The tragic passing of former major league pitcher Roy Halladay — one of the undisputed best pitchers of all time — has left the baseball world reeling. Halladay, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies from 1998-2013, was apparently piloting a small plane he recently purchased and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
Not only is it sad to lose Halladay (who was 40 years old) at such a young age, but he also leaves behind his wife and two young sons.
With that in mind, we decided to commemorate the greatness of Roy Halladay the best way we knew: looking back at his outstanding career in Major League Baseball. We counted down the best games of Halladay’s career, including the time he made his postseason debut by throwing a no-hitter.
2008 vs. New York Yankees
In 2008, Halladay and the Blue Jays entered a July 11 matchup against the New York Yankees at 45-47. Two games under .500 isn’t necessarily a bad spot to be, but that year it was. The Jays were in last place in the AL East at the time, 9.5 games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays.
On that day against the Yankees, Halladay was on his game. The 31-year-old threw a complete game shutout on 113 pitches, allowing just two hits, a walk, and two HBP while striking out eight. Derek Jeter hit a double against Halladay in the ninth inning when the game was already decided, with Toronto ahead 5-0. Otherwise, the Yankees never really got anything going against Doc.
Halladay in 2008: 20-11, 246 innings pitched, 34 games (33 starts), 2.78 ERA, nine complete games, and two shutouts.