Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Great Is Mr. Fantastic Roy Halladay?

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To put in perspective how special and unique Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is, here's a mind-blowing stat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Halladay, who is 19-6 on the year, has had 7 consecutive seasons (2005-2011) in which he has finished, at least, 7 games over .500 or better. He is only the 6th pitcher in major league history to accomplish such a feat. Of all the great names we've heard over the decades, none are on this rare list. We need to go back quite a few generations to find the other 5 pitchers who had 7 or more consecutive seasons finishing at least 7 games over .500.

They are:

Tim Keefe - 7 seasons from 1883 to 1889.
John Clarkson - 9 seasons from 1884 to 1892.
Kid Nichols - 9 seasons from 1890 to 1898
Christy Mathewson - 12 seasons from 1903 to 1914.
Lefty Grove - 7 seasons from 1927 to 1933.

Tim Keefe, John Clarkson, Kid Nichols, Lefty Grove and Christy Mathewson

All 5 are in the Hall of Fame.

We can now add Mr. Halladay to the list-- 7 seasons from 2005 to 2011.

A list that DOESN'T include greats like Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Carl Hubbell, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Jim Bunning, Nolan, Ryan, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Warren Spahn, Juan Marichal, Bob Feller, Jim Palmer, Ferguson Jenkins, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Catfish Hunter, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez and on and on and on.....

AMAZING!

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Mr. Fantastic is surely a wonder of evolution. No doubt.

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