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Roy Halladay's widow calls late pitcher 'true competitor' at Hall of Fame induction

The late Roy Halladay has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.His widow, Brandy, delivered the speech and fought back tears as she spoke. The 40-year-old Halladay was killed in a plane crash in November 2017."I knew I was going to cry at some point. It's overwhelming the amount of people here today," she said. "I'm so grateful you're here. I can't tell you how many hugs I've gotten. They have extended so much love and friendship. I'm so grateful."The thank yous should and could go on for days. There are not enough words to thank you. I say it a lot, but it takes a village." WATCH | Brandy Halladay fights back tears to deliver emotional induction speech: Brandy Halladay gave a beautiful speech on behalf of her late husband, Roy Halladay, at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. 7:28Halladay amassed a 203-105 record and a 3.38 earned-run average and 2,117 strikeouts over 416 regular-season games and was 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA through five post-season starts, all with Philadelphia.He spent his last four seasons with the Phils and 12 seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and became just the second pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in the post-season, opening the 2010 National League Division Series with one against the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff start of his career. He also pitched a perfect game that season.No logo on plaqueThe family decided that there would be no logo on his plaque because both organizations meant a lot to Halladay."He was a true competitor ready to do whatever it took to give his team the best chance to win," Brandy said. "I think Roy would rather be remembered who he was, not how he performed on the field. I am so humbled to say thank you to all of you on Roy's behalf."The class of 2019 also includes closer Mariano Rivera, starting pitcher Mike Mussina, designated hitter Edgar Martinez, closer Lee Smith and DH/outfielder Harold Baines.Mariano RiveraRivera, taking the podium last as he predicted, had to wait for the chants of his name to stop before he began a speech that included a brief thank you to his native Panama and the fans there.Mariano Rivera gives his speech during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 21, 2019 in Cooperstown, New York. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)"You're special for me," said Rivera, the all-time saves leader with 652. "Thank you for your help. Latin American fans, thank you. Thank you for loving me. I'm so humbled and blessed to receive this incredible honour. God bless you all."Part of a core with shortstop Derek Jeter, left-hander Andy Pettitte and catcher Jorge Posada, all of whom were in the audience, Rivera helped lead the New York Yankees to five World Series titles from 1996-2009. He posted 42 saves and a 0.70 ERA over 16 post-seasons, including 11 saves in the World Series.Mike MussinaMussina, a right-hander who starred in college for Stanford, pitched for 18 major league seasons and spent his entire career in the high-scoring American League East with the Baltimore Orioles and Yankees.Mike Mussina gives his speech during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 21, 2019 in Cooperstown, New York. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)A five-time all-star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, he posted a record of 270-153, pitching 3,362 2/3 innings with ...Read more

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