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Hundreds celebrate the life of Chris Duncan

TUCSON – Chris Duncan was remembered this past weekend as a guy with a self-deprecating sense of humor. 

Hundreds gathered at St. Thomas The Apostale Catholic Church for Duncan’s funeral last Saturday. 

Duncan died on September 6 after a six-year battle with brain cancer. 

It was a who’s who of St. Louis Cardinals in Tucson that included legendary Redbirds manager Tony LaRussa, current general manager John Mozeliak and four-time all-star Jim Edmonds. 

Duncan won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2006, nine years after he won a state title here in Arizona with the Canyon del Oro Dorados in Oro Valley. 

Many of Duncan’s teammates from all his levels of baseball turned out to celebrate his life, including 11-year big league veteran Scott Hairston, who played with Chris at CDO. 

Duncan was on a Dorados state title team in 1997 that included his brother Shelley, Ian Kinsler and Brian Anderson, all who joined Chris in making it to the major leagues.

The family has started a scholarship in Duncan’s name. The Chris Duncan Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior athlete looking to continue their career at the collegiate level or pursue a sports broadcasting major. The first year for the scholarship gift will be 2020. 

After his retirement, Duncan became a successful talk show host at ESPN 101 in St. Louis.

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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