Tragedy has struck the Philadelphia Phillies organization. One of the greatest players to wear their uniform has died in a tragic accident. Pitcher Roy Halladay was killed when he was involved in a plane crash that occurred close to Tampa, Florida. Halladay was flying the plane over the Gulf of Mexico when it suddenly plummeted from the sky and hit the water. There were no other people aboard the plane at the time of the accident. The aircraft involved was an ICON A5. This is a small and lightweight aircraft that has often been described by aviation enthusiasts as a jet ski with wings.
Roy Halladay was 40 years old. He became a star as a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. It was for that team that he won his first Cy Young award in 2003. He then decided that he wanted to leave Toronto because he was tired of being on teams that were never involved in the playoff race. He requested to be traded. The Blue Jays traded Halladay to the Phillies before the 2010 season. He immediately made a huge impact on the team. He led the National League with 21 wins and won his second Cy Young award. He also became one of a very small group of pitchers to win this prestigious award in both leagues.
Halladay followed that up with another brilliant season for Philadelphia in 2011 when he won 19 games and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting. His final two seasons with the Phillies were a struggle because of nagging injuries. He finally decided to retire during the 2013 season at the age of 36. He finished his career with an astonishing record of 203 wins and 105 losses. That record is even more impressive when you consider the fact that he did not play on many very good teams in Toronto.
One of the things that made Halladay such a unique and special pitcher is his ability and desire to finish games. Complete games in baseball are pretty much a thing of the past. However, Halladay completed games with regularity. He led the league in that category a total of seven times. He finished his career with 67 complete games. He also pitched one of only a handful of perfect games in Major League history for the Phillies in 2011 against the Marlins. He added a no-hitter against the Reds in the playoffs later that same year.