One of the thousands of people to perish in the World Trade Center attacks was 1990’s Detroit Tigers farmhand Marty Boryczewski. The New Jersey native was a catcher who played 61 games over three seasons in the minors spread between the Rookie League Lethbridge Mounties, Short-A Erie SeaWolves, and High-A Lakeland Tigers, batting a career .183. Following his baseball career Boryczewski went to work for the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. In his honor, the Friends Of Marty a foundation to focus on the advancement of education and to promote social welfare was established. In the story link below, family and friends of Boryczewski pay tribute to him and his legacy on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Ten years ago Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit a walk off home run to win the first round of the 2001 Eastern League playoffs for his New Britain Rock Cats. The win extended the season and forced the players to change their airline plans. Australian native and Cuddyer’s teammate Brad Thomas was one of many who had to change their flight plans. It turned out that Cuddyer’s blast not only won the series but it also saved Thomas’s life. He was ticketed on American Airlines Flight 11 scheduled to go from Boston to Los Angeles on the morning of September 11th 2001. The plane was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. In the video from KSTP News in Minneapolis, Cuddyer talks about how he thinks of Thomas and everyone affected by the 9-11 tragedy.