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Phillies to Retire Roy Halladay’s Number 34

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The Philadelphia Phillies will retire Roy Halladay’s number, 34, in May of 2020. The ceremony will take place on May 29, which is the tenth anniversary of Halladay’s perfect game.

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Breen announced the news on Tuesday morning.

On May 29, 2010, Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in the history of the MLB against the Florida Marlins in Miami. The same year, he would go on to throw one of only two no-hitters in postseason history. He did so in the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds on October 6, 2010.

Due to a back injury, Halladay retired in 2013. He spent 11 years as a Toronto Blue Jay, but is best known for his three years as a Philadelphia Phillie.

Four years after his retirement, Roy Halladay tragically passed away when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was the only person on board the aircraft. The autopsy report showed he was impaired at the time of the crash.

His legacy will live on as number 34 will never be worn in Philadelphia again, beginning in 2020.

Featured Image courtesy of Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer

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