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Young College Baseball Pitcher Died of Complications from Tommy John's Surgery

Afouda Bamidele
Jun 22, 2021
09:30 P.M.
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A young college baseball player has lost his life following the medical procedure which he underwent for a Tommy John surgery. The youngster was mourned by his university community and family.


The George Mason University Department of Athletics mourns the loss of one of its freshman students, Sang Ho Baek, a baseball Pitcher. Baek was 20-years-old.

The school’s baseball head coach Bill Brown referred to the late boy as “an incredible teammate.” Brown noted that Sang was loved by all and would be missed and forever cherished in many people’s hearts.

A photo of the entrance sign to George Mason University's West Campus | Photo: Shutterstock


Brown also shared condolences to Baek’s family. George Mason’s Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics, Brad Edwards, stated that Baek had all it took and required a student-athlete.

The young adult was said to have recently concluded his freshman season with George Mason’s baseball team and appeared in seven games through the season.


A youngster Cooper Gardner passed on after taking a hit to the head during a baseball game last month.

Baek, a native of Salisbury, formerly played for James M. Bennett High School, where he helped the Clippers win the 2019 3A Maryland State Championship. This was all before college.


Baek was said to have suffered complications after undergoing surgery, which is the repair of a torn ligament in the elbow. This was stated by one of his team members in a Gofundme account.

The Holloway Funeral Home that planned a service for Baek on June 26 shared that Baek attended the Presbyterian Korean Church and once went on a mission in Nicaragua to help build houses for the less privileged indigenes.


The late baseball player was said to have enjoyed eating his mom’s specially prepared Korean Cuisine. He is survived by his parents, sister, and other family members reading in South Korea.

In another tragic story of sport gone wrong, a youngster Cooper Gardner passed on after taking a hit to the head during a baseball game last month. Gardner was said to have been hospitalized for a while.


The young boy who attended Bath High School died at his home. He had been playing for his team against the St-Patrick Catholic School when he collided with another player.

The impact of the incident led him to become unconscious for 40 minutes. After Gardner was transported to the hospital, the doctors relayed that he had suffered a brain injury and complications with his heart and lungs.


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