Baseball tourney to raise money for Lidle Foundation

Updated: November 24, 2006, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

GLENDORA, Calif. -- A three-day baseball tournament featuring teams comprised of Southern California high school players will be held this weekend to help raise money for the Cory Lidle Foundation.

The Cory Lidle Memorial Baseball Tournament was put together by a local high school and an American Legion post. Proceeds from the tournament, which begins Friday, will be split among the Lidle foundation, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the family of flight instructor Tyler Stanger.

Lidle, 34, a pitcher for the New York Yankees, and Stanger died when the plane they were in crashed into a high-rise building last month in New York.

"It makes me so proud so many people are spending so much time and effort to honor Cory through this baseball tournament," said Lidle's wife, Melanie.

Their 6-year-old son, Christopher, will throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches.

Stanger and Lidle were making an aerial tour of Manhattan before flying back to California on Oct. 11. Investigators said a stiff wind blew Lidle's single-engine Cirrus SR20 into a building. The wind, coupled with the pilot's inability to turn sharply, forced the aircraft away from its intended flight path.

Stanger, 26, left behind an 11-month-old daughter, Ashlund. Stephanie Stanger is five months' pregnant with the couple's second child.


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