Tragic news coming out today, as two-time Cy Young (2003, 2010) winner Roy Halladay died when his single-engine plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, according to USA Today. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to a call at noon EST that a single-engine, light-sport category aircraft matching Halladay’s tail numbers was “upside down in shallow water” and that recovery efforts were ongoing.
UPDATE: Footage was released by TMZ from a witness of the crash. According to one observer, who talked with TMZ Sports, which obtained the footage, Halladay was “flying like that all week. Aggressively.” Other spectators confirmed the account, saying they saw the ICON aircraft frequently pulling up mere feet from the water, and they were so alarmed, they pulled out their phones to record the sight.
Halladay’s career started in 1998, where he was a force for the Toronto Blue Jays. His final four seasons were spent with the Phillies, where he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series. Earlier that season, on May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in baseball history, beating the then-Florida Marlins 1-0. He was able to sign a 1-day contract with the Blue Jays to retire in Toronto, where his storied career began. Overall, Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his career. He was also an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top 5 of the Cy Young Award seven times.
Halladay will certainly be missed by baseball fans everywhere, and we at ProSportsExtra give our prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Rest easy big guy.