The baseball world was stunned by the death of former 2-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay this afternoon. His personal plane crashed over the Gulf of Mexico. After this tragedy, the outpouring of support for Halladay and his family has been tremendous, with hundreds of players, journalists, and athletes tweeting their condolences for the former pitcher. A 16-year veteran with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay posted Cooperstown-worthy numbers during his career, racking up 203 wins and maintaining a 3.37 ERA. Halladay also became the fifth player ever to win the Cy Young Award in both the American and National leagues. Possibly Halladay’s most memorable on-field moment came in his first career playoff game in 2010. Having signed with the Phillies that year in order to make the playoffs, Halladay took advantage of his first career playoff start, throwing the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history. This legendary performance, coupled with the perfect game he threw that May, made him the fifth pitcher in MLB history to throw 2 no-hitters in one season.
While Halladay certainly had an impressive career in the majors, he will perhaps be most remembered for his off-field actions, including his calm, down-to-earth demeanor, his humility, and his incredible work ethic. In fact, after he finished off his playoff no-hitter, he simply thanked Carlos Ruiz, his catcher, for calling a great game.
Rest easy, Doc. We will see you in Cooperstown.