(Associated Press Photos)

It was a bittersweet celebration.

Arvada native Roy Halladay was posthumously inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame Tuesday. The all-star pitcher died in a plane crash in November 2017.

Jim Capra coached Halladay at the very beginning of his career, when Halladay was a student on the Arvada West High School baseball team. Capra is now the coach at Adams State University. He talked to Colorado Matters about the now Hall of Fame player.

Halladay was in eighth grade when he first started working with Capra. The pitcher spent 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay won two Cy Young Awards, an honor recognizing the best pitchers in baseball.