Harold Leroy Halladay III nicknamed “Doc” was born on May 14, 1977 in Denver Colorado. Doc grew up loving baseball and tried every position on the diamond. At the age of 14 he found his position as a pitcher and only got better from there on out. Roy’s father was a pilot for a food-processing company and his mother was a homemaker.
Halladay attended Arvada West High School and graduated in 1995. Roy was selected as the number 17th overall pick in the 1995 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1998 Doc joined the big league club and never looked back. He played 12 seasons for the Blue Jays and then played his last 4 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Doc had one hell of a career. In 16 seasons he finished with 203 wins and 105 loses. He started 390 career games, threw 2749.1 innings and had a career ERA of 3.38 with 2117 strikeouts. In 2010, Doc threw a Perfect Game for the Phillies against the Marlins in Florida. That same year in the first round of the playoffs against the Cincinnati Reds, Halladay threw a No-Hitter. This marked the first time in Major League history that a pitcher threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season. Doc was a 2x Cy Young award winner and 8x All-Star.
Not only was he an amazing athlete but he was an amazing person off the field as well. Halladay loved helping people and one of his goals were to help underprivileged children. In Toronto, Doc turned a club box at the Blue Jays stadium into a kid friendly box. Every game, Halladay and his wife would invite children from the Hospital for Sick Children into the box to watch the games. Part of Doc’s contract with the Blue Jays was that each year, $100,000 of his checks would be donated to Jay’s Care. This is a program the Blue Jays run to help teach baseball to underprivileged children in the Toronto area.
Roy Halladay inspired many both on and off the field. He was an inspiration in the community as well as on the baseball field.
On November 7, 2017 at the young age of 40, Halladay died when he was flying his ICON A5 aircraft and it crashed in the Gulf of Mexico 10 miles off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida. The news swept across the internet and social media in minutes, many hoping that the news of the crash was not him. The local police confirmed that indeed it was Roy Halladay’s body and he was the only one in the plane.
Baseball fans across the nation are being affected by this tragic event. He was well loved by players, coaches and fans all over the country.
Halladay leaves behind his wife Brandy and his two sons Ryan and Braden. Our prayers go out to his family, friends and anyone who may be affected by this tragic event. You were an inspiration and will always be a Phillie. RIP Doc.