Brandy Halladay, wife of the late Roy Halladay, has delivered a variety of memorable speeches since her husband tragically passed away in November of 2017. She spoke brilliantly at Spectrum Field for Halladay’s public memorial, and did the same last August as “Doc” was posthumously inducted onto the Philles Wall of Fame last August.
Sunday, she stepped onto the biggest stage yet, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. And like Roy tended to do, Brandy shined brightest on the biggest stage.
Halladay was one of six members of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, joining Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Harold Baines and Lee Smith. Mussina gave his acceptance speech first, before Brady was greeted with a standing ovation and eloquently spoke about how her husband would have viewed this honor:
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Though Halladay spent 75 percent of his career playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, he cemented his Hall of Fame case in his first two seasons in red pinstripes.
In 2010, Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 6.2 fWAR en route to winning the National League Cy Young Award. Halladay tossed the second perfect game in Phillies history in Miami against the Marlins on May 29, 2010. Amazingly, he may have been even better on Oct. 6, 2010, when in Game 1 of the NLDS, his first ever postseason appearance, he became the second pitcher in baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.
While 2010 is one of the most memorable individual seasons a pitcher has ever had, there’s a case to be made that the best season of Halladay’s career came in 2011, when he finished the season with a career-low 2.35 ERA, career-low 2.20 FIP and career-high 8.7 fWAR. Halladay finished runner-up to Clayton Kershaw for the National League Cy Young Award in 2011, though there’s a strong case to be made that he actually should have won the award.
In any event, Halladay’s first two seasons as a Phillie helped him to go down as a top-of-the-rotation workhorse. Fittingly, that phrase is now forever associated with Halladay, as it’s the first line on his Hall of Fame plaque.
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