From SABR member Kevin Glew at the Canadian Baseball Network on November 7, 2017:
The Canadian baseball community is mourning the loss of former Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay who died in a plane crash on Tuesday at the age of 40.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Halladay’s ICON A5 light sport plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of New Port Richey, Fla., at approximately noon E.T. today.
According to his social media posts, Halladay, who was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys this June, had only recently purchased the aircraft.
Born in 1977 in Denver, Colo., Halladay was the Blue Jays’ first-round pick (17th overall) in the 1995 major league amateur draft. The intense right-hander became a mainstay in the Blue Jays’ starting rotation beginning in July 2001 and he established himself as the team’s ace the following year when he won 19 games and led American League hurlers in innings pitched and was selected to his first All-Star team.
Halladay would top that the ensuing campaign when he led the league in wins, innings pitched and complete games. For his efforts, he became the third Blue Jay to capture the American League Cy Young Award (Pat Hentgen (1996), Roger Clemens (1997, 1998)).
- Related link: Read the SABR biography of Roy Halladay
Originally published: November 8, 2017. Last Updated: November 8, 2017.