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« on: February 26, 2019, 09:27:38 AM »

Selective list on my part, pretty much sticking to 1950s/60s/70s:

Harry Agganis  Red Sox  Pulmonary Embolism  Age 26  1955  Doctors said Agganis rushed back too soon from a bout of pneumonia.

Lyman Bostock  Angels  Homicide (Gunshot)  Age 27  1978  A jealous ex-husband shot Bostock in Gary, IN. Lyman was a passenger sitting in the back seat of a car full of people (including the ex-wife).

Kenny Hubbs  Cubs  Plane Crash  Age 22  1964  He had a fear of flying so he decided to confront that fear directly by taking lessons and getting his pilot's license. His plane went down while trying to "beat" a weather front home.

Bob Moose  Pirates  Car Crash  Age 29  1976  Bob Moose's car swerved at night onto the berm of a road in Ohio, then back onto the highway, where it was struck. The two women passengers in the car with him were OK.

Chico Ruiz  Angels   Car Crash  Age 33  1972  An interesting guy. Once pointed a loaded gun at batting champ Alex Johnson in the Angels clubhouse. Died one month after becoming a US citizen (car hit a sign pole outside San Diego).

Roberto Clemente  Pirates  Plane Crash  Age 38  1972

Thurman Munson  NYY  Plane Crash  Age 32  1979

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2019, 09:31:43 AM »

There was a young Miami player - a pitcher as I recall - a few years back that died in a boating accident. It might have been during spring training.
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2019, 12:10:04 PM »

Coming readily to mind:

Nick Adenhart, promising young Angels pitcher, killed in a car crash just after winning a game. Adenhart was a pasenger in a car hit by a drunk driver.
Jim Umbright, early 60's pitcher, diagnosed with cancer.
Dick Brown, veteran journeyman catcher in the 60's, brain tumor
The Marlins pitcher killed in a boating accident (alcohol) was Jose Fernandez, a potential really good pitcher.   
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2019, 05:21:23 PM »

There have been a load of active players who died. As I said, my selective list only included 1955-1979.

On Jose Fernandez, City of Miami is considering a statue outside Marlins Park. He was immensely talented and popular with the Cuban-American population. That's tempered by the fact he was high on drugs driving his speedboat at 2 AM into a rock jetty -- killing himself and a couple friends.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2019, 10:05:36 PM »

Tim Crews.

BTW ,the guy who  shot  Bostock wasf  found  insane.
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2019, 10:06:36 PM »

Joe---shame  on you  --Lou Gehrig
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2019, 09:07:27 AM »

Joe---shame  on you  --Lou Gehrig

Did Gehrig play in the 1950s/60s/70s? That was the period I was addressing. Nothing before or after.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2019, 11:56:05 AM »

How about Donnie Moore, Angels pitcher who took his own life pursuant to a poor post-season?

(Admittedly after the 50's-70's)
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2019, 01:26:41 PM »

How about Donnie Moore, Angels pitcher who took his own life pursuant to a poor post-season?

(Admittedly after the 50's-70's)

That was so damn tragic. Over a ballgame. Wonder if Ralph Branca ever had those thoughts. Having heard him speak on his unlucky experience, I doubt it but ... right after it happened, who knows? I know he sought counseling with his priest in Mt. Vernon.
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2019, 07:49:11 PM »

I remember Agganis, Umbright, Brown, Hubbs, Clemente, Munson, and Bostock.  Also not mentioned: Walt Bond, Twins, 1967, who died of Leukemia.

From before my time, I had read about and heard (and saw the film) about Lou Gherig, and had read about Yankees' Carl Mays killing Indians' 2nd Baseman, Ray Chapman, with a beanball in 1920, and big Ed Delahanty, then of The Washington Senators, then leading the AL in hitting in 1903, with .376, drowning at the bottom of Niagara Falls, suposedly falling in by accident, while on a holiday break during mid season. (July 4th?)., and great young power hitting(and high average hitter), and budding superstar, Cardinals' Austin McHenry, in mid 1922 died of a brain tumor, as did Josh Gibson of The Homestead Greys, during the 1947 season.playboy, Chick Stahl of The Red Sox, in 1907, died of suicide, when the fact that he was gambling on major league games came out.  Jake Daubert of The Reds, former NL batting champ (with The Dodgers) Died of appendicitis in 1924.  Dan McGann of The Giants in 1910 died of suicide, and Ross Youngs of The Giants died in 1927, of Bright's Disease.  Addie Joss, pitching ace of The Indians, died of meningitis in 1911, at the height of his career.  These were all star players.
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2019, 08:36:38 PM »

On Harry Agganis, the reason he came back too soon from pneumonia was he feared losing the 1B job to Norm Zauchin. Or, so it is said.

I recall Jim Umbricht. Reliever with the Colt 45s. They found a malignant tumor in his leg. Shortly thereafter, diagnosed with lymphoma. Died at 33 in 1963.
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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2019, 09:35:52 PM »

Sorry  Joe--missed  your intro
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2019, 01:39:33 AM »

Somewhere  in hazy memory I remember (maybe?) reading about a despondent MLB catcher who blew his brains out sometime circa 1940's. Looked it up now - Willard Hershberger - Redlegs.
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2019, 09:01:14 AM »

Somewhere  in hazy memory I remember (maybe?) reading about a despondent MLB catcher who blew his brains out sometime circa 1940's. Looked it up now - Willard Hershberger - Redlegs.

Some other notable suicides:

Hugh Casey   Brooklyn Dodgers Relief Pitcher  Self-Inflicted shotgun blast to the neck   1951

Mike Flanagan   Orioles   Pitcher   Self-Inflicted Gunshot  2011

Ryan Freel   Reds  OF   Self-Inflicted gunshot   2012

Enzo Hernandez   Padres   Infielder  Drug overdose   2013


Had forgotten Donnie Moore shot his wife before killing himself
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2019, 10:21:12 PM »

Mike  Sharperson  LA  Dodgers good infielder

Rick Reichart-- Cal angels--Cancer?

Jim ?  McGlothlin   --Angels  --cancer.

Elio  Chacon--Angels  -traffic I  believe

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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2019, 09:59:43 AM »

Rick Reichardt!!!

Hadn't thought of him in awhile. I remember he was hyped as the second coming of Mickey Mantle when he signed in 1964. Football star at Wisconsin as well, Rose Bowl star and all that! The bidding war for his services led to MLB starting the draft in 1965.

Trivia: About that 1965 first MLB draft, anyone know who the first-ever overall #1 selection was? Doc, think you may have mentioned you met him (but I could well be wrong about that!).
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2019, 12:44:54 PM »

Elio Chacon as a New York Mets shortstop:

If the batter hit a scorching line drive to his left, he would dive to his left and make a fine catch

If the batter hit a scorching line drive to his right, he would dive to his left and........

 Roll Eyes
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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2019, 10:30:18 PM »

Sure Joe--Rick Monday  Santa Monica High  &   AZState.    There's a big building  at SM Hi. behind  right field--about 450 ft.   Rick  confirmed the  rumor that he did  put one on the  roof  in HS.
Rick still  announcer  on radio-with Charlie  Steiner-famous foe NEVER  giving the score.  When Steiner  is on vacation Rick does play by play & Kevin Kennedy  color.  Rick is  a VERY  nice guy.   When I somehow struck him  out--he autographed the ball "  someone turned  off the lights."
       
Robb--think Harry Bright died of  Young's disease.. Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2019, 10:13:19 AM »

Doc, that stuff on Rick Monday is priceless. And you struck him out!! Didn't know he went to Samohi.

ASU, where my son went, has a ball field that's at least AA quality. Saw a number of games there when I'd visit him (not exactly fun sitting in that desert heat/sun). No Barry Bonds's or Reggie Jackson's on the team in his years there but I still think they made the College WS every year.   
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« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2019, 09:08:19 PM »

Joe--struck  him out  about  20 yrs ago  in Vero.  NOT in HS
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« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2019, 09:09:58 PM »

There was  a Spanish  named Angel-killed  in TA.  Thot it was Chacon.  A name very similar
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« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2019, 10:18:05 PM »

Thinking of Chico Ruiz?
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« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2019, 12:05:43 AM »

That'sit Mike--late 60s-70s?
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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2019, 02:24:12 PM »

Doctor,

Yup. MLB '64-71.  Single car crash in Feb. '72
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« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2019, 04:16:06 PM »

Doctor,

Yup. MLB '64-71.  Single car crash in Feb. '72
Yeah, in my opening post for this thread, I mentioned Chico Ruiz was a bit unstable, pulling a loaded gun on batting champ Alex Johnson in the Angel's clubhouse. In that auto accident, as I said, he hit a sign pole (must've been a sturdy one).
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« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2019, 10:46:44 PM »

Alex,brother  of a NY  football  Giant-Ron Johnson,  was  very"eccentric"   to be  charitable.  Mixing him with  a hot tempered  unstable guy  is  a recipe for  diaster.
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