January 22, 2019
Roy Halladay, the late Phillies pitching legend who won the NL Cy Young, tossed a perfect game, and threw a postseason no-hitter in his first season in Philadelphia, was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
He'll be inducted on July 21 in Cooperstown.
The Denver native began his MLB career with the Blue Jays in 1998, and spent 12 years in Toronto where he won 148 games and posted a 3.43 ERA.
The Phillies traded for Halladay in December of 2009, after the Phillies’ second straight World Series appearance.
Halladay started 103 regular season games and five postseason games over four seasons with the Phillies. Among pitchers in franchise history, Halladay ranks second in win-loss percentage (.655), second in strikeouts per walk (4.54), and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (7.967).
Halladay passed away in late 2017 at age 40 in an airplane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Blue Jays retired Halladay’s No. 32 on Opening Day in 2018, and the Phillies suspended use of Halladay’s No. 34 last season.
Halladay's wife, Brandy, released this statement via the Phillies:
“Being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame is every boy’s dream. To stand on that stage in Cooperstown and deliver your acceptance speech in front of baseball’s most enthusiastic fans is something that every baseball player aspires to achieve, and Roy was no exception. But that was not Roy’s goal. It was not his goal to have those three letters after his signature. His goal was to be successful every single day of his 16-year career. Tonight’s announcement is the end result of that effort. If only Roy were here to personally express his gratitude for this honor, what an even more amazing day this would be. I would like to extend special thanks to the baseball writers for the overwhelming percentage of votes that Roy received in his first year on the ballot. It means so much to me, Braden and Ryan.”
Halladay is joined by Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez in the Hall of Fame class of 2019.