Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Cory Lidle Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament
RT Staff Note: On Thanksgiving Weekend, the SOCAL College Development Program, SGV Arsenal informed us that there is a Memorial tournament that warrants some PR. We agree. Not only is it a great tournament, but it benefits a great foundation…The Cory Lidle Foundation.
On October 11, 2006, a Cirrus SR20 plane crashed into the Belaire Apartments complex on York Ave. at E. 72nd Street on New York City's Upper East Side, killing Cory Lidle and co-pilot/flight instructor, Tyler Stanger. In addition to the deaths of the two on board the plane, 21 people were injured as a result of the accident, about half of them New York City firefighters.
Lidle was the third Yankees player to die in a crash of a plane owned by the player. The preceding two were catcher Thurman Munson (died August 2, 1979) and pitcher Jim Hardin (died March 9, 1991). Yankees owner George Steinbrenner described Lidle's death as a "terrible and shocking tragedy that has stunned the entire Yankees organization" and offered his condolences to Lidle's wife and 6-year-old son. On October 12, 2006, before the 2006 NLCS game in New York City between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams and spectators observed a moment of silence to honor the memory of Lidle.
Cory Lidle, March 22, 1972 - October 11, 2006 was born in Hollywood, California, to Doug and Rebecca Lidle. Cory was one of four children, younger sister Lisa, younger brother Billy, and twin brother Kevin who played minor league baseball. Cory was very active in the West Covina baseball leagues, playing for the West Covina American Little League 1980-1984, West Covina Orangewood Pony 1985-1986, West Covina Mickey Mantle 1987-1988, and West Covina Babe Ruth 1989-1990.
Cory attended South Hills High School (Graduated in 1990) in West Covina, California. During his senior year at South Hills High School, Cory had a record of 12-2, with 100 strike outs, 26 walks, an earned run average of 1.02, was named All Valley Pitcher of the Year, and All CIF State Pitcher. What was equally special to all of these accolades as a pitcher was that Cory's twin brother, Kevin, was his catcher during their senior year.
Cory married Melanie Varela on January 7, 1997; the pair had one son, Christopher (born in 2000).
Cory was signed in 1990 by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent. In 1993 he was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers. Lidle was then traded in 1996 to the New York Mets, and made his Major League debut for the Mets on May 8, 1997. Lidle later appeared for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies. His best season was 2001 when he went 13-6 with a 3.59 ERA (10th in the American League) for Oakland, helping the Athletics win the wild card. His career zenith occurred in August 2002, when Cory gave up one run during the whole month (setting Oakland's consecutive innings without an earned run record), won all five of his starts, and was one of the primary driver in the A's historic run of 20 straight wins.
In 2007 Cory was posthumously inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Shrine. He played for the AA Binghamton Mets (New York Mets). As a major league pitcher and up to his death, Cory was very active in youth baseball. He was frequently seen at baseball fields giving free clinics and promoting sports.
The spirit of the Cory Lidle Foundation is a chance for Cory's family, friends, colleagues, admirers and acquaintances to continue Cory's important mission of charitable giving. It also allows them the opportunity to come together in an atmosphere of celebration to remember their friend Cory and too share the many wonderful memories they hold on to.
Through the Cory Lidle Foundation the members hope to continue Cory's legacy of love, giving and friendship by keeping Cory's memory alive through charitable giving. In its Inaugural year, the Cory Lidle Foundation has raised over $137,000 thanks to hard work, dedication and generous donations. They have been able to continue Cory's tradition of raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation, in addition they have been able to contribute to the Mt. San Antonio Cory Lidle Memorial Scholarship, the Mt. San Antonio Tyler Stanger Memorial Scholarship and establish the Cory Lidle High School Baseball Scholarship.
Team Entry Fee $425
All Money collected is donated to Charity including The Tyler Stranger Memorial Fund. Please visit www.Stangers.us
Questions? Please contact Tournament Director Dave Bletcher @ (626) 848-2679
18 Year Old Division
Contact Darren Murphy @ (909) 967-7669 or Mike Viera of SGV Arsenal @ (323) 791-9981
Chief Umpire Ken Mort and all the Umpires have donated all their umpiring checks back to the Stanger’s Memorial Fund to benefit Tyler’s family. The total donation from the umpire’s is nearly $5000.00!
A $1000 College Scholarship will be awarded to a selected Tournament Player