Baseball tourney to raise money for Lidle Foundation
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.
"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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
Cory Lidle: 1972-2006
Born: March 22, 1972
Major league seasons: 9
Career statistics: 82-72 won-lost record, 4.57 ERA
Major league teams: New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees
Children: Son, Christopher Taylor, born Sept. 18, 2000
Biographical information: 1990 graduate of California's South Hills High School, where he was a teammate of Yankee Jason Giambi and was an all-state selection his senior year. Has a twin brother, Kevin, who played minor-league baseball. Is a relative of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.
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• Larry Bowa shocked by Lidle's death
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Video from ESPN.com
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• Video from the scene
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