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Roy Halladay only spent a few years as a Phillie, but in that time he produced some of the most memorable moments in franchise history.
Halladay had already been one of the best pitchers in the league by the time he was traded to Philadelphia in December of 2009. In 12 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, he earned six All-Star appearances and an AL Cy Young Award, in addition to finishing in the top-five of voting four other times.
Upon joining the team, Halladay became the ace and he did not disappoint. In his first year as a Phillie, he was an All-Star and unanimously won the NL Cy Young award, leading the league in wins (21), complete games (nine), shutouts (four), innings pitched (250.2), walks per nine innings (1.1) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.30).
In addition to his statistically impressive season, Halladay delivered two unforgettable performances in 2010. First came a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29, only the second perfect game in franchise history.
Then, Halladay made his playoff debut a historic one, throwing only the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. It was one of those events where everyone remembers exactly where they were when it happened.
Halladay was dominant again in 2011, earning another All-Star appearance and finishing second in Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw. That year, Halladay led the league with eight complete games, a 163 ERA+, 2.20 fielding-independent pitching, 1.3 walks per nine innings and a 6.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He produced career-bests in wins above replacement (8.8), ERA (2.35), strikeouts per nine innings (8.5) and fielding-independent pitching.
Shoulder issues took their toll on Halladay during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, ultimately leading to him making just 13 starts in 2013 and his retirement after the season.
Halladay finished his career with Toronto and Philadelphia with a 203-105 record, 3.38 ERA, 2749.1 innings pitched, 2117 strikeouts, 592 walks, 1.178 WHIP and 3.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 416 starts. He made eight total All-Star appearances and was one of just six pitchers to win a Cy Young award in both leagues.
Halladay died in a plane accident in November of 2017 off the coast of Florida. He was posthumously inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in 2018 and was a first-ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame in 2019.