NecrologyIn remembrance of baseball legends.
Bob Anderson was born Sept. 29, 1935, in East Chicago, Ind. Signed by the Cubs in 1954 as an amateur free agent, Anderson made his debut on July 31, 1957, and spent the next six seasons with Chicago. For his final season, Anderson was a right-handed pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Anderson passed away on March 12, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla.
Joaquin Andujar was born Dec. 21, 1952, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent in 1969 and went on to make his debut on April 8, 1976, with the Astros. Over his 13-year career, Andujar played for the Astros, Cardinals and Athletics and had his best season in 1984, when he lead the National League with 20 wins and four shutouts. Andujar earned All-Star honors four times throughout his career, was named a Gold Glove Award winner in 1984 and won a World Series with St. Louis in 1982. Andujar passed away on Sept. 8, 2015, in San Pedro de Macoris.
Rinaldo "Rugger" Ardizoia was born on Nov. 20, 1919, in Novara, Italy. Ardizoia spent 12 years in the Minor Leagues, mainly in the Pacific Coast League, and only one year in the Majors, for the New York Yankees, making his debut on April 30, 1947. During his time in professional baseball, Ardizoia took a hiatus to serve in the Air Force during World War II. Ardizoia passed away on July 19, 2015, in San Francisco.
Earl Averill Jr. was born on Sept. 9, 1931, in Cleveland. After spending his college career with the University of Oregon and earning All-American accolades, Averill was signed by the Cleveland Indians. The son of Baseball Hall of Famer and his namesake, Earl Averill Sr., Averill Jr. made his debut on April 19, 1956, as the starting Catcher for the Tribe. Spending seven years in the Majors, Averill played for the Indians, Cubs, White Sox, Angels and Phillies. Averill passed away on May 13, 2015, in Tacoma, Wash.
Ernie Banks was born on Jan. 31, 1931, in Dallas. The Hall of Fame shortstop and first baseman got his start in baseball with the Negro League's Kansas City Monarchs, before being drafted into the Army in 1951. Upon returning from his service in Europe, Banks played the majority of the 1953 season with the Monarchs before signing with the Cubs on Sept. 8, 1953. Nine days later, Banks made his debut for Chicago, never having played in the Minors. Banks spent the entirety of his 19-year career with the Cubs, spending equal time at first base and shortstop. An 11-time All-Star, two-time National League MVP and Gold Glove winner, Banks was known for his cheery disposition and love of baseball, famously saying, "Let's play two!" After retiring from his playing career, Banks served as a team ambassador for the Cubs. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, Banks had his jersey retired by the Cubs in 1982, the first player to ever have his number retired by the team. Banks passed away on Jan. 23, 2015, in Chicago.
Dick Barone was born Oct. 13, 1932 in San Jose, Calif. Barone made his debut Sept. 22, 1960 as a pinch runner for the Pirates, who had already clinched the National League pennant in that year. Barone served his country in the Korean War, and spent ten seasons in the minors. He passed away on April 23, 2015 in Hollister, Calif.
Dave Bergman was born on June 6, 1953, in Evanston, Ill. Bergman was drafted in the 12th round of the 1971 First-Year Player Draft by the Cubs but forewent the opportunity to play for Chicago and attended Illinois State University instead. After spending three years with the Redbirds, Bergman was drafted in the second round of the 1974 Draft by the Yankees and made his Major League debut on Aug. 26, 1975. In his 17-year career, Bergman played for the Yankees, Astros, Giants and Tigers, winning a World Series with Detroit in 1984. Bergman passed away on Feb. 2, 2015, in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Lawrence "Yogi" Berra was born May 12, 1925 in St. Louis. The 15-time All-star and three-time American League MVP was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1943, and spent only two years in the minors, punctuated by three years of military service during World War II. Making his debut on Sept. 22, 1946 at catcher, Berra went on to spend the entirety of his 19-year career with the Yankees. Berra still holds the record for most World Series won by any player, with 10. After retiring from playing, Berra held managerial positions with both the Mets and Yankees. Berra was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He passed away on Sept. 22, 2015 in West Caldwell, N.J.
Fred Besana was born April 5, 1930 in Lincoln, Calif. Besana played in the Minor Leagues for about a decade and briefly pitched in the majors for the Baltimore Orioles. He made two career starts with the Orioles, and appeared in seven games with a 5.60 ERA. Following his baseball career, Besana went on to earn his Master's degree in physical education and later became a Physical Education teacher. Besana passed away Nov. 7, 2015 in Roseville, Calif.
Everett "Rocky" Bridges was born on Aug. 7, 1927, in Refugio, Texas. Bridges signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and made his Major League debut on April 17, 1951, as the Dodgers' Opening Day starting third baseman. Bridges spent 11 years playing in the Majors, for the Dodgers, Reds, Senators, Tigers, Indians, Cardinals and Angels. Following his playing days, Bridges was a Minor League manager for 21 years and also coached for the Angels and Giants. Bridges passed away on Jan. 28, 2015, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Hal Brown was born Dec. 11, 1924 in Greensboro, N.C. Brown was drafted in 1943 by the United States Air Force and served 32 months in the military during World War II. Following his return home, the Boston Red Sox signed him as an amateur free agent in 1946. During his 14-year career, Brown played for the Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles and Yankees. He finished his Major League career with a 3.81 ERA. Brown passed away on Dec. 17, 2015 in his hometown of Greensboro at the age of 91.
Ollie Brown was born Feb. 11, 1944, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Signed by the San Francisco Giants in 1962, Brown made his debut as an outfielder on Sept. 10, 1965. After four seasons with the Giants, he was the first pick of the 1968 expansion draft by the San Diego Padres. In his 13-year career, Brown also spent time with the Phillies, Brewers, Astros and Athletics. Brown passed away on April 16, 2015, in Buena Park, Calif.
Don Bryant was born on July 13, 1941, in Jasper, Fla. Bryant was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1959 and made his debut on July 17, 1966, with the Chicago Cubs as a catcher. During his three-year career, Bryant played with the Cubs and Astros. After retiring from playing, Bryant spent time as a coach with both the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Bryant passed away on Jan. 22, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla.
George Burpo was born June 19, 1922 in Jenkins, Ky. Burpo began his baseball career at the age of 17 in 1939. He took three years off during his baseball career to serve in the Navy during World War II, and returned back to baseball shortly thereafter. He played two games with the Cincinnati Reds in 1946. Burpo passed away on Dec. 20, 2015 in Tucson, Ariz.
Jose Capellan was born Jan. 13, 1981, in Cotui, Dominican Republic. Capellan was signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent in 1998 and made his debut as a starting pitcher with Atlanta on Sept. 12, 2004. During his five-year career, Capellan played for the Braves, Rockies, Brewers and Tigers. Capellan passed away on April 7, 2015, in Philadelphia.
Carmelo Castillo was born June 8, 1958 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Castillo was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1978. He later became a back-up outfielder for the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins from 1982 to 1991. Following his playing career, he became the manager of the Dominican Summer League Rangers. Castillo passed away Nov. 15, 2015 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Dean Chance was born June 1, 1941 in Wooster, Ohio. The 1964 Cy Young Award winner, Chance signed with the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1959. Chance made his Major League debut with the Angels in 1961, and became part of the regular rotation roster in 1962. He played with the Angels until 1966 when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins. He continued his 11-year career with the Indians, Mets, and Tigers. He was known as a "power pitcher," ending his career with a 2.92 ERA. Chance was a two time All-Star and an American League Shutouts Leader in 1964. Chance passed away Oct. 11, 2015 in Wooster.
Harold "Doc" Daugherty was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Paris, Penn. Daugherty served in the United States Army before enrolling at Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Buckeyes football squad. He signed with Detroit as a free agent in 1948 and made his debut on April 22, 1951, as a pinch hitter. Following his call-up in 1951, Daugherty spent two more years in the Tigers' Minor League system before retiring to become a high school teacher and football coach. Daugherty also managed in the Tigers organization following his retirement from the Majors. Daugherty passed away on Aug. 15, 2015, in Downingtown, Penn.
Ramon de los Santos was born Jan. 19, 1949 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Santos was signed as a free agent to the Houston Astros in 1972. Santos pitched 12 games during his Major League career with the Astros in 1974 for an ERA of 2.19. After his career, he became a scout for the Seattle Mariners. Santos passed away Nov. 29, 2015 in Santo Domingo.
Carlos Diaz was born Jan. 7, 1958 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Diaz was drafted in the 1979 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners and made his Major League debut in 1982. During his five-year career, Diaz played for the Dodgers, Mets and Braves. Diaz passed away Sept. 28, 2015 in Honolulu.
Kerry Dineen was born July 1, 1952 in Englewood, N.J. Dineen set a school record for career batting average, hitting .409 at the University of San Diego. Dineen was drafted in the 1973 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. During his three-year career, Dineen also played for the Phillies as an outfielder. Dineen passed away Nov. 21, 2015 in Henderson, Nev.
Larry Eschen was born Sept. 22, 1920, in Suffern, N.Y. Eschen made his debut for the Philadelphia Athletics on June 16, 1942, at shortstop. After spending the 1942 season with the Athletics, Eschen went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Eschen passed away on June 9, 2015, in Gainsville, Ga.
Bobby Etheridge was born Nov. 25, 1942 in Greenville, Miss. Etheridge was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 1964. Etheridge's two-year baseball career was solely with the Giants. He made his Major League debut on July 16, 1967 against the Cubs. Etheridge passed away on Sept. 19, 2015 in Rolling Fork, Miss.
Jim Fanning was born on Sept. 14, 1927, in Chicago. After serving in the Army during World War II and earning his physical education degree from Buena Vista College, Fanning went on to sign with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in 1949. Making his debut as a catcher on Sept. 11, 1954, Fanning then spent the rest of his four seasons in Major League Baseball with the Cubs. Though Fanning retired from playing in 1958, he continued to work as a manager in the Minor Leagues before becoming the Montreal Expos' first general manager in 1969. Fanning spent three seasons as the Expos manager, including the 1981 season in which Toronto made its only postseason appearance. Fanning passed away on April 25, 2015, in London, Ontario, Canada.
George Genovese was born Feb. 22, 1922 in Staten Island, N.Y. In 1942, Genovese was drafted into the Army Air Force, and eventually sent to the Pacific where he was stationed at Okinawa. Genovese was discharged in March 1946, and returned to baseball. He made his Major League debut in 1950 for the Washington Senators. Genovese passed away on Nov. 15, 2015 in Burbank, Calif.
Gus Gil was born April 19, 1939 in Caracas, Venezuela. Gil played four years in the Major Leagues as an infielder. Gil was signed as an amateur free agent in 1959 by the Cincinnati Reds. Soon after he was acquired by the Cleveland Indians, he had his Major League debut in 1967. Once Gil retired, he managed four years in the minors for the Angels and Orioles farm systems. Gil passed away Dec. 8, 2015 in Phoenix.
Fred Gladding was born June 28, 1936, in Flat Rock, Mich. Signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1956, Gladding made his debut on July 1, 1961, pitching two innings of relief. After seven seasons with the Tigers, Gladding spent the remainder of his 13-year career in Houston. His best season in the Majors came in 1969, when he led the National League in saves with 29. After his playing career ended, Gladding coached in the Minor League systems of the Tigers, Astros and Indians. Gladding passed away on May 21, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.
Darryl Hamilton was born Dec. 3, 1964, in Baton Rouge, La. After attending Nichols State University, Hamilton was taken in the 11th round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Making his debut in center field on June 3, 1988, for Milwaukee, Hamilton went on to spend seven seasons with the Brewers before playing for the Mets, Rockies, Giants and Rangers during his 13-year career. Following his retirement from playing, Hamilton worked for the Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball, worked with MLB Advanced Media and was an analyst for MLB Network. Hamilton passed away on June 21, 2015, in Pearland, Texas.
Garry Hancock was born Jan. 23, 1954 in Tampa, Fla. Hancock was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1972 amateur draft, but opted to attend the University of South Carolina instead, leading his team to the 1975 College World Series. After four years with the Gamecocks, he was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in 1976, then traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1977. Following the 1982 campaign, Hancock was traded to the Athletics where he finished his career. Hancock passed away Oct. 10, 2015 in Valrico, Fla.
Tommy Hanson was born Aug. 18, 1986 in Tulsa, Okla. Hanson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2005 and made his Major League debut in 2009 with the Atlanta Braves. He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in 2013 where he ended his Major League career. Hanson passed away on Nov. 10, 2015 in Atlanta, surrounded by friends, family and former teammates.
Ray Hathaway was born on Oct. 13, 1916, in Greenville, Ohio. Hathaway made his debut in Brooklyn on April 20, 1945, as a relief pitcher. After spending the 1945 season with the Dodgers, Hathaway went on to manage for more than 25 years in the Minor Leagues for the Dodgers, Pirates, Cardinals and Indians organizations. Hathaway passed away on Feb. 11, 2015, in Asheville, N.C.
Dave Henderson was born July 21, 1958 in Merced, Calif. Henderson played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, hitting 197 home runs. Henderson was an American League All-Star and won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989. He played for the Athletics, Mariners, Red Sox and Royals, before ending his playing career with the Giants in 1994. Henderson passed away on Dec. 27, 2015 in Seattle.
Evelio Hernandez was born Dec. 24, 1931 in Guanabacoa, Cuba. Hernandez spent 11 years in the Minor Leagues appearing 370 times over the course of his career. He had a 61-39 record with a 4.04 ERA. Hernandez had his Major League debut in 1956 with the Washington Senators. After his playing career, Hernandez coached at Loyola High School. Hernandez passed away on Dec. 18, 2015 in Miami.
Harley Hisner was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Maples, Ind. Hisner signed as an amateur free agent in 1947 with the Boston Red Sox. He made his debut as a right-handed pitcher on Sept. 30, 1951. After retiring from baseball, Hisner returned to Indiana and became a machinist. Hisner passed away on March 20, 2015, in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Riccardo Ingram was born Sept. 10, 1966, in Douglas, Ga. Ingram played both football and baseball at Georgia Tech before being drafted in the fourth round of the 1987 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Ingram made his debut as a pinch runner on June 26, 1994. He spent two seasons in the Majors as a left fielder with the Tigers and the Twins before moving on to retirement as a coach in the Twins organization. Ingram passed away on March 31, 2015, in Lilburn, Ga.
Hank Izquierdo was born March 20, 1931, in Matanzas, Cuba. Taking an nontraditional route to the Major Leagues, Izquierdo played five years in the International League before retiring and becoming the Cleveland Indians' bullpen coach. A year removed from playing, Izquierdo decided to make a comeback, working up from Single-A in the Twins organization to make his debut on Aug. 9, 1967. Izquierdo spent the 1967 season with Minnesota before retiring from playing to manage in the Mexican League. Izquierdo also spent 10 years as a scout for the Twins and Cubs. Izquierdo passed away on Aug. 1, 2015, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Alex Johnson was born on Dec. 7, 1942, in Helena, Ark. After attending the Detroit Institute of Technology, Johnson signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1961 and made his debut on July 25, 1964, as an outfielder. After spending two years with the Phillies, Johnson was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was part of the World Series-winning 1967 team. 1970 was by far Johnson's best season, as he earned American League All-Star accolades and took home the American League batting championship with an average of .329. In his 13-year career, Johnson played with the Phillies, Cardinals, Rangers, Reds, Angels, Yankees, Indians and Tigers. Johnson passed away on Feb. 28, 2015, in Detroit.
Don Johnson was born on Nov. 12, 1926, in Portland, Ore. After signing with the Yankees in 1944 at just 16, Johnson spent two years in the military during World War II. Johnson made his Major League debut for the New York Yankees on April 20, 1947, winning his first decision as a right-handed pitcher. Spending seven years in the Majors, he played for the Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. Johnson passed away on Feb. 10, 2015, in Portland.
Ken Johnson was born June 16, 1933 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Johnson was signed as an amateur free agent in 1952, and had a 13-year baseball career playing for the Braves, Colt .45's, Athletics, Reds and Yankees. He made an appearance pitching in the 1961 World Series for the Cincinnati Reds. After his playing career ended, he began coaching for Louisiana College. Johnson passed away on Nov. 21, 2015 in Pineville, La.
Everett "Skeeter" Kell was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Swifton, Ark. The brother of Hall of Famer George Kell, Skeeter was signed out of the University of Arkansas in 1949 by the Philadelphia Athletics. Kell made his debut with Philadelphia on April 19, 1952, as a second baseman and spent the rest of the year with the Athletics before finishing his career in the Minors. After baseball, he opened a successful sporting goods store in Kennett, Mo. Kell passed away on May 28, 2015, in Newport, Ark.
Tom Kelley was born Jan. 5, 1944 in Manchester, Conn. Kelley was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1963 as a free agent. He pitched for the Indians for four seasons, and in 1971 went to the Atlanta Braves where he was brought up from the minors to pitch his best season - ending with a 2.96 ERA. Kelley passed away on Sept. 25, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Jim King was born on Aug. 27, 1932, in Elkins, Ark. King made his debut on April 17, 1955, spending the majority of the season as the Cubs' starting right fielder. King spent 11 years in the Majors, mostly for the Washington Senators, but also played for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. King passed away on Feb. 23, 2015, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Nick Koback was born on July 19, 1935, in Hartford, Conn. Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953, Koback made his debut on July 29 of that same year, only 10 days after his 18th birthday. Koback spent three years in the Majors with the Pirates, and six seasons in the Minors before retirement. Koback passed away on Jan. 23, 2015, in Hartford.
Alan Koch was born on March 25, 1938 in Decatur, Ala. Koch attended Auburn University and was drafted in as a free agent in 1960 by the Detroit Tigers. Koch played in the Major Leagues for two seasons pitching in a total of 42 games. He made his pitching debut on July 26, 1963 for the Tigers. Koch passed away on May 22, 2015 in Prattville, Ala.
Everett "Buddy" Lively was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Birmingham. Ala. The son of Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Lively, Everett was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1942. After two years in the Minor Leagues, Lively served General Patton's Third Army as a member of the anti-aircraft battalion. Upon returning from World War II, Lively made his Major League debut April 17, 1947, as the starting pitcher for the Reds. Spending three years in the big leagues with the Reds, Lively suffered a shoulder injury requiring surgery and never returned to the Major League level. Lively retired from baseball and went on to work for NASA. Lively passed away on July 12, 2015, in Huntsville, Ala.
Chuck Locke was born on May 5, 1932, in Malden, Mo. Locke signed with the St. Louis Browns in 1950 and spent time in the Minors before making his debut on Sept. 16, 1955. Locke only pitched three innings of relief in his two Major League outings, but allowed no runs or hits. Locke passed away on Jan. 9, 2015, in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Frank Malzone was born on Feb. 28, 1930 in Bronx, N.Y. Malzone played 12 years in the Major Leagues, primarily with the Boston Red Sox. Malzone was a six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. He signed with the Red Sox straight out of high school. During his baseball career, he missed the 1952 and 1953 campaigns due to his military service during the Korean War. Malzone ended his career and began working as a scout and Spring Training instructor for the Red Sox. Malzone passed away on Dec. 29, 2015 in Needham, Mass.
Bob Martyn was born on Aug. 15, 1930 in Weiser, Idaho. Martyn was signed by the New York Yankees in 1952. He spent two years in military service starting 1953, and returned to baseball after he was discharged. Martyn played the 1957 and 1958 seasons with the Kansas City Athletics in right field. Martyn passed away on Dec. 2, 2015 in Pacific City, Ore.
Len Matarazzo was born Sept. 12, 1928, in New Castle, Pa. Before starting his Major League career, Matarazzo served in the United States Navy. Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1948, Matarazzo was acquired by the Philadelphia Athletics before the 1949 season. In the 1952 season, Matarazzo went 22-8 with a 2.21 ERA for the Fayetteville Athletics, earning him Carolina League MVP honors and a September call-up to the Philadelphia Athletics. The 1952 season was his only one in the Majors, and he ended his career at the age of 25 due to injury. He went on to become a railway engineer for the Long Island Railroad. Matarazzo passed away on June 19, 2015, in New Castle.
Ed Mayer was born Nov. 30, 1931 in San Francisco. Mayer played eight years in the Minor Leagues then two years in the majors for the Chicago Cubs as a left-handed pitcher. Mayer passed away on Dec. 29, 2015 in Corte Madera, Calif.
Jim McAnany was born Sept. 4, 1936 in Los Angeles. McAnany was signed as an 18-year-old free agent by the Chicago White Sox before the 1955 season. After McAnany retired, he pursued a career in the insurance business in Culver City, Calif. McAnany passed away on Dec. 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, Calif.
Jeff McKnight was born on Feb. 18, 1963, in Conway, Ark. McKnight was a second-round draft pick in 1983 by the New York Mets, out of the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. He made his debut on June 6, 1989, with the Mets as a pinch hitter. After his debut, McKnight spent two years with the Orioles before returning to the Mets for the rest of his six-year career. McKnight passed away on March 1, 2015, in Bee Branch, Ark.
Lennie Merullo was born May 5, 1917, in Boston. After playing at Villanova University, Merullo signed with the Cubs, spending the entirety of his seven-year career in Chicago. Merullo made his debut at shortstop on Sept. 12, 1941. Following his playing career, Merullo became a scout, spending more than 50 years scouting for the Cubs and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. Merullo passed away on May 30, 2015, in Reading, Mass.
Stu Miller was born on Dec. 26, 1927, in Northampton, Mass. Miller spent his 16-year career with the Giants, Orioles, Cardinals, Braves and Phillies, starting with his debut on Aug. 12, 1952, as the starting pitcher for St. Louis. Miller twice won the Reliever of the Year Award, in 1961 and 1963, and was named a National League All-Star during the 1961 season. He earned a World Series ring while with the Orioles in 1966. Miller passed away on Jan. 4, 2015, in Cameron Park, Calif.
Dick Mills was born Jan. 29, 1945, in Boston. Drafted by the Red Sox in the third round of the 1966 First-Year Player Draft, Mills made his debut on Sept. 7, 1970, as a right-handed relief pitcher in the second game of a doubleheader. Mills passed away on March 28, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eddie Milner was born on May 21, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio. He was drafted in the 1976 amateur draft by the Reds. Milner acquired the nickname "Greyhound" for his speed, and played parts of nine different Major League seasons primarily with the Cincinnati Reds. Milner passed away on Nov. 2, 2015 in Cincinnati.
Minnie Minoso was born on Nov. 29, 1925, in La Habana, Cuba. After getting his baseball start in the Negro Leagues for the New York Cubans, Minoso was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1948. Making his debut on April 19, 1949, Minoso only spent nine games in the big leagues before playing in Triple-A for the rest of the season. Traded to the White Sox at the beginning of the 1951 season, Minoso had a breakout rookie season in the outfield and at third base for Chicago. In 17 seasons in the Majors, Minoso played the majority of his time with the White Sox, but also spent time with the Indians, Cardinals and Senators. Minoso is one of only two Major League players to have played in a game in five different decades and still holds the record as the third-oldest player ever to bat in a Major League game, at 54 years old. Minoso was a member of the inaugural class of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. Minoso passed away on March 1, 2015, in Chicago.
Bill Monbouquette was born on Aug. 11, 1936, in Medford, Mass. Monbouquette was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1955 and made his debut on July 18, 1958, spending the majority of his 11-year career with them. A three-time American League All-Star, Monbouquette pitched one 20-win season while with the Red Sox, in 1963. After his playing career, he was a pitching coach with the Mets and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000. Monbouquette passed away on Jan. 25, 2015, in Boston.
Alex Monchak was born on Dec. 22, 1919 in Bayonne, N.J. Monchak played professional baseball from 1937 to 1957 but spent two seasons of his career in military service. Monchak was one of the few who acted as a player/manager in the Minor Leagues from 1949 through 1956. After Monchak's playing career ended, he acted as a scout for the California Angels from 1962 to 1970. He later coached for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirate and Atlanta Braves. Monchak passed away on Sept. 12, 2015 in Bradenton, Fla.
Bobby Moore was born Nov. 8, 1958, in Jena, La. Moore was drafted by the Athletics in the 11th round of the 1976 First-Year Player Draft and made it to "The Show" on Sept. 11, 1985, pitching in relief for the San Francisco Giants. Moore passed away on April 10, 2015, in Pensacola, Fla.
Andres Mora was born on May 25, 1955, in Rio Bravo, Mexico. Mora began playing professional baseball at 16 years old for the Mexican League Zacatecas. In 1973, at 18, Mora was signed by the Montreal Expos, but his tenure with the team was brief and he returned to Mexico to play for the Saltillo Saraperos. In 1976, Mora returned after being signed by the Baltimore Orioles and made his Major League debut on April 13, 1976, as the starting designated hitter. Mora spent three seasons with the Orioles before moving on and spending his last season with the Cleveland Indians. Following his retirement, Mora returned to Mexico and managed in the Mexican League for 10 seasons. Mora passed away on June 12, 2015, in Saltillo, Mexico.
Cal Neeman was born on Feb. 18, 1929 in Valmeyer, Ill. Neeman was signed as an amateur free agent by the Yankees in 1949 as a catcher. He was called up by the military to serve during the Korean War which interrupted his baseball career, but he returned in time for the 1953 season. He had a great seven-year career behind the plate during which he played for the Cubs, Phillies, Pirates, Senators and Indians. Neeman worked as a railroad switchman and ran a health food store after his baseball career. Neeman passed away on Oct. 1, 2015 in Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Jim O'Toole was born on Jan. 10, 1937 in Chicago. Pitcher O'Toole won a 98 games over his 12-year Major League career. O'Toole's career was highlighted when he was named the starting pitcher in the 1963 All-Star game. He won 17 games in both the 1963 and 1964 seasons. O'Toole passed away on Dec. 26, 2015 in Cincinnati.
Billy Pierce was born April 2, 1927, in Detroit. Pierce was signed by the Tigers in 1945 and made his debut that year. Pierce spent 18 years in the Majors, the majority being with the White Sox in addition to time with the Tigers and Giants. In 1955, Pierce led the American League in ERA at 1.97. A seven-time All-Star during his career, Pierce pitched four one-hitters and compiled 211 wins. Pierce passed away on July 31, 2015, in Palos Heights, Ill.
Al Rosen was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Spartanburg, S.C. Rosen was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1942 but continued to further his education in the offseason, attending the University of Miami and playing football there. Before making it to the Majors, Rosen served in the Navy during World War II. Returning to baseball after his discharge, Rosen made his debut Sept. 10, 1947. He spent the entirety of his 10-year career with the Indians, peaking in 1953 when he led the league in runs, home runs and RBIs and earned American League MVP honors. Rosen won a World Series with the Indians in 1948 and was a four-time All-Star. Following his playing career, Rosen left baseball to work in finance, but he returned to serve as president of the New York Yankees in 1978. He then became the general manager of the Houston Astros and held the same post for the San Francisco Giants. In 1987, the Sporting News named him Executive of the Year. Rosen passed away on March 13, 2015, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Willie Royster was born on April 11, 1954 in Clarksville, Va. Royster was drafted in the 1972 amateur draft. Catcher Royster found himself between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles, and had his best season in 1981 in the minors under the Orioles organization where he set club records in Double A Charlotte with 31 homeruns, 88 RBI and 53 stolen bases. Royster served as a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Board of Directors until his death. Royster passed away on Nov. 23, 2015 in Ocean View, N.J.
Hal Schacker was born on April 6, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Before starting his career in earnest, Shacker served in World War II. Upon his return, Schacker played six games during the 1945 season for the Boston Braves as a pitcher. Schacker passed away on Oct. 2, 2015 in Tampa, Fla.
Barney Schultz was born on Aug. 15, 1926 in Beverly, N.J. Schultz made his Major League debut in 1955 as a relief pitcher for St. Louis. A highlight of his career, Schultz won a World Series with the Cardinals. After his career ended, Schultz became a pitching instructor for the Cardinals Minor League system before moving to the Major League team. Schultz passed away on Sept. 6, 2015 in Willingboro, N.J.
Kal Segrist was born April 14, 1931, in Greenville, Texas. Before transitioning to the Majors, Segrist helped his college team, University of Texas at Austin, to two national championships. Segrist was signed by the New York Yankees in 1951 and made his debut on July 16, 1952, starting at second base. He also spent time with Baltimore during his career. Segrist passed away on June 26, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas.
Al Severinsen was born on Nov. 9, 1944, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Severinsen attended Wagner College before signing with the Cubs as a right-handed pitcher in 1963. He made his Major League debut on July 1, 1969, for the Baltimore Orioles, spending the rest of the season there before playing his final two seasons with the San Diego Padres. Severinsen passed away on Jan. 27, 2015, in Mystic, Conn.
Steve Shea was born Dec. 5, 1942, in Worcester, Mass. Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1961, Shea spent a few years in the Cubs organization before moving to the Houston Astros. Shea made his debut July 14, 1968, as a right-handed relief pitcher, earning the win over the Reds. The next season, Shea played for the Montreal Expos. After retiring, Shea earned an MBA from Boston College and went into finance. Shea passed away on March 4, 2015, in North Hampton, N.H.
Neill Sheridan was born on Nov. 20, 1921 in Sacramento, Calif. Sheridan spent one season in the Major Leagues and 12 seasons in the Minor Leagues. Sheridan had four seasons in the Minor League where he was bat over .300. His baseball career was spent mainly in the Pacific Coast League. Sheridan passed away on Oct. 15, 2015 in Antioch, Calif.
Norm Siebern was born on July 26, 1933 in St. Louis. Siebern spent 12 years in the Major Leagues, hitting .272 with 130 home runs. Siebern was a three-time All-Star and also won a Gold Glove in 1958. Siebern won two World Series with the Yankees, in 1956 and 1958. His career was spent playing for the Athletics, Yankees, Orioles, Angels and Red Sox. Siebern passed away on Oct. 30, 2015 in Naples, Fla.
Bill Slayback was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Hollywood, Calif. Drafted out of California State University Northridge by the Tigers in the seventh round of the 1968 First-Year Player Draft, Slayback made his debut June 26, 1972. In his debut, Slayback went 8 1.3 innings with an ERA of 2.16 and five strikeouts, earning the win. He spent three years with the Tigers before retiring and becoming a pharmaceutical salesman. Slayback also co-wrote and performed in 1973 the song "Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry)," about Hank Aaron's pursuit of the home run record. Slayback passed away on March 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Jack Spring was born March 11, 1933, in Spokane, Wash. Spring attended Gonzaga University and Washington State University before making his debut on April 16, 1955, with the Phillies. Spring spent his eight-year career as a left-handed pitcher with the Phillies, Red Sox, Senators, Angels, Cubs, Cardinals and Indians. Following his baseball career, Spring became a high school teacher, coach and athletic director. Spring passed away on Aug. 2, 2015, in Spokane.
Jim Stump was born on Feb. 10, 1932 in Lansing, Mich. As a pitcher, Stump spent two seasons in the Major Leagues. In 1957 he was called up by the Detroit Tigers to make his Major League debut, in which he posted a 2.03 ERA in six appearances. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1959 to 1961 and retired soon after due to shoulder injury. Stump passed away on Nov. 19, 2015 in Lansing.
Ed Sukla was born on March 3, 1943 in Long Beach, Calif. Sukla was a pitcher with the Los Angeles and California Angels from 1964 to 1966. After his baseball career, he was a long time scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau. Sukla passed away on Sept. 24, 2015 in Irvine, Calif.
John "Bud" Thomas was born March 10, 1929, in Sedalia, Mo. Signed by the St. Louis Browns in 1947, Thomas went on to a seven-year Minor League career, making his big league debut Sept. 2, 1951, for the Browns. Thomas left baseball to pursue his degree in education from Central Missouri State University. He put that degree to use as a teacher, administrator and superintendent of schools. Thomas passed away on Aug. 15, 2015, in Sedalia.
John Tsitouris was born on May 4, 1936 in Monroe, N.C. Right-handed pitcher Tsitouris was signed as an amateur free agent by the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 1954. He played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Reds, Athletics and Tigers. Tsitouris passed away on Oct. 22, 2015 in Monroe, N.C.
Randy Wiles was born on Sept. 10, 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Va. Wiles was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1973 amateur draft. Wiles pitched five games for the Chicago White Sox in 1977. He got his first win against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 8. Wiles passed away on Sept. 15, 2015 in New Orleans.
Charlie Williams was born on Oct. 11, 1947, in Flushing, N.Y. Williams attended Parson College before being drafted by the Mets in the seventh round of the 1968 First-Year Player Draft. He made his debut on April 23, 1971, for the Mets as a right-handed pitcher. In 1972, Williams was traded to the Giants for Willie Mays and spent the rest of his eight-year career with San Francisco. Williams passed away on Jan. 27, 2015, in Port Orange, Fla.
Gary Woods was born on July 20, 1954, in Santa Barbara, Calif. After attending Santa Barbara City College, Woods signed with the Oakland Athletics in 1973 and made his debut with them on Sept. 14, 1976. After finishing the season with the A's, Woods was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the expansion draft and became their starting third baseman in the 1977 season. After playing two seasons with the Blue Jays, Woods went on to play with the Astros and Cubs for the rest of his nine-year career. He later spent time scouting for the White Sox. Woods passed away on Feb. 19, 2015, in Solvang, Calif.
Walter Young was born on Feb. 18, 1980 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Young was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1999 amateur draft and was in the Pirates farm system for four years. He made his Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 hitting .303 in 14 games. Young passed away on Sept. 19, 2015 in Purvis, Miss.