Former Bulls Pitcher Cory Lidle Killed in Plane Crash

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Former Bulls Pitcher Cory Lidle Killed in Plane Crash

Cory Lidle
Former Durham Bulls pitcher Cory Lidle died in a plane crash on Wed, Oct 11th.

A small plane with former Durham Bulls pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Lidle, 34, just finished the season as a member of the New York Yankees.

“This is a terrible loss for baseball and a sad day for the Durham Bulls and their fans,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “Cory played for two division winning teams in 1999 and 2000. He represented the Bulls with class, always volunteering to do things in the community. Our sympathies go out to his wife, Melanie and son, Christopher.”

Lidle pitched 1 1/3 innings in the fourth and final game of the AL Division Series against the Detroit Tigers and gave up three earned runs but was not the losing pitcher. He had a 12-10 regular-season record with a 4.85 ERA.

He pitched with the Phillies before coming to the Yankees, who acquired him at the July trade deadline along with outfielder Bobby Abreu. He began his career in 1997 with the Mets. He also pitched for Tampa Bay, Oakland, Toronto and Cincinnati.

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Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.

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