NecrologyIn remembrance of baseball legends
Dick Adams was born on April 8, 1920, in Tuolumne, Calif. and made his big league debut on May 20, 1947 for the Philadelphia Athletics. A right-handed hitting first baseman and outfielder, Adams played one season in the Majors, collecting 18 hits in 89 at-bats. In 1945, Adams served as player-manager of the Santa Ana, Calif. Army Air Base baseball team. In addition, Adams was also a musician, leading his own band in the off-season. Adams passed away on Sept. 14, 2016, in Fallbrook, Calif.
Bob Addis was born on Nov. 6, 1925, in Mineral, Ohio and played for four seasons between the Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. A left-handed hitting outfielder, Addis posted 150 hits in 534 at-bats for a career average of .281. In 1944, Addis joined the Marines and spent time serving in China during World War II. Addis passed away on Nov. 15, 2016.
Dave Adlesh was born on July 15, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif. and was signed as a free agent by the Houston Colt .45's in 1963. A right-handed hitting catcher, Adlesh played for six seasons, all for the Colt .45's. In 106 games and 256 at-bats, Adlesh collected 43 hits and 11 RBI. Adlesh passed away on Feb. 15, 2016, in Long Beach, Calif.
Gail Allie was born on Oct. 28, 1931, in Statesville, N.C. and was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952. A right-handed hitting shortstop and third baseman, Allie made his MLB debut on April 13, 1954 and played for one season on the Pirates. Allie also served in the military from 1953 to 1954, and again in 1957. Although he played just one season, he did appear in 121 games, collecting 83 hits in 418 at-bats. Allie passed away on Oct. 4, 2016, in San Antonio.
Orlando Alvarez was born on Feb. 28, 1952, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and signed as a free agent in 1970 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played four seasons as a left fielder with the Dodgers and Angels, and was considered to be one of the most feared batters of his Puerto Rico Winter Baseball League. After his retirement, Alvarez stayed active in the game by managing in an amateur baseball league and coaching in the professional circuit. Alvarez passed away on March 31, 2016, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
José Arcia was born on Aug. 22, 1943, in La Habana, Cuba and was signed by the Houston Colt .45's as a free agent in 1962. A right-handed hitting middle infielder, Arcia played for three seasons between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, appearing in 293 games and clubbing 132 hits in 615 at-bats. An athletic, versatile defensive player, Arcia actually began his professional baseball career as a pitcher. Arcia passed away on July 30, 2016, in Miami.
Steve Arlin was born on Sept. 25, 1945, in Seattle and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the 1966 draft. A right-handed pitcher, Arlin spent six seasons in the big leagues, going 34-67 with an ERA of 4.33 and 463 strikeouts in 788.2 innings. Arlin played for the San Diego Padres for parts of five seasons and finished his career with the Cleveland Indians, compiling 32 complete-games during his career. Arlin passed away on Aug. 17, 2016, in San Diego.
Luis Arroyo was born on Feb. 18, 1927, in Penuelas, Puerto Rico. Arroyo, one of the earliest Puerto Rican players in the Major Leagues, pitched for eight seasons, spent between the Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals and Redlegs. Arroyo was inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Arroyo passed away on Jan. 13, 2016, in Puerto Rico.
Charlie Beamon was born on Dec. 25, 1934, in Oakland, Calif. Beamon spent three years in Major Leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. As a pitcher, Beamon held just a 3.91 ERA while throwing 71.1 innings. Beamon passed away on May 3, 2016, in San Leandro, Calif.
Juan Bell was born on March 29, 1968, in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. A middle-infielder, Bell was signed as a free agent in 1984 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and went on to spend parts of seven seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox. In 836 at-bats, Bell collected 177 hits and put together a slash-line of .212/.284/.298. Bell passed away on Aug. 24, 2016, in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Neil Berry was born on Jan. 11, 1922, in Kalamazoo, Mich. As an infielder, Berry spent a total of seven years in the Major Leagues with four teams, which included the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, and Baltimore Orioles. In 1,087 at-bats, Berry recorded 265 hits, 148 runs scored, and 74 RBI's. At age 94, Berry passed away on Aug. 24, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Ralph Branca was born on Jan. 6, 1926, in Mount Vernon, N.Y. and was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943 as a free agent. On June 12, 1944, Branca made his big league debut, the first of 12 seasons in the Majors. In 322 appearances, Branca made 188 starts, compiling a record of 88-68 to go with a career ERA of 3.79 and 1,484 innings pitched. A three-time All-Star for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branca is most well-known for giving up the "Shot Heard Round the World" off the bat of Bobby Thomson that clinched the 1951 National League pennant for Thomson and the New York Giants. Branca passed away on Nov. 23, 2016, in Rye, N.Y.
Alan Brice was born on Oct. 1, 1937, in New York and signed as a free agent in 1956 with the Chicago White Sox. A right-handed pitcher, Brice had a short stint in the big leagues with the White Sox, appearing in three games in the 1961 season, going 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Brice passed away on July 30, 2016.
Alton "Deacon" Brown was born on April 16, 1925, in Norfolk, Va. Brown, a right-hand pitcher, first played baseball during his time in the service in World War II. Brown played professional baseball for nine years, and made his Major League debut on April 21, 1951, pitching two innings of relief for the Washington Senators. Brown passed away on Jan. 10, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va.
Mike Brumley was born on July 10, 1938, in Granite, Okla. and was signed in 1957 as a free agent by the Brooklyn Dodgers. A left-handed hitting catcher, Brumley played for three seasons in the Major Leagues, logging 224 games, all with the Washington Senators. In his three years, Brumley slashed .229/.295/.294, collected 151 hits and slugged five homers. Brumley passed away on Aug. 8, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas.
Tom Butters was born on April 8, 1938, in Delaware, Ohio. Butters made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 8, 1962 as a right-handed pitcher. During his 1964 season, Butters had a 2.38 ERA in 64.1 innings. After retiring from his MLB career due to an auto accident hindering his pitching, he was the head baseball coach at Duke University until 1970 and later became the athletic director for more than 20 years. Butters passed away on March 31, 2016, in Durham, N.C.
Eddie Carnett was born on Oct. 21, 1916, in Springfield, Mo. and made his Major League debut on April 19, 1941. Primarily an outfielder and first baseman, Carnett made his big league debut on the mound, allowing three earned runs in 1.1 innings. Carnett went on to play for three seasons, logging 530 at-bats and 142 hits in 158 games. In addition, Carnett made several other pitching appearances during his career, making six total appearances on the mound and logging 5.1 innings. Prior to passing away, Carnett was the oldest living Major League Baseball player. Carnett passed away on Nov. 4, 2016, in Ringling, Okla.
Bryan Clutterbuck was born on Dec. 17, 1959, in Detroit and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. In two seasons with the Brewers, the right-handed pitcher went 2-6 with a 4.21 ERA and 67 punch outs over 124 innings pitched. Clutterbuck passed away on Aug. 23, 2016, in Milford, Mich.
Choo-Choo Coleman was born on Aug. 25, 1937, in Orlando, Fla. and was signed by the Washington Senators in 1955 as a free agent. Coleman went on to play parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets. A left-handed hitting catcher, Coleman hit nine homers and drove in 30 runs in 201 games, collecting 91 hits. Coleman passed away on Aug. 15, 2016, in Orangeburg, S.C.
Kevin "Casey" Collins was born on Aug. 4, 1946, in Springfield, Mass. Collins was signed by the Mets in 1964 and made his debut in New York on Sept. 1, 1965, at shortstop. He spent six years in the majors, roaming the infield for the Mets, Expos and Tigers. While with Montreal, he hit the club's first pinch-hit home run on July 17, 1969, against future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. Collins retired from the nomadic baseball life to settle his family, and worked for an automotive supply company for more than 20 years. Collins passed away on Feb. 20, 2016, in Naples, Fla.
Marlan Coughtry was born on Sept. 11, 1934, in Hollywood, Calif. and signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in 1954. In two seasons, Coughtry played in 35 games, collecting 10 hits in 54 at-bats. Coughtry was a teammate of Carl Yastrzemski's during the 1960 season. Coughtry passed away on Nov. 8, 2016, in Vancouver, Wash.
Paul Dade was born on Dec. 7, 1951, in Seattle and was a first round pick by the California Angels in the 1970 draft. Making his debut on Sept. 12, 1975, Dade went on to play for six seasons between the California Angels, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres. In 439 games, Dade collected 355 hits in 1,313 at-bats, posting a career average of .270. Dade also played in Japan during the 1981 season. Dade passed away on Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle.
Jim Davenport was born on Aug. 17, 1933, in Siluria, Ala. Davenport spent more than 40 years with the San Francisco Giants as a player, coach, manager and front office executive, spending all 13 seasons of his Major League playing career as a utility infielder for the Giants. Davenport had his best season in 1962, when he won a Gold Glove at third base and played in both All-Star Games. Davenport passed away on Feb. 18, 2016, in Redwood City, Calif.
Joe DeMaestri was born on Dec. 9, 2016, in San Francisco. DeMaestri spent the majority of his 11 year Major League career with the Kansas City Athletics where he became an All-Star shortstop in 1957. In 3,441 at-bats, DeMaestri recorded 813 hits, 49 home runs, and 281 RBI's. At age 87, DeMaestri passed away on Aug. 26, 2016, in San Rafael, Calif.
Joe "Pop" Durham was born on July 31, 1931, in Newport News, Va. Durham was signed out of the Negro American League by the St. Louis Browns in 1953, and spent time in the big leagues during three seasons between 1954 and 1959. In 1955 and 1956, Durham served in the United States Military during the Korean War. Durham was the second African-American to play for the Baltimore Orioles, and the first to hit a home run for the franchise. Durham passed away on April 28, 2016, in Randallstown, Md. and is buried at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills, Md.
Sammy Ellis was born on Feb. 11, 1941, in Youngstown, Ohio and signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds in 1961. Ellis continued his career with the Reds for five years, making the All-Star team in 1965. Later he brought his pitching skills to the Angels and White Sox for two more years. After playing his last game on June 8, 1969, Ellis retired but managed to stay involved in the game of baseball, as a pitching coach for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs and a staff member for the Seattle Marlins, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. Ellis passed away on May 13, 2016, in Temple Terrace, Fla.
Chico Fernandez was born on March 2, 1932, in Havana. Fernandez played eight seasons at shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers and New York Mets, and was considered to be one of the best defensive shortstops in the history of the game at the time. In 1957, Fernandez became the first African-American to play for the Philadelphia Phillies. Fernandez passed away on June 11, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla.
José Fernandez was born on July 31, 1992, in Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba and was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft by the Florida Marlins. An electric young pitcher, Fernandez put up some of the best numbers of any young starting pitcher in baseball history. Playing only four seasons between 2013 and 2016, Fernandez made 76 starts, posting a record of 38-17 and an ERA of 2.58 to compliment 589 strikeouts in only 471.1 innings. A two-time All-Star, Fernandez was the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year after going 12-6 with an ERA of 2.19 and 187 strikeouts in only 172.2 innings. In addition, Fernandez received the 2016 National League Comeback Player of the Year Award. Fernandez passed away on Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla.
Dave "Boo" Ferriss was born on Dec. 5, 1921, in Shaw, Miss. and was signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 1942. A right-handed pitcher, Ferriss spent his entire six year career with Boston, going 65-30 in 880 innings and posting an ERA of 3.64. An All-Star in 1946, Ferris won 25 games in 35 starts, including an amazing 26 complete games. That same year, Ferriss shut out the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 the World Series, though the Red Sox lost the series in Game 7. Ferriss passed away on Nov. 24, 2016, in Cleveland.
Joe Garagiola was born on Feb. 12, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo. Garagiola played nine seasons as a catcher for the Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs and Giants, putting together a career slash line of .257/.354/.385. The left-handed hitting catcher won a World Series championship with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. Garagiola passed away on March 23, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lou Grasmick was born on Sept. 11, 1924, in Baltimore, Md. In his short cup of coffee in the big leagues, the right-handed long-relief pitcher made two appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing four runs in five innings of work. Grasmick passed away on May 26, 2016, in his birthplace of Baltimore, Md.
Doug Griffin was born on June 4, 1947, in South Gate, Calif. and was drafted by the California Angels in the 21st round of the 1965 draft. In eight seasons in the Majors, Griffin played one season for the Angels and seven for the Boston Red Sox. In 632 games, the second baseman slapped 524 hits, including 70 doubles and seven homers, slashing .245/.299/.299 along the way. Griffin won the AL Gold Glove at second base in 1972, and also served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968, missing time in the big leagues for his service. Griffin passed away on July 28, 2016, in Clovis, Calif.
Vern Handrahan was born on Nov. 27, 1936, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. A right-handed pitcher, Handrahan was signed in 1959 by the Milwaukee Braves and went on to play two seasons in the big leagues with the Kansas City Athletics. Appearing in 34 games, Handrahan posted an ERA of 5.31 in 61 innings of work, while striking out 36. In a 1962 minor league outing, Handrahan struck out 19 batters. Handrahan passed away on Nov. 2, 2016, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Jim Ray Hart was born on Oct. 30, 1941, in Hookerton, N.C. The right-handed hitting shortstop and left fielder had a 12-year career in the Major Leagues, compiling 170 homers and 578 RBI in 1,125 games, making the All-Star game in 1966 with the San Francisco Giants. Hart played most of his career with the Giants, but played his last two seasons for the New York Yankees. Hart passed away on May 19, 2016, in Acampo, Calif.
Phil Hennigan was born on April 10, 1946, in Jasper, Texas and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1966 draft by the Cleveland Indians. In 1967, Hennigan served in the military before returning to baseball. A right-handed pitcher, Hennigan played for five seasons in the Majors and appeared in 176 games, going 17-14 with an ERA of 4.26 and 188 strikeouts over 280.2 innings pitched. In 1971, Hennigan picked up 14 saves for the Cleveland Indians. Hennigan passed away on June 17, 2016, In Center, Texas.
Ron Henry was born on Aug. 7, 1936, in Chester, Pa. The right-handed catcher spent 42 games in the big leagues with the Minnesota Twins, gathering nine hits in 69 at-bats, including two homers and eight runs batted in. Henry passed away on May 14, 2016, in Denver, Colo.
Jim Hickman was born on May 10, 1937, in Henning, Tenn. and signed as a free agent in 1956 with the St. Louis Cardinals. An outfielder and corner infielder, Hickman was an All-Star in 1970 with the Chicago Cubs, hitting 32 homers and driving in 115 runs. In 13 big league seasons, Hickman played for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cubs and Cardinals. In 1,421 games, Hickman collected 1,002 hits, 159 homers and 560 runs batted in. In his All-Star season in 1970, Hickam also received the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award. Hickman passed away on June 25, 2016, in Jackson, Tenn.
Hal Hudson was born on May 4, 1927, in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Hudson was signed by the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent in 1994 as a pitcher. He spend part of the 1952 season with the Browns before being picked up by the Chicago White Sox. Hudson appeared in six games and recorded 4 strikeouts. Hudson passed away at the age of 89 on July 8, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Monte Irvin was born on Feb. 25, 1919, in Haleburg, Ala. Irvin spent nine years in the Negro Leagues, punctuating his baseball career by serving in the Army during World War II. As one of the earliest African-American MLB players, Irvin was a National League All-Star and played majority of his career with the New York Giants, who retired his jersey in 2010. Irvin won a World Series championship with the Giants in 1954. After spending 18 years playing professional baseball, Irvin was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. Irvin passed away on Jan. 11, 2016, in Houston.
Virgil Jester was born on July 23, 1927, in Denver, Colo. The right-handed pitcher spent two seasons in the big leagues between the Boston Braves and the Milwaukee Braves, compiling a 3-5 record and a 3.84 ERA over 21 appearances. Jester passed away on Feb. 15, 2016, in Arvada, Colo.
Joe Kirrene was born on Oct. 4, 1931, in San Francisco and was signed in 1950 by the Chicago White Sox. A third baseman, Kirrene played for two seasons in the show, both with the White Sox. After making his debut in 1950, Kirrene then spent 1951-1953 serving in the Korean War. Upon returning to the game in 1954, Kirrene appeared in nine games for the White Sox, posting a .304 average and a .424 OBP during the 1954 campaign. In his career, Kirrene picked up eight hits in 27 at-bats, driving in four runs and batting .296. Kirrene passed away on Oct. 19, 2016, In San Ramon, Calif.
Steve Korcheck was born on Aug. 11, 1932, in McClellandtown, Pa. Korcheck spent four years in the Major Leagues as a catcher for the Washington Senators. During those four years Korcheck appeared in 58 games and recorded 23 hits. Korcheck passed away on Aug. 26, 2016, in Bradenton, Fla. at age 84.
Steve Kraly was born on April 18, 1929, in Whiting, Ind. The left-handed pitcher had a short stint in the big leagues, appearing in five games for the New York Yankees in 1953, a season in which the Yankees won the World Series. In his five appearances, Kraly compiled 25 innings, a record of 0-2 and a respectable ERA of 3.24. Kraly passed away on March 7, 2016, in Johnson City, N.Y.
Turk Lown was born on May 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a free agent in 1942. A right-handed pitcher, Lown had a solid career, spending 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Redlegs and the Chicago White Sox. In 504 games, Lown went 55-61 with an ERA of 4.12. Lown led the American League in saves in 1959, and led the National League in appearances in 1957. Lown passed away on July 8, 2016, in Pueblo, Colo.
Clyde Mashore was born May 29, 1945, in Concord, Calif. Mashore signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964 as an outfielder. His five-year career was spent with the Reds and Montreal Expos. Mashore passed away on Jan. 26, 2016, in Brentwood, Calif.
Gordon Massa was born on Sept. 2, 1935, in Cincinnati and was signed by the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in 1957. A left-handed hitting catcher, Massa spent parts of two seasons in the bigs with the Chicago Cubs, going 7-17 and driving in three runs in his eight games. Massa also pitched in 24 games in the minor leagues for the San Antonio Missions. Massa passed away on July 16, 2016.
Dick McAuliffe was born on Nov. 29, 1939, in Hartford, Conn. The left-handed hitting infielder had a long career, playing 1,763 games over 16 seasons for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. McAuliffe was selected to the All-Star Game three times in a row from 1965 to 1967 while he was with the Tigers, and won a World Series with Detroit in 1968, a season that McAuliffe led the American League in runs scored. Throughout his career, the versatile infielder posted a slash line of .247/.343/.403, clubbed 197 homers and drove in 696 runs. McAuliffe passed away on May 13, 2016, in Farmington, Conn.
Carl Miles was born on March 22, 1918, in Trenton, Mo. and signed as a free agent in 1940 with the Philadelphia Athletics. A left-handed pitcher, Miles made his big league debut on June 8, 1940. The southpaw made two appearances in his career and logged eight innings of work, striking out six batters. Miles passed away on Sept. 9, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla.
Don Minnick was born on April 14, 1931, in Lynchburg, Va. Minnick was initially signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1949 and then went on to spend one season in the Major Leagues with the Washington Senators in 1957. As a pitcher, Minnick appeared in two games while throwing 9.1 innings and recording 7 strikeouts. On Sept. 2, 2016, Minnick passed away in Rocky Mount, Va.
Steve Nagy was born on May 28, 1919, in Franklin, N.J. and signed as a free agent in 1942 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nagy was a left-handed pitcher who spent two seasons in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Senators. In 15 games, Nagy made 10 starts and went 3-8, with an ERA of 6.42 and 21 strikeouts in 67.1 innings of work. The southpaw passed away on July 24, 2016, in Poulsbo, Wash.
Russ Nixon was born on Feb. 19, 1935, in Cleves, Ohio and was signed in 1953 by the Cleveland Indians. A catcher, Nixon played for 12 seasons between the Indians, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. In 906 games, Nixon collected 670 hits and 27 homers, while driving in 266 runs and posting a career average of .268. Following his retirement as a player, Nixon spent time managing both the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves in the 1980's. Nixon passed away on Nov. 8, 2016, in Cleves, Ohio.
John Orsino was born on April 22, 1938, in Teaneck, N.J. and signed with the New York Giants in 1957 as a free agent. A first baseman and catcher, Orsino played for seven seasons in the big leagues, spending time with the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators. In 332 games, Orsino put together 252 hits and 40 homers, driving in 123 runs and posting a career average of .249. On Aug. 23, 1961 while with the San Francisco Giants, Orsino hit the fifth homer in one inning for the club, a Major League record. Orsino passed away on Nov. 1, 2016, in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
Milt Pappas was born on May 11, 1939, in Detroit. A right-handed starting pitcher, Pappas had a fantastic career, posting a record of 209-164 and an ERA of 3.40 over 17 seasons and 465 starts. Pappas made the All-Star Game in 1962 and 1965 while he was with the Baltimore Orioles. During the 1972 season with the Chicago Cubs, Pappas threw a no-hitter on Sept. 2, part of a string of 11 straight winnings starts to finish the season. The dominant pitcher led the National League in shutouts in 1971, won at least 15 games in seven seasons, and reached at least 200 innings pitched in nine seasons. Pappas passed away on April 19, 2016, in Beecher, Ill.
Brock Pemberton was born on Nov. 6, 1953, in Tulsa, Okla. Pemberton spent parts of two seasons in the big leagues, playing 13 games for the New York Mets and going 4 for 24. Though the switch-hitting first baseman had a short career, he did have a memorable moment when he got a hit in the 25th inning of a marathon game, claiming to be "the youngest rookie to get a base hit after three-o'clock in the morning." Pemberton passed away on Feb. 17, 2016, in Ardmore, Okla.
Harry Perkowski was born on Sept. 6, 1922, in Dante, Va. A left-handed pitcher, Perkowski spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in 184 games and starting 76 of those games. The southpaw put together a career record of 33-40 with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, and posted a career ERA of 4.37 over 697.2 innings of work. Perkowski passed away on April 20, 2016, in Beckley, W.Va.
Lee Pfund was born on Oct. 10, 1919, in Oak Park, Ill. The right-handed pitcher spent one season in the big leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers, posting a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 5.20 in 15 outings and 62.1 innings of work. Pfund passed away on June 2, 2016, in Carol Stream, Ill.
Tony Phillips was born on April 25, 1959, in Atlanta, Ga. A utility man, Phillips played outfield, second base and third base during a long 18-year career with the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets. In his long career, Phillips posted a slash line of .266/.374/.389, slugging 160 homers and driving in 819 runs. The consistent journeyman won a World Series championship with the Athletics in 1989, led the American League in walks in 1993 and 1996, and scored 100 runs in four different seasons. Phillips passed away on Feb. 17, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ruben Quevedo was born on Jan. 5, 1979, in Valencia, Venezuela. A right-handed pitcher, Quevedo spent four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. He made 66 appearances and started 58 games, compiling a record of 14-30 and an ERA of 6.15 over 326.1 innings of work. Quevedo passed away on June 7, 2016, in La Guaira, Venezuela.
Ken Ramos was born on June 6, 1967, in Sidney, Neb. A left-handed outfielder, Ramos debuted on May 16, 1997 and played 14 games for the Houston Astros in his single season in the big leagues. Ramos passed away on May 15, 2016 in Pueblo, Colo.
Robert Ramsay was born on Dec. 3, 1973, in Vancouver, Wash. and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1996 draft by the Boston Red Sox. A left-handed pitcher, Ramsay made 43 appearances in two seasons for the Seattle Mariners, posting a record of 1-3 and an ERA of 4.19 over 68.2 innings. Ramsay passed away on Aug. 4, 2016, in Moscow, Idaho.
Lance Rautzhan was born on Aug. 20, 1952, in Pottsville, Pa. Rautzhan was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970 amateur draft as a pitcher. He spent three seasons in the majors with a 4.35 ERA and 25 saves for Los Angeles. Rautzhan pitched in both the 1977 and 1978 World Series against the New York Yankees. Rautzhan passed away in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Jan. 9, 2016.
Fred Richards was born on Nov. 3, 1927, in Warren, Ohio. The left-handed first baseman had a short stint in the big leagues, playing 10 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1951, collecting eight hits in 27 at-bats for an average of .296. Richards passed away on March 18, 2016, in his birthplace of Warren, Ohio.
Jay Ritchie was born on Nov. 20, 1936, in Salisbury, N.C. Ritchie spent his four year Major League career with the Braves, Red Sox and Reds as a pitcher. In 1967, while pitching for the Braves, Ritchie threw a perfect game and retired 28 batters. Following his Major League career, Ritchie was a scout for the Braves. Ritchie passed away on Jan. 5, 2016, in Salisbury, N.C.
Mike Sandlock was born on Oct. 17, 1915, in Old Greenwich, Conn. Sandlock spent five seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in 195 games between the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The switch-hitting Sandlock played catcher, third base and shortstop during his career, and put up a slash line of .240/.304/.305. In the minors, Sandlock was roommates with the great Warren Spahn, and was actually called up at the same time as Spahn in Sept. 1942. The versatile switch-hitter took an intermission to his career to serve in World War II. Sandlock passed away on April 4, 2016, in Cos Cob, Conn.
Charlie Sands was born on Dec. 17, 1947, in Newport Views, Va. and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 21st round of the 1965 draft. A left-handed hitting catcher, Sands appeared in 93 games over six seasons, collecting 31 hits and six homers in 145 at-bats. With a strong plate approach, despite notching a career average of .214, Sands retired with a career OBP of .372. In 1971, Sands won a World Series championship with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sands passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, in Naples, Fla.
Joe Schaffernoth was born on Aug. 6, 1937, in Trenton, N.J. A right-handed pitcher, Schaffernoth appeared in 74 games during three seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. In 118 innings of work, Schaffernoth posted a record of 3-8 and an ERA of 4.58. Schaffernoth passed away on June 18, 2016, in Berkley Heights, N.J.
Bob Spicer was born on April 11, 1925, in Richmond, Va. The right-handed pitcher had a short career, appearing in four games over two seasons and pitching five innings for the Kansas City Athletics. Spicer passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, in Fayetteville, N.C.
Ron Stillwell was born on Dec. 3, 1939, in Los Angeles. Stillwell played as a middle infielder for the Washington Senators during the 1961 and 1962 seasons. Stillwell attended the University of Southern California and was captain of the baseball team during the 1961 College World Series. He later became head baseball coach at Thousand Oaks High School. Stillwell passed away on Jan. 25, 2016.
Mike Strahler was born on March 14, 1947, in Chicago and was signed in 1966 as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies. A right-handed pitcher, Strahler spent four seasons in the Major Leagues, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers between 1970 and 1973. In 53 games, Strahler went 6-8 with an ERA of 3.57 over 158.2 innings. Strahler passed away on July 14, 2016, in Alamogordo, Minn.
Frank Sullivan was born on Jan. 23, 1930, in Hollywood, Calif. and signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 1948. Sullivan's baseball career was put on hold when he served in the military during the Korean War in 1949 and 1950. Sullivan was a two-time All-Star as well as an American League Wins Leader in 1955 during his 11-year career. Sullivan passed away on Jan. 19, 2016, in Lihue, Hawaii.
Gordie Sundin was born on Oct. 10, 1937, in Minneapolis. A right-handed pitcher, Sundin debuted as an 18-year-old on Sept. 19, 1956 with the Baltimore Orioles. Although Sundin only allowed one run in his career, he had only one outing and did not record an out, making his ERA infinite. Sundin passed away on May 2, 2016, in Naples, Fla.
Ron Theobald was born on July 29, 1943, in Crewe, Va. The right-handed pitcher played one season in the big leagues, appearing in four games for the Minnesota Twins in 1964. Over 6.1 innings of work, Whitby did not record a decision and posted an ERA of 8.53. Whitby passed away on March 12, 2016, in Huntersville, N.C.
Bill Whitby was born on July 28, 1943, in Oakland, Calif. A right-handed hitting second baseman, Theobald played two seasons in the Major Leagues for the Milwaukee Brewers. In his career, Theobald played 251 games, compiling 193 hits in 779 at-bats for a slash line of .248/.342/.290. Theobald passed away on April 15, 2016, in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Walt Williams was born on Dec. 19, 1943, in Bronxwood, Texas. Williams played ten years in the Major Leagues with the White Sox, Yankees, Indians and Colt .45's, his best season coming in 1969 when he bat .304 with 143 hits. After retiring from playing, he served as a coach for the White Sox and managed in the Minor Leagues for the Rangers organization. Williams passed away on Jan. 23, 2016, in Abilene, Texas.
John Young was born on Feb. 9, 1949, in Los Angeles, Calif. The left-handed first baseman appeared in two games in the big leagues for the Detroit Tigers in 1971. In his four lone MLB plate appearances, Young knocked two hits, including a double. Young passed away on May 8, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.