St. Louis, Cardinals suffer another painful tragedy
ST. LOUIS -- On a cloudless, sun-smooched April Sunday -- a day meant for baseball, not mourning -- a father stood outside the black, wrought iron gate on the third-base side of Busch Stadium and tried to explain to his young son why the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn't be playing that evening.
Behind them, a half dozen bouquets of red roses leaned hard against the gate railings. A pair of tethered red and white balloons fluttered in the hot breeze and someone had stuffed their Cardinals ...
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Josh Hancock: 1978-2007
Born: April 11, 1978
Major-league seasons: 6
Career statistics: 9-7 W-L record, 4.20 ERA, 102 games, 177 2/3 IP
Major-league teams: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals
Biographical information: A 1996 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia, Ala., where he played on three state championship teams. Drafted by Milwaukee in fourth round of '96 draft, but didn't sign. Attended Auburn University, where he was a teammate of Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series. Drafted by Boston in fifth round of the '98 draft and signed with the Red Sox on June 15, 1998.
• No penalties for restaurant that served Hancock
• Investigation reopened, witnesses interviewed
• Investigators: Restaurant not at fault
• Hancock's father sues restaurant
• M's consider clubhouse alcohol ban
• Yankees ban alcohol from both clubhouses
• Police: Hancock legally drunk at time of crash
• Cards ban clubhouse alcohol
• Cards attend Hancock memorial
• La Russa: Life returning to normal for Cards
• Hancock in accident three days before fatal crash
• St. Louis struggles in first game since Hancock's death
• Hudson honors 'JH' in Braves' 5-2 win
• Hancock killed in car crash
• Gammons: Cards coping with tragedy again
• Wojciechowski: 'Unspeakable' in St. Louis
• Stark: Every team needs a Hancock
• Your comments about Hancock
• La Russa reacts to findings
• Stark: MLB may need to change policy
• Olney on alcohol in baseball
• Cards try to move forward
• Hancock's loss brutal
• Tragedy hits Cards
• Hancock dies in car accident
• Gammons: "A tough, useful guy"
• Phillips: "Nothing prepares you for this"