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Ill-fated star pitcher Roy Halladay’s final game was in Wichita

Roy Halladay pitched for the Kansas Stars in last summer’s NBC World Series.
Roy Halladay pitched for the Kansas Stars in last summer’s NBC World Series. File photo

He won a Cy Young Award in both the American and National Leagues.

He threw two no-hitters, including a perfect game and the first postseason no-hitter in the majors since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Yet when Roy Halladay toed the rubber for the last time, he did it in Wichita.

The eight-time All-Star, who died in a plane crash Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, started and pitched three perfect innings for the Kansas Stars against the Everett Merchants on July 31.

“Tragic,” NBC general manager Kevin Jenks said of the news of Halladay’s death.

Jenks said he only had a brief conversation with Halladay during the tournament, which the Kansas Stars ultimately won, but “it left me impressed.”

“He was respectful,” Jenks said. “He was very cordial. He was having a good time.”

Halladay starred for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, winning 203 games during a 16-year career.

Halladay was good friends with Nate Robertson, the Maize native who was one of the organizers of the Kansas Stars in 2016 and again this year. Halladay, 40, retired from baseball four years ago.

Volunteers that worked more closely with the Kansas Stars “had great things to say about him,” Jenks said.

“We consider him part of the NBC family, even though he played in only one game,” he said.

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