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Corey Lidle's Death
- Corey Lidle
- Baseball Player
- March 22, 1970
- October 11, 2006
- Plane Crash
He was a journeyman pitcher, working for several different Major League Baseball clubs.
Corey Lidle started and ended his baseball career in New York, beginning with the Mets in 1997 and finishing with the Yankees in 2006. It's significant because he literally lost his life in the New York City skyline.
Corey indeed bounced around the big leagues, signing with the Minnesota Twins and later moving to the Milwaukee Brewers, although he never wore their uniforms. His team's included, in order, the Mets, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Toronto, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the Yankees.
As a replacement player during the 1994 major-league baseball strike he was banned from the players union.
His career peak came with the Oakland A's, when he yielded only one run for the entire month of August, 2002.
In July 2006, he was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Yankees.
But that October 7th, when the Yankees were swept by Detroit in the American League Division Series, their season ended.
Four days later, on October 11th, Lidle was flying a Cirrus SR 20 airplane…
…along Manhattan's East side…
…when he crashed into an apartment complex.
A strong easterly wind pushed his plane into the building.
Lidle and his copilot/flight instructor Tyler Stanger were killed.
21 people on the ground were hurt, half of them New York City firefighters.
The shocked Yankees, who lost their Captain Thurman Munson in a 1979 plane crash, invited Lidle's widow Melanie and son to throw out the first pitch for the 2007 season.
And the team wore black armbands in memory of Lidle for the entire 2007 season.
Corey Lidle's buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina, California.