Sad LSU Baseball Story

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – As LSU heads to Omaha for the College World Series, the family of a lifelong LSU baseball fan says he will have the best seats in the house.

Curt McCarty was just outside Alex Box Stadium last Sunday as the Tigers launched a nail-biting come-from-behind victory in the Super Regional.   He was sitting under an oak tree, listening to the game on the radio.  His teenage son was inside, sitting in the stands.

Seconds after the team’s big win, Curt McCarty died of a massive heart attack.

“He was taken home to rest on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at age 55, while doing what he enjoyed most, watching the LSU baseball game when the Lord called him home,” read his obituary. 

His 17-year-old son, Logan, saw his father being carried away on a stretcher as Logan left Alex Box Stadium.  Before the game, he says his father told him of plans he had for them if the team should win.  “He said he wanted to take me to Omaha to watch the Tigers,” a tearful Logan McCarty said.

His son says, at this point, he does not have plans to make the trip to Omaha.  He does not have tickets to the game.

Curt McCarty retired from the City of Baton Rouge in August 2005.  He will be buried Thursday wearing LSU colors, including a purple suit and an LSU tie.

Part of his obituary reads “GO TIGERS!!!”.  It ends with this simple statement:  “In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tiger Athletic Fund.”


One Response

  1. Fletcher – Thanks for that note re the sad news of Mr. McCarty – this baseball team has meant a lot for fans like Mr. McCarty and my buddy Jerry – I have a “best friend” that is struggling with illness – he and I went to Tiger stadium last season for the Auburn game – a typical nail-biter in that championship season – I am 61 and Jerry is 60, we’re on the Westbank, and we see all the LSU sporting events we can on tv – we were hoping to get to Omaha for the World Series but he fears he may not be up to the trip with all the walking and bouncing from motel to stadium, etc – He really believes that his final times with us have been made special with the LSU football and baseball successes – anyway, we’ll be watching on tv and we looking forward to your continued take on the series and the games. We appreciate your fine reporting – I hope you continue to be with us in this community for some time – you are a fine successor to Mr. Glaudi, Mr. Diliberto, By Heck, Black Cat LaComb, and others. Best regards, JKConner

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