Essendon Baseball Club is deeply saddened by the passing of Christopher Lane. Chris was a truly talented and highly respected young man whose friendship was valued by all who had the good fortune to know him.
His loss is felt by each and every member of the Essendon family and our thoughts and prayers are with the Lane family during this incredibly difficult time.
I have known Chris and his father Peter since he began juniors at Essendon some 15 years ago. Pete threw himself into Chris's baseball and even began playing masters after his son became involved in the sport. No doubt many on the forum will know Pete from the golddiggers and will have had the pleasure of his company at various masters competitions. Chris was an absolutely lovely kid and turned himself into an excellent baseball player. It is an absolute gut wrenching tragedy and the hurt that our baseball community is feeling is nothing when compared to what Peter and family are going thru. I only hope the outpouring of feeling and statements from literally hundreds of baseball people provide the Lane family with an idea of how much he meant to us all.
My favourite memory of Chris was in a semi final against Blackburn a few years back. Chris would have only been 17 at the time and was the starting catcher in our first nine at Essendon. He was a lovely kid but he was no shrinking violet (which is probably why I liked him so much). The blackburn boys had a bit to say during the game and Chris had some words back. Next thing a play at the plate and Hayden Dingle collects him full speed (and as about as hard as you can get hit) at home plate and knocks him 6 feet backwards. Chris held on to the ball made the out and then showed the blackburn guys the ball.
We all loved this kid and as running bunt said he will always be remembered.
There are times when one is left completely blank as to what you can say or do to help ease the pain of the loss of a loved one in these sorts of tragic circumstances.
This is one of those times and my/our heart goes out to all those people that were in Chris's life that are now no doubt devastated by this most horrible of life circumstance and resultant sense of loss.
I had the pleasure of coaching Chris in the U18 state side in Perth. The coaching staff named Chris the team captain because of his presence, determination and uncomprising will to win. Chris caught (if memory serves me well) our last 6 games in a row in 35+ degree heat, he gave his all and as the team leader demanded the same of his teammates. On the field he was a bulldog and I'm sure that came from the "footy" mentally he had. I never watch him play footy but I'd bet he would've been a in and under, head over the ball player, reading Johne's post I can image him giving the Burners a little "yeah" action!!!. Off the field he was "one of the boys" loving life and just having a great time.
While we were in Perth my wife and two kids (at the time) were also on the trip, and I remember after a coaches meeting that Chris was involved in walking back to me room with Chris and talking to him about what he wanted to do after U18s and without hesitiation he replied "well I won't sign, but I think I could do good enough in year 12 to maybe go to college. How sweet would that be?" To which i replied "yeah mate pretty sweet, but be the hardest worker on the team, don't give us a bad name!" "No worries Macka, hard work I can do, 50 bombs maybe not!!!" That's one of the reasons I loved Chris he knew what made him Chris Lane, hard work and a bit of fun.
Deepest sympathy to The Lane family. A life taken to soon!
Marc McKenner and Family (Very lucky to have known Chris)
Essendon Baseball Club invites the Victorian baseball community and friends of the Lane family to attend Boeing Reserve (Boeing Road, Strathmore Heights) this Sunday 25th August to celebrate the life of Christopher Lane.
The original game scheduled for Saturday has now with approval of all parties has been moved to the Sunday afternoon.
The match between the Essendon and Melbourne University B Grade winter teams at 2pm will be preceded at approximately 1.30pm by a short ceremony involving players from the Essendon, Watsonia and Melbourne University winter teams.
The day will start with a game between the Melbourne University and Footscray women’s teams from 11.00am to 1.00pm.
EBC would like to sincerely thank Baseball Victoria, MWBL, DBL, Watsonia BC, Melbourne University BC and Footscray BC for their cooperation in making the day happen.
We look forward to sharing a special day with you on Sunday.
For those who have contacted us regarding sending cards or condolences and such to the Lane Family can send them to the following address which is the Essendon Baseball Club Post Office Box;
Just address them to
Lane Family PO Box 329 Moonee Ponds 3099 Austraila
The letters will be them passed onto the family at the appropriate time.
The Research Lower Plenty Baseball Club, its players, committee and general members would like to extend our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Lane Family in relation to the tragic and terrible news of Christopher Lane's sudden passing over the weekend. Chris was an excellent Baseballer and a fantastic young man both on and off the field. This is proven with the amount of friends he had within the baseball community, The Research Baseball Club was no exception, Chris shared close relationships with several of our members from his time at the Watsonia and Essendon baseball clubs. We will be holding several fundraising events over the weekend and at our club function on Saturday to try and make some form of contribution and support to the Lane family through what has been an unimaginably tough time for all involved.