The Phillies, one of baseball’s oldest franchises, will retire their sixth number this May in honor of late Hall of Fame RHP Roy Halladay.
Late Hall of Fame RHP Roy Halladay will forever be in the hearts of the Philadelphia Phillies family, given his contributions on and off the field throughout his successful four seasons in red pinstripes.
Now, his number will be forever remembered as well. On Tuesday, the Phillies announced that they will retire No. 34 in honor of the right-hander on the 10th anniversary of his perfect game, the 20th in MLB history.
“Roy Halladay made an indelible mark on Phillies history with so many spectacular moments, including his perfect game and postseason no-hitter,” said Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck. “His impact on the game was evident by his induction into the Hall of Fame. We are honored to have Roy join an elite group of players to have their numbers retired by the Phillies.”
Roy Halladay Number Retirement Night will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Citizens Bank Park, ahead of the Phillies’ 7:05 p.m. game against the reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals. Special guests will attend the pregame ceremony to honor the beloved “Doc,” whose number will be unveiled above the rooftop in Ashburn Alley.
Also that evening, a six-foot high No. 34 statue will be unveiled at the Third Base Plaza, similar to the other retired number statues at the Left Field Plaza. Fans in attendance will receive a Roy Halladay Retired Number Statue, a smaller version of the statue to be unveiled.
Halladay will become just the sixth player to have his number retired by the organization, joining Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (36), Steve Carlton (32), Mike Schmidt (20), Jim Bunning (14) and Jackie Robinson (42). Grover Cleveland Alexander and Chuck Klein are also represented at the Phillies Wall of Fame in left field. Bunning, who passed away just six months before Halladay in 2017, is the most recent Phillie to have his number retired (2001).
Halladay tragically passed away at the age of 40, in November 2017, from a plane accident. Among his several accomplishments with the team from 2010 to 2013 include:
- 2010 Cy Young Award
- Two All-Star teams, including being named the starting pitcher in 2011.
- Led all MLB pitchers in complete games (18); ranked fourth among NL pitchers in wins (55).
- 5/29/10: Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history and second perfect game in Phillies history (Jim Bunning, 6/21/64).
- 10/6/10: In his first postseason start, Halladay threw the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history; he is the only pitcher who has tossed a regular-season no-hitter and a postseason no-hitter in the same year.
Halladay was posthumously enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, this past July. Now, his name, number and legacy will be forever enshrined in Citizens Bank Park.