Two-time Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay Killed in Plane Crash
Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay was killed when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of western Florida on Tuesday afternoon. He was 40 years old.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Halladay’s death during a news conference. The crash reportedly happened around 1pm Eastern time about 10 miles off the coast of St. Petersburg. Initial reports said that a person was killed in the crash, though it was unknown whether it was Halladay. The plane, an Icon A5, was registered in Halladay’s name.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during the press conference that the cause of the crash is currently unknown. There was no mayday call from the plane. Authorities found Halladay’s body near the plane’s wreckage in the gulf.
During the press briefing, Nocco said,
“Many know Roy as a Cy Young pitcher, a future Hall of Famer. One of the best pitchers ever in the game of baseball. We know Roy as a person. As a caring husband who loved his wife Brandy. Who loved his two boys tremendously. He coached our baseball teams. To Brandy, the boys and the whole family, we are so sad for your loss. We are praying for you. We know how much he means to you.”
Halladay got his pilot’s license after retiring from baseball in 2013. His father was a commercial airline pilot, so Halladay shared a passion for flying through his playing career. Halladay revealed on Twitter last month that he had purchased the plane that wound up being involved in the accident.
Halladay pitched in the big leagues for 13 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He broke into the majors for the first time back in 1998 with Toronto. And finished his career with a record of 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA. He was an eight-time All-Star and won two Cy Young Awards. Halladay is one of just six pitchers in the history of baseball to win the Cy Young Award in two different leagues.
Halladay also had five seasons in which he logged 200 or more strikeouts and 40 or fewer walks. No other pitcher in baseball history has more than three such seasons.
Halladay also pitched a perfect game in 2010 with the Phillies, as well as a rare playoff no-hitter later that year against the Cincinnati Reds. It was one of just two postseason no-hitters ever. Halladay will be eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.
Phillies and Blue Jays Statements
Both of his former teams issued statements following his untimely death. The Phillies said,
“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death. There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”
The Blue Jays said,
“The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise’s greatest and most respected players, but even better human being. It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
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