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20 Facts You Might Not Know About Roy Halladay

Why did we decide to go with the number 20 in our tribute to the life of Roy Halladay? We wanted to give you one fact for every shutout that Halladay pitched in his career.Image result for roy halladay

1)Born in Denver, Colorado, Halladay grew up in the suburb of Arvada; his father was a pilot for a food-processing company, while his mother was a homemaker. Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Novenmber 7th of this year. He was the only person in the plane.

2) After trying almost every position on the baseball field Roy settled at the tender age of 13, that the mound was where he felt the most comfortable. Thus, he began training with Colorado baseball guru Bus Campbell, who has helped almost every promising pitcher from the Denver area, including Goose Gossage and Brad Lidge.

3) Halladay was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the amateur draft, in the first round, as the 17th overall pick. He was promoted to the major-league club as a September call-up in 1998.

4) On September 27, 1998, Halladay made his second career start against the Detroit Tigers on the final day of the 1998 season. Why is it significant? Halladay would have had the third no-hitter ever pitched on the final day of a regular season broken up with two outs in the ninth when Bobby Higginson hit a solo home run. It was the only hit Halladay allowed in the game, the Jay’s won the game 2-1 which was his first ever career win.

5) During the 2000 season, Halladay sported a 10.64 earned run average (ERA) in 19 games, 13 of which he started, making his 2000 season the worst in history for any pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched. Halladay was optioned to Class A Dunedin Blue Jays to rebuild his delivery.

Image result for roy halladay6) Just two years later in 2002, Halladay had a breakout season, finishing with a 19–7 record, while posting a 2.93 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 239.1 innings. Halladay was named to the American League All-Star team.

7) Halladay continued his success in the 2003 season, posting a 22–7 record with a 3.25 ERA in 266 innings. Where he accomplished many cool stats. First he had 204 strikeouts with only 32 walks. Halladay also 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. In the game he pitched 10 innings and had not allowed a hit until Kevin Witt doubled with two outs in the top of the eighth.

8) On July 8, Halladay’s leg was broken by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Mench left fielder Kevin Mench.

9) In 2008, three of his nine complete game efforts resulted in losses due to Toronto’s underachieving offense early in the season. In fact, those three complete game losses came in three consecutive starts.

10) On June 20 2008 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Halladay was struck in the temple by a line-drive off the bat of Nyjer Morgan. The ball caromed off Halladay’s head and was caught by third baseman Scott Rolen, ending the inning. Halladay was able to walk back to the dugout, but was taken out of the game for safety concerns.

11) In his last start of the season, he fittingly pitched a complete game against the Yankees to win his 20th game of the year. In so doing, he became the first pitcher to win five games against the Yankees in a single season since Luis Tiant in 1974. Halladay also became just the fourth pitcher in major league history to post two seasons of 200 strikeouts and fewer than 40 walks.

12) On April 6, 2009, Halladay made his team-record seventh straight Opening Day start for Toronto, defeating who else, but the Detroit Tigers.

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13) On December 15, 2009, the Blue Jays traded Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league prospects Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor.

14) Halladay made his first postseason start in Game One of the National League Division Series, as the Phillies squared off against the Cincinnati Reds. Halladay threw a no-hitter, giving up only one walk (to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning) in a 4–0 victory. 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. He threw only 104 pitches. Halladay become the first pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season.

15) In 250 23 innings pitched, Halladay finished the 2010 regular season with a 21–10 record and a 2.44 ERA, setting a career high with 219 strikeouts while issuing just 30 walks. He led the National league in wins, innings pitched, and complete games (9), including 4 shutouts. He 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.

16) On May 29, 2010, 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. This was the first time in the modern era that two pitchers (Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s and Halladay) had thrown perfect games in the same month and that multiple perfect games had been achieved in the same season.

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

18) Prior to and during each start, Halladay had a distinct trademark in which he went into a complete “isolation mode”, immersing himself in complete concentration and in more or less his own words: To plan every pitch he would pitch while on the mound. During this time, he would not talk to anyone except the manager or the pitching coach. He would not even reply to a “hello” or wave from a teammate or spectator, nor talk to the media until he had been relieved or had completed the game.

19) His nickname, coined by Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, was a reference to Wild West gunslinger “Doc” Holliday.

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20) On November 7, 2017, Halladay died when the new 2018 model ICON A5 amphibious aircraft in which he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay is presumed to have been piloting the plane, given that he is reported to have been the only person onboard at the time of the crash. The crash was reported to have happened about 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida in water 6 feet (1.8 m) deep. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to the accident after a call at noon, reporting a sport plane having crashed upside down into shallow water. The plane was reported to be Halladay’s, and he had tweeted in the past about his excitement about acquiring the plane, which was reportedly registered in the name of Halladay’s father, a retired commercial pilot. He was 40 years old.

BONUS FACT: On August 24, 2010, to commemorate his perfect game, Halladay presented around 60 Swiss-made Baume and Mercier watches he had purchased to everyone in the clubhouse. The watches were presented in brown boxes that bore the inscription: “We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.” Additionally, the back of each watch was engraved with the date of the game, the line score, and the individual recipient’s name.

Everyone @cleatgeeks sends all of our love and thanks for the great memories that “Doc” left behind. We also want to bow our head and say a prayer for all his family, friends and fans in this difficult time. We will miss you, and with this we celebrate you.


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