2017-11-07 21:30:53 UTC
Roy Halladay dies in plane crash
USA TODAY Sports Published 4:01 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017 | Updated 4:25 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017
Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay died when his single-engine plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, according to the Pasco Sheriff in Florida.
The plane was registered to Halladay's father crashed and plunged into water that was six feet deep, according to police. Halladay was the lone passenger.
The Pasco Sheriff's Office Marine Unit responded to a call at noon ET that a single-engine, light-sport category aircraft matching Halladay's tail numbers was "upside down in shallow water" and that recovery efforts were ongoing.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Terry Williams told USAT TODAY Sports that the agency’s investigators are scheduled to arrive at the scene of the crash Tuesday evening.
"The FAA will release the aircraft registration after local authorities release that information. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident," FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said.
Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his career and in 2010 became only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.
His 16-year career began in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays until 2009. He spent the his final four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 2013. He was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top 5 of the Cy Young Award seven times.
On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in baseball history, beating the then-Florida Marlins 1-0.
Less than five months later on Oct. 6, 2010, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series.
After the 2013 season, he signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blue Jays and announced his retirement from baseball due to constant back injuries.