Phillies to retire late Roy Halladay’s jersey on anniversary of perfect game

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The Philadelphia Phillies are going to spend the early part of the 2020 season paying homage to one of the greatest players in franchise history.

Philadelphia announced on Tuesday that it will retire the late Roy Halladay’s No. 34 jersey ahead of its May 29 game against the Washington Nationals. This comes on the 10th anniversary of Halladay’s perfect game.

“Roy Halladay made an indelible mark on Phillies history with so many spectacular moments, including his perfect game and postseason no-hitter,” Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck said, via the team’s official website. “His impact on the game was evident by his induction into the Hall of Fame. We are honored to have Roy join an elite group of players to have their numbers retired by the Phillies.”

An eight-time All-Star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Halladay is among the best players in the history of the Phillies heralded franchise.

Halladay posted a career 203-105 record with a 1.18 WHIP and 3.38 ERA. He earned the Cy Young award with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003 and with Philadelphia in 2010.

The former Cy Young winner tragically passed away at the age of 40 back in November of 2017 after crashing an aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico.