About Cory Lidle Foundation

The spirit of the Cory Lidle Foundation is a chance for Cory’s family, friends, colleague’s, admirer’s and acquaintances to continue Cory’s important mission of charitable giving.  If also allows all of us the opportunity to come together in an atmosphere of celebration to remember our friend Cory and to share the many wonderful memories we hold on to. Through the Cory Lidle Foundation we hope to continue Cory’s legacy of love, giving and friendship by keeping Cory’s memory alive through charitable giving. 


In it’s inaugural year the Cory Lidle Foundation has raised over $137,000 thanks to hard work, dedication and generous donations.  We have been able to continue Cory’s tradition of raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation.  In addition we have been able to contribute to the Mt. San Antonio Cory Lidle Memorial Scholarship, the Tyler Stanger Memorial Scholarship and establish the Cory Lidle High School Baseball Scholarship.  Today we look forward to continuing and expanding Cory’s charitable mission. 


We hope you join us in celebrating the memory of our beloved friend Cory.



March 22, 1972 - October 11, 2006


Cory Lidle was born in Hollywood, California to Doug and Rebecca Lidle. Cory was one of four children, younger sister Lisa, younger brother Billy and twin brother Kevin who played minor league baseball for 12 years.  Cory was very active in West Covina baseball leagues playing at West Covina American Little League, 1980-1984, West Covina Mustang Pony 1985-1986, West Covina Mickey Mantle1987-1988 and West Covina Babe Ruth 1989-1990.


Cory attended South Hills High School  (1990 Graduate) in West Covina, California.  During his senior year at South Hills High School, Cory had a record of 12-2, with 100 strike outs and only 26 walks.  He had an earned run average of 1.02 and thus was named All San Gabriel Valley Pitcher of the Year and All CIF team. What was equally special to all these accolades as a pitcher was that Cory’s twin brother Kevin was his catcher.


Cory married Melanie Varela on January 7, 1997.  The couple had one son, Christopher (born in 2000).


Cory was signed in 1990 by the Minnesota Twins right out of High School and in 1993 was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers .  Lidle was then traded in 1996 to the New York Mets where he made his major league debut on May 8, 1997.  Lidle later appeared for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland A’s, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds and the Philadephia Phillies.  His best season was 2001 when he went 13-6 with a 3.59 ERA (10th in the American League) for the Oakland helping the A’s win the wild card.  His career zenith occurred in August 2002 when Cory gave up 1 run during the whole month setting Oakland’s consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.  Cory won all 5 of his starts that August and was the primary driver in the A’s historic run of 20 straight wins.


In July 2006, Cory was traded to the New York Yankees and was killed in an airplane accident on October 11, 2006.


Tyler Chase Stanger

April 25, 1980 - October 11, 2006


Tyler Stanger was born April 25, 1980 in Ogden, Utah. He is the second of six children born to Thayne and Victoria Stanger.  He has an older brother, Travis, from his father’s first marriage.  In 1988, the Stanger Family moved to Walnut, CA.  He attended Suzanne Middle School and Walnut High School, graduating from Walnut HS in 1998.  He was in the marching band and the performing band at Walnut High.  Tyler also was the ward organist for his church and often played piano solos for the congregation.


While in high school, Tyler began flying lessons and spent some time with the local Civil Air Patrol out of Brackett Field in Pomona, CA.  Tyler was seeking a challenge and decided to consider the Marine Corps life.  He went to Camp Pendleton and spent a week at Devil Pups Training where young men experience a mini boot camp.  He loved the experience and when he returned he shared stories about a run with his team to the top of Camp Pendleton.  This experience would later come to exemplify the man Tyler was one who would pull others along in his wake with his determination, inspiration, energy and dogged perseverance.


Through the ROP outplacement program at Walnut High School, he had the opportunity to work with Robin Howard at Howard’s Aviation at Brackett Field. 

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