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 TUPELO, Miss. (AP) -The St. Louis Cardinals joined hundreds of mourners Thursday at a public memorial service for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday.
Hancock's father, Dean Hancock, wore a red ribbon with the No. 32 - his son's uniform number - on his left lapel as he read a statement before the service. He took no questions, thanking the media for ``respecting our privacy and for respecting Josh's honor.''
``Professional baseball players are brothers within a family, and the St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches are bonded together, in my opinion, like no other family in baseball,'' Dean Hancock said. ``Josh was so proud to be a member of that family.''
Organizers of the memorial service said the Cardinals brought a traveling party of 50.
Hancock was driving a rented Ford Explorer early Sunday when it slammed into a flatbed tow truck on Interstate 64 in St. Louis. Autopsy results had not been released, and toxicology tests were pending.
Three days before the fatal wreck, Hancock was involved in a pre-dawn accident in Sauget, Ill., police said.
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