Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay dies in plane crash

A tribute to the late, great Roy Halladay. RIP DocFormer Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died on Tuesday at the age of 40 when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was a two-time Cy Young Award winner who was also widely respected for his work off the field, and his loss is being mourned beyond the baseball world.

Flying was Halladay’s other passion, but one he couldn’t pursue until his baseball career was over. He was flying an ICON A5 when he crashed off the coast of Florida, and authorities found his body in shallow water.

Halladay retired from baseball in 2013 due in part to a nagging back injury. He retired with the Blue Jays despite spending his last few seasons with the Phillies, and he remains a Toronto baseball icon. Halladay was a workhorse for years on sub-par Blue Jays teams, consistently finishing among the league leaders in innings pitched, wins, ERA, and WHIP despite Toronto’s inability to make the playoffs.

Halladay’s raw talent was evident from his first days with Toronto in 1998, but by 2000 he was sent to the minors to rebuild his throwing mechanics, adding more movement and better location to his pitches. He won his first Cy Young Award in 2003 and was the top pitcher for the Blue Jays until until he was traded to Philadelphia in 2009, where he won a National League Cy Young Award and produced some of his most memorable moments, like pitching a no-hitter in his first career postseason start.

Halladay’s work ethic and selflessness was apparent in what he did off the mound as well, where he donated time and money to help sick and underprivileged kids. He was a perennial nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award during his time with the Blue Jays and later set up the Halladay Family Foundation to aid in a variety of charitable causes.

Halladay is eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2019. He is survived by his wife Brandy and his two sons.