One of the best pitchers of the modern era died on Tuesday after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
Roy Halladay has been confirmed dead by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in an apparent plane crash. The amphibious light-sport Icon A5 aircraft went down at around noon approximately 10 miles from St. Petersburg, Florida. His body was recovered by the Pasco water response unit.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.
RIP Roy Doc Halladay, a true baseball great and a man with a generous heart.Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy and his family during this difficult time. We were blessed to have known him and consider him to be a member of our family. We are grateful for his love and support. pic.twitter.com/wMprVclFtC— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) November 7, 2017
An eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award Winner, Halladay was the backbone of both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. After being the Jays' 17th-overall pick in 1995, Halladay would go on to become the team's starter in 1998 where he nearly achieved a no-hit game on his second start. He failed to maintain that performance and was sent back to the minors in 2001 to retrain.
Halladay would make his triumphant return to the MLB in 2003 by winning 22 games and his first Cy Young Award. He’d be the premier starter for the Blue Jays throughout the 2000s until being traded to Philadelphia in 2009. At the time, the move was devastating to Jays fans, but most couldn’t fault his desire to move to a team with a better shot at reaching the playoffs.
In 2010 Halladay would pick up his second Cy Young after winning 21 games with the Phillies. That same year he not only pitched a perfect game on May 29th (only the 20th time to ever happen), but he also pitched a no-hitter during the postseason.
Halladay returned to the Jays in 2013 where he signed a ceremonial one-day contract and announced his retirement from baseball in the town he considered home.
After retirement Halladay would continue to coach pitchers on both the Phillies and Blue Jays as well as take up an interest in flying. He began taking a training course in May of 2016 for the Icon A5, and regularly tweeted his progress.
I won't sleep tonight!! Tomorrow is my first day of flight training in the Icon A5!!! So pumped!!! pic.twitter.com/qQ2l8xUgpa— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) May 15, 2016
In October of this year he purchased an A5 of his own and showed off pictures and videos of the Florida scenery where he flew.
Can’t begin to explain all the breathtaking views I have seen thru the open windows of demo’s & now my very own Icon A5! Thx to all at Icon! pic.twitter.com/BZsXqcHFmt— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) October 13, 2017
Halladay is survived by his wife Brandy, and his two children.