MLB Legend Roy Halladay Dead in Plane Crash

Submitted by: fancylad 11 months ago in News & Politics Sports

Roy Halladay, and today's crash site.

He wasn't a household name (unless you're really into baseball or you're a Phillies fan), but Roy Halladay died in a plane crash off the coast of Florida on Tuesday, the Pasco County sheriff said. He was a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and in 2010, he threw a perfect game during the regular season plus a no-hitter in the playoffs. He had a 3.38 earned-run average in 16 seasons -- very respectable. People who know these sorts of things (my neighbor Oscar) says he was already in line to become a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

But the heartbreaker is news from TMZ. They report that Halladay's a new purchase -- only a month old. His wife even voiced concerns about his ICON A5 (a light-sport aircraft), but the airplane was his dream.

The Phillies issued a statement on Twitter: "We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy's untimely death. There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game."

There are 2 comments:
Male 42,934
He was a big star for the Blue Jays too, I've never read/heard anything bad about him. He played hard and was a master at his craft, a fine example for the kids.

Those light aircraft are inherently dangerous, partly because of the (usually) inexperienced pilots who own them. Tragic.
Male 2,550
5cats I've heard the ICON line of aircraft are pretty stable and safe. I think they all come with the parachute safety system. A new aircraft to you is like a new woman. You need to approach them with caution and handle them gently. I didn't feel comfy in the C130 until I hit 250+ hours and that was about 6 months in the Coast Guard where I was stationed. 
Peace and prayers to his family and fans.