Legendary MLB pitcher Roy Halladay, who won two Cy Young Awards during a long and dominant career in the big leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia, died on Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a small single-engine aircraft was reported down in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon.
Last month, Halladay became the owner of the first model year 2018 ICON A5 aircraft.
"I do have plans to get back into baseball", Halladay told reporters on a conference call. Halladay was also the pitching coach for Braden's high-school team at Calvary Christian in Florida. In one, he said flying the plane "low over the water is like flying a fighter jet!"
Halladay is one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young in the American and National leagues.
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On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th flawless game in baseball history, beating the then-Florida Marlins 1-0.
Halladay is survived by his wife and two children.
"She's fought me the whole way", Roy Halladay said.
Halladay, a star with the Phillies from 2010-2013, recently tweeted photos of himself flying. The Pirates Roberto Clemente also died in a plane crash, as a passenger on a mission to deliver aid to Nicaraguan quake victims in 1972.
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