Cory Fulton Lidle (March 22, 1972-October 11, 2006) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He last played for the New York Yankees. He died on October 11, 2006, during an accident in which his registered airplane crashed into a 50 story residential New York City building.
Born in Hollywood, California, Lidle was a descendant of Robert Fulton . He attended South Hills High School in West Covina, California, graduating in 1990. During this time, he was a teammate of Jason Giambi. Lidle married Melanie Varela on January 7 1997; the pair had one son, Christopher.
According to the Associated Press, the plane that crashed in New York City's Upper East Side on October 11, 2006, was registered to Lidle.  According to CNN, his passport was found on the street below the Belaire building, the structure that the plane collided with. ESPN has confirmed both his piloting of the plane and his death in the accident.
After being traded by the Philadelphia Phillies in July 2006 at the trade deadline, Lidle criticized his former team: "On the days I'm pitching, it's almost a coin flip as to know if the guys behind me are going to be there to play 100 percent." He noted he was joining a Yankees team that expects to win all the time.
"That's why I'm most excited about it," Lidle said. "Sometimes I felt I got caught up kind of going into the clubhouse nonchalantly sometimes, because all of the other guys in the clubhouse didn't go there with one goal in mind."
In response former teammate Arthur Rhodes said, "He is a scab. When he started, he would go 5 1/3 innings and (the bullpen) would have to win the game for him. The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble. He doesn't have a work ethic. After every start, he didn't run or lift weights. He would sit in the clubhouse and eat ice cream. ... He shouldn't say that, he shouldn't say anything like that because he is a scab. He crossed the line when guys like me, Flash and Lieberthal were playing. He is a replacement player."
- Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Minnesota Twins (August 25, 1990).
- Released by Minnesota Twins (April 1, 1993).
- Sold by Pocatello (Pioneer) to Milwaukee Brewers (September 17, 1993).
- Traded by Milwaukee Brewers to New York Mets in exchange for Kelly Stinnett (January 17, 1996).
- Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks from New York Mets (13th pick overall) in the expansion draft (November 18, 1997).
- Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay Devil Rays from Arizona Diamondbacks (October 7, 1998).
- Traded by Tampa Bay Devil Rays to Oakland Athletics as part of 3-team trade in which Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Roberto Hernandez to Kansas City Royals; Oakland Athletics sent Ben Grieve to Tampa Bay Devil Rays; Kansas City Royals sent Johnny Damon and Mark Ellis to Oakland Athletics; and Oakland Athletics sent Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch to Kansas City Royals (January 8, 2001).
- Traded by Oakland Athletics to Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Mike Rouse and Christopher Mowday (November 16, 2002).
- Granted free agency (October 26, 2003).
- Signed by Cincinnati Reds (January 6, 2004).
- Traded by Cincinnati Reds to Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Javon Moran, Joe Wilson and a player to be named later (August 9, 2004); Cincinnati Reds received Elizardo Ramirez (August 11, 2004).
- Granted free agency (October 28, 2004).
- Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (November 17, 2004).
- Traded by Philadelphia Phillies with Bobby Abreu to New York Yankees in exchange for C.J. Henry, Matt Smith, Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monastrios (July 30, 2006).