86 Facts About Roy Halladay


Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay III was an American professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,002

Roy Halladay's nickname, "Doc", was coined by Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, and was a reference to Wild West gunslinger Doc Holliday.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,003

Roy Halladay led the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio five times and innings pitched four times.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,004

Roy Halladay made his major league debut in 1998, nearly pitching a no-hitter in his second career start.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,005

In 2002, Roy Halladay established himself as a durable, elite starting pitcher, earning his first All-Star selection.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,006

Roy Halladay was traded to the Phillies before the 2010 season, and that year, he pitched both the 20th perfect game and the second postseason no-hitter in major league history, led the majors in shutouts for the second consecutive year, and won the National League Cy Young Award.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,007

In 2011, Roy Halladay had another dominant season, leading the NL in complete games, but he was plagued by injuries the next two years.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,008

On November 7,2017, Roy Halladay died when he crashed his ICON A5 amphibious plane into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,009

Roy Halladay was announced as an inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on January 22,2019; he was the first posthumously elected player since Deacon White in 2013 and the first elected by the BBWAA since Roberto Clemente in 1973.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,010

From an early age, Roy Halladay loved baseball, trying every position on the field until, by age 14, his success on the pitcher's mound attracted the attention of major league scouts.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,011

Roy Halladay attended Arvada West High School, where he led the school's baseball team to a 6A state championship in 1994.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,012

Roy Halladay decided to forego his college baseball commitment to Arizona and sign with Toronto.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,013

Roy Halladay was promoted to the major-league club as a September call-up in 1998.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,014

Roy Halladay was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though he did not practice later in life.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,015

At the beginning of the 2001 season, Roy Halladay was optioned to Class-A Dunedin to rebuild his delivery.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,016

Roy Halladay worked with former Blue Jays pitching coach Mel Queen.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,017

In 2001, after being demoted to the minor leagues, Roy Halladay immersed himself in the works of sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,018

Roy Halladay recorded 204 strikeouts and only 32 walks, good for a 6.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,019

Roy Halladay pitched the first extra-inning shutout in the major leagues since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, leading the Blue Jays to victory over the Tigers on September 6.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,020

Roy Halladay pitched 10 innings and had not allowed a hit until Kevin Witt doubled with two outs in the top of the eighth.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,021

Roy Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award, while being named an All-Star and leading the Blue Jays to a surprising 86 victories.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,022

Roy Halladay was named by his peers as the Players Choice Awards AL Outstanding Pitcher.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,023

Roy Halladay was named the Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year and the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards AL Cy Young Award winner.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,024

In 2004, Roy Halladay was placed on the disabled list twice due to right shoulder problems.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,025

Roy Halladay walked 39 batters, seven more than he had walked in 2003 when he had pitched twice as many innings.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,026

Roy Halladay later revealed that he had been injured throughout the entire season with a "tired throwing arm", which he believed was from intense workouts in the preseason.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,027

Roy Halladay was selected to his third All-Star team and was slated to be the starting pitcher for the American League at the All-Star Game in Detroit.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,028

On March 16,2006, Roy Halladay signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension through 2010.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,029

Roy Halladay went seven innings, giving up just six hits and allowing no runs on his way to his 100th career win.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,030

In 2008, for the sixth consecutive year, Roy Halladay was Toronto's opening-day starter, improving his own club record.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,031

Roy Halladay was able to walk back to the dugout, but was taken out of the game for safety concerns.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,032

On July 11,2008, Roy Halladay pitched his seventh complete game and second shutout of the season against the New York Yankees, allowing no runs on two hits for his 11th career shutout.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,033

Roy Halladay was named to the American League All-Star Team as a reserve.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,034

Roy Halladay pitched in the fourth inning, yielding only one hit and striking out Lance Berkman.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,035

Roy Halladay finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting, behind Cliff Lee of Cleveland.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,036

Roy Halladay led the AL with nine complete games, and struck out a career-high 206 batters as well as posting a 2.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,037

Roy Halladay became just the fourth pitcher in major league history to post two seasons of 200 strikeouts and fewer than 40 walks.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,038

Roy Halladay then won his next two starts, on the road against Cleveland and Minnesota.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,039

Roy Halladay agreed to a contract extension worth US$60 million that included a US$20 million vesting option for a fourth season.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,040

Three hours before Roy Halladay signed the contract extension, Amaro traded away Lee, to the surprise of Roy Halladay who thought that Lee would be his teammate.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,041

On Opening Day, Roy Halladay pitched seven innings while giving up a run against the Washington Nationals in his first game with the Phillies.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,042

Roy Halladay drove in his second career RBI and earned his first win of the season.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,043

Roy Halladay pitched his first shutout in the National League, against the Atlanta Braves on April 21, becoming the first pitcher to reach four wins in the 2010 season.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,044

On September 21, Roy Halladay became the first Phillies pitcher to win 20 games in a season since Steve Carlton accomplished it in 1982.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,045

Roy Halladay was the first right-handed Phillies pitcher to accomplish the feat since Robin Roberts in 1955.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,046

Roy Halladay made his first postseason start in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, as the Phillies squared off against the Cincinnati Reds.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,047

Roy Halladay's was only the second postseason no-hitter in Major League Baseball history, and the first since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,048

Roy Halladay become the first pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game and another no-hitter in the same calendar year.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,049

Roy Halladay started Games 1 and 5, which were one of the most touted postseason pitching match-ups in recent history as he faced another former Cy Young winner in both games, Tim Lincecum.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,050

In Game 5, Roy Halladay pulled his groin after the first inning but continued for six more innings to help his team stave off elimination.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,051

Roy Halladay was named by his peers as the Players Choice Awards NL Outstanding Pitcher.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,052

Roy Halladay was unanimously chosen as the recipient of the 2010 National League Cy Young Award, becoming the first Phillie to win the award since Steve Bedrosian in 1987 and only the fifth pitcher in MLB history to win the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,053

Roy Halladay was likewise selected as the Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year, the USA Today NL Cy Young, the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards NL Cy Young, and the winner of the NLBM Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan Legacy Award.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,054

Roy Halladay was named the MLB "This Year in Baseball Awards" Starting Pitcher of the Year.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,055

Roy Halladay was named Pro Athlete of the Year by both the Sporting News and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association and Sportsperson of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,056

Roy Halladay led the National League in wins, innings pitched, and complete games, including four shutouts.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,057

Roy Halladay became just the seventh pitcher in the history of Major League baseball to pitch 250 or more innings with 30 or fewer walks, the first pitcher to do so since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1923 with the Chicago Cubs.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,058

On May 29,2010, Roy Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history against the Florida Marlins in Miami, retiring all 27 batters and striking out 11, allowing no hits, runs, walks, or errors.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,059

On October 6,2010, in his first postseason appearance, Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter, against the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of the National League Division Series.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,060

Roy Halladay became the second player to pitch a no-hitter in the postseason, joining Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, who pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,061

Roy Halladay became the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-hitters in a season, as well as the seventh pitcher to hurl both a perfect game and a regular no-hitter in his career, joining Cy Young, Addie Joss, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson, and Mark Buehrle.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,062

Roy Halladay allowed just one walk to right fielder Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth inning, and faced just one batter above the minimum.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,063

Roy Halladay took a two-hitter into the ninth before allowing three straight singles.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,064

In May, Roy Halladay was named the 2011 winner of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, based on his 2010 season.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,065

In June, Roy Halladay was presented the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award for his performance since June 2010.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,066

Roy Halladay took home the Best Moment ESPY Award for his postseason no-hitter in October 2010.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,067

Roy Halladay was named the starter for Games 1 and 5 during the National League Division Series against the St Louis Cardinals.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,068

Roy Halladay finished second in the NL Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,069

Roy Halladay was selected as one of the three starting pitchers on the MLB Insiders Club Magazine All-Postseason Team.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,070

The next day, Roy Halladay was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,071

On December 9,2013, Roy Halladay signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blue Jays and announced his retirement from baseball due to injury.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,072

At his press conference, Roy Halladay listed a persistent back injury, as well as wanting to be more involved with his family, as his reasons for retiring.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,073

Roy Halladay volunteered as a baseball coach at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida where his oldest son played baseball.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,074

Roy Halladay's distinctiveness was characterized by his ability to throw a hard two-seam sinking fastball ranging in the low 90s with pinpoint control.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,075

Roy Halladay threw the hardest cutter among MLB starters in the 2011 season, at an average of 91.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,076

The changeup was one pitch that Roy Halladay had problems commanding for many years, and which he used very rarely.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,077

However, after joining the Phillies in 2010, Roy Halladay started throwing a changeup that was a variation of the split-finger fastball.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,078

Roy Halladay often led the league in innings pitched and complete games, while ranking among the leaders in WHIP and ERA.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,079

Roy Halladay had two children, Braden and Ryan, with his wife, Brandy.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,080

Roy Halladay was the Blue Jays' nominee numerous times for the Roberto Clemente Award for his work with underprivileged children.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,081

Roy Halladay was the cover athlete for Major League Baseball 2K11.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,082

On November 7,2017, Roy Halladay died when the ICON A5 Founders Edition amphibious aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,083

An autopsy report by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office released in January 2018 revealed that Roy Halladay's blood contained morphine, hydromorphone, amphetamine, fluoxetine, baclofen, and zolpidem.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,084

Roy Halladay was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on January 22,2019 in his first year of eligibility, garnering 85.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,085

However, Roy Halladay had said that, if given the choice, he would be inducted as a Blue Jay.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,086

On March 2,2019, Phillies free agent acquisition Bryce Harper, who wore uniform number 34 from his debut with the Washington Nationals in 2012, announced that he would not wear the number 34 as a member of the Phillies, stating that "Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear it" for the Phillies.

FactSnippet No. 1,761,087