Baseball mourns Lidle

Pitcher touched many during 9 years in majors

Cory Lidle 1972-2006

October 12, 2006|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,Sun reporter

OAKLAND, Calif. --Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez was at home preparing for last night's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series when he saw a television report that a private plane had crashed into a 50-story New York apartment building.

He dismissed the news as another nameless, faceless tragedy, then he headed to McAfee Coliseum. When he entered the home clubhouse, he learned that the dead pilot was New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, a former Athletics teammate and friend of Chavez's, someone he and his wife often had dinner with in 2001 and 2002.

Lidle killed Plane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle smashes into a building, killing him and his flight instructor. PG 1A

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