It was worn by DK - Darryl Kile.
On June 22, 2002, everyone was shocked as Joe Girardi stepped to the microphone at Wrigley Field to announce that that day's game between the Cubs & Cards was being postponed. Word soon leaked out and spread that #57 had passed away the previous night.
For the 2nd time in a span of 4 days the Cardinal Nation was stunned. First the passing of Mr. Buck on June 18th. And then the news of #57 being found dead in his hotel room of an apparent heart attack.
Darryl left behind a wife and 2 young children - Kannon & Sierra.
Last night, the Cards brought the Kile family back to the park and Kannon & Sierra had the honors of pulling down the 57 off the countdown calendar. It brought tears to the eyes of many in the ballpark as they watched Flynn & the kids being escorted in a vehicle around the track, past the DK-57 emblem on the wall in RF and stopping next to the wagon gate in RF. As they dismounted in front of the calendar, it seemed like everyone was on their feet applauding this very special moment in Cardinal history.
When Darryl became a member of the Cardinals, he took Matt Morris under his wing. Last night, Matty Mo pitched his best game of the year in the memory of his fallen friend & mentor. After setting the stage by striking out the side in the first, Matt went on to pitch 7 innings and left with a 5-3 lead, en-route to his 5th win of the year.
Watching from the dugout for the whole game, in his dad's jersey, was Kannon Kile.
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