Hancock Dies in Auto Accident

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock was killed in a tragic automobile accident Sunday morning. Sunday night's Cubs-Cardinals game has been postponed. Audio from the team's press conference has been added (subscribers only).

The St. Louis Cardinals were informed Sunday morning by the St. Louis Police Department of the tragic death of pitcher Josh Hancock.

The 29-year-old was killed in an auto accident on westbound Highway 64/40 within the city limits at around 12:30 A.M. CDT Sunday when his Ford Explorer collided with a parked tow truck that had been assisting a previous accident.

Cardinals' Manager Tony La Russa informed Josh's father of the tragedy. Major League Baseball representatives have also been notified and Sunday night's 7:05 p.m. game with the Chicago Cubs has been postponed.

Hancock, who is single, has been a member of the St. Louis Cardinals since February, 2006 and helped the team to its 10th World Series title last Fall.

The Cardinals have asked 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.

Cardinals Press Conference

The Cardinals and the St. Louis Police Department made statements to the news media at 3 p.m. CDT Sunday at Busch Stadium.

Speakers were Bill DeWitt, Jr., Chairman and General Partner, General Manager Walt Jocketty, Manager Tony La Russa and St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa.

(12:12) (sorry, but audio is subscriber-only)

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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