The St. Louis Cardinals were informed Sunday morning by the St. Louis Police Department of the tragic death of pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, who was killed in an auto accident on westbound Highway 64/40 within the city limits.
Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa informed Josh's father of this tragic event. Major League Baseball postponed the scheduled Sunday night game with the Chicago Cubs.
Hancock, who was single, had been a member of the St. Louis Cardinals since February of 2006 and helped the team to its 10th World Series title last fall.
Hancock was a native of Cleveland, Miss., and was a standout at Vestavia Hills High School near Birmingham, and played for Auburn University. Arrangements for the funeral were not yet finalized, but
La Russa said it would Thursday in Tupelo, Miss. The team will charter a plane for players to attend.
The Cardinals ask that all fans join the team in offering their prayers and condolences to Josh Hancock's family on this very sad day for the Cardinals and Major League Baseball.