Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 7/12/12
Darryl Kile finished his all-too-short 12-year Major League Baseball career as a St. Louis Cardinal, after pitching with distinction for the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies. His sudden passing in June 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 33 led to immediate grief across baseball and later with two different annual Darryl Kile Awards, presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America chapters in both Houston and St. Louis. A decade later, former coaches and teammates are among those sharing their Kile remembrances in “The Life and Death of Darryl Kile.” The special airs at 8 p.m. CT Thursday on MLB Network. The show features considerable footage of the events surrounding the June 22, 2002 Cardinals-Cubs game at Wrigley Field that was canceled after Kile’s body was discovered in his Chicago hotel room that morning. According to the Post-Dispatch, his widow, Flynn Kile, declined to be interviewed about his death, but Mike Matheny and Tony La Russa are among the many that ...
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