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Darryl Kile died 10 years ago today

Jun 22, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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Cardinals ace Darryl Kile passed away 10 years ago today on June 22, 2002.

Fresh off seasons of 20 and 16 wins, Kile was still pretty much in his baseball prime at 33 when he died of a heart attack brought on by coronary disease. His body was found in his hotel room after he didn’t show up for the Cardinals’ game at Wrigley Field, and Cubs catcher Joe Girardi took to the field just before start time to announce the game was cancelled. A little while later, the reason was given.

Joe Strauss has an excellent remembrance of him over at

Kile’s death came just days after legendary Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck died. He was the most famous active player to die since Yankee great Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash in 1979. A three-time All-Star, he had a record of 133-119 with a 4.12 ERA. In his three seasons with the Cardinals, he was 41-24 with a 3.54 ERA.

  1. butchhuskey - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I’ll always remember Joe Girardi’s emotional statement about the commissioner canceling the game – rest I peace, Darryl Kyle

    • butchhuskey - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM


      • dondada10 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        Wrigley Field was immediately understanding. Sad scene.

  2. youjivinmeturkey - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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  3. stlouis1baseball - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    R.I.P. #57. I had the pleasure of watching him pitch in Cincinnati shortly before his death.
    The dude through a Curve Ball like it was nobody’s business!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      edit: “threw.” My fault.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I was at the first game after Kile died. The Cubs won by a large margin, but nobody cheered. No 7th inning stretch. No organ music. It was one of the saddest experiences of my life.

  5. ajcardsfan - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    RIP, actually got to see him in 2001, and remember seeing the TV broadcasts. It was right after my uncle and aunt had moved, and we were at their new house.

  6. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Watched him in Colorado a few times, I still remember how shocked I was when I heard that he had died.

  7. thefalcon123 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I remember when the Cardinals clenched the division that year. Everyone piled on the field to celebrate but Pujols disappeared into the clubhouse.

    …he emerged moments later holding Darryl Kile’s jersey so it could be on the field during the celebration. I still almost get a bit misty-eyed thinking about that.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      That makes two of us Falcon.

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