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Roy Halladay perfect through 7 (now airing on MLB Network)


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I was watching Kuroda and co. vs. the Rockies and all of a sudden breaking baseball news flashed through the screen.

It’s great the MLB Network can move from game to game. Hopefully, Halladay will be able to pull it off.

The announcers mentioned how the Doc has had 7 or 8 three ball counts. Hanley Ramirez was punched out to end the 7th on a 3-2 pitch that may have been inside.

Juan Castro with a great pick at 3rd for the 1st out of the 8th. Roy Halladay is now perfect through 8.

Perfect game! Was the Doc painting or what! I was nervous when Paulino came up to bat. He’s been swinging the bat pretty good this year.

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Those games are a bit better when they are close like that. Perfect game vs 1 Unearned run allowed.

It makes me smile when the home crowd gets behind the opposing pitcher when history is on the line.

Based on the shots, I don't think it was that much of a home crowd.

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Well, it'd only been 130 years since there were two perfect games in the same season.

While it's pretty amazing that we've had two this same month, back in 1880 Monte Ward & Lee Richmond did it within a week of each other.

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Those games are a bit better when they are close like that. Perfect game vs 1 Unearned run allowed.

It makes me smile when the home crowd gets behind the opposing pitcher when history is on the line.

You would've loved Harvey Haddix vs. Lew Burdette on May 26, 1959.

Check out Burdette's pitching line. In its own way, it is almost as remarkable as Haddix's.

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You would've loved Harvey Haddix vs. Lew Burdette on May 26, 1959.

Check out Burdette's pitching line. In its own way, it is almost as remarkable as Haddix's.

I still can't believe MLB changed the rules and took his perfect game away 30-some years after it happened. It was more of a perfect game (36 batters) than anybody else's was. Not only that, but the other team knew what every pitch was gonna be (due to sign stealing) and still couldn't get a hit for 12 innings. Whenever they tell us how many perfect games there have been, I always add one for Haddix...

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I still can't believe MLB changed the rules and took his perfect game away 30-some years after it happened. It was more of a perfect game (36 batters) than anybody else's was. Not only that, but the other team knew what every pitch was gonna be (due to sign stealing) and still couldn't get a hit for 12 innings. Whenever they tell us how many perfect games there have been, I always add one for Haddix...

Stealing signs like Bobby Thompson and the Giants? I never heard that one.

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Stealing signs like Bobby Thompson and the Giants? I never heard that one.

Some guy who was on the Braves back when it happened spilled the beans not long after MLB un-perfected the game. He said their BP was stealing the signs from Haddix's C and moved a towel around to tell the hitters what pitch was coming. Since Haddix only threw 2 pitches, they didn't need a lot of towel positions. Not sure where the BP was, such that they could see the C's signals, but that's what the guy said. Supposedly, Aaron didn't make use of the signals, but everybody else did. Didn't help them any...

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I can't (haven't yet...) find a good (enough) diagram or picture of County Stadium in Milwaukee to see where the 'pen was.

Interesting (to us O's fans...) that the Browns also tried to move (back?) there in '53 when it opened. They were just BANGIN to get out of St. Louis evidently. Even to Balmer. :P

Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965)

Even before it was completed, the new "Milwaukee County Municipal Stadium" drew the interest of major league clubs. The St. Louis Browns, who had played in Milwaukee in 1901, the inaugural season of the American League, applied for permission to relocate back to the city they had left half a century before. The Boston Braves, the parent club of the Brewers, blocked the proposed move.[1] The Braves had long been struggling at the gate in Boston, and rumors of them relocating had been floating for some time. The move to keep Milwaukee available as a new home indicated to many observers that the Braves would move to Milwaukee themselves.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=195905260MLN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_County_Stadium

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Some guy who was on the Braves back when it happened spilled the beans not long after MLB un-perfected the game. He said their BP was stealing the signs from Haddix's C and moved a towel around to tell the hitters what pitch was coming. Since Haddix only threw 2 pitches, they didn't need a lot of towel positions. Not sure where the BP was, such that they could see the C's signals, but that's what the guy said. Supposedly, Aaron didn't make use of the signals, but everybody else did. Didn't help them any...

And I just thought...

towel up = fastball

towel gone = second pitch

Binary situation.

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Not to derail Doc's Perfect Game thread...

Just a cool thing I gleaned from the box score... Joe Adcock, the guy who won the game with a hit... in the game he started both a 3-6-3 DP AND a 3-6, touch the base-tag him out DP. O's could use a damn guy like him!

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