Roy Halladay's no-hitter against the Reds in game one of the Philadelphia-Cincinnati NLDS is one of those moments worth savoring, whether you're a Phillies' fan or not. He was obviously just warming up when he two-hit the Nats on September 27.
Once the game ended, I started washing some dishes - really - with the TV still tuned to TBS so I could hear the between games show with Cal Ripken, Dennis Eckersley and David Wells. I don't know who the host of the show was, but when he referenced Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn, he mentioned that the final out was Dal Maxvill.
Now, I really don't think you have to be a baseball historian to know that Dale Mitchell was the final out - punched out on strike 3 by umpire Babe Pinelli, who was working his final game and who admitted later on that the pitch probably wasn't a strike. Dale Mitchell and Dal Maxvill sound somewhat alike, and I have to believe that the host hollered at someone off-camera "Who made the last out in Larsen's game?" Some intern yelled "Dale Mitchell" and he heard "Dal Maxvill."
Just as an aside, Dale Mitchell played for 11 seasons in the major leagues, mostly with Cleveland. He was a .312 career hitter who the Indians sold to Brooklyn in July 1956 to act as a pinch hitting specialist for the rest of the year. Dal Maxvill played 14 seasons in the bigs, mostly with the Cardinals. He was a .217 lifetime hitter known mostly for his glove. He was a 17-year-old high school student when Larsen pitched his perfecto.
Brandon Phillips of the Reds at least put the ball in play making the final out today. A slightly faster man might have been able to beat the throw on a topped ball like that, and I would've hated to be the official scorer had that occurred, in the sense that your name would then become part of the story. I've been there myself, and it's not all that great.