One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history has died. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, passed away in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.
The news was broken earlier in the day that a plane registered to Halladay had crashed. Shortly after, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in Pasco County, Florida held a press conference confirming that Halladay had died.
Immediately after word of his passing went public, the Phillies tweeted out a brief statement about their former ace. Halladay threw a no-hitter and a perfect game with the franchise, and won a Cy Young Award with organization. The no-hitter came during his first career postseason start, as he took the mound for Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds and only allowed one runner to reach base.
Halladay went 203-105 over his 16-year career, and is widely viewed as a future inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the most dominant pitchers of his era, Halladay only missed one All-Star Game between 2002 and 2011, and finished in the top-5 of Cy Young Award voting seven times. In addition to his triumph on the diamond, Halladay was revered for his work in the community.