Former Cardinals player Chris Duncan dies at 38

St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Duncan takes a curtain call after hitting a grand slam off of Chicago Cubs' Jason Marquis in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday, July 26, 2007.

After more than a year battling brain cancer, former Cardinals player and radio personality Chris Duncan died on Sept. 6. 

This was Duncan’s second round with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. His first diagnosis came in 2012, followed by surgery and treatment. He was healthy enough to return to work in radio hosting, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In March 2018, Duncan announced over the air that he had another tumor. He continued to host until January 2019 when he permanently stepped down due to health, according to KMOV4.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also reported on Duncan’s time in radio and the Cardinals. Before his time in radio, Duncan played five seasons for the Cardinals, and was best known for his 2005 rookie season leading into the 2006 World Series. 

He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2009, and finished his baseball career with the Washington Nationals in 2010, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Shortly after his career in MLB came to an end, Duncan began hosting for ESPN Radio. 

According to KMOV4, he was best known for his show “The Fast Lane,” which he co-hosted with sportscaster Randy Karraker and former St. Louis Rams Player D’Marco Farr.

The Cardinals extended their condolences in an official statement made by Cardinals Chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr.

“The Cardinals are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Duncan and extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Amy, the entire Duncan family, and his many friends,” DeWitt said in the official release from the team. “Chris was an integral part of our 2006 championship team and a great teammate and friend to many in the organization.”

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