Roy Halladay no-hitter against the Reds opens Phillies playoff campaign
Dave Sheinin was in Philadelphia tonight for Roy Halladay's no-hitter over the Cincinnati Reds.
PHILADELPHIA - In the last 54 years of baseball history prior to Wednesday night, there had been 952 postseason games played, all of which shared two common traits of omission: None had ever included a no-hit game, and none had ever been graced by Harry Leroy Halladay.
But on a chilly, drizzly night at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, first one historic hole was filled, and then the other. At 5:08 p.m., Roy Halladay, the Phillies' brilliant right-hander, threw the first postseason pitch of his career, and at 7:42 p.m. baseball's first postseason no-hitter since 1956 was complete.
Halladay, 33, turned his postseason debut into the most impressive pitching performance in half a century of baseball history - holding the Cincinnati Reds hitless in a 4-0 Phillies victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series
Only Don Larsen, author of the fabled 1956 World Series perfect game for the New York Yankees, had thrown a no-hit game in the playoffs. Here is the box score from Larson's no-hitter and video of Yogi Berra talking to Larsen about the game.