One of the greatest pitchers of the past ten years, Roy Halladay had a reputation for effectively pitching deep into each game. At the time of his retirement in late 2013, Halladay was the current major league leader in complete games, including shutouts.
Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, Halladay’s had a rocky start in the major leagues. In 2001 he was optioned to the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays to rebuild his delivery. Halladay’s determination prevailed and he worked his way back into the Toronto rotation by the middle of the season.
After two winning seasons with the Blue Jays and leading the American League in innings pitched in 2003, “Doc” was awarded the American League Cy Young Award. Halladay had one of his finest campaigns in 2008, leading the AL in complete games, while sporting a 20-11 record with a 2.78 ERA.
With his trade to Philadelphia before the 2010 season, Roy was one of the best pitchers in the National League. He pitched his first perfect game against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010 and a no-hitter in his first postseason appearance. Later that year, he again won the Cy Young Award, becoming the fifth player to win the honor in the National League and American League. Throughout Halladay’s career he won two World Series and was named an MLB All-Star eight times. After signing a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay retired from baseball due to a persistent back injury and wanting to spend more time with his family in 2013.
Not only is Roy a great pitcher, but he is an avid fisherman and model builder as well. He and his wife Brandy launched their foundation called Doc’s Box through which they invited kids from local hospitals to bring their families and enjoy a baseball game. From a private skybox Roy spent time with each child before the game began. He is dedicated to spreading the values of hard work and determination that got him to where he is today.
Roy currently resides in Odessa, Florida.