At first glance, the election of Roy Halladay to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday seems like a sentimental choice. His life was cut short at 40 when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida on Nov. 17, 2017.
Sentiment goes out the window when reviewing Halladay’s career. His numbers justified election: 205 career victories, a postseason no-hitter, three 20-victory seasons and 67 complete games in an era where the relief pitcher has taken over closing out ballgames.
Here are some things to know about Halladay.
Two leagues, two awards: Halladay became the third of six major league pitchers to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, according to MLB.com. winning the American League version in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays and the National League seven years later with the Philadelphia Phillies. The others are Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Max Scherzer.
Postseason magic: Halladay appeared in only five postseason games and had a 3-2 record. However, his playoff debut on Oct. 6, 2010, was memorable and historic, as Halladay threw the second no-hit game in postseason history. Halladay blanked the Reds 4-0, retiring the first 14 batters he faced before walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth inning.
It was the first -- and only -- no-hitter in postseason history since Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Common bond: In addition to joining Larsen in postseason lore, Halladay matched Larsen's perfect game effort with a gem of his own, also during the 2010 season. On May 27, 2010, in Miami's Sun Life Stadium, Halladay was perfect against the Florida Marlins, striking out 11 batters in a 1-0 victory.
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