The Obit For Steve Martin

Minor Leaguer Killed in Car Crash

Updated:2006-07-07 06:53:21

AP Sports

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (July 7) - A minor league baseball player was killed in a car accident just hours after being released by the Chillicothe Paints of the independent Frontier League.

Steve Martin's car crossed the center line and veered off a county road, then struck a tree and guardrail and overturned about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff's report.

The 24-year-old outfielder died about 90 minutes later at Adena Regional Medical Center in this southern Ohio city. Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, the report said.

Martin, hitting .209 in his second season with the Paints, was released on Wednesday, then watched the team's 3-1 win over River City from the stands.

The crash happened while Martin was driving to the home of the host family he lived with while playing for Chillicothe, Ross County Sheriff Ron Nichols said.

The Paints played their game as scheduled Thursday and defeated River City 7-0, with the player who replaced Martin on the roster - Lavelle Morgan - pitching seven innings for his first win.

The players believed the game shouldn't be postponed, a decision "whole-heartedly supported by Steve's mother and father," according to a statement on the team's Web site.

In Martin's memory, a moment of silence was observed before the national anthem at all Frontier League games Thursday.

The Frontier League has 10 teams in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Illinois.