Former Cy Young Winning Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies In Plane Crash
It’s a sad day in the world of sports today as Roy Halladay, a former Cy Young Winner who spent 15 years in Major League Baseball, has died in what is reported as a plane crash on Tuesday. The crash happened in a light sport aircraft, an ICON A5, around 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida. The aircraft was recovered in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pasco County Sheriff confirmed he was the only casualty.
Halladay will be remembered as a remarkable pitcher who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (11 years) and the Philadelphia Phillies for three years. He made his major league debut as a 21-year old on September 20, 1998. Due to back issues, he retired in 2013, but he continued to provide instruction for the Jays and the Phillies.
We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40. pic.twitter.com/SOFv3bOLyt
— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017
Nicknamed “Doc”, he was a magician on the mound. He lead the majors in wins twice in his career (2003 and 2010) – both years he was also won the Cy Young Award. The 8-time All-Star also had the great distinction of pitching a perfect game on May 29, 2010 and then throwing a no-hitter in the postseason the SAME YEAR on October 6, 2010.
Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, had two children. He was 40-years old.