Jeffrey “Tyler” Hall, the educator, philanthropist and father of Orioles prospect Adam Hall whose cancer fight became a rallying point of the club's Class A affiliate Delmarva Shorebirds’ record-setting 2019 season, passed away Monday at the family’s Ontario, Canada, home. The cause was multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma, which Hall had battled since 2013. He was 53.
Adam wrote on Social Media, “There aren’t enough words for this, but thank you for always putting me first, for always being my biggest fan, for always doing whatever it took to support me,” Adam wrote in an Instagram tribute. “For all the countless happy memories, for everything you’ve taught me, for never stopping to fight, right to the end. Thank you for being the best dad I could ever ask for. Already miss you like crazy. Love you Dad."
The Orioles expressed their condolences on social media, writing in a Twitter post from their official account: “Sending our love to @hallsy_99 and the entire Hall family following the passing of his father, Tyler."
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Tyler met his future wife, Helen, in college before the two moved to Bermuda to pursue teaching. Their only child, Adam, was born on the island in 1999. He soon developed a passion for baseball that Tyler, a physical education teacher, encouraged and helped cultivate.
“When he started to show a particular interest in baseball, we worked together a lot,” Tyler said in 2019, sitting side-by-side with Adam for an interview at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.