Ten years later, Darryl Kile's legacy remains strong

Ten years later, Darryl Kile's legacy remains strong

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HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: The Houston Astros put the initials of former teammate Darryl Kile on their outfield wall 25 June 2002at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, as a memorial to his untimely death. St. Louis Cardinals' righthander Darryl Kile, 33, was found dead in his hotel room 22 June 2002. AFP PHOTO/James NIELSEN (Photo credit should read JAMES NIELSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Michael Swallow / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:13 AM

(BaseballSTL) -- Ten years ago today the St. Louis Cardinals were in Chicago preparing for a day game against the Chicago Cubs but something didn't seem right. Starting pitcher Darryl Kile hadn't shown up to the ballpark. The news the team would later receive, was the news they feared most.

Kile, 33, was found dead in his hotel bed having suffered a heart attack in his sleep. When the news got to Wrigley Field a teary eyed Cubs catcher and former Cardinal, Joe Girardi, address the crowd and everyone watching on T.V.

"I thank you for your patience. We regret to inform you because of a tragedy in the Cardinal family, that the commissioner has canceled the game today. Please be respectful. You will find out eventually what has happened, and I ask that you say a prayer for the St. Louis Cardinals' family," said Girardi.

The baseball community was shocked by his passing. Not only did the Cardinals memorialize Kile but so did his former teams the Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies. Each team has a banner or plaque in their ballpark that reads "DK57." Kile worn the number 57 with each team. The Cardinals memorial was moved from Busch Stadium II into the new Busch Stadium and hangs in the Cardinals bullpen.

Kile was known as not only an amazing pitcher but an amazing teammate. He acted as a role model for the younger players and talked about life lessons with other veterans. As a pitcher Kile thrived in St. Louis winning 20 games in 2001. He also won 19 games when playing in Houston and threw a no-hitter. Kile was traded to the Cardinals in the 1999 off-season.



 

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