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Cory Lidle

Cory Fulton Lidle
Born: March 22, 1972 in Hollywood, Calif.
Died: Oct. 11, 2006 in New York, NY
Debut: 1997 | Pos: P
H: 5'11" | W: 175 | B: R | T: R
9 82 72 277 2 1322.2 838 4.57

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Cory Lidle, pitcher for the New York Yankees, died on Oct. 11, 2006, as a result of a plane crash in Manhattan. Lidle was 34.

Lidle was in a small, single-engine plane with flying instructor, Tyler Strange. The aircraft struck between the 30th and 31st floors of a 40-story building. Both passengers were killed in the accident.

According to published reports, Lidle was attempting to fly the small plane from New York to his home in California. His wife, Melanie, and son, Christopher, had flown back to California earlier that same day.

Lidle compiled a career record of 82-72 with an ERA of 4.57. His best seasons in the majors came in 2001 with Oakland and 2005 with Philadelphia. In each of those seasons, he won 13 games.

Lidle had been traded to the New York Yankees near the trade deadline in 2006. He came to the Yankees along with Bobby Abreu.

He made his major league debut in 1997 with the Mets. He was 12-10 with a 4.85 ERA for the Philles and Yankees in 2006 and he had pitched against the Tigers in the AL Division Series.