Roy Halladay is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) January 22, 2019
Halladay, who tragically died in a November 2017 plane accident over the Gulf of Mexico, easily cleared the 75% threshold needed for enshrinement. Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez also made the cut.
This development shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who had the privilege of watching the two-time Cy Young Award winner dazzle over a decade of dominance or to anyone who simply has the ability to check his stats and process his impressive numbers over a 16-year career. Yet those two Cy Young seasons, his 203 wins, 67 complete games, and eight all-star appearances only tell part of Halladay’s greatness.
Already one of the game’s elite pitchers with the Blue Jays, Halladay came to Philadelphia ahead of the 2010 season and quickly became one of the city’s most beloved athletes.
There was his perfect game:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 29, 2018
And, of course, there was his postseason no-hitter spun after waiting an agonizing 12 seasons to get a taste of meaningful October baseball. Check out this fantastic MLB Network oral history of the no-no:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 22, 2019
Outside of the World Series clinchers in 1980 and 2008, the night of October 6, 2010 marked arguably the most memorable game in the franchise’s 136-year history. It will forever be etched in the memories of those who witnessed it, and though Halladay’s stint of dominance in this city was brief, it was simply spectacular. It was moments such as these–not the numbers–that will keep alive the enduring legend of his greatness.