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"Perfect" offers echo of Halladay no-hitter

In publishing, as in most things, timing is everything, and Roy Halladay's no-hitter Wednesday night in the Phillies-Reds first post-season game couldn't have come at a better time for Lew Paper.

Someone no doubt will write Halladay's story one day -- his latest no-hitter only confirms that the man is a phenom -- but for now readers interested in the glories of a post-season miracle have Paper's "Perfect: Don Larsen’s Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen," just released in paperback. Halladay's achievement came 54 years after Larsen's miracle in 1956.

The Post's sportswriter Dave Sheinin had high praise for "Perfect," saying in his review: "The story of Larsen and his legendary afternoon was hanging out there, like a juicy curve ball, for somebody to smash out of the park, and Lew Paper, a Washington lawyer and author, has done exactly that with 'Perfect.' Just because you know of Larsen's perfect game doesn't mean you know it, as Paper demonstrates."

If the excitement of Wednesday's game is already wearing off, "Perfect" can help you relive it in another context.

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 7, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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