Roy Halladay, an eight-time all-star, two-time Cy Young winner, and one of only two men to throw a postseason no-hitter, died on Tuesday in a plane crash. He was 40 years old and the sole victim of the accident off of Florida’s western coast.
Halladay starred for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies from 1998 to 2013 and was widely regarded as the best pitcher in baseball in the latter half of his career. Among pitchers with at least 200 decisions, his .659 winning percentage ranks seventh all-time. At 6′ 6″, with a heavy, late-moving sinker and a hard cutter, he was one of the most imposing righties of his era. He didn’t walk hitters much, and he didn’t need to strike them out; he just mowed them down and kept on churning. In an era where even unquestioned aces could struggle to make it out of the middle innings, Halladay completed 67 of his 390 starts. That was more than any pitcher in the last two decades. From 2006 to 2011, he finished no worse than fifth in the Cy Young voting—every year.