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Even the obituary that ran in the Chicago Tribune on
December 31, 2002, focused on his baseball prowess:
BRANDON HARDY, 22
Brandon Hardy, 22, a star baseball player and power hitter for St.
Joseph's College in Indiana who dreamed of a career in the pros, died in
a car crash Saturday, Dec. 28, in unincorporated Palos Township. Mr.
Hardy, of Westmont, was a senior at the Rensselaer, Ind., college,
studying psychology on a
baseball scholarship. For the last three years, he played first base and
catcher for the St. Joseph Pumas. "He was probably the best hitter in
our lineup," said Rick O'Dette, his college baseball coach. "He was a
worked harder than anybody I've ever been around, both on the field and
off. He was simply a leader. He had a real good chance to play at
that next level." Mr. Hardy's parents said he was gearing up for next
season, working out, practicing every day. He was just starting to shop
himself around to minor league ballclubs. According to police, Mr. Hardy
swerved to avoid hitting a deer and struck a tree; he and his
girlfriend, Sarah Augustine,
22, of Darien, were killed in the crash. Relatives said Mr. Hardy was
outgoing, charismatic and always said what was on his mind. "I loved our
late-night conversations together," said his mother, Celeste. "We talked
about everything. This was going to be his big year. It's hard to make
it all the way in baseball, but he was going to go for it." Other
survivors include his father, Don; two brothers, Adam and Shawn; and his
grandmothers, Mary Hardy and Evelyn Peterson. Visitation will be from 3
to 9 p.m. Friday in Toon Funeral Home, 109 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Mass
will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in Notre Dame Catholic Church, 64
Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills.
Copyright (c) 2002, Chicago Tribune
Installed by the WYBA at the Babe Ruth field.
"Brandon" watercolor - a gift from Sarah's family.
Installed in the Westmont High School dugout.