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This day in Philadelphia Phillies history features a franchise player winning Rookie of the Year, a member of the 2008 club joining the team, and the tragic death of a Hall of Famer.

Starting off in 2005, Phillies' first baseman phenom Ryan Howard brings home National League Rookie of the Year honors. Howard exceeded rookie limits during the 2005 season after making his debut with the club in 2004. 


Howard slashed .288/.356/.567 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 88 games in 2005, including an impressive month of September, in which he batted .278 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI. As Phillies fans would come to know later, September seemed to be the month where "The Big Piece" turned it up a notch.

Moving on to 2007, the Phillies acquired closer Brad Lidge and infielder Eric Bruntlett from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Michael Bourn, RHP Geoff Geary, and prospect Mike Costanzo. The Phillies brought in Lidge in hopes that a change of scenery would help the right-hander return to his dominant form of the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

And sadly on this day in 2017, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay passed away at the age of 40 when the small, single-engine aircraft he was piloting crashed off the Florida coast into the Gulf of Mexico. 

The sudden death hit the baseball community hard, particularly the Phillies' and Blue Jays' fanbases. Halladay was inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. Rest in peace, Doc. We miss you.

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