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Brandy Halladay aces Hall of Fame speech honoring late husband, Phillies star Roy

By Robert Trishman, Contributor | Posted - Jul. 22, 2019 at 8:48 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Several legends of the diamond were enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

One of them was not present for the honor, the late pitcher Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash on Nov. 7, 2017.

But his wife, Brandy Halladay, took to the microphone just like "Doc" went to the mound so many times, and she delivered a stellar outing of her own.

She started by offering gratitude to the many teammates, coaches, team executives, trainers and fans who encouraged, helped and supported her husband during his career.

"I say it a lot, but it takes a village, and we truly have a great one," Brandy Halladay said.

Halladay then specifically spoke of the teams that Roy played for, the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, and praised them for their faith in his ability and patience with his potential.

"Thank you for allowing us to grow up, to fail over and over, and finally to learn how to succeed within your organizations," she said. "There were some really amazing years, but there were some really tough ones, too, and you never gave up on us."

Both teams reached out to the Halladay family to say how proud they were of the decision to be inducted with no logo on his cap — a sign of respect in not favoring one club over another, she said.

Brandy Halladay said that her husband would have been honored to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., for his induction, but "in true Roy form, he would have quickly given any accolades and props to all of his coaches and teammates."

I say it a lot, but it takes a village, and we truly have a great one.

–Brandy Halladay

She then shared how the two-time Cy Young Award winner approached his family life.

He was, "the kind of brother who left cash in his pockets when he asked his sister to help with laundry, telling her she could keep whatever she found."

That devotion to family was a major factor in his motivation to coach his sons' youth teams, she added.

"He was a great coach, a nervous husband and father," Halladay said, "only because he wanted to be as great and successful at home as he was in baseball."

And, in the spirit of Roy's payoff "cutter," Brandy punctuated the speech by proffering advice for anyone in their walk of life.

"I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect, and flawed in one way or another," she said. "We all struggle. But with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments."

Perfect moments like this one ...

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