Here’s what we DO know. Roy Halladay, who died off the coast of Florida in a private plane crash on Tuesday, is likely a first ballot Hall Of Famer. The two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher was an eight-time All Star who went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his 16-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies.
As time rolls on, it becomes more and more clear just HOW good Halladay was on the mound, and how the kind of domination he brought to the game is becoming a rarity. He threw a perfect game with the Phillies during the 2010 season. And, in that same year, he became only the second pitcher in history to throw a postseason no-hitter, blanking the Cincinnati Reds.
He was one of the greats. That much, we know. Here’s what you might NOT know..
Roy Halladay had a gigantic heart. During his time with the Jays, he and his wife Brandy were tireless supporters for the Hospital for Sick Children. A luxury suite inside Rogers Centre, ‘Doc’s Box’, welcomed children from the hospital for every Jays home game. What’s not common knowledge is that Halladay rented the suite with money out of his own pocket. He spoiled the kids, outfitting them with gear and goodies…again, on his own dime. And, as part of his contract, he donated $100,000 each year to the Jays Care Foundation.
Some players are great on the field. Some are superstars OFF it. With Halladay, major league baseball had a double-barrel winner. Obviously, he will be missed.
There are tons of tribute videos floating about today, all justifiably – but I prefer to remember ‘Doc’ in one of his brightest moments, his historic no-hitter in the playoffs. ~ Jason