Former Rebel Rick Carone Passes Away
June 30, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Rick Carone, a catcher for the 1993 Ole Miss baseball team, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the age of 46 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The wake for Carone will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 410 N. First St. in Cary, Illinois. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cary.

“I’m saddened to hear of Rick’s passing,” said Ole Miss assistant coach Marc MacMillan, who was one of Carone’s teammates in 1993. “Rick was an energy-giver. He lived life to the fullest. I will remember him for the joy he brought to the many lives he touched.”

After transferring from Illinois State, Carone played in 51 games in his only season as a Rebel. He threw out 27 of 54 runners on attempted steals and compiled a .994 fielding percentage, the third-highest fielding percentage in the Southeastern Conference. Following the season, he was drafted in the 19th round of the 1993 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Carone went on to play four seasons in the White Sox’s farm system.

In 2013, Carone was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer and given only six months to live. However, he fought the dreaded disease for four years and set up a foundation, the Team Carone Foundation, to raise money for cancer research. Carone also traveled the country to various MLB ballparks as part of his BP for a Cause, which raised money for each home run hit by a Major Leaguer during batting practice of that particular game.


 

 

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