Ex-Stanford captain Sauer dies suddenly 

click to enlarge Tragedy: Peter Sauer was a team captain on Stanford’s 1998 Final Four team. He died Sunday playing basketball after he collapsed on an outdoor court in New York. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Tragedy: Peter Sauer was a team captain on Stanford’s 1998 Final Four team. He died Sunday playing basketball after he collapsed on an outdoor court in New York.

Former Stanford basketball team captain Peter Sauer died Sunday night during a recreational basketball game in White Plains, N.Y. after he struck his head on the court.

According to the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy was to scheduled to be conducted Monday evening, but results weren’t immediately available. The 35-year-old was standing near the free-throw line when he collapsed backward, hit his head on the concrete outdoor court at Gardella Park and stopped moving, a witness told Gannett.

Police responded to the emergency call at 8:50 p.m. within six minutes. Sauer was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m. at White Plains Hospital.

"He was a tremendous individual and a devoted husband and father," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in an emailed statement. "He was very passionate about Stanford and our basketball program. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Amanda and their three children."

Sauer was born in St. Louis and was raised in Pittsburgh. He starred at Shady Side Academy. He was a team captain on Stanford’s 1998 Final Four team as a junior.

Current Cal coach Mike Montgomery coached Sauer all four of his seasons on the Farm.

"Peter Sauer was one of the most popular players I have ever coached," Montgomery, who coached 18 seasons at Stanford, said in an emailed statement. "He was the epitome of the definition of a student-athlete. He was smart; he was tough; he was a winner. ... It is tragic that this can happen to a young man in the prime of his life. We are all very saddened with the news."

Sauer’s father, Mark, was president of the Pittsburgh Pirates for five years during a successful run in the early 1990s. He later served as team president and CEO of the St. Louis Blues.

— Staff, wire report

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