments of their history. Read more »

Roy Halladay Was Pulled Over Twice for Speeding Yesterday

Photos via Twitter.

Photos via Twitter.

Roy Halladay spent just four years with the Phillies, and only two of them were good. No matter. The two good seasons were so good he’ll be beloved in Philadelphia forever. His 2010 featured a perfect game, a Cy Young Award and a no-hitter in the playoffs. His was the No. 1 pitcher on the best regular-season Phillies team of all time in 2011. He’s a legend to Phillies fans forever.

Halladay, who retired after the 2013 season, now runs one of the more entertaining athlete Twitter accounts. He flies planes, posts photos of his dog and the kids’ baseball teams he coaches and talks about how much he loved playing for the Phillies.

Yesterday, he tweeted about a speeding ticket. Then he tweeted about a speeding ticket again. It wasn’t a double-tweet; he was pulled over twice.

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5 Years Ago Today, Roy Halladay Was Perfect

May 29, 2010; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (34) celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) and Ryan Howard (6) after pitching a perfect game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Marlins 1-0 Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

May 29, 2010; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (34) celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) and Ryan Howard (6) after pitching a perfect game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Marlins 1-0 Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t notice until the fifth inning.

I was actually at a hockey bar. Arthur Etchells had recommended it to me to watch Olympic hockey earlier that year, and the Flyers were opening the Stanley Cup Finals that night. T.A. Flannery’s was the kind of bar where the regulars swore the Guinness there was the best pint in the city. “My dad’s very Catholic, and he always had a firearm behind the bar,” said actress Kate Flannery (Meredith on The Office), whose grandfather founded the bar. How fortunate I was to be in such a great place to watch sports on such a special sports night.

It was a great scene. When Ville Leino scored first for the Flyers, the bar screamed in celebration. Butch Flannery gave everyone free shots. But as the hockey game continued — and the Flyers fell behind — our attention turned to baseball. Normally, it wouldn’t have: The Phillies were coming off consecutive pennants, and they were playing the Marlins. This was a win.

But as the first period ended, I checked my phone. No hits yet for the Marlins! We all played along with the baseball superstition and didn’t say the words “no hitter.” Eventually, the bar noticed it wasn’t just a no-hitter: It was a perfect game. We roared when we figured it out. Eventually, the TVs and the sound in the bar turned to the Phillies. The Flyers ended up losing that game (and the series), but we a pretty amazing consolation prize. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Roy Halladay’s Former Newtown Square Home Has Been Sold

It appears the pictured swimming will be put to use this summer, just not by Roy Halladay. The Philadelphia Business Journal reports Halladay’s former Newtown Square home, a five-bedroom with an outdoor kitchen, pool, and pool house, has been bought for $1.96 million, well over the original $1.95 million it was listed for last December (that link leads to a gallery of the home, fyi).

Halladay and his wife have a permanent residence in Odessa, Florida, adds the Inquirer’s Lauren Mennen. Meanwhile in the city, Jonathan Papelbon still has his $6.9 million Rittenhouse condo on the market. Any takers?

Roy Halladay sells Newtown Square home for $1.96M [Business Journal]
Roy Halladay’s Newtown Square home sells for $1.96M [Inquirer]
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Rebuilding Phillies Sign 36-Year-Old Pitcher, Give Him Roy Halladay’s Number

The Philadelphia Phillies announced today they signed right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Harang to a one-year contract worth $5 million. He will wear 34, Roy Halladay’s old number.

“Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation,” General Manager Ruben Amaro said in a release. “He had a very solid season for the Braves last year and will complement the left-handers in our rotation nicely.”

Harang will be in his 14th season next year, having pitched previously for seven major league teams. With Atlanta last year, Harang went 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA. That put him at about league average, which he’s been for his career as well. In 358 games, he’s 122-128 with a 4.21 ERA.

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Gallery: Roy Halladay’s Newly Listed Newtown Square Home

Yes, the former Phillies pitcher has put his area home on the market. (Jonathan Papelbon, by the way, also listed his home recently: a $6.9 million condo in Rittenhouse!) Check out the gallery below after we fill you in on the finer points of Halladay’s house:

  • Living room with piano alcove
  • Gourmet kitchen with appliances by Sub Zero, Wolf and Miele and an attached breakfast room surrounded by windows
  • Library with fireplace and walnut cabinetry
  • Master suite with vaulted ceiling and His & Her baths
  • Pool, guest house and outdoor kitchen

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Kobe Bryant and 6 Other Folks Who Should Retire Like Doc


With the announcement of Roy Halladay’s retirement yesterday, I was reminded of Robert Frost’s bittersweet poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” If you watched the ace labor through every start last season, you saw the end was coming, and in this case, a walk into the sunset is merciful and just. But not everyone knows when it’s time to call it quits. In tribute to Doc, here’s a list of Philly-connected folks who would follow his lead if they knew what was good for them. Read more »

WATCH: It’s the End of Roy Halladay as We Knew Him

He came from Canada, and no one was sure what to make of him.

Okay, he wasn’t from Canada, but that’s where we knew of him, pitching for a team we’d like to forget about in Toronto. Sure, he had a good pedigree, but it was a strange situation: The Phillies had just been in the World Series for the second straight year, and they had traded one of the guys responsible for getting them back there. Sure, the Phillies lost this time. But Cliff Lee showed up the Yankees on national TV, and as a Philadelphian that’s worth a lot.

The Phillies traded away Cliff Lee so they could restock the farm system, they said, as they acquired a pitcher they promised us would be even better. Roy Halladay had spent 12 years in Toronto, compiling a 148-76 record and a 3.43 ERA. He won a Cy Young Award in 2003. Even the biggest Cliff Lee supporters had to admit he had a better pedigree.

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Roy Halladay Returns, Arm Doesn’t Fall Off

Roy Halladay returned to a major league mound yesterday for the first time since May, leading the Phils to a 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. He pitched reasonably well, allowing two runs over six innings with the help of some timely defense. He is also–for now–defying expectations. Here was me, a few months ago, quoting some terrifying stats:

“Players over the age of 35 that went on the DL for any sort of shoulder injury only averaged 59 innings over the course of the rest of their career.” It gets worse. 32 of the 62 pitchers never pitched again. Only 6 ever pitched more than 100 innings again, and one of them was Tim Wakefield, a knuckleballer.

So either Roy has about 53 innings left in his career, or he’s going to add another chapter to the post-shoulder surgery history books. That said–I still don’t understand the rationale for bringing him back right now for a few meaningless starts (see: Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, debacle). If he re-injures himself, you look dumb. And if he pitches well, it costs more to resign him next year. [Inquirer]

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