Phillies to retire Roy Halladay’s No. 34 on anniversary of perfect game

The Philadelphia Phillies will retire starting pitcher Roy Halladay's No. 34 on May 29. (Chris Szagola/AP)

The Philadelphia Phillies will retire the late Roy Halladay’s No. 34 on May 29, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game.

Halladay died in a plane crash in November 2017 at age 40. He was enshrined posthumously into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

“Roy Halladay made an indelible mark on Phillies history with so many spectacular moments, including his perfect game and post-season no-hitter,” said Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck in a statement. “His impact on the game was evident by his induction into the Hall of Fame. We are honoured to have Roy join an elite group of players to have their numbers retired by the Phillies.”

Halladay’s number will join other Phillies greats honoured at Citizens Bank Park including Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (36), Steve Carlton (32), Mike Schmidt (20) and Jim Bunning (14), as well as Jackie Robinson’s No. 42. Halladay’s No. 34 will also be enshrined as a statue in the club’s Third Base Plaza.

His No. 32 was retired by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018.

Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history on May 29, 2010, beating the Florida Marlins 1-0. In October of the same year, he also threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS. Halladay would also win the NL Cy Young Award that season.


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