Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and the All-Roy Hall of Fame
This season Philadelphia Phillies fans will hear a lot about Roy.
In all likelihood, Roy will make two out of every five starts for the Phillies, and Philly fans will be hoping that Roy will account for roughly 40 wins.
We are talking, of course, about two Roys, Halladay and Oswalt, who happen to be two of the best of the current generation of major league pitchers.
If one might think that having two pitchers named Roy on the same team, let alone two of the best pitchers in the league, one would be absolutely right; the name Roy has been hard to come by in professional sports history.
Here's a look at the All-Roy Hall of Fame.
18. Roy White, Left Field, New York Yankees
Roy White was an All-Star left fielder for the New York Yankees, and later became a longtime member of the Yankees coaching staff.
White led the AL in bases on balls in 1972 and runs scored in 1976 and played in three World Series with the Yankees, winning championships in 1977 and 1978.
17. Roy Smalley, SS, Minnesota Twins/New York Yankees
Roy Smalley was known as a defense-first shortstop for most of his career, despite twice hitting 20 or more home runs in an era in which that was uncommon for a shortstop.
Smalley spent most his career with the Twins, though he left the twins in the early 1980s and spent three seasons between the Yankees and the White Sox. He returned to Minnesota in 1985, won a World Series in 1987 and retired.
16. Roy Cullenbine, Right Field, Detroit Tigers/Cleveland Indians
In 1947, Roy Cullenbine had one of the strangest final seasons of all time.
In 142 games, Cullenebine walked 137 times, against 51 strikeouts and hit a career high 24 homeruns. He posted an on-base percentage of .401, drove in 78 RBI and scored 82 runs.
He also hit only .224 and got released by the Tigers after the season.
Attempting a comeback the following season, Cullenbine caught on with the Phillies but never got into a game and was released three weeks after they signed. And at the age of 34, Cullenbine and his .408 career on-base percentage were done.
15. Roy Sievers, Washington Senators/St. Louis Browns
Roy Sievers split his 17 seasons of Major League Baseball between the outfield and first base and hit over 300 home runs with over 1100 RBI for his career. He led the league in home runs and RBI in 1957 with a 42/113 and finished third in the MVP voting.
Sievers was the first ever Roy to win the Rookie of the Year, or "ROY," in professional sports.
14. Roy Face, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Two great items of Roy Face Trivia:
First, in 1959, Face went 18-1 for a .947 winning percentage, which is the most wins by a pitcher in a single season without starting a single game and is the highest winning percentage of all time amongst qualifying pitchers.
Second, the "save" wasn't officially invented until 1969, Face's final season, for which reason he never received credit in his own time for leading the NL in saves three times from 1958 to 1962.
13. Roy Hobbs, the Natural, New York Knights
Roy Hobbs was a natural baseball talent who looked to be ready to conquer the baseball world when he was tragically shot by a deranged mad woman. He later made a brilliant comeback, and together with the bat he made himself from a lightning-struck tree, he became a baseball legend.
The story of Roy Hobbs, in the book "The Natural," is loosely based on the life of Eddie Waitkus, a Chicago Cubs turned Philadelphia Phillie who was shot by a deranged Cubs fan after being traded.
12. Roy Thomas, Center Field, Philadelphia Phillies
The incomparable Roy Thomas walked 115 times as a rookie in 1899, and then proceeded to lead the NL in walks in six out of the next seven years.
Here is an interesting statistic: Roy Thomas is one of 11 major leaguers all-time to finish his career with a batting average under .300 but an on-base percentage over .400.
Barry Bonds, Jim Thome, Mickey Mantle, Jeff Bagwell, Jason Giambi, Lance Berkman, Rickey Henderson, Brian Giles, Bobby Abreu and Lu Blue.
Thomas was also an outstanding defensive center fielder. At his retirement he held the record for center fielders for putouts and fielding percentage.
According to Bill James, Thomas holds the unofficial record for foul balls in an at-bat—22—and is the only player in major league history with four times as many runs scored as RBI.
11. Roy Zimmerman, QB/RB/WR/P/K, Philadelphia Eagles
NFL Football was a lot different back in the 1940s.
For one thing, during World War II the Eagles and Steelers lost so many players due to war that they had to combine and play for a year as the Steegles. Who knew?
For another thing, Roy Zimmerman played quarterback for the Eagles from 1943 to 1946. He also was the punter, the placekicker and, in 1945, he intercepted more passes than anyone else in the NFL.
Again, who knew?
10. Roy Oswalt, SP, Houston Astros/Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Oswalt has had a terrific career with the Houston Astros and, as of last season, with the Phillies.
It is easy to look past Oswalt as the veteran of this Mount Rushmore rotation, but Oswalt's career winning percentage, ERA, ERA+, and strikeout-to-walk ratio are all world class.
If Oswalt had another 1000 innings in his arm, which admittedly seems doubtful, he has a very outside shot at the Hall of Fame.
9. Roy Williams, SS, Dallas Cowboys/Cincinnati Bengals
In college with Oklahoma, Williams won a National Championship in 2000, then won the Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.
In the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals, Williams has been elected to five Pro Bowls and was first team All Pro in 2003.
Sometimes known as "the other Roy Williams" because of the better known wide receiver of the same name, the "other" Roy Williams has proven to be the better Roy Williams.
8. Roy Keane, Footballer
The former footballer and now coach, Roy Keane, was a dominating central-midfielder who played for 18 years, most notably for Manchester United.
He was an abrasive, aggressive player who had much success during his playing career, but who was not without his incidents.
7. Roy Halladay, SP, Toronto Blue Jays/Philadelphia Phillies
Already one of the finest pitchers in our lifetime, by the time his career with the Phillies is over he may be one of the top pitchers of all time.
6. Roy Conacher, LW, Chicago Blackhawks/Boston Bruins
Roy Conacher was one of four hockey-playing Conachers. He spent 11 seasons in the NHL with the Bruins, Red Wings and Black Hawks and won two Stanley Cups in 1939 and 1941.
Conacher was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1998.
5. Lee Roy Selmon, DE/DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lee Roy Selmon was the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft and the first-ever pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Selmon was a six-time Pro Bowler and was first team All Pro in 1979. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1995 and is also in the College Football Hall of Fame.
4. Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers
Former Negro League star turned Brooklyn Dodger helped integrate Major League Baseball, won three NL Most Valuable Player Awards and a World Series.
Campanella's career was shortened by a tragic car accident which paralyzed him for the rest of his life.
He entered the Hall of Fame in 1969.
3. Roy Jones, Jr., Boxer
Roy Jones Jr was named Boxer of the Decade for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America and set a record by, at one point, holding seven different titles at the same time.
He was also the first boxer in 106 years to win a heavyweight title, in this case the WBA, after having started his career as a middleweight champion.
Jones' first ever title bout came against Philly's own Bernard Hopkins.
2. Roy Williams, Head Coach, University of North Carolina
In his career with Kansas University and the University of North Carolina, Roy Williams has amassed the third highest winning percentage in NCAA history, taken his teams to seven Final Fours and won a National Championship in 2005.
1. Patrick Roy, Goalie, Montreal Canadiens/Colorado Avalanche
In 2004, a panel of 41 writers and a fan poll chose Patrick Roy as the greatest goaltender of all time. Roy won two Stanley Cup titles each with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2006.
Of course, technically, "St. Patrick" more properly belongs on the "All Wah Hall of Fame", based upon the Quebecois pronunciation of his name.
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