The Cardinals on Friday announced the death of Jeanine Duncan -- wife of legendary pitching coach Dave Duncan and mother of former major-leaguer Chris Duncan and Shelley Duncan of the Tampa Bay Rays' organization. Duncan had been battling a malignant brain tumor for some time.
Dave Duncan served as Tony La Russa's trusted lieutenant for both the Athletics and Cardinals and is generally regarded as one of the greatest pitching coaches in baseball history.
The Cardinals on Friday released the following statement (Belleville News-Democrat):
"The entire Cardinals organization was saddened upon hearing of the recent passing of Jeanine Duncan. Jeanine fought her illness with courage and dignity. She will always be remembered as a devout wife and mother who supported her baseball family with passion and encouragement.
"We wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the entire Duncan family and their many friends."
"They were the perfectly matched couple that raised two great sons," La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Dave and Jeanine Duncan. "Dave's strong, silent character versus Jeanine's wonderful outgoing embrace-all personality."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Duncan family during this difficult time.