When Roy came within
one out of a no-hitter in 1998 against the Detroit Tigers, he lost it
on a homerun by Bobby Higginson. The ball was caught in the Toronto
bullpen by Dave Steib, the only Blue Jay to have ever thrown a no-hitter.
Roy was the third
Blue Jays pitcher to win the Cy Young, following Roger Clemens and Pat
Roy was the only
pitcher who received votes on every ballot for the 2003 Cy Young Award.
Chicago White Sox Esteban Loaiza got the only other two first-place
votes, and both were from Chicago writers.
Roy has always
done well in away games. In 2005, he had the league’s best road
ERA at 2.09.
Roy’s 100th career win came in his first start after undergoing an appendectomy in 2007—and his 200th start overall. No Toronto pitcher had ever reached the century mark that quickly.
Roy drove in his first major-league run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007.
In 2008, Roy became the first pitcher to beat the New York Yankees five times since Luis Tiant in 1974.
Roy won his first 10 starts at the Rogers Centre in 2008.
Roy set career highs with 14 strikeouts and 133 pitches in a 2009 game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Roy’s 1.3 walks per nine innings pitched was the best in the AL in 2009.
Roy led the AL in shutouts in 2003, 2008 and 2009.
Roy’s perfect game in 2010 was the second in Philies’ history. The first was authored by Hall of Famer Jim Bunning in 1964.
To commemorate his perfect game, Roy presented 60 members of the Phillies organization with watches inscribed “We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.”
In 2010, Roy led the league in batters faced for the third time in his career.
Roy was the first pitcher since Bobby Jones of the New York Mets in 2000 to throw a shutout in his first career postseason start.
In 2009, Roy signed a contract extension with the Phillies worth $60 million.
Roy and Clemens are the only Blue Jays with two 20-win seasons.
After being dealt to the Phillies, Roy took out an ad thanking Blue Jays fans for their love and support.
nicknamed him “Doc,” after the Old West gunslinger.
Roy is one of the
most active players in baseball when it comes to working in the community.
He runs Doc’s Box for Kids, inviting children and families from
Toronto’s Hospital For Sick Children to the Rogers Centre. He’s
also involved in the Blue Jays Field of Dreams and the Jays Care Foundation.
Roy grew up in
the Denver area, but makes his home today in Palm Harbor, Fla., just
a few miles from the Blue Jays spring training home of Dunedin.
Roy is married
to Brandy and the couple has two children, Braden and Ryan.
Roy was an avid
card collector as a boy. His most treasure cards were Roger Clemens,
Nolan Ryan, and Dale Murphy.
During the off-season,
Roy has full use of the Blue Jays spring training facilities where he
runs between 60-90 minutes each morning.
friend as a kid was his sister, Heather, who was four years younger.
She now owns her brother every year on her fantasy baseball team.