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Memorial planned for CDO grad & baseball great Chris Duncan

TUCSON – Former St. Louis Cardinal, Old Pueblo native and Canyon Del Oro baseball legend Chris Duncan’s memory lives on after he passed away at the age of 38.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church (5150 N Valley View Road, Tucson, AZ 85718)

The service is open to the public.

Duncan, who died of brain cancer on Friday, Sept. 6th,  joined the MLB in 1999 after being drafted in the first round with the 46th overall pick of the draft, 12 rounds ahead of teammate Albert Pujols. Duncan had 22 home runs in his rookie season alone and 19 after the All-Star Break. With a .977 OPS in the Cards second half of the 2005 season, brought them to 83 wins and was enough to reach the playoffs. Shortly after, they won the 2006 World Series. Duncan played 3 more seasons with the Cards before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2009.

Manager Tony La Russa stated at the time “We wouldn’t be here without him.”

Duncan was first diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2012, which his mother Jeanine had as well.

After retiring in 2009, Duncan became the co-host of the midday show ‘The Turn’ which aired on 101 ESPN. He had stated in 2019 that the tumor had returned, but he kept it hidden for months.

Duncan took a leave of absence and shortly after, in January of 2018, he stopped working all around so that he was able to “focus on health.”

Fox Sports Midwest released news on Duncan’s death during its Friday evening broadcast.

Many people and organizations close to Duncan tweeted after his death sharing kind words and heartfelt messages.

101 ESPN Radio St. Louis made a tweet saying, “It’s with an extremely heavy heart that we announce that our former teammate Chris Duncan lost his battle today. He will always be a part of our family at the station and a big part of our community! RIP Dunc we love you!”

Another close friend of Duncan, Albert Pujols tweeted towards his family and said, “My prayers go out to the family of Chris Duncan tonight. We had some great times as teammates in STL. He was a dear friend and a strong competitor on and off the field. If anyone could have beat this cancer, I always believed Dunc would. Rest in Peace, buddy; you will be missed.”

Duncan is now with his mother who also passed away from brain cancer in June of 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Amy; his father, Dave; and his brother, Shelley.

After he passed, Duncan’s wife Amy wrote, “The light still shines, in both of us.”

News 4 Tucson Intern Zach Lazarus wrote this article.

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious"Edward R. Murrow Award" for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY's. Cicala has won the "Best Sportscaster" category in Tucson the last 3 years (voted on by readers of "Tucson Weekly"). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).
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