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Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock killed in car crash

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by SDRaiderH8er, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-cardinals-hancockkilled&prov=ap&type=lgns


    Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock killed in car crash


    April 29, 2007





    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Josh Hancock, a key member of the bullpen that helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, was killed in a car crash early Sunday.

    The Cardinals postponed their home game Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs.

    A vehicle driven by the 29-year-old Hancock apparently struck a truck that was assisting a disabled vehicle, team spokesman Brian Bartow said. The Cardinals and police were expected to make a statement later in the day at Busch Stadium.

    Hancock's death is the second of a Cardinals player in less than five years. Pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in a Chicago hotel room in June 2002. The 33-year-old Kile died of a coronary artery blockage.

    Hancock, who pitched three innings of relief in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Cubs, played for four major league clubs. He went 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 62 regular-season appearances for the Cardinals last season and pitched in three postseason games. He was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in eight games this season.

    Hancock made his offseason home in St. Louis. He was the only player to attend the premiere of a DVD documenting the Cardinals' unlikely run to their 10th World Series championship after winning only 83 regular-season games.

    Hancock joined the Cardinals in spring training last season after the Cincinnati Reds released him for violating a weight clause in his contract. He had been a starter the previous year with Cincinnati, but missed 133 games because of groin and elbow injuries. He also pitched for Boston and Philadelphia.
     
  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Tragic :icon_eek: :no: :icon_sad:
     
  3. rexy2006

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    RIP Josh Hancock

    Cardinals mourn passing of Hancock
    04/29/2007 12:57 PM ET
    By Matthew Leach / MLB.com

    ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

    According to multiple reports, Hancock's vehicle hit a tow truck at approximately 12:30 a.m. CT and the pitcher died at the scene. He had pitched three innings in Saturday afternoon's game against the Cubs.

    Sunday night's scheduled Cardinals-Cubs game, scheduled for 7:05 p.m., has been postponed.

    Hancock joined the Cardinals in February of 2006. He quickly became a valuable member of the St. Louis bullpen, pitching 77 innings in his first season with the Cardinals. He was well-liked as a fun-loving, easy-going person.

    Drafted in 1998 by the Red Sox, Hancock made his way through the Boston system and made his Major League debut as a member of the Red Sox in 2002. He was traded to Philadelphia before the 2003 season, spending '03 and part of '04 with the Phillies. Another trade sent him to Cincinnati, where he pitched through 2005. The Reds let him go early in Spring Training of '06, and the Cardinals quickly snapped him up.
    Hancock was born in Cleveland, Miss., and attended high school in Birmingham, Ala., before attending Auburn University.
     
  4. chiefsgal

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    How awful....my prayers to his family.....:icon_sad:
     
  5. BFISA

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    Not to throw a wet blanket on all this, but the accident occurred at around 3AM...I really hope he wasn't DUI...autopsy scheduled soon.
     
  6. SDRaiderH8er

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    I was thinking the same thing there Toby, as I was watching ESPN yesterday, they showed the backend of the truck he hit, and his vehicle. I now understand why they said he died at the scene.
     
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    Wasn't this his second automobile incident in about 4 days?
     
  10. BFISA

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    Yup, they talked about it on The Sports Reporters this morning :icon_eek: :no: :icon_sad:
     

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