Sadly, Halladay never lived to revel in this incredible honor, as he passed away in November of 2017 in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
His widow Brandy put out a statement thanking the BBWAA and the Hall of Fame for immortalizing her late husband.
Statement from Brandy Halladay, Roy Halladay’s widow: pic.twitter.com/vU4dHoFZhi— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) January 22, 2019
Over 16 MLB seasons in Toronto and Philadelphia, Halladay won 203 games and posted a 3.38 ERA. He is one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young in both the AL and NL, winning the AL award in 2003 and the NL one in 2010. As a member of the Phillies, Doc threw the second no-hitter in postseason history in a win in October of 2010 against the Cincinnati Reds.
His son also took to Twitter to honor his father.
A great honor for a great player and an even greater person, proud of you dad! I love you pic.twitter.com/I4rZlH5B3M— Braden Halladay (@BradenHalladay) January 22, 2019
Though Halladay is no longer with us, the BBWAA did the right thing by electing Doc on the first ballot. He deserved it, no doubt.