Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay

Triumph. May 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781629377506. $28. SPORTS
When two-time Cy Young winner and eight-time all-star Roy Halladay (1977–2017) tragically died, the world of baseball was devastated, as his love and passion for the game of baseball was unrivaled. Zolecki, Philadelphia Phillies beat reporter for and author of The Rotation, has written the life story of Halladay, from his early career struggles to becoming one of the sport’s most admired pitchers. Based on extensive interviews with his widow Brandy, along with other firsthand sources, Zolecki brilliantly captures Halladay’s personal and professional life, giving a comprehensive look into his baseball career as a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and later the Philadelphia Phillies from 2010 to 2013. The author doesn’t shy away from difficulties, including Halladay’s shoulder and back injuries throughout the years, which lead to his retirement in 2013, as well as his tragic death in a plane crash in 2017.
VERDICT Well written and thoroughly researched, this book celebrates Halladay’s career while telling the story of a Hall of Famer who’s legacy continues to be felt on the sport.

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