Cory Lidle Baseball was started in late 2011 as an off-shoot of the Cory Lidle Foundation. Cory Lidle was 9-year MLB veteran that played with 7 different teams. Just after the 2006 season with the New York Yankees, he died in a plane crash in New York City. That year, his family, friends, and supporters created the Cory Lidle Foundation. Cory was heavily involved with children’s charities such as the Make-A-Wish foundation, and others. The Cory Lidle Foundation was set up in his name to continue those charitable efforts in Cory’s name.
Every year over Thanksgiving weekend, the Foundation hosts the Cory Lidle Memorial tournament in Southern California. This tournament is the single largest revenue generator for the Foundation that helps to fund the Foundation scholarships, as well as their other charitable contributions. In 2012 (our 7th year of the tournament), over 200 teams participated in the 10U thru 18U age divisions, including our JV & Varsity High School divisions.
Cory Lidle Baseball was created as a way to expand the awareness of the Foundation, and further their mission of charitable giving. There are currently a 10U, 14U 15U, 16U, and 18U baseball teams, along with a 12U softball team. All teams are coached by individuals that were friends and played alongside Cory growing up. While our older teams are starting back up after their high-school seasons, our 10U team is nationally ranked in the Top 5 by some national organizations.