Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman plans to wear No. 34 next season to honor two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, who died last month in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Announcing his decision to switch jersey numbers on Twitter, Gausman said Halladay was his idol growing up because they both hailed from Colorado, a state that is known more for producing winter Olympic sports athletes than baseball players. Gausman grew up in Centennial, Colo., a southeastern Denver suburb, while Halladay hailed from Arvada, which is in northwest of Denver. “Being a kid in love of the game of baseball, many of my afternoons and fondest childhood memories are of watching the game with my dad,” Gausman, wrote in his post. “Naturally I became a fan of fellow Colorado native Roy Halladay. He instantly became my idol. For years, I watched him dominate his competition. To me, Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams –being a pitcher just like him.” Gausman said that Halladay served as an inspiration that he could also pitch in the major leagues. According to Baseball Reference, Halladay and Gausman are among just 96 players born in Colorado to play in the major league. Also included on that list are former Orioles Brian Matusz and Tippy Martinez. The only current Hall of Famer born in Colorado is Rich “Goose” Gossage.
Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman plans to honor Roy Halladay by wearing his No. 34
Baltimore Sun | Dec 7