Former RedHawk aboard Delta airline flight 5191

August 27, 2006 - Northern League (NL) - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks News Release

FARGO, N.D. - The Fargo-Moorhead family received word Sunday morning that former RedHawks relief pitcher Jon Hooker and his wife were aboard the Delta Airlines Flight 5191 when the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky.

The two, who were married on Saturday, were part of 49 people on board the 50-passanger flight that lost their lives.

Hooker pitched for Fargo-Moorhead from 2002 to 2004 and was a member of the 2003 Northern League Championship team. Over 2½ seasons with the ballclub Hooker compiled a 5-5 record with a 4.28 ERA and four saves in 63 appearances out of the bullpen.

"Jon was one of the good guys," said RedHawks General Manager Josh Buchholz. "He was a valuable member of our organization. Not only was he a solid contributor on the field, he was a first class representative of our organization off the field. He will be missed by many people who remember him in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Our sincere condolences go out to the families of both Jon and his wife."

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