Though he spent just four of his 16 major league seasons in Philadelphia, Roy Halladay loved his time with the Phillies. He loved playing for a winner, loved the passion of the fans, loved playing in a ballpark filled with emotion and energy.
Halladay once told the story of sitting in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park between innings of a start during his first season with the Phils in 2010. The team was on its way to a fourth straight National League East title and Halladay on his way to his first postseason (not to mention a Cy Young Award). The pitcher looked around the sold-out stadium in awe and thought …
“I can't believe this is happening to me.”
Halladay never got the World Series title he came to Philadelphia looking for, but he pitched in two postseasons, authored a perfect game and playoff no-hitter, and impressed fans and teammates with his amazing work ethic and dedication.
The great pitcher died tragically in a small plane crash in November 2017. He was just 40.
He remains tied to Philadelphia and the Phillies organization. He was inducted onto the Phillies’ Wall of Fame last summer and on Sunday will be officially enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, along with Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith and Harold Baines.
Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, but his time in Philadelphia was so special that his family asked that he go into the Hall of Fame with no particular team logo on his cap. The Hall of Fame granted that wish.
As he officially becomes a member of Baseball Royalty on Sunday, we look back at some of the moments that defined and highlighted Roy Halladay’s time in Philadelphia.
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