Halladay a perfect addition to Phillies history
Halladay authored a perfect game for the Philadelphia Phillies on that day, defeating the Marlins 1-0 in front of 25,086 fans in South Florida. It was the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history and came just six days after Halladay surrendered six earned runs in 5.2 innings in a loss against the Red Sox.
At 33 years and 15 days old on the date of his perfect game, Halladay became the sixth-oldest pitcher of the 20 already on that list. Twenty days earlier, Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics also pitched a perfect game – making 2010 the first year since 1880 that two perfect games had been thrown.
“It looks like he never really worries about his pitches,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. “He did a hell of a job, man.”
Halladay would go on to lead the National League in wins (21), complete games (9), shutouts (4) and innings pitched (250.2) in 2010, earning the league’s Cy Young Award.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum