Workhorse Roy Halladay was ‘the ultimate professional and the ultimate teammate’

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Roy Halladay reached the pinnacle of his profession on an 85-degree night in Miami in May 2010, when he dominated the Florida Marlins over two hours, 13 minutes for the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Three months later, he commemorated the occasion by giving 60 Philadelphia Phillies teammates, coaches, the training staff and other support personnel engraved Baume Mercier watches in boxes with the inscription, “We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.”

Many of the 60 recipients committed to wearing the watches in subsequent years, because Halladay was such an authentic sort and he wouldn’t have made such a heartfelt gesture for strictly ceremonial purposes. The perfect game was a team achievement, in his eyes, so it would have been disrespectful to just bring the keepsakes home and leave them in a box.

“I still wear my watch all the time,” said former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “My brother David got me a Rolex one year and he said, ‘How come you don’t wear my

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