March 21, 1976|
|Died: February 15, 2002
|May 23, 1999 for the San Diego Padres|
Last MLB appearance
|October 7, 2001 for the San Diego Padres|
Michael Curtis Darr (March 21, 1976 – February 15, 2002) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the San Diego Padres (1999–2001). His father, Mike Sr., pitched in one game, for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977. Brother Ryan played in the Detroit organization for many years before ending his baseball career. In 1995-96 Ryan was named CIF Co-MVP with Palo Verde Yellow Jackets star Tony Blythe (College of the Desert) out of the Southern California Section. Mike in the mean time continued to climb the ladder and eventually made his way onto the major league roster.
Darr was a promising young outfielder. The last season he played prior to his death, he appeared in 105 games for the San Diego Padres, compiling a .277 batting average with 2 home runs, 34 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases.
The team Darr played for, the San Diego Padres, held their spring training camp every year at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona. It was in Arizona during spring training on February 15, 2002 that Darr was involved in a single car accident. Darr and friend Duane Johnson, who were not wearing safety belts, were killed. Minor league pitcher Ben Howard, who had his safety belt on, survived with only minor injuries. Darr was legally drunk at the time. He was buried at the Riverside, California, Crestlawn Memorial Park.
Nearly the entire San Diego Padres organization were among the more than 1,500 in attendance at Darr's funeral. Darr left behind a wife, Natalie, also a graduate of Corona Senior High School and two sons. The Padres wore a black circle patch with Darr's uniform number 26 on the right-sleeve of their uniform during the 2002 season.
- List of baseball players who died during their careers
- List of second generation Major League Baseball players
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Frank Russo (March 6, 2002). "Mike Darr". Baseball player. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 1, 2011.