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Chris Duncan dies at 38; helped 2006 Cards win World Series, became a hit on local sports radio

A slugger with a familiar last name who often powered through pain and lifted the Cardinals to a World Series championship in 2006 and then later had a second act as a candid sports pundit on St. Louis radio, Chris Duncan died Friday in Tucson, Ariz., after years of battling brain cancer. He was 38.

The son of former Cardinals pitching Dave Duncan, Chris reached the majors in 2005 and became a force in 2006, just as an injury-riddled Cardinals team started to flag. Duncan’s 22 home runs in his rookie season, 19 after the All-Star break, and his .977 OPS in that season’s second half helped carry an 83-win team that limped into the playoffs before finding its stride and winning the organization’s 10th World Series title. Duncan would play three more seasons with the Cardinals before being traded to Boston in 2009, though not one gleamed like the rookie year that ended with a ring.

“We wouldn’t be here without him,” manager Tony La Russa said at the time.

Duncan was first diagnosed in 2012 with glioblastoma, the same sinister brain cancer his mother Jeanine had, and after surgery Chris was able to make significant progress and return to work as a co-host for 101.1 FM/WXOS. In March 2018 he acknowledged, on air, that the tumor had come back. He had been hosting shows, prepping opinions, and keeping the tumor’s return quiet for several months. Duncan took a leave of absence and, in January, made his departure from the radio station permanent so that he could “focus on health.”

 

QLE Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:30 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: September 07, 2019 at 11:53 AM (#5877370)
Well, that's a shocker. Is there a hereditary element to this type of brain cancer?

I also didn't realize it's been 10 years since he last played. Time flies.
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 07, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5877387)
Well, that's a shocker. Is there a hereditary element to this type of brain cancer?


I don't really spend much time thinking about how I might die, but my dad died of brain cancer nearly 20 years ago and my mom suffered a brain aneurysm over a decade ago, so my money on myself kicking the bucket is something related to the ol' noggin.
   3. phredbird Posted: September 07, 2019 at 03:04 PM (#5877400)

wow, what a bummer and a blast from the past ...

an unlikely hero for us, sort of the pete kozma of 06.

i remember when he got traded and thought 'how did they break the news to him and his dad?' ... baseball can be a merciless sport.

when i looked him up at BBREF i see that he didn't even play a game for the red sox before being released. we took julio lugo in the deal, who i don't even remember.

it feels like it was back in another life.
   4. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: September 07, 2019 at 09:38 PM (#5877475)
I don't really spend much time thinking about how I might die, but my dad died of brain cancer nearly 20 years ago and my mom suffered a brain aneurysm over a decade ago, so my money on myself kicking the bucket is something related to the ol' noggin.


My mother's mother died from a brain tumor at something like 47, about 15 years before I was born. Supposedly she was one of those people who just never got sick, but developed a raging headache that wouldn't subside & wound up hospitalized. They went in, found an inoperable tumor, & she was dead in a week.

A one-off, though, I guess, since colon cancer is what got my mother at age 56 (a day short of 57) back in 3/84. Some variation thereof will probably claim me as well, given all sorts of things already wrong in that general area. So it goes.
   5. The Duke Posted: September 07, 2019 at 09:43 PM (#5877479)
Mickey mantle didn’t take care of himself because his dad and grandfather died young. You never know. We all inherit a unique set of genes. I wouldn’t waste one second worried that you will go the same way as a parent. Enjoy yourself - you might live to 90 and be healthy the whole way
   6. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: September 07, 2019 at 10:45 PM (#5877499)
Yep. I'm already 3 years older than my mom got to be and 32 1/2 older than my dad. I'm not in good shape at all these days from a weight or intestinal standpoint, but I figure I might've borrowed some extra time from 15-odd years of vegetarianism and such back in the day ...
   7. ajnrules Posted: September 08, 2019 at 12:10 AM (#5877515)
Man this was a bit of a surprise. I knew he had been diagnosed with cancer, but it seems just a few days ago that he was a rookie in 2006. It's been ten years since he's played his last game, and he's not even one of the 10 most recent players that have passed away. In fact he is 15th on this macabre list.

06/29/2019 Tyler Skaggs (1991-2019)
08/03/2018 Luis Valbuena (1985-2018)
09/30/2016 Yordano Ventura (1991-2017)
09/20/2016 Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)
04/28/2016 Daniel Webb (1989-2017)
10/16/2014 Oscar Taveras (1992-2014)
09/27/2014 Miguel Gonzalez (1983-2017)
08/06/2014 Andy Marte (1983-2017)
09/28/2013 Tommy Hanson (1986-2015)
09/23/2013 Roy Halladay (1977-2017)
06/25/2012 Doug Slaten (1980-2016)
08/03/2011 Greg Halman (1987-2011)
07/18/2010 Justin Miller (1977-2013)
08/04/2009 Ryan Freel (1976-2012)
07/20/2009 Chris Duncan (1981-2019
   8. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: September 08, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5877531)
Yep. I'm already 3 years older than my mom got to be and 32 1/2 older than my dad.


Ummmm ... make that 25 1/2 for my dad. The 32 1/2 applies to his death date at age 34 from a heart attack.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: September 08, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5877559)
I don't really spend much time thinking about how I might die, but my dad died of brain cancer nearly 20 years ago and my mom suffered a brain aneurysm over a decade ago, so my money on myself kicking the bucket is something related to the ol' noggin.


sadly I do think about it.. my dad died of heart attack at 47.. his dad at 45, his brother at 44, his father's father at 46.... I've been the oldest living male on my dad's side of the family since I was 15... I'm currently the oldest male on that side of the family in the last 100+ years at 49... it's always been something on my mind. I keep telling the people at work I'll be dead by my next birthday (it's a joke... but I have no illusions... but I'm in much better shape than any of them were so there is a little bit of hope)

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