Darryl Kile was born on Monday, December 2, 1968, in Garden Grove, California. Kile was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 8, 1991, with the Houston Astros. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Darryl Kile baseball stats page.
"I think that one of the coolest things my dad and I had was, we were friends. He was always showing me different things and I'd ask him questions, and if he didn't know the answer we'd go work it out together, we'd go look it up. That meant a lot to me. So hopefully as my children grow up, I'll be able to help them learn things more than tell them what to do." - Darryl Kile (June 11, 2002)
Darryl Kile Autograph on a 1992 Leaf Baseball Card (#198)
Darryl Kile Pitching Stats
Darryl Kile Hitting Stats
Darryl Kile Fielding Stats
Darryl Kile Miscellaneous Stats
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Darryl Kile Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1991 Houston Astros||57||$100,000.00||-||-|
|1992 Houston Astros||57||$190,000.00||-||-|
|1993 Houston Astros||57||$247,500.00||Stats||-|
|1994 Houston Astros||57||$477,500.00||-||n/a|
|1995 Houston Astros||57||$1,272,500.00||-||-|
|1996 Houston Astros||57||$1,250,000.00||-||-|
|1997 Houston Astros||57||$1,700,000.00||Stats||-|
|1998 Colorado Rockies||57||$5,492,981.00||-||-|
|1999 Colorado Rockies||57||$8,442,981.00||-||-|
|2000 St. Louis Cardinals||57||$7,417,981.00||Stats||-|
|2001 St. Louis Cardinals||57||$6,666,667.00||-||-|
|2002 St. Louis Cardinals||57||$7,166,667.00||-||-|
|Darryl Kile Stats by Baseball Almanac|
On June 22, 2002, Darryl Kile was sleeping at the team hotel when he passed away due to a heart attack. The St. Louis Cardinals were warming-up at Wrigley Field to play the Cubs in a day game, noticed his absence, and notified hotel staff who discovered him in his bed, dead. At 2:37 PM, Cubs catcher Joe Girardi made the following brief, tearful, announcement, "I thank you for your patience. We regret to inform you because of a tragedy in the Cardinal family, that the commissioner has canceled the game today. Please be respectful. You will find out eventually what has happened, and I ask that you say a prayer for the Cardinals' family."
Coroner Verifies the Cause Of Kile's Death as Natural
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died from a blockage of the arteries supplying the heart last month, and there was no evidence that drugs contributed to his death, Cook County's coroner said yesterday.
''This is a natural cause of death,'' Edmund Donoghue, the county's chief medical examiner, said in a statement.
Toxicology tests did show evidence of marijuana use, although it was probably weeks before and was not a factor in Kile's death, Donoghue said.
Tests were negative on steroids, alcohol, cocaine and ephedrine, a substance commonly found in dietary supplements banned by some sports.
Kile, 33, had a 90 percent blockage in two of three coronary arteries, Donoghue said, confirming his preliminary analysis shortly after the death. He also had an enlarged heart and a blood clot in one of the coronary arteries.
The pitcher was found dead in the team's Chicago hotel on June 22. Workers at the hotel found the body when they forced their way into Kile's 11th-floor room after Kile failed to report to Wrigley Field for a game with the Cubs .
The game was called off. Yesterday, it was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31. It will be the first day-night doubleheader ever at Wrigley Field .
Source: The New York Times. July 17, 2002. Link .
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the first year they played for the St. Louis Cardinals, back in 1985. The next Cardinals' pitcher to join their ranks was Darryl Kile, who had his first and only
the first year he played for the Red Birds in 2000. It was Kile's third season with a .650+ winning percentage, adding to his sparkling performances in 1997 (19 wins, 7 losses, .731 winning percentage) and 1993 (15 wins, 8 losses, .652 winning percentage) - the latter being the year he no hit the New York Mets:
Darryl Kile Baseball Card | 1994 Fleer All-Stars (#43 of 50) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Darryl Kile No Hitter. September 8, 1993 .
A small crowd of 15,684 was in attendance at the Astrodome to watch the Asros, third in the National League West, take on the Mets, who were in last place in the NL East.
Kile, relying on a crackling fastball, a deceptive changeup and a nasty split-fingered fastball, came within one batter of pitching a perfect game as he struck out nine and walked one while facing just 28 batters.
Kile's one mistake came in the fourth inning and cost him a shutout. After retiring the first nine batters in a row, he struck out Ryan Thompson to start the fourth. But then Kile walked Jeff McKnight , the only Mets runner to reach base in the game.
Eddie Murray flied out to left. With Joe Orsulak at the plate, Kile uncorked a wild pitch on a sinker that skipped away from catcher Scott Servais and rolled toward the Astros dugout along the first base line. As McKnight took second, first baseman Jeff Bagwell threw to the hot corner, but the toss was wild, and the runner romped home with an unearned run.
By then, Houston had already scored three runs. The Astros got one of them in the second on Ken Caminiti's home run. They added two more in the third with Casey Candaele chasing one home with a single and Bagwell driving in another with a double. Andujar Cedeno added a solo homer in the fifth before the Astros scored three more times in the eighth on a two-run single by Luis Gonzalez and a Mets' error.
Meanwhile, Kile cruised along with little trouble. The hardest-hit ball off him was a drive by Thompson to Candaele in center in the sixth. Murray smacked a hard shot down the third base line in the seventh that was snared by Caminiti at the ankles. Orsulak then slapped a bouncer toward the hole between shortstop and third base. Cedeno made a brilliant backhanded stop, and threw to first to nip the runner. Orsulak was ejected on the play for arguing too strenuously that he was safe.
It would turn out to be Kile's last win of the season. He finished the campaign with a 15-8 mark.
Darryl Kile | 2003 Memorial Logo | Design used on a Patch, Wall Plaque and Field Marking
Darryl Kile was the first pitcher in Houston Astros history to wear #57 , the team has not assigned the number to any player since his death. No player has been assigned #57 on the St. Louis Cardinals since his death either, and both teams wore a commemorative patch on their left sleeves the year after they lost their teammate.
Darry Kile was on the mound March 31, 1998 , the first regular season baseball game ever played in Bank One Ballpark by the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks. The Opening Day / inaugural D-Backs game was a success, not for Arizona, but for the visiting Colorado Rockies who won, 9-2, behind Kile's seven-inning, four-hit, one-run performance which included four strikeouts (the first in ballpark history as well).