Roy Halladay (1977-2017)

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Sterling Sellers, Sports Journalist

 Roy “Doc” Halladay spent fifteen years in Major League Baseball; pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. For much of those fifteen years Halliday had been considered as one of, if not the best pitcher in baseball. 

      Halladay was a two-time Cy Young award winner, and is known for being the second pitcher in baseball history to throw a no-hitter during the postseason.

     On Tuesday, November 7th Halliday crashed his amphibious airplane into the Gulf of Mexico, just off of the Florida coast. Halladay was killed in the accident, and the loss was felt across the sports world.

     Former teammates and admirers sent condolences from across the world. All-star second baseman and former teammate Chase Utley issued a statement that ended by saying, “Thank you Roy for allowing us to witness what it takes to be the best. We will all miss you.” 

      Both the Phillies and Blue Jays issued statements expressing condolences towards the Halladay family. While many were quick to note the loss of a great pitcher, many also stated that Halladay’s death marked the loss of a great human being.

     Halladay was also nominated for the Roberto Clemente award numerous times, because of his work with underprivileged children. While with the Blue Jays, Halladay donated 100,000 dollars of his yearly salary to charity.

      Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy and their two children, Ryan and Braden.