Tragedy Strikes Liberty University

Sad, sad news out of Virginia this morning, as another freak accident on the diamond has taken the life of a 44-year-old man.

Jeff Taylor, Sr., a professor at Lynchburg, Virginia's Liberty University, collapsed and later died at the hospital after being hit in the throat area by a line drive on a Lynchburg College field during pitching practice.

Five players, including Taylor's son, Jeff, Jr., who plays baseball for Liberty, witnessed the incredibly unfortunate accident. Taylor was an assistant professor of health sciences and kinesiology.
"Jeff Sr. was one of those guys who was always there. He was at every game and a lot of practices," said LC Vice President John Eccles.
As Hard Ball Times notes, I'm surprised that this sort of thing hasn't happened in the big leagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor family and all of Jeff Sr.'s friends and coworkers during this horrible, faith-challenging time.

[Washington Post] | [WSLS]


Megs said...

God, that is just awful. What are the chances?

Unholy_Diver said...

I live in Lynchburg, and had not even heard about this tragic accident. Our local TV news lead story regarding Liberty was the fact that the school has offered a scholarship to that anti-same sex marriage "expert", Carrie Prejean, AKA Miss California.
Anyway, from the local newsrag's account, he was pitching BP to some of the players for my alma mater, Lynchburg College(which is a different institution than LU, but that's neither here nor there). My deepest condolences go out to the Taylor family.

Brian P. Foley said...

I have actually talked to Jeff many of times as he is a constant reader of my site. I am very sad to see this story. I am getting tired of writing these things.

His son goes to Lynchburg College and plays on the baseball team so I think the paper might have the better account.

Brian P. Foley said...

According to Hardball Times, His son is the one that hit the ball back to him...

Brian P. Foley said...

Video of Jeff Jr. from last year in the D-3 Regionals having some fun.


Anonymous said...

My condolences to the family

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