On the morning of November 27, 1956, the plane that was carrying Cardinals top prospect Charlie Peete crashed into a cloud-covered mountain outside of Venezuela, killing all 25 passengers on board. Among the dead were Peete's wife and three children. A little over a month before the tragic event Peete was a September call up that was sure to be invited to the Spring Training next season. He had won a batting title with the American Association and looked like his star was on the rise. Then it was all taken away in a blink. When it comes to his ties to the St. Louis Cardinals it seems that his story is one that is a what might of been kind of tale. Peete lived to be 27 years old, which is way too young to die, however, in those 27 years he left his mark on the world in which he lived. He may have passed away on this day, but I do believe that this day should be a day to remember the days he lived, and by doing so we pay a great tribute to him and his family.
Joe Schuster wrote a biography about Charlie Peete for The Society of American Baseball Research. You can find it here:http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/d84e326e
Rest in Peace to all of those who perished on that fateful day.