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Remembering Roy Halladay

James Kim, Staff Writer

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Horrific news struck the sports world on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay had passed away in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

Roy’s 15 years in the major leagues were filled with success. He was an 8 time all-star, a 2 time Cy Young Award winner, and a 2 time MLB wins leader. Notably, in 2010 pitched a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter. He retired in 2013. In his career,  Doc won 203 games, pitched to a 3.38 ERA, and struckout 2,117 batters. He is considered to have a favorable chance at making the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 (when he becomes eligible).

Roy Halladay was not just an outstanding athlete; more importantly, he was an incredible person who greatly cared for others. During his tenure with the Blue Jays (1998-2009), Roy and his wife invited patients from the Hospital for Sick Children to watch the games at Rogers Centre. They would watch from a suite called “Doc’s Box”, which had been specifically remodeled to be more kid-friendly. During these years, as part of his contract, Roy annually donated $100,000 dollars to the Jays Care Foundation, an organization that aids disabled youth to play baseball. His magnanimous spirit was not unnoticed; he was nominated several times by the Blue Jays for the Roberto Clemente Award. This award is given every season to the MLB player who, “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Furthermore, he was the 2008 Blue Jays’ nominee for the Players Choice Awards Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

Roy Halladay’s death is tragic for his family, friends, former teammates, and countless fans who have adored him throughout his life. As a former teammate, Chase Utley stated in an Instagram post on Tuesday, “My head hurts writing this. I can still remember the first day we met. It was 5:45 am on the first day of spring training when I arrived. He was finishing his breakfast but his clothes were soaking wet. I asked if it was raining when he got in. He laughed and said, ‘No I just finished my workout’ I knew right then- he was the real deal. Thank you Roy for allowing us to witness what it takes to be the best. We will all miss you.”

Roy Halladay’s talents, willpower, tender heart, and personality will undoubtedly be missed. The marks he made through his pitching and his love for others will be remembered forever.

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