Historic Baseball

Historic Baseball

Bringing Baseball History To Center Field

January

  • 1 — Ernie Koy — Played for Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 4 — Bob Milliken — Pitched two seasons for Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 16 — Betty Trezza -Played in AAGPBL
  • 20 — Vern Ruhle — Pitched for 13 seasons in major leagues
  • 23 — Dick Joyce — Pitched 13 innings in majors
  • 27 — Bing Devine — Former GM for Mets & Cardinals
  • 29 — Art Fowler — South Carolina baseball legend
  • 30 — Max Lanier — Pitched 14 seasons in major leagues

February

  • 1 — Ray Berres — Legendary pitching coach
  • 4 — Steve Barber — First 20-game winner in Orioles history
  • 4 — Jim Pisoni — Hit six home runs in career
  • 6 — Lew Burdette — MVP of 1957 World Series
  • 9 — Hank Bauer — Played on seven WS winners with NY
  • 9 — Eddie Feigner — Fast-pitch softball king
  • 15 — Buddy Hancken — Played single game for Athletics
  • 20 — Casey Wise — Played four seasons in majors
  • 20 — Bob Malloy — Pitched five seasons in majors
  • 21 — Sherman Jones — Pitched 48 games in MLB

MARCH

  • 2 — Clem Labine — Reliever pitched in five World Series
  • 3 — Gene Oliver — Catcher spent 10 seasons in majors
  • 5 — Ken Beardslee — Scout for Pittsburgh for 20 years
  • 7 — Emil Mailho — Played briefly for Athletics
  • 8 — John Vukovich — Utility player and coach
  • 10 — Art Lopatka — Pitched in majors for two seasons
  • 12 — Norm Larker — Played in 1959 World Series with Dodgers
  • 15 — Marty Martinez — Former player managed single game
  • 15 — Bowie Kuhn — Former commissioner of baseball
  • 22 — Willard Schmidt — Pitched seven seasons in majors
  • 22 — Don Dennis — Pitched for Cardinals in 1965 and 1966
  • 23 — Ed Bailey — Catcher spent 14 seasons in major leagues

APRIL

  • 1 — Lou Limmer — Hit 19 home runs in brief MLB career
  • 6 — Ed Bahr — 11-11 in MLB pitching career
  • 23 — David Halberstam — Baseball author died in car accident
  • 23 — Sammy Meeks — Former SC baseball player
  • 27 — Ralph McLeod — Played for Boston in 1938
  • 28 — Archie Wilson — Drove in 17 runs in two seasons
  • 29 — Josh Hancock — Cardinals’ pitcher died in accident
  • 29 — Milt Bocek — Played in 30 games for Chicago in 1930s

MAY

  • 10 — Dick Kryhoski — Involved in 17-player trade in 1954
  • 13 — Gomer Hodge — Played for Indians in 1971
  • 17 — Bill Wight — Former MLB pitcher and scout

JUNE

  • 4 — Clete Boyer — Played for Yankees and Braves
  • 11 — Vern Hoscheit — Coach on four World Series winners
  • 23 — Rod Beck — Former top closer in MLB

JULY

  • 11 — Shag Crawford — Former Major League Umpire
  • 16 — Carl McNabb — Hitless in only MLB at-bat
  • 18 — Orlando McFarlane — Catcher played five seasons in MLB
  • 19 — Jim Mangan — Catcher played in 45 games in MLB
  • 22 — Rollie Stiles — Former Brown dies at 100
  • 22 — Mike Coolbaugh — Minor league coach dies in onfield accident
  • 23 — Scat Davis — Single appearance in major leagues
  • 29 — Bill Robinson — Played in 1979 World Series

AUGUST

  • 4 — Frank Mancuso — Catcher for Browns, Senators
  • 13 — Phil Rizzuto — Hall of Fame Shortstop for Yankees
  • 13 — Ox Miller — Pitched for four seasons in major leagues
  • 30 — Hal Jeffcoat — Outfielder converted to successful pitching career

JANUARY1 — Paul Lindblad — 14-year career as relief pitcher5 — Rod Dedeaux — Stellar coaching career at USC8 — Merv Connors — Hit 8 home runs in brief career14 — Bubba Morton — First African American player with Tigers16 — Willie Smith — Wonderful Willie spent 9 seasons in MLB16 — Bob Repass — Played in 84 games in majors17 — Seth Morehead — 5-19 as major league pitcher24 — Carlos Martinez — Played in majors for seven seasons28 — Frank Campos — Drove in 13 runs in majors28 — Stan Galle — Played in 13 games in majorsFEBRUARY11 — Rankin Johnson — Pitched for As in 194119 — Bill Abernathie — Record save in only MLB appearance21 — Mark Freeman — 3-3 in major league pitching career21 — Scott Breeden — Major League pitching coach26 — Ace Adams — Six-year career as relief pitcher28 — Jake Wade — Won 27 games in major leagues29 — Curt Gowdy — Famed broadcaster with Yankees, Red Sox, NBCMARCH1 — Ray Poole — Played briefly for Athletics6 — Kirby Puckett — Hall of Famer dies at 4512 — William Metzig — Played for White Sox in 194428 — Paul Minner — Won 69 games in major-league career29 — Thornton Kipper — Won three games in majorsAPRIL1 — Bill Pierro — Pitched for Pirates in 19503 — Royce Lint — Won two games in majors9 — Billy Hitchcock — Player and manager in Major Leagues9 — Jimmy Outlaw – Played for 10 seasons in the major leagues13 — Bill Baker — Catcher played in 1940 World Series13 — Dutch Fehring — Catcher had one at-bat in majors19 — Oscar Acosta — Worked as coach in MLB23 — Billy Queen — Hitless in two at-bats for Braves24 — Sibby Sisti — 13 seasons with Braves26 — Russ Swan — Pitched for Giants and Mariners28 — Steve Howe — Troubled relief pitcher30 — Dave Bartosch — Brief career as player, long career as scoutMAY4 — Jim Delsing — Part of the Eddie Gaedel stunt4 — Paul Penson — Pitched 16 innings for Phillies7 — Jeff James — Finished career with 6-6 record8 — Cy Williams — Long career as a major league scout14 — Jim Lemon — Outfielder and manager in major leaguesJUNE1 — Eddie Malone — Catcher drove in 26 runs in MLB career4 — Bill Fleming — Pitched for six seasons in major leagues4 — Ron Jones — Hit 13 home runs in brief MLB career5 — Eric Gregg — Former National League umpire8 — Roland Seidler — Family once owned Dodgers10 — Charles Johnson — Played in the Negro Leagues10 — Moe Drabowsky — Pitcher and famed prankster19 — Walt Kellner — Pitched seven innings in majors20 — Bill Johnson — Played for Yankees and Cardinals22 — Paul Campbell — Spent six seasons in majors as a player23 — Leo Wells — Played in 80 games in major leagues24 — Chink Zachary — Pitched for Dodgers in 194426 — Jack Urban — Pitched to a 15-15 record in MLBJULY5 — Chet Hajduk — One at-bat in the major leagues10 — Angel Fleitas — Played for Washington in 194815 — Howdy Groskloss — Former player lived to be 100AUGUST4 – Elden Auker — Pitched for Tigers in World Series5 — Con Dempsey — Pitched in three games for Pirates8 — Dino Restelli — Hit 12 home runs in debut season12 — Earl Wooten — Had legendary status in S.C.24 — Junior Thompson — 47-35 in six seasons in MLB30 — Charlie Wagner — Pitched six seasons in majorsSEPTEMBER1 — Ted Davidson — Pitched four seasons in majors2 — Victor Bernal — Pitched for Padres in 19773 — Jerry Dahlke — Pitched for Chicago in 19567 — Gordie Mueller — Pitched for Red Sox in 195010 — Al Gardella — Played briefly for Giants in 194517 — Jack Banta — Relief pitcher for Dodgers18 — Syd Thrift — Former general manager of Pirates19 — Buddy Peterson — Played in 13 games27 — Craig Kusick — Hit 46 home runs in career27 — Joe Koppe — Shorstop spent eight seasons in majorsOCTOBER2 — Clyde Vollmer — Hit 69 home runs in majors2 — Al Heist — Outfielder for Chicago and Houston6 — Buck O’Neil — Negro Leagues ambassador8 — Ivan Murrell — Played in more than 500 games8 — Frank Dolson — Sportswriter who went to work for Yankees11 — Cory Lidle — DIed in plane crash in NY11 — Eddie Pellagrini — Played in majors for eight seasons12 — Johnny Callison — All-Star outfielder with Phillies16 — Tony Curry — Bahamas native played 3 seasons in MLB24 — Jack Radtke — Played for Dodgers in 193626 — Fred Marsh — Played for Browns & Senators27 — Joe Niekro — Won 221 games in 22-year career29 — Si Simmons — Former Negro League pitcher dies at 11131 — Rocky Nelson — Hit home run in 1960 World SeriesNOVEMBER2 — Red Hayworth — Played in 1944 World Series7 — Johnny Sain — Part of famous duo with Spahn7 — Buddy Kerr — Shortstop for Giants and Braves9 — Garton Del Savio — Played in four games in 19439 — Jimmie Armstead Jr. — Played in the Negro Leagues14 — Pete Suder — Played 13 seasons for Athletics17 — Bo Schembechler — Former president of Detroit Tigers18 — Willie Grace — Played in Negro Leagues22 — Pat Dobson — One of four 20-game winners for 1971 Orioles26 — Bill Graham — Pitched for Tigers & Mets27 — Eddie Mayo — Played for Tigers in 1945 World Series28 — Sam Calderone — Catcher played for three seasons29 — Pete Mikkelsen — Pitched for Yankees in 1964 World SeriesDECEMBER3 — Billy Klaus — Shortstop for Red Sox in mid-1950s3 — Ernie Oravetz — Outfielder for Senators8 — Jose Uribe — Spent majority of career with Giants12 — Irv Hall — Played in four seasons for Philadelphia As.16 — Cecil Travis — Shortstop served in WWII17 — Larry Sherry — MVP of the 1959 World Series23 — Sam Chapman — Outfielder for Philadelphia Athletics27 — Chris Brown — Made debut with Giants in 198431 — Marv Breeding — Infielder played in 415 MLB games

JANUARY4 — Jack D. Sanford — Played for Washington in 1940s7 — Harry Boyles — Pitched for White Sox9 — Bob Mabe — Won seven games in majors10 — Tommy Fine — Pitched for two seasons in big leagues21 — Corky Valentine — Pitched to 14-12 record in two seasons22 — Cesar Gutierrez — Seven hits in seven at-bats in 197026 — Bob Brown — Hosted New York Mets show31 — Bill Voiselle — Pitched in 1948 World Series for BravesFEBRUARY3 — Louis Gillis — Played in the Negro Leagues4 — Luis Sanchez — Pitched five seasons for Angels6 — Mutsuo Minagawa — Former pitcher in Japan8 — Mike Bishop — Played in three games in majors13 — Nelson Briles — Won 129 games in 14 seasons19 — John Schwarz — Former Giants player development director22 — Ben Huffman — Former player and scout25 — Don LeJohn — Played one season with Dodgers25 — Nick Colosi — Former National League umpire26 — Paul C. Smith — Baseball writer who covered Devil RaysMARCH1 — Bob Mavis — Appeared in one game with Tigers2 — Rick Mahler — Won 96 games in the majors6 — Chuck Thompson — Broadcaster for Baltimore Orioles6 — Danny Gardella — Jumped from MLB to Mexican League10 — Kent Hadley — Part of trade that brought Maris to NY13 — Frank House — Catcher spent 10 seasons in majors16 — Dick Radatz — Closer for Red Sox in 1960s25 — Frank Zupo — Made debut at 17 years old26 — Marius Russo — Pitched for Yankees in 1941 & 1943 World Series27 — Bob Casey — Public address announcer for TwinsAPRIL7 — Bob Kennedy — Played and managed in Chicago8 — Al Gettel — Pitched for five major league teams8 — Eddie Miksis — 14 years as utility player9 — Bob Zuk — Scout who signed three Hall of Famers13 — Don Blasingame — Debuted with Cardinals in 195523 — Earl Wilson — Won 121 games in majors28 — Pancho Herrera — Hit 31 home runs in brief careerMAY5 — Charlie Muse — Pirates executive who created batting helmet6 — Pete Gebrian — Pitched for White Sox in 19476 — Lee Stine — Pitched in parts of four seasons10 — Vic Johnson — Won six games in major leagues10 — Hal Griggs — 6-26 in big-league career26 — Chico Carrasquel — Made his debut with White Sox in 195030 — J.P. Villaman — Spanish Voice of the Red Sox30 — Bob Aldridge — Played for Cleveland Buckeyes of Negro LeaguesJUNE4 — Ken Weafer — Pitched in one game in majors5 — Lefty Williams — Played in Negro Leagues12 — Brandy Davis — Drove in three runs in majors14 — Carroll Sembera — Pitched for Houston and Montreal14 — Bob Lennon — Hit 64 home runs in minors in 195424 — Lyman Bostock Sr. — Played in Negro Leagues28 — Dickie Dietz — Hit home run in All-Star Game30 — Al Milnar — Won 18 games for Indians in 1940JULY6 — Al Porto — Pitched four innings in MLB13 — Mickey Owen — All-Star Catcher in Major Leagues17 — Dick Sipek — Played for Reds in 194517 — Jim Pearce — Pitcher debuted with Washington in 194930 — Ray Cunningham — Baseball’s oldest living player at time of deathAUGUST1 — Milt Nielsen — Played in 19 games2 — Milt Graff — Played in 61 games in majors5 — Cal Hogue — Finished with 2-10 record in career8 — Gene Mauch — Managed for 26 years in major leagues11 — Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe — Star of the Negro Leagues30 — Eli Hodkey — Brief pitching career in majorsSEPTEMBER15 — Charles Williams — First black umpire to work World Series game17 — Donn Clendenon — MVP of 1969 World Series19 — Marv Grissom — Won 47 games in major leagues20 — Joe Bauman — Hit 72 home runs in minor league season20 — Mex Johnson — Shortstop in Negro Leagues22 — Monty Basgall — Former player and coach in MLB22 — Mike Ulisney — Played for Boston in 194524 — Frank Smith — Reliever for Reds in 1950sOCTOBER1 — Tom Clyde — Pitched six innings in major leagues2 — Pat Kelly — Played in majors for 15 seasons2 — Bud Black — Won two games in major leagues3 — Mario Encarnacion — Played for Rockies and Cubs8 — Swede Larsen — Hitless in only at-bat9 — Tom Cheek — Longtime announcer for Blue Jays11 — Bill King — Radio voice for Athletics12 — Mike Naymick — Won five games in major leagues15 — Al Widmar — Pitching coach for Blue Jays15 — Don Rowe — Former pitcher and pitching coach19 — Bob Carpenter — Won 25 games in the majors19 — Ron Mrozinski — Pitched two seasons for Philadelphia22 — Ted Bonda — Former owner of Cleveland Indians23 — Harry Dalton — Executive who engineered trade for Frank Robinson28 — Bob Broeg — Longtime baseball writer in St. Louis30 — Al Lopez — Former catcher and Hall of Fame manager30 — Bob Allen — Pitched for Philadelphia in 1937NOVEMBER16 — Sandy Consuegra — Won 51 games in the majors25 — Mal Mallette — Pitched for Dodgers in 195029 — Vic Power — Stole home twice in a gameDECEMBER3 — Herb Moford — Winner of five games in majors5 — Billy Reed — 52 at-bats in major leagues14 — Stew Bowers — Won two games in majors21 — Elrod Hendricks — Spent nearly 40 years in professional baseball24 — Xavier Rescigno — Won 19 games in major leagues29 — Dan Carnevale — Long career in minor league baseball30 — Bobby Stevens — Played briefly for Phillies in 1938

JANUARY1 — John Stoneham — 10 games in major leagues2 — Paul Hopkins– Baseball’s oldest living player2 — Danny Whelen — One-time trainer for Pirates2 — Lynn Cartwright — In “League of their Own”3 — Leon Wagner — Power hitter for expansion Angels3 — Taylor Duncan — Played in parts of 2 seasons5 — Tug McGraw– Mets & Phillies reliever10 — Ewald Pyle — Pitched for parts of five seasons12 — V.J. Lovero — Photographer for Angels13 — Robert Holbrook — Former beat writer for Boston14 — Mike Goliat — Member of Phillies’ Whiz Kids15 — Gus Suhr — Drove in 818 runs in 11-year career15 — Arthur Anderson — Founder of San Antonio Black Sox15 — Jim Devlin — Single at-bat in the major leagues17 — Harry Brecheen — 3-0 in 1946 World Series17 — Hersh Freeman — Won 30 games in majors19 — Tom Glaviano — Played for Cards and Phillies20 — Marie Wegman — Four seasons in AAGPBL20 — Lloyd Merriman — Played in parts of five seasons21 — Johnny Blatnik — Hit 6 home runs in his career27 — Curtis Johnson — Played in Negro Leagues31 — Ernest Burke — Played for Baltimore Elite GiantsFEBRUARY1 — Joel Rubenstein — Former VP of Marketing for MLB3 — Richard Powell — Negro League executive8 — Jim Russo — Former scout for Orioles9 — Adriana Orsulak — Wife of former Orioles outfielder10 — Hub Kittle — Pitched coach for Cards in 198213 — Ted Tappe — Hit home run in first at-bat15 — Lawrence Ritter — Wrote “The Glory of their Times”16 — Charlie Fox — Former Manager and Player22 — Andy Seminick — Catcher for Whiz Kids24 — Pete Cera — Longtime Phillies Clubhouse Assistant26 — Bartman Ball — Cubs baseball blown to bitsMARCH1 — Marvin Moran — Sang National Anthem for Braves2 — Marge Schott — Outspoken Reds owner6 — John Henry Williams — Son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams6 — Gene Karst — Set up Press Office for Rickey’s Cardinals14 — Roxie Campanella — Widow of HOFer Roy Campanella15 — Vedie Himsl — One of Cubs’ College of Coaches18 — Gene Bearden — 20-7 for Indians in 194822 — Jim “Pig” Harris — A Catcher in Negro Leagues27 — Bob Cremins — Pitched for Red Sox in 192729 — Al Cuccinello — Played for Giants in 1935APRIL4 — George Bamberger — Former pitcher, coach and manager6 — Lou Berberet — Seven seasons in MLB6 — Ken Johnson — Pitched for parts of six seasons19 — Sam Nahem — Debuted for Dodgers in 193824 — Frank Seward — Pitched for Giants for two seasons28 — Floyd Giebell — Won pennant-clincher in 194030 — Lou Chapman — Longtime Milwaukee baseball writerMAY2 — Moe Burtschy — Pitched five seasons for As3 — Darrell Johnson — Former Manager and Player6 — Joe Lafata — Debuted with Giants in 19478 — Wayne McLeland — Pitched for Tigers in 1950s14 — Rip Coleman — Pitched for parts of five seasons14 — Bill Hoffman — Pitched six innings in 193917 — Buster Narum — Pitched five seasons in majors20 — Doug Pappas — Baseball writer and researcherJUNE4 — Wilmer Fields — Played and Pitched in Negro Leagues3 — Joseph Cleary — Pitched a third of an inning5 — Ronald Reagan — Former president announced baseball games7 — Chris Kitsos — Played one game in majors8 — Mack Jones — Outfielder for Braves, Reds & Expos13 — Ralph Wiley — Coined phrase “Billy Ball”14 — Rob Derkson — Baltimore Scout and Greece’s Olympic Coach16 — George Hausmann — Played for Giants in 1940s28 — Hal Toenes — Pitched for Washington in 1947JULY9 — Tony Lupien — Debuted at first base for Red Sox10 — Art Rebel — Played in 33 games in majors19 — Roger Marquis — Hitless in a single at-bat22 — Sou Bridgeforth — Last surviving Negro League team owner26 — Ruben Gomez — Won 76 games in the Major Leagues30 — Randy Waddill — Scout with San FranciscoAUGUST2 — Mike Schultz — Pitched single game in majors3 — Bob Murphy — Original voice of New York Mets8 — Pete Center — Won 7 games for the Indians11 — Joe Falls — Baseball writer in Detroit20 — Pat Patterson — Spent 11 seasons in Negro Leagues21 — Madeline English — Played in AAGPBL21 — William Powell — Pitched in the Negro Leagues22 — Jim Nelson — Won last game at Forbes Field23 — Hank Borowy — Won 108 games in major league career26 — Hal Epps — Played in 125 games in four seasons27 — Willie Crawford — Debuted at 17 with DodgersSEPTEMBER3 — Frenchy Uhalt — Legend in PCL7 — Bob Boyd — “The Rope” died at 847 — Hal Reniff — Reliever for the Yankees9 — Rose Gacioch — Played for Rockford Peaches15 — Mike Yastrzemski — Son of Hall of Famer22 — Cy Block — Hit .302 in 17 games26 — Victor Cruz — Major League reliever29 — Gertie Dunn — Played in the AAGPBLOCTOBER3 — John Cerutti — Former Jays pitcher and broadcaster3 — Ken Brondell — Pitched in 19446 — Norm Schlueter — Played in 118 games in majors8 — Johnny Sturm — Played for Yankees in 19418 — Tony Giuliani — Former catcher and MLB scout10 — Ken Caminiti — National League MVP in 199613 — Mike Blyzka — Pitched for parts of two seasons17 — Ray Boone — First of three generations of major leaguers20 — Chuck Hiller — Hit slam in 1962 World Series21 — James Bucher — Hit 17 home runs in his career26 — Bobby Avila — A three-time All-Star in the AL26 — Russ Derry — Hit 13 home runs in 1945NOVEMBER1 — Philip C. Sahara — Scout for Dodgers4 — Damon Phillips — 59 RBIs in major league career14 — Jesse Gonder — Catcher spent 8 seasons in MLB16 — Floyd Baker — Hit 1 home run in 13-year career18 — Ray Miller — Played in the Negro Leagues18 — Frank Baldwin — Brief career in majors18 — Spencer Gettys — Catcher in Negro Leagues19 — Brian Traxler — Played in 9 games for Dodgers24 — Tom Haller — Former Catcher and Giants GM28 — Connie Johnson — Pitched in Negro Leagues & MLB29 — Harry Danning — 10 years as catcher for GiantsDECEMBER1 — Sleepy Chatman — Played in Negro Leagues10 — Ed Sudol — Umpire for Aaron’s 715th Home Run13 — Andre Rodgers — Bahamian played 11 seasons in MLB14 — Danny Doyle — Player and MLB Scout14 — Rod Kanehl — Hit first grand slam for Mets15 — Larry Ponza — Inventor of pitching machines16 — Bobby Mattick — Former Player & Manager16 — Ted Abernathy — Recorded 148 saves in majors18 — Glenn Vaughan — Played for Houston in 196322 — Doug Ault — Hit first home run for Blue Jays23 — Wilmer Harris — Pitched in Negro Leagues24 — Johnny Oates — Former Texas & Baltimore Manager26 — Eddie Layton — Organist for Yankees and MSG27 — Ernest Groth — Pitched in six major league games29 — Ken Burkhart — Threw and called strikes in MLB29 — Gus Niarhos — Catcher played for nine seasons30 — Rex Bowen — Scout who signed Mazeroski31 — Charlie Cozart — Pitched five games in majors31 — Joseph Durso — Longtime New York sports writer

The following listings are for those who died in 2003 who had some impact in the game of baseball. However, instead of listing them as an obituary, we will mention them in this form:George Plimpton (Sept. 25 in New York)Plimpton, 76, was an author who participated in a number of activities and wrote about them — including “Paper Lion,” his experiences playing for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. His baseball contributions included pitching in an exhibition game with AL and NL players (he retired Willie Mays) and he wrote a book about the experience, “Out of My League.” In 1985, he wrote a fictitious story for Sports Illustrated on Sidd Finch, a baseball prospect with a 168 mph fastball. The story was believed by many.Bob Hope (July 27)Hope, 100, made a name in comedy and the movies, but he also had a connection to baseball in Cleveland. He was, at one time, a part-owner of the Cleveland Indians and he returned to Cleveland in 1993 to perform his signature “Thanks for the Memories” as the Indians ended 60 years of games at Municipal Stadium.Frankie Bolden (Aug. 28)Bolden, 90, was a reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier whose assignments included everything from Negro League Baseball to World War II. His stories included the exploits of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson.Joan B. Kroc (Oct. 12)The widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc died at 75 after a battle with brain cancer. She inherited the Padres when her husband died in 1984 and sold the team in 1990 to a group led by LA TV producer Tom Werner.Lloyd Pettit. (Nov. 11).An Emmy-winning sports broadcaster and Milwaukee-area philantrophist, Lloyd Pettit died at the age of 76. His first love was hockey, but he also was involved in broadcasts of Milwaukee Braves games.Eloise Pohlad (Nov. 20)Pohlad, 86, the wife of Twins’ owner Carl Pohlad and a benefactor of Twin Cities charities. She met her husband on a blind date at a college football game in 1946. Pohlad bought the Twins in 1984.Dick Butler (Dec. 20 in Fort Worth, Texas)Butler, 92, spent 49 years as a major and minor league baseball executive. He became an assistant to baseball commissioner Happy Chandler in 1946 and he held that title until 1951. He held executive positions in minor league baseball and later served as supervisor of American League Umpires. He became the special assistant to AL president Bobby Brown in 1986 and held that job until his retirement.[an error occurred while processing this directive]I’d like to thank all of you who take the time to e-mail me with notification of player deaths. Your help makes this page and this site a success. If you know of a player death from 2003 that is not listed here, please let me know.PlayersBud Metheny (1/2)Joe Ostrowski (1/3)Jim Westlake (1/3)Ed Albosta (1/6)Jarvis Tatum (1/6)Don Landrum (1/9)Ernie Rudolph (1/13)John Ritchey (1/14)Phil McCullough (1/16)Dutch Meyer (1/19)Toby Atwell (1/25)Bob Kammeyer (1/27)Jim Mertz (2/4)Stokes Hendrix (2/5)Billy Parker (2/9)Charles Aleno (2/10)Ralph Beard (2/10)Haywood Sullivan (2/12)Dick Whitman (2/12)Wally Burnette (2/12)Steve Bechler (2/17)Rusty Peters (2/21)Jim Fridley (2/28)Joe Decker (3/2)Mickey Kreitner (3/6)Al Libke (3/7)Mickey McGowan (3/8)Alta Cohen (3/11)Al Gionfriddo (3/14)Ron Shoop (3/14)Joe Buzas (3/19)Harry Eisenstat (3/21)Sam Bowens (3/28)Hilly Flitcraft (4/2)Deacon Murray (4/9)Al Epperly (4/14)Lefty Sloat (4/18)Chris Zachary (4/19)Sherwood Brewer (4/23)Fuzz White (4/24)Danny Napoleon (4/26)Art Houtteman (5/6)Red Bass (5/7)Slick Coffman (5/8)Dave DeBusschere (5/14)JB Spencer (5/17)Johnny Hopp (6/1)Pete Sivess (6/1)Kozuru Makoto (6/2)Ray Medeiros (6/6)Greg Garrett (6/7)Larry Doby (6/18)Harry Kinzy (6/22)Max Manning (6/23)Riverboat Smith (6/23)Jack Bruner (6/24)Bill Miller (7/1)Eddie Chandler (7/5)Ribs Raney (7/7)Charles Lloyd (7/13)Dottie Stolze (7/19)Grady Wilson (7/23)Juan Delis (7/23)Norm McRae (7/28)Jim Pruett (7/29)Gene Hasson (7/30)Pete Naktenis (8/1)Mickey McDermott (8/7)Billy Rogell (8/9)Charlie Devens (8/13)Red Hardy (8/15)Bobby Bonds (8/23)Claude Passeau (8/30)Emil Belich (9/3)Harley Grossman (9/5)Josh Gibson Jr. (9/10)Johnny Welaj (9/13)Red Barbary (9/27)Johnny Klippstein (10/10)Wil Culmer (10/14)Al Corwin (10/23)Sonny Senerchia (11/1)Dernell Stenson (11/5)Spider Jorgensen (11/6)Earl Battey (11/15)Pete Taylor (11/17)Ken Brett (11/18)Bubba Hyde (11/20)Joe Just (11/22)Warren Spahn (11/24)Ira Mobley (11/30)Jack Brewer (11/30)Jim Sheehan (12/2)Jay Difani (12/3)Don Wheeler (12/10)Carmen Mauro (12/19)Charlie Bowles (12/23)Ivan Calderon (12/27)Max West (12/31)UmpiresDurwood Merrill (11)George Maloney (7/29)Writers/BroadcastersEarl Lawson (1/15)Bill Merrill (3/29)Jim Hamilton (5/4)Sam Lacy (5/8)Vince Lloyd (7/3)Ken Coleman (8/21)Non-playersJim Carter (1/25)Jack Rogers (1/25)Carlisle Tippit (6/8)Dick Bogard (8/29)Wilbur Snapp (9/6)Greg Biagini (10/3)Paul Owens (12/26)Women’s LeagueDottie Key (5/8)Mary Baker (12/17)

JANUARY

  • 3 — Al Smith — Took Beer Bath in 1959 Series
  • 4 — Adrian Zabala — Limited Success in U.S.
  • 6 — Fred Taylor — Coached Ohio State in Basketball
  • 7 — Hal Marnie — Drove in 15 Runs
  • 26 — Ray Yochim — Pitched in Four Games
  • 31 — Harry Chiti — Once Traded for Himself

FEBRUARY

  • 2 — Andy Hansen — 23-30 in Major Leagues
  • 3 — Mel McGaha — Won 123 Games as Major League Manager
  • 8 — Steve Roser — Pitched for Boston Braves
  • 10 — Bob Davids — Founder of SABR
  • 10 — Jim Spencer — Played for Yankees in 1978 WS
  • 10 — Chet Clemens — Played in 28 Games
  • 11 — Frank Crosetti — Shortstop for Seven WS Teams
  • 11 — Les Peden — Played In 9 Games in Majors
  • 15 — Mike Darr — Padres Outfielder Died in Accident
  • 21 — Bill Faul — Pitched in 71 Games
  • 27 — Dykes Potter — Pitched in 2 Innings for Dodgers

MARCH

  • 4 — Walter C. Wright — Pitcher and Outfielder in Negro Leagues
  • 5 — Clay Smith — Pitched World Series and Just 18 Games in Majors
  • 7 — Mickey Haslin — Played in Babe Ruth’s Last Game
  • 8 — Ted Sepkowski — An RBI in 19 MLB Games
  • 11 — Al Cowens — Runner-up in 1977 MVP Voting
  • 12 — Steve Gromek — Won 123 Games in Majors
  • 17 — Lefty Bertrand — Pitched 2 Innings For Phillies
  • 23 — Maurice Wiggins — Known as “Waiter to the Stars”
  • 24 — Mace Brown — Saw Ruth’s Last Home Runs
  • 24 — Minnie Rojas — Had 27 Saves in 1967
  • 26 — Whitey Wietelmann — Drove in 122 Runs in Majors

APRIL

  • 3 — Roy Nichols — Two Hits in 9 At-Bats
  • 3 — Karl Swanson — Died at 100 Years Old
  • 5 — Paul Erickson — Pitched For Parts of Eight Seasons
  • 6 — Tom Sunkel — Pitched 220 Innings Despite Eye Problem
  • 9 — Jim Gallagher — Cubs GM in 1941
  • 21 — Sam Dente — Was Shortstop With Five Teams
  • 23 — Fireball Cohen — Negro League Teammate of Aaron
  • 26 — Red Davis — Managed in Minor Leagues for 11 Years
  • 27 — Jerry Witte — First Baseman for Browns

MAY

  • 11 — Steve Rachunok — 10 Strikeouts in 10 Innings
  • 13 — Bill Rodgers — Played in three major league games
  • 17 — Joe Black — Won Game in 1952 World Series
  • 17 — Bobby Robinson — Human Vacuum Cleaner
  • 21 — Bob Poser — 14.1 Innings Pitched in Majors
  • 22 — Fritz Ackley — 1-0 in Major Leagues
  • 22 — Joe Cascarella — Toured Japan with All-Star Team
  • 22 — Faye Dancer — Played in AAGPBL
  • 22 — Paul Giel — Two-Sport Star at University of Minnesota
  • 22 — Warren Hacker — 12 Seasons in Majors for Pitcher
  • 24 — James McCurine — Nicknamed “Big Stick” for His Power
  • 28 — Wes Westrum — Former Player and Manager
  • 29 — Sam Page — Played in S.C. Textile Leagues

JUNE

  • 11 — Hank Boney — Pitched 4 Innings
  • 17 — Bill Adair — Managed 10 Games in Majors
  • 18 — Jack Buck — Voice of St. Louis Cardinals
  • 18 — Jack Jenkins — 16 Strikeouts in Majors
  • 22 — Daryl Kile — Cardinals Pitcher Died at Young Age
  • 22 — Ron Kline — Won 114 Games in 17 Seasons
  • 25 — Joe Antolick — Catcher Played in 4 Games
  • 26 — Roland Latina — “The Glove Doctor”
  • 27 — Ralph Erickson — Oldest Player at Time of His Death
  • 30 — Pete Gray — Played in Majors Despite One Arm

JULY

  • 3 — Earl Francis — 16-23 in 103 Games
  • 5 — Ted Williams — Hall of Famer for Red Sox
  • 16 — James Warfield — Indians Trainer for 26 Years
  • 17 — Lee Maye — Baseball Player and Musician
  • 18 — Del Wilber — Managed for One Game in Majors
  • 19 — Spec Shea — Won Two Games in 1947 WS
  • 22 — Millie Deegan — Played in AAGPBL
  • 24 — Pete Coscarart — Hit 28 Home Runs in Majors
  • 24 — Al Silvera — 7 At-Bats in 1955
  • 24 — Barney White — Played in 4 Games in 1945
  • 25 — Bob Barr — 2.1 innings in Major Leagues
  • 25 — Ed Runge — American League umpire
  • 25 — Izzy Leon — Pitched for Phillies in 1945
  • 28 — Steve Souchock — 50 HRs in Eight Seasons
  • 28 — Hal Spindel — Catcher Drove in 20 Runs

AUGUST

  • 1 — Jack Tighe — Managed Tigers in 1957 & 1958
  • 4 — Mike Payne — 0-1 for Braves
  • 5 — Darrell Porter — 1982 World Series MVP
  • 5 — Willis Hudlin — Gave up Ruth’s 500th Home Run
  • 12 — Enos Slaughter — HOFer Made Mad Dash for Cardinals
  • 13 — Jack Creel — 5-4 in Major Leagues
  • 15 — Arnie Moser — Pinch hit in 5 Games for Reds
  • 16 — John Roseboro — Catcher Scuffled with HOFer
  • 17 — Jimmy Bloodworth — Played for “Whiz Kids”
  • 18 — Dick O’Connell — Former GM for Red Sox
  • 23 — Hoyt Wilhelm — HOFer with Knuckleball
  • 25 — Ned Martin — Former Voice for Red Sox

SEPTEMBER

  • 4 — Jim Constable — 3-4 in the major leagues
  • 8 — Warren Robinson — Scouted Orioles for “Miracle Mets”
  • 14 — Jim McKee — 1-1 For Pirates
  • 14 — Eddie Shokes — 10 Hits in Major Leagues
  • 22 — Don Carlsen — 2-4 in Major League Career
  • 25 — Ray Hayworth — 50-year Career in Baseball
  • 26 — Al Kvasnak — Two Hits in Five Games
  • 30 — Ed McGah Jr — One-time Roommate of Ted Williams

OCTOBER

  • 8 — Jodie Beeler — Played in 3 Games for Reds in 1944
  • 11 — Toots Ferrell — Negro League Player
  • 14 — Eddie Lynch — Part Owner of Diamondbacks
  • 20 — Mel Harder — Won 233 Games in Career

NOVEMBER

  • 10 — Ken Raffensberger — 119-154 in Pitching Career
  • 15 — Eddie Freed — 10 Hits in Major Leagues

DECEMBER

  • 1 — Dave McNally — Won 184 Major League Games
  • 2 — Ben Wade — 19-17 in His Career
  • 3 — Jug Thesenga — 12.1 Innings in Majors
  • 6 — Clarence Beers — Pitched 2/3 of inning
  • 8 — Jim Garland — Major League Scout for 28 Years
  • 9 — Johnny Lazor — Hit .310 in 1945
  • 10 — Homer Spragins — Pitched 5.1 Innings
  • 10 — Earl Henry — 1-4 For Indians
  • 10 — Mike Kosman — Played in One Game in 1944
  • 11 — Bob Loane — Played in 16 Games
  • 15 — Hank Arft — Hit 13 Home Runs in Majors
  • 15 — Dick Stuart — Earned Nickname of Dr. Strangeglove
  • 19 — Bob Rinker — 3 At-Bats in Majors
  • 19 — Claude Crocker — Former Player, College Coach
  • 23 — George Bullard — One At-Bat in Major Leagues
  • 24 — Charley Lupica — Set Atop Flag Pole for Indians
  • 26 — Frank Reiber — 2 Home Runs in Majors

January

  • 6 — Jim Dunn — Pitched 5.1 innings in the majors
  • 11 — Jim Dyck — Hit 15 home runs in 1952
  • 15 — Oscar Georgy — Pitched single inning in majors
  • 26 — Larry Loughlin — Pitched three games in majors
  • 31 — Norm Zauchin — Hit 27 home runs for Red Sox in 1955

February

  • 1 — Paul Calvert — Lost 17 games for Senators in 1949
  • 8 — Carl Sumner — 16 games for Red Sox
  • 20 — Buck Rogers — Pitched in 2 games for Washington
  • 20 — Joe Rossi — Got on Hornsby’s bad side
  • 21 — George Gill — 11-4 in his rookie season
  • 21 — Vinegar Bend Mizell — Served in Congress after baseball
  • 24 — Johnnie Wittig — 10-25 in pitching career
  • 25 — Earl Huckleberry — Winner in only game in majors
  • 28 — Ken Robinson — Pitched in 29 games in majors

March

  • 8 — Joe DiMaggio — Yankees’ legend and Hall of Famer
  • 13 — Bill Peterman — One hit in only major league at-bat
  • 20 — Paul Toth — Involved in Lou Brock trade
  • 24 — Birdie Tebbetts — Long career as catcher, manager, scout
  • 31 — Ike Kahdot — Played in four games in majors

April

  • 4 — Early Wynn — Hall of Famer won 300 games
  • 9 — Clay Bryant — 32-20 record in the major leagues
  • 11 — Pete Milne — 14 hits in 47 games
  • 13 — Cliff Ross — Pitched in four games, picked up save
  • 15 — Bernie Snyder — Played for Athletics in 1935
  • 26 — Faye Thorneberry — Hit 29 home runs in majors

May

  • 3 — Joe Adcock — Hit 336 home runs in career
  • 10 — Carl Powis — Played briefly in 1957
  • 11 — Ben Taylor — First baseman hit three home runs
  • 30 — Clarence Heise — Pitched two innings in major leagues

June

  • 6 — Eddie Stanky — Played for three NL pennant winners
  • 7 — Bob Garber — Pitched in two games in majors
  • 15 — Gene Markland — Played in five games in majors
  • 23 — Bert Haas — Was an All-Star in 1947
  • 25 — Charlie English — Hit a home run in his career
  • 26 — Tim Layana — Former Reds pitcher dies in accident

July

  • 16 — Whit Wyatt — 22-10 for Dodgers in 1941
  • 18 — Woody Davis — Pitched for Tigers in 1938
  • 28 — Ed Cole — 1-7 as major league pitcher

August

  • 8 — Harry Walker — Led NL in hitting in 1947
  • 14 — Pat Mullin — Debuted in Tigers’ OF in 1940
  • 14 — Pee Wee Reese — Hall of Fame shortstop for Dodgers
  • 17 — Randy Heflin — 4-11 in two seasons
  • 19 — Dee Fondy — Had 1,000 hits in career
  • 28 — Johnny Gerlach — 27 at-bats in major leagues
  • 28 — Dave Pope — Played in 1954 World Series with Indians

September

  • 1 — Doc Marshall — Played in 29 games at SS
  • 1 — Boots Poffenberger — 16-12 in major league career
  • 9 — Catfish Hunter — Hall of Fame pitcher
  • 13 — Bill Lohrman — Did he invent the slider?
  • 15 — Greek George — Caught Feller’s 17-strikeout game
  • 16 — Paul Gregory — Once struck out Babe Ruth
  • 16 — Doug Hansen — No hits, two runs in major leagues
  • 16 — Ace Williams — Pitched in 6 games in majors
  • 29 — Arnold Earley — Eight seasons in majors as pitcher
  • 30 — Warren Huston — Played in two seasons for Athletics

October

  • 3 — Paul Burris — Catcher played in 69 games in majors
  • 6 — Bob Patrick — Played in nine games for Detroit
  • 9 — Dutch Dotterer — Catcher debuted with Reds in 1957
  • 13 — Tex Aulds — A hit in four at-bats in majors
  • 19 — Ray Katt — Hit 32 home runs in eight seasons
  • 20 — Earl Turner — Catcher played in 42 games in majors

November

  • 1 — Pat McLaughlin — Debuted with Tigers in 1937
  • 13 — Ray Goolsby — Appeared in 3 games in majors
  • 16 — Allen Benson — Pitched 9.2 innings in major leagues
  • 18 — Jay Heard — Pitched 3.1 innings in two games
  • 28 — Dick Errickson — 36-47 record in major leagues
  • 29 — Tom Herrin — Won one game in majors
  • 30 — Al Schroll — Won six games as a major leaguer

December

  • * — Hector Martinez — Outfielder played in 2 seasons
  • 1 — Gene Baker — Debuted for Cubs along with Banks
  • 2 — Mike Budnick — 2-3 in 42 major league games
  • 6 — Roy Talcott — Pitched .2 innings in 1943
  • 8 — Wally Hebert — 21-36 in four seasons
  • 9 — Whitey Kurowski — Hit home run in 1942 series
  • 15 — Eddie Kazak — Hit .304 in rookie season with Cards
  • 20 — Dick Bertell — Catcher debuted with Cubs in 1960
  • 31 — Larry Bearnarth — First pitching coach for Rockies
  • 31 — Harry Kimberlin — 1-4 in four seasons in majors

* — exact date unknown

Special thanks to several members of SABR for their assistance in compiling this list.

JANUARY

  • 1 – Andy Spognardi — Played in 17 Games
  • 4 – John Milner — Hit 10 Grand Slams
  • 11 – Bob Lemon — Hall of Fame Pitcher
  • 19 – Lynn Myers — Played 2 Years in Majors
  • 20 – Ron Herbel — Won 42 Games in Career
  • 26 – Frankie Pack — Single At-Bat in Majors
  • 26 – Bill Strickland — Pitched in 9 Games
  • 28 – Ted Gullic — Nine Home Runs in Majors

FEBRUARY

  • 3 – John Leovich — One Hit in MLB
  • 10 – Gene Lambert — Pitched in 3 Games
  • 10 – Blas Monaco — Drove in 2 Runs
  • 15 – Bob Ramazzotti — 196 Hits in Majors
  • 16 – Soup Campbell — Three Home Runs
  • 17 – Turkey Tyson — Hitless in One At-Bat
  • 18 – Frank Hoerst — 10-33 as MLB Pitcher
  • 25 – Culley Rikard — Three seasons with Pirates

MARCH

  • 2 – Danny Musser — One hit in 2 At-Bats
  • 7 – Jack Sanford — 137 Wins in Majors
  • 12 – Jack Robinson — Four Innings Pitched
  • 13 – Harry Bright — Played in 1963 World Series
  • 19 – Dewey Williams — Hit .233 in Major Leagues
  • 29 – Hank Miklos — Pitched for Cubs

APRIL

  • 6 – Don Johnson — All-Star in 1944
  • 13 – Frenchy Bordagaray — Drove in 270 Runs
  • 14 – Bob Barthelson — 1-1 in Major League Career
  • 27 – Brooks Lawrence — Got Start in Negro Leagues
  • 28 – Jack Merson — Hit 6 Home Runs in Career
  • 29 – Buck Varner — Played in two games

MAY

  • 3 – Ed Chapman — Pitched for Washington
  • 10 – Carden Gillenwater — Played in 5 Seasons
  • 18 – Doyle Lade — 25 Wins in MLB
  • 31 – Hank Ruszkowski — Hit 3 Home Runs in 1946

JUNE

  • 2 – Ellis Clary — Player, Coach & Scout
  • 5 – Don Liddle — Won 28 games in Majors
  • 13 – Bob Tiefenauer — 9-25 in Pitching Career
  • 17 – Joe Albanese — Pitched 6 Innings in Majors
  • 21 – Bud Stewart — Played in 773 Games
  • 23 – Bob Tillman — Catcher for 9 Seasons

JULY

  • 14 – Georges Maranda — Won 2 Games in MLB
  • 20 – Jim Suchecki — 0-6 in MLB Career

AUGUST

  • 6 – Marv Felderman — One Hit in Six At-Bats
  • 14 – Ken Heintzelman — 17-10 in 1948 Season
  • 21 – Russ Kerns — Hitless in Single At-Bat
  • 22 – Bill Bradford — Pitched 2 Innings in Majors
  • 26 – Ed Rakow — 36-47 in Career
  • 27 – Bob Mahoney — Won 2 Games in Majors
  • 29 – Fern Bell — Hit 2 Home Runs for Pirates

SEPTEMBER

  • 4 – Pinky May — Drove in 215 Runs
  • 5 – Clyde Sukeforth — Scouted Jackie Robinson
  • 7 – Nick Tremark — Outfielder Played in 35 Games
  • 14 – George Myatt — 30 Steals in 1945
  • 17 – Chico Salmon — Spent 9 Seasons in Majors
  • 20 – Joe Stephenson — Played Briefly in 3 Seasons
  • 22 – Bill Sommers — Played for Browns in 1950
  • 23 – Aurelio Rodriguez — Standout Defensive 3B
  • 29 – Lynn Lovenguth — 16 Games in Two Seasons

OCTOBER

  • 1 – Charlie Brewster — Drove in 14 Runs
  • 4 – Chuck Oertel — 2 Hits, 1 Home Run
  • 22 – Hank Wyse — 79 Wins in MLB
  • 23 – Benny Culp — Five hits in his career
  • 28 – Andujar Cedeno — 616 Games in Majors

NOVEMBER

  • 2 – Eddie J. Collins — Son of the Hall of Famer
  • 5 – Willard Marshall — 130 Home Runs in 11 Seasons
  • 5 – Harry Taylor — 19-21 in MLB Career
  • 14 – Len Gabrielson — Four Hits in His Career
  • 25 – Hugh Alexander — MLB Scout for 61 Years

DECEMBER

  • 1 — Terry Wilshusen — Pitched 0.1 Innings
  • 3 — Red Nonnenkamp — 24 RBI in Four Seasons
  • 10 – Willard Nixon — 69 Major League Wins
  • 12 – Red Barkley — Utility Player in Majors
  • 13 – Jake Jones — 23 Home Runs in Career
  • 15 – Bubba Floyd — Four Hits in 9 At-Bats
  • 16 – John Perkovich — Pitched 5 Innings
  • 19 – Lou Polli — Died at 99 Years Old
  • 19 – Lou Thuman — Injured in D-Day Invasion
  • 26 – Roy Partee — 114 RBI in Career
  • 31 – Harry Dorish — 45 Wins in Majors

JANUARY

  • 3 — Alex Sabo. Brief pitching career
  • 4 — Joe Zapustas. Played in 2 games
  • 6 — Tot Pressnell. Pitched for Brooklyn
  • 6 — Tom Poholsky. Pitched for Cards & Cubs
  • 8 — Bret Hodge. Played in eight games.
  • 19 — John Babich. Struck Ruth out 3 times in game
  • 22 — Tommie Agee. Star of 1969 World Series
  • 28 — Curt Blefary. Former Rookie of the Year

FEBRUARY

  • 1 — Sam Harshany. Did he tag Greenberg out?
  • 8 — Butch Wensloff. 16-13 pitching record
  • 16 — Bob Buhl. 166 pitching victories
  • 18 — Eddie Mathews. Braves’ 3B had HOF career
  • 20 — Bill Rigney. First Giants manager in SF
  • 25 — Bitsy Mott. Was Elvis’ personal guard

MARCH

  • 5 — Leo Thomas. Hit .212 in majors
  • 6 — Doc Dennis. In Negro Leagues 1942-55
  • 12 — Bill Reeder. Pitched for Cards in 1929
  • 20 — Luis Alvarado. Played 9 seasons in MLB
  • 22 — Newt Kimball. 3.78 ERA in 94 games

APRIL

  • 1 — Jo-Jo Moore. 12 years with the Giants
  • 9 — Willie Stargell. Pops led Pirates family
  • 12 — Nelson Burbrink. Signed Seaver to the Mets
  • 16 — Hank Riebe. Purple Heart in WWII
  • 21 — Sandy Ullrich. Pitched 91 innings
  • 21 — Hal White. Pitched 10 years for Tigers
  • 23 — Gary Gearhart. Brief career with Giants
  • 30 — Frank Stewart. One game with White Sox

MAY

  • 3 — Hank Schmulbach. Appeared as pinch runner
  • 7 — Dick Kimble. One season with Senators
  • 17 — Ike Brown. Tiger Fans’ favorite
  • 19 — Joe Lovitto. Outfielder for Texas
  • 20 — Bob Keely. Became Major League scout
  • 21 — Mel Hoderlein. Hit .252 in his career
  • 27 — Ralph Hamner. Finished with 8-20 record

JUNE

  • 2 — Gene Woodling. Former OF for Yankees
  • 4 — John Corriden. Played in a single game
  • 6 — Snapper Garrison. Played with Red Sox
  • 11 — Lou Lombardo. Pitched 5.1 innings
  • 15 — Marcelino Solis — Pitched for Cubs in 1958
  • 16 — Wallace Hood. Pitched for Yankees
  • 16 — Sam Jethroe. Oldest winner of ROY honor
  • 26 — John LeRoy. Former Braves pitcher

JULY

  • 10 — Anthony Criscola. OF for Browns and Reds
  • 10 — Al Lary. College football star
  • 16 — John Dagenhard. Played for Braves
  • 17 — Chief Hogsett. 63 wins as MLB pitcher
  • 18 — Barry Shetrone. Played for the Orioles
  • 28 — John Easton. Played in four games

AUGUST

  • 6 — Jim Mallory. Became college baseball coach
  • 10 — Lou Boudreau. Star Player-Manager for Indians
  • 10 — Ramon Monzant. Won 16 games in career
  • 13 — Jim Hughes. Relief pitcher for Dodgers
  • 24 — Hank Sauer. ‘Mayor’ of Wrigley Field
  • 29 — Dick Selma. First win for the Padres
  • 29 — Eric Tipton. Former Duke football star
  • 31 — Crash Davis. Made famous by Costner

SEPTEMBER

  • 3 — Carl Lindquist. Pitched for Boston Braves
  • 11 — Clem Driesewerd. Pitched in ’46 world Series
  • 11 — Vince Ventura. Signed same day as Rizzuto
  • 17 — Bubba Church. Pitched for Whiz Kids
  • 19 — Bill Stafford. Signed for pair of spikes
  • 20 — George Archie. Left baseball for the military
  • 20 — Joe Stephenson. Became baseball scout
  • 25 — John Powers. Spent 6 years in majors
  • 27 — Dick Rozek. Gave up first HR to Mantle
  • 28 — Jack Maguire. Played for Giants & Pirates

OCTOBER

  • 5 — Woody Jenson. Set record for leadoff hitters
  • 6 — Miguel Del Toro. Pitcher died in accident
  • 10 — Dave Gerard. 2-3 record in majors
  • 14 — Ben Sankey. Shortstop with Pirates
  • 18 — Ferris Fain. Two-time AL batting champ
  • 19 — Hugh Mulcahy. Nicknamed ‘Losing Pitcher’
  • 19 — Joseph Murray. Pitched in single season
  • 24 — William Mueller. Played briefly for White Sox
  • 30 — Johnny Lucadello. Made his two HRs count

NOVEMBER

  • 1 — Tom Cheney. Struck out 21 in a game
  • 4 — Bob Gillespie. 202 innings pitched in MLB
  • 11 — Ray Kelly. Personal mascot of Babe Ruth
  • 16 — Ted (Tal) Abernathy. Pitched 20.1 innings in majors
  • 16 — Red Steiner. On two teams in only season
  • 18 — Mel Deutsch. A brief pitching career
  • 23 — Bo Belinsky. Earned fame in Hollywood
  • 29 — Marcelino Lopez — Won 31 games in the majors

DECEMBER

  • 4 — Eddie Popowski. Players called him ‘Pops’
  • 18 — Bill Howerton. Hit 22 HRs in four seasons
  • 22 — Bob Davis. Pitched in two seasons
  • 24 — Hank Soar. MLB umpire & NFL star
  • 26 — Tom McBride. Spent 6 seasons in majors
  • 27 — John Hoffman. Part-time catcher for Houston

January

  • 3 — Wayne Ambler — Drove in 73 runs in career
  • 6 — Ronny Miller — Pitched in single game
  • 7 — Hiker Moran — Pitched in seven games
  • 11 — Joe Becker — Drove in 13 runs in majors

February

  • 5 — Marv Olson — Drove in 30 runs in career
  • 9 — Bill Froats — Single game in Major Leagues
  • 11 — Mike Fornieles — 63 Wins in 12 Seasons
  • 23 — Ray Stoviak — Hitless in 10 at-bats in majors
  • 25 — Joe Gallagher — Hard-hitter had brief career in majors

March

  • 2 — Slick Castleman — Last winning pitcher at Baker Bowl
  • 6 — Frank Barrett — Won 15 games in the majors
  • 10 — Ed Walczak — Played in 20 major league games
  • 17 — Milo Candini — 26-21 in major league career
  • 29 — Dick Phillips — Hit 10 home runs in 1963

April

  • 1 — Dave Smith — 2-1 record in the majors
  • 6 — John Wyatt — Record 103 saves in career
  • 13 — Jack Bolling — Hit four home runs in major leagues
  • 18 — Walter Sessi — Collected two hits
  • 27 — John Irvin Kennedy — Integrated the Phillies
  • 29 — Ron Blackburn — Won three games for Pirates

May

  • 1 — Heinie Heltzel — 17 hits in the major leagues
  • 2 — Johnny Grodzicki — Posted 2-2 record in career
  • 4 — Sam Gentile — One hit in eight games
  • 9 — Ray Noble — Played in 107 games for Giants
  • 14 — Bill Sodd — Hitless in a single at-bat
  • 15 — Packy Rogers — Played in 23 games in majors
  • 16 — Rufino Linares — Hit 11 home runs in MLB
  • 22 — Fred Hatfield — Baseball player and college coach
  • 26 — Charlie White — Catcher played in 62 games

June

  • 7 — Tom Buskey — 21 pitching victories in eight seasons
  • 10 — Jim Hearn — Won 109 games in 13 seasons
  • 11 — Harry Anderson — Drove in 242 runs in career
  • 21 — Al Campanis — Spent career as executive with Dodgers

July

1 — Ed Connolly — 6-12 as major league pitcher2 — Leon Brinkopf — Played in nine games in majors6 — Ed Sanicki — Hit three home runs in 20 games13 — Red Badgro — In Football Hall of Fame16 — Jess Dobernic — 7-3 in major league career19 — Elmer Valo — 20 seasons in major leagues27 — Bill Tuttle — Devoted to cause of cancer awareness

August9 — Ray Moss — Debuted with Dodgers in 192613 — Rafael Robles — Played in 47 games for Padres17 — Johnny Lipon — Played and managed in MLB20 — Gene Host — 0-2 record in MLB career20 — Fred Sington — Hit .271 in 181 games

September

  • 1 — Earl Harrist — Winner of 12 games in major leagues
  • 9 — Jerry Zimmerman — Catcher played in 483 games
  • 11 — Larry Bradford — Former reliever for Braves
  • 17 — Slim Emmerich — Pitched to 4-4 record in majors
  • 17 — Chet Hoff — Died at 107 years old
  • 30 — Dan Quisenberry — Record 244 saves in career

October

  • 4 — Lee Grissom — Won 29 games in MLB
  • 6 — Mark Belanger — Outstanding defensive shortstop
  • 10 — Strick Shofner — Played in five games in majors
  • 10 — El Tappe — Player, coach and manager in MLB
  • 16 — Frank Carswell — Played in 16 games in the majors
  • 21 — Phil Haugstad — Finished with a 1-1 record in career
  • 30 — George Schmees — Played in one season in majors
  • 31 — Bob Thurman — Played in Negro Leagues & MLB

November

  • 2 — Elmo Plaskett — Catcher for the Pirates
  • 10 — Hal Newhouser — Hall of Famer won back-to-back MVPs
  • 13 — Al Wright — Had a hit in his only at-bat
  • 20 — Dick Sisler — Player and manager in majors
  • 29 — Jim Turner — Spent 51 years in pro baseball
  • 30 — Jesse Levan — Hit .286 in brief major league career
  • 30 — Ad Liska — Won 17 games in five seasons

December

  • 2 — Ben Guintini — Hitless in seven at-bats
  • 2 — Red Roberts — Played in nine games in 1943
  • 12 — Denny Galehouse — Winner of 109 games in majors
  • 15 — Johnny Riddle — Catcher played in 98 games in majors
  • 16 — Johnny Gorsica — Pitched in majors for seven seasons
  • 19 — Joe Mack — Played in 66 games in majors
  • 20 — John Anderson — Pitched in 24 games
  • 26 — Dewey Adkins — Winner of two games in majors
  • 30 — Jack Graham — Hit 38 home runs in two seasons

Special thanks to several members of SABR for their assistance in compiling this list.