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Halladay dies in plane crash

Posted by Eric Fisher On November 7

Roy Halladay, who spent the final four seasons of his magnificent major league career with the Phillies, died after his single-engine plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla., early Tuesday afternoon.

According to Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff Chris Nocco, Halladay was flying an ICON A5, a two-passenger amphibious plane that he owned, when the plane crashed. Nocco said the body recovered was Halladay.

Halladay, 40, spend the first 12 seasons of his career with the Blue Jays and the final four with the Phillies. Halladay won two Cy Young Awards, one with the Blue Jays in 2003 and the other with the Phillies in 2010, his first season with the team. Halladay compiled a 21-10 record and 2.44 ERA in 2010. The highlight of his 2010 season were a perfect game on May 29 against the Blue Jays and a no-hitter on Oct. 6 against the Reds in the first playoff game of his career.

The Phillies released a statement that said, “We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death. There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game.”

The respect for Halladay extended far beyond the playing field. Nocco, with other officers standing behind him as a show of respect, spoke of Halladay’s humble demeanor and, when announcing the identity of the deceased pilot, described him as “a friend of ours (the police).” Nocco revealed that Halladay had purchased a police dog for the department and said that if you dropped something, he would be the first person to pick it up for you.

Tributes poured in from former teammates and opponents. Like Nocco’s comments, the tributes focused as much on Halladay’s work ethic and personal attributes as on his ability.

Halladay finished his 16-year career with a 203-105 record. He hurled an incredible 67 complete games.

Halladay leaves behind a wife, Brandy, and two sons.

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