Roy Halladay, the ace pitcher who authored a Phillies perfect game and postseason no-hitter and could manipulate a baseball unlike few in his generation, died Tuesday when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed Halladay’s death in a news conference. Authorities said Halladay’s plane, an ICON A5 light sport aircraft, crashed 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla., around 1 p.m. Halladay, 40, was the only one aboard.
Halladay, who had worked this season as a part-time employee for the Phillies with a focus on the mental side of the game, was an avid flyer. He often tweeted about his time in the air. Halladay said last March that he had accrued about 800 hours in the air. He had received his instrument rating and multi-engine rating. He was working toward a commercial rating.
Known as a fierce competitor on the mound, Halladay was dominant in his first two seasons with the Phillies. He won the Cy Young Award in 2010. He finished second in 2011. He pitched a perfect game in Miami on May 29, 2010, then followed it with a no-hitter against Cincinnati in Game 1 of a 2010 National League division series at Citizens Bank Park. It was his first postseason start in his 13th season, and so awaited in Major League Baseball, with an unparalleled result.
Here's a look back at some of our best photos from Halladay's years as a pitcher in Philadelphia, including his World Series no-hitter and his perfect game, both during the 2010 season.