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Roy Halladay and the Quest for Perfection

Roy Halladay has racked up two no-hitters in 2010 Roy Halladay has racked up two no-hitters in 2010

Roy “Doc” Halladay is one of those athletes you can’t help but watch. Just knowing he’s going to take the mound is compelling. And lately, those watching have been treated to record breaking feats, including the second no-hitter in a playoff game in MLB history. The Philadelphia Phillies and their fans have a true gem of a baseball player on their hands, and if another World Series championship is in the offing, you can be sure Halladay will be a major reason why.

Not only is Halladay talented, he’s durable. He is the current leader in complete games among active pitchers. Pitching nine innings of major league baseball is an amazing accomplishment in itself, but Halladay is frighteningly consistent pitch-after-pitch as well.

Halladay threw the first no-hitter in a playoff game in 54 years to lead Philadelphia 4-0 over the Cincinnati Reds in game one of their National League Division Series. The last time a post-season no-hitter was thrown in the majors. U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower was in office, Elvis Presley debuted his hit song "Love Me Tender," and the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn.

The no-hitter in game one of the 2010 National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds is another one of Halladay’s feats that is impressive on its own, but even more astonishing in full context. This Fall’s complete game no-hitter was Halladay’s second of the year. Back in May, he pitched another no-hitter, this time a perfect game against the Florida Marlins. In the game against the Reds, he walked one batter, depriving him of perfect game status, but still blowing minds across the sports world for the greater accomplishment of having pulled off the feat in the playoffs, when competition is fiercest.

Those two no-hitters in the same season make Halladay just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to record multiple no-hitters in the same season, and the first since Nolan Ryan back in 1973.

Halladay has earned many accolades since joining the bigs in 1998 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. He is a seven-time all-star and won the 2003 American League Cy Young Award. But of course, like any competitor, his purpose on the diamond is to win the biggest award of all – the World Series.

Now, as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, he may be in just the position he has waited his entire career for. After all, it was only two seasons ago that Philadelphia claimed the big prize, winning the 2008 World Series.

Roy “Doc” Halladay keeps pretty heady company when it comes to his individual accomplishments. Sandy Koufax, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, and Randy Johnson are among the pitchers he shares records with. But the Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher won’t have the legacy he most wants until he has won the big one, and in Major League Baseball, that’s the World Series. A championship could be in the cards in 2010, and if Halladay keeps playing the way he has all season, the Phillies' odds improve exponentially.

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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