Chris Duncan did not have a long career in the MLB, but he did become a World Series champion. He spent four seasons playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.
A few years after he finished playing, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and would eventually get cancer.
Chris Duncan’s path to the big leagues
Duncan is a native of Tucson, Arizona, where he played high school baseball Canyon del Oro High School. After his senior season, he was selected in the first round of the 1999 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2005, he made his MLB debut at the age of 24. He played in nine games and had two hits in 10 total at-bats.
The 2006 season was a big one for Duncan. He improved his game in a big way, and he hit well toward the end of the season. That season he was third in the league in home runs per at-bat for players with at least 75 at-bats. He hit 22 home runs, and the two players that he was behind were David Ortiz and Ryan Howard. The Cardinals were one of the best teams in baseball in 2006 and made it to the World Series. Duncan appeared in three games and went 1-for-8 at the plate with one RBI. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Detroit Tigers, and Duncan was a World Series champion in his first full season. He was named the Cardinals Rookie of the Year.
The next season Duncan became a regular starter for the Cardinals. The outfielder/first baseman played in 127 games and hit .259 with 21 home runs and 70 RBIs. During the 2008 and 2009 season, Duncan spent time in the minor leagues as he dealt with injuries. The 2009 season was his last season playing in the big leagues. In 2010 he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and played for the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate. During his final professional season, he hit .191 with seven home runs playing in 82 games.
Chris Duncan’s career after baseball
After his playing days were over, Duncan decided to get on the microphone and become a radio host. In October of 2011, he was a host for WXOS, the ESPN Radio affiliate in St. Louis. He would become a popular voice in sports radio in the St. Louis area.
Duncan was a host and co-host on numerous radio shows. Some professional athletes like to stay around the game when they retire, which Duncan did. His love for the baseball game drew him back to the sport, even though he wasn’t playing anymore.
Chris Duncan’s battle with cancer
In 2012, Duncan was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and he underwent chemotherapy. Duncan continued to work in radio as he was going through treatment. He even got surgery to help with the cancer, and he had no problem continuing to work his job in radio. In 2019 he decided to take a permanent leave from his on-air role and focus on his health.
Unfortunately, Duncan ended up dying at the age of 38 from his battle with brain cancer. Duncan fought for as long as he could, and it was a tragic passing for the baseball world and the Cardinals organization.
Chris Duncan impacted many people throughout his career
Whether he was a player or a radio host, Duncan touched the lives of the people that he came to know. When he passed, the Cardinals released a statement via Twitter about Duncan. “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,” Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement.
Many of his former teammates gave heartfelt messages on their social media pages to Duncan’sDuncan’s family, and they remembered Duncan for the great person that he was. Many people will remember him for years to come.