As a Braves fan, it was more than a little discouraging to see Roy Halladay’s performance this afternoon. Honesty compels me to tell you that he pitched a masterpiece, no-hitting a pretty solid Cincinnati Reds lineup. If the Braves are to make it to a World Series this year, they’ve got a tough row to hoe. First they have to deal with San Francisco’s tough pitching. Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez, and Bumgarner are all very talented. If somehow we manage to win that series, it appears the Braves will have to figure out a way to do what most teams haven’t been able to do this year: beat Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt. It’s a fearsome starting three…a three-headed ace. It reminds me a little of the days of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz.
Roy Halladay’s result was, if I recall, just the second no-hitter in post-season history. The other was Don Larsen’s perfect game in the ’56 Series against the Dodgers. So Phillies fans should feel pretty awesome this evening. And fans of the other seven playoff clubs have been put on notice.
Well, now I’m in a baseball state of mind, so let’s continue in that vein with something brief. The 1977 World Series featured one of the more memorable hitting performances ever. It was during game 6 that Reggie Jackson hit 3 consecutive homeruns (on three pitches from three different pitchers), stirring the Yankees faithful into a frenzy and forcing Jackon to run for cover as the game’s (and the Series) final out was recorded.
But Reggie’s night wasn’t the first of it’s kind. Babe Ruth, another of the numerous Yankee legends, matched Jackson’s feat more than 50 years before. It was October 6, 1926, and it was the fourth game of the World Series between the Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Sultan of Swat was in top form as he launched his 3 bombs in a Yankees victory. However, while the Yankees won this battle, their potent lineup wasn’t enough to win a war that the Cardinals took in seven games.
Still, the Babe’s game 4 performance was one to remember. But most people wouldn’t require a ton of brainpower to do so, because baseball’s greatest player give the fans a refresher just 2 years later, again against the Cardinals, when he repeated his three-homer-game, again in the fourth game of the 1928 Series.