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Cardinals' hurler Kile dead at 33

News of Kile's death hits other clubhouses hard

Cards begin job of mourning, moving on

Doctors: Kile's fatal heart problem common, preventable

Examiner: Kile likely died from blocked artery

Gammons: Kile a true leader

Ratto: La Russa faces a difficult challenge

Ratto: Ex-teammate Dunston looks for answers

Schoenfield: A gift and a loss

Kile's death hits hard in Colorado

Major leaguers who died in-season

 Taking the Hill
Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa joins ESPN's Jon Miller prior to Sunday's game.

 Searching for Answers
Jeff Bagwell is grateful for the opportunity to have been such great friends with Darryl Kile.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
ESPN Classic remembers Darryl Kile

The St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball lost one of its leaders on June 22 when 33-year-old pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in his hotel room. Kile, who had a 5-4 record with a 3.72 earned run average in 14 starts, leaves behind a wife and three children.

Darryl Kile tribute
Members of the Cardinals watch a video tribute to fallen teammate Darryl Kile during a memorial service before the game against Milwaukee on Tuesday, June 25, at Busch Stadium.
ESPN Classic will pay a special tribute to Kile with a presentation of his no-hitter against the Mets in 1993 on Monday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

ESPN Classic
Darryl Kile Tribute
Mets at Astros (1993)
Monday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET

Darryl Kile tosses a no-hitter as the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets, 7-1. Kile (15-6) struck out nine and walked one. Backed by excellent plays from third baseman Ken Caminiti and shortstop Andujar Cedeno in the seventh inning, Kile threw Houston's first no-hitter since Mike Scott clinched the NL West championship with a 2-0 victory over San Francisco on Sept. 25, 1986.

"The only thing I can think of that would be more exciting would be to win the seventh game of the World Series," Kile said.

What They're Saying about Darryl Kile

Cards' reliever Luther Hackman in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"We might be able to find someone who pitches like Darryl, but we won't be able to find someone to take his place as a leader. We know that already."

Cards' pitcher Woody Williams:
"It's such a great loss losing a man and a husband and a father like we did. Darryl was something very special, someone who will be truly missed and not forgotten about."

Cubs manager Don Baylor, who managed Kile in Colorado:
"I couldn't believe it and I still don't believe it. DK was a very special player. He was always the perfect teammate to all the guys who played with him."

Giants' Shawon Dunston, who played with Kile in St. Louis:
"He was with me on the Cardinals (in 2000), a place with first-class fans and a first-class organization ... the nicest team I've ever been on. He was a first-class player and person. He played in Colorado (in the pitcher-eating machine that is Coors Field), he'd give up 10 runs in a game, and he never complained, never skipped a start, never said nothin' bad. No excuses. He would always work with young pitchers. He helped Matt Morris become a great pitcher, he would work with Rick Ankiel (the Cardinal super-prospect whose career has been sidetracked by inexplicable bouts of wildness). He was a great guy ... it's just not fair."

Rockies' slugger Larry Walker:
"I think we've all heard what he was like as a teammate, and it's all true. He was a great guy, was in a good mood all the time and was a professional at everything in life. It's going to be hard to deal with."

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