Joshua Morgan Hancock
Born: April 11, 1978 in Cleveland, Mississippi
Died: April 29, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri
Debut: 2002 | Pos: P
H: 6'3" | W: 217 | B: R | T: R
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Josh Hancock, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, died following an accident on April 29, 2007. He was 29.
He was killed in an accident on Interstate 64 in St. Louis. According to police reports, he was killed within seconds of the accident in which he hit the back of a tow truck parked on the highway. According to published reports, Hancock was above the legal limit for alcohol at the time of the accident and had also been talking on his cell phone.
Hancock had pitched the previous day and had left a restaurant prior to the accident, according to reports.
He was 9-7 in his career with a 4.20 ERA in 117.2 innings pitched. He was 0-1 in eight games in the 2007 season with a 3.55 ERA. His career included stops with Boston (2002), Philadelphia (2003-2004), Cincinnati (2004-2005) and St. Louis (2006-2007).
He pitched two innings in the 2006 postseason and posted a 27.00 ERA with two strikeouts. He did not pitch in the World Series.
Hancock had been drafted by Milwaukee in the 1996 draft but did not sign with the team. He attended Auburn University and had been a teammate of MLB pitcher Tim Hudson. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 1998 draft.
He was traded by the Red Sox to the Phillies in December 2002 for Jeremy Giambi. In July 2004, he was traded by the Phillies, along with Andy Machado, to the Reds for Todd Jones and Brad Correll.