Roy Halladay's widow, children respond to his Hall of Fame induction

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On Tuesday, Roy Halladay made the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

The 16-year veteran won 203 games as a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies and earned the Cy Young Award in the National League and American League.

In 2017, he died in a plane crash as the pilot of a small vessel he flew recreationally. He was 40 years old. He was survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons Braden and Ryan.

Halladay’s family responds

His family responded to his Hall of Fame honor in a statement written by Brandy thanking baseball writers for their voting support.

Braden acknowledged the announcement with a tribute to his father on Twitter.

Halladay joins five others voted in posthumously

Halladay becomes the sixth player voted to the Hall of Fame posthumously, and the first since Rabbit Maranville in 1954. Christy Mathewson, Willie Keeler, Herb Pennock and Harry Heilman were the others. 

Lou Gehrig and Roberto Clemente were inducted via special elections.

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Roy Halladay with his sons Braden and Ryan in 2014. (Getty)
Roy Halladay with his sons Braden and Ryan in 2014. (Getty)

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