Charles Haeger Wiki – Charles Haeger Biography
Charles Haeger was an American professional Major League baseball pitcher. He was among the very few active knuckleball pitchers in baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot near the Grand Canyon on October 3, 2020.
Haeger attended Detroit Catholic Central High School in Redford, Michigan (now located in Novi). He was named to the All-Catholic team as a senior in 2001, after going 7–2 with a 1.88 ERA and 101 strikeouts. He also hit .354 with 34 RBIs. He was the winning pitcher in the State Championship game as a sophomore.
He was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his professional debut with the AZL White Sox. He briefly retired to pursue a career in golf following the 2002 season, but returned in 2004.
He made his major league debut May 10, 2006, in a start against the Los Angeles Angels. He suffered the loss after allowing six runs on five hits in 41⁄3 innings. He appeared in seven games for the White Sox, with a record of 1–1. He spent most of the season with the Charlotte Knights, and was the starting pitcher in the International League All-Star game.
On July 22, 2007, White Sox pitcher Jon Garland started against Boston Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield. Garland was relieved by Haeger in the 5th inning, marking the first time in recent years that two knuckleballers faced each other in the same game. Wakefield won the game with an 8 to 5 Red Sox win.
Charles Haeger Age
Charles Haeger was 37 years old. He was born on September 19, 1983, in Livonia, Michigan, United States.
Cause of Death
A former professional baseball player sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in a Phoenix suburb was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Grand Canyon, police said.
The body of Charles Haeger, 37, was discovered about 4 p.m. on a trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesman said in a statement Saturday night.
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Police were seeking Haeger on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting Friday, Hoster said.
The victim was identified by police Saturday night as Danielle Breed, 34. Breed owned The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale, the Arizona Republic reported.
Earlier Saturday, Haeger’s unoccupied vehicle was found near Flagstaff in northern Arizona, police said. Flagstaff is 118 miles (190 kilometers) north of Scottsdale.
According to mlb.com, Haeger was a pitcher drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2001, and he played 83 innings in the major leagues. His career included stints with the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.
Responding police found the victim dead in her bedroom, Hoster said.
Hoster said investigators determined that a male roommate of the victim heard gunshots when he returned to the residence Friday and that moments later Haeger emerged from the victim’s bedroom with a handgun.
“Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate. The roommate quickly escaped out of the back of the residence, and he was able to get a neighbor to call 911,” Hoster said in a statement.