Former MLB pitcher ROY HALLADAY died in a plane crash yesterday. He was flying his new 2018 ICON A5 amphibious plane, when it went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
It’s unclear what caused the crash, but according to reports, he didn’t make a mayday call. He was the only one on board. It’s a small plane, that’s described as “a jet-ski with wings.”
Roy just bought it last month. He and his wife filmed a video where he talked about how it was his dream to be able to fly a plane like that, partially because his father is also a pilot.
His wife expressed some apprehension in the video . . . but she said that once she got up in the air, she started to “get” why Roy was so into it.
Roy was 40. He’s considered a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible in 2019. He spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, and then four more with the Philadelphia Phillies. He retired in 2013.
Roy won two Cy Young Awards. He pitched a perfect game in 2010, and he also became only the second person to pitch a no-hitter in the postseason. The other is Don Larsen, who did it back in 1956. (Here are some tributes.)