In the tragic outcome of a serious hiking accident in December, professional baseball has lost a one-of-a-kind player.
Loek van Mil, 34, died on July 28th, seven months after suffering a tragic fall while hiking. Van Mil is believed to have been the tallest pitcher ever to play professional baseball.
“Van Mil, who was listed at 7-feet 1-inch, spent several years in the minor leagues bouncing from team to team.
“He also played in the Japan Pacific League, the Dutch Major League, and the Australian Baseball League during his career.”
Van Mil was gravely wounded while hiking late last year and has fought a hard battle to recover since then. Shortly after the accident, van Mil announced his retirement from baseball.
“Van Mil was seriously injured in a hiking accident in December in Australia. He suffered multiple fractures, bleeding on the brain and other serious head injuries after falling and hitting his head on rocks.”
No further details on his injuries were available to the press at the time of his death.
Please join us in praying for van Mil's family and friends during this heartbreaking time. Such a tragic ending to a promising career and short life.