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Necrology

In remembrance of baseball legends.

Rudy Árias was born on June 6, 1931 in Las Villas, Cuba and made his big league debut on April 10, 1959 as a left-handed pitcher. A member of the 1959 "Go-Go" White Sox who won the American League pennant, Árias had a solid year in his one major league season, appearing in 34 games and posting a record of 2-0 to compliment an ERA of 4.09. Árias passed away on Jan. 12, 2018.

Bob Bailey was born on Oct. 13, 1942 in Long Beach, Calif. and made his big league debut on Sept. 14, 1962. A highly touted young player out of Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., Bailey signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1961, receiving the largest signing bonus in baseball history at the time. Bailey would go on to play for 17 seasons in the Major Leagues as a third baseman and outfielder, and put together a solid career, notching 1,564 hits and 189 home runs for a career batting average of .257 and 773 RBI. Bailey passed away on Jan. 9, 2018 in Las Vegas.

Bob Barton was born on July 30, 1941 in Norwood, Ohio and made his big league debut on Sept. 17, 1965 with the San Francisco Giants. A skilled catcher, Barton compiled a total of 1,986 putouts along with 185 assists in his ten-year career. After playing for five seasons with the Giants, Barton spent the last five years of his career between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds, playing his last big league season in 1974. Barton passed away on Jan. 15, 2018 in Vista, Calif.

Tom Brewer was born on Sept. 3, 1931 in Wadesboro, N.C. and made his big league debut with the Boston Red Sox on April 18, 1954. A right-handed pitcher, Brewer won 91 games during his eight-year career and was a 1956 American League All-Star. Spending his entire career with the Red Sox, Brewer had his best season in 1956 when he went 19-9 with an ERA of 3.50. Brewer passed away on Feb. 15, 2018.

Marcos Carvajal was born on Aug. 19, 1984 in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela and made his big league debut on April 6, 2005 with the Colorado Rockies. A right-handed pitcher, Carvajal appeared in 42 games during his career and notched 49 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. Carvajal passed away on Jan. 24, 2018 in his hometown of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela.

Ed Charles  was born on April 29, 1933 in Daytona Beach, Fla. and made his major league debut on April 11, 1962 with the Kansas City Athletics. A right-handed hitting third baseman, Charles was a part of the New York Mets team that won the 1969 World Series. Considered one of the better players in Kansas City Athletics history, Charles collected 917 hits in eight major league seasons to the tune of a .263 career batting average and a career on-base percentage of .330. Charles passed away on March 15, 2018 in Queens, N.Y.

Don Choate was born on July 2, 1938 in Potosi, Mo. and made his big league debut on Sept. 12, 1960 with the San Francisco Giants. Although he only played in the big leagues for a year due to a back injury, he made a huge impact on his community following his baseball career, living out his passion as a firefighter for 28 years. Choate passed away on Feb. 4, 2018 in Fairview Heights, Ill.

Roy Dietzel was born on Jan. 9, 1931 in Baltimore, Md. and made his big league debut on Sept. 2, 1954 with the Washington Senators. Despite breaking his leg three times while in the minor leagues, Dietzel battled through and got his call to the big leagues in 1954. Although he played in the major leagues for just nine games, the right-handed hitting second baseman went 2-for-4 in his first big league game. Following his baseball career, he served as president of his local Little League and Pony League baseball programs. Dietzel passed away on Feb. 3, 2018 in Charlotte, N.C.

Tito Francona was born on Nov. 4, 1933 in Aliquippa, Pa. and made his major league debut on April 17, 1956 with the Baltimore Orioles. An All-Star in 1961 with the Cleveland Indians, Francona would go on to play for 15 seasons as a first baseman and outfielder. The father of current Indians manager Terry Francona, Tito Francona had the best stretch of his career from 1959 to 1964 while with the Indians, notching 832 hits, 378 RBIs and clubbing 85 homers during that span. Francona passed away on Feb. 13, 2018 in Beaver, Pa.

Oscar Gamble was born on Dec. 20, 1949 in Ramer, Ala. and slugged 200 home runs during his 17 seasons in the major leagues. A left-handed hitting first baseman, Gamble was a powerful hitter and had his best season in 1977 with the Chicago White Sox as a member of the "South Side Hitmen", clubbing 31 home runs, driving in 83 RBIs and posting a batting average of .297. In 1979, Gamble was traded to the New York Yankees and played there through the 1984 season, riding his left-handed power to a career slugging percentage of .585 at Yankee Stadium. In addition to his ability to crush a baseball, many remember Gamble for his personable nature and his large, recognizable afro that could barely be contained by a helmet or hat. Gamble passed away on Jan. 31, 2018 in Birmingham, Ala.

Jack Hamilton was born on Dec. 25, 1938 in Burlington, Iowa and made his major league debut on April 13, 1962 for the Philadelphia Phillies. A right-handed pitcher, Hamilton pitched for eight seasons as both a starter and reliever, putting together a record of 32-40 and an ERA of 4.53 over 611.2 innings pitched. Hamilton passed away on Feb. 22, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

Bill Johnson was born on Oct. 6, 1960 in Wilmington, Del. and made his big league debut on Sept. 6, 1983 with the Chicago Cubs. Although his time in the big leagues was brief, Johnson made the most of it, going 1-0 with an ERA of 3.57 in 17.2 innings of work. After his career came to an end in 1986, Johnson continued to show his love for the game by coaching youth baseball in his spare time. Johnson passed away on Jan. 20, 2018 in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

Dick LeMay was born on Aug. 28, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio and made his major league debut on June 13, 1961 for the San Francisco Giants, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings. A left-handed pitcher, LeMay played for three seasons in the big leagues, compiling a 4.17 ERA over 108.0 innings pitched between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. LeMay passed away on March 19, 2018 in Kansas City, Mo.

Ralph Lumenti was born on Dec. 21, 1936 in Milford, Mass. and made his big league debut at the age of 20 on Sept. 7, 1957 with the Washington Senators. A left-handed pitcher, Lumenti had good velocity on his pitches and managed 30 strikeouts in 33.1 innings of work during his major league career. Lumenti passed away on Feb. 7, 2018 in his hometown of Milford, Mass.

Wally Moon was born on April 3, 1930 in Bay, Ark. and made his big league debut on April 13, 1954 with the St. Louis Cardinals. A left-handed hitting outfielder and first baseman, Moon was the second player for the Cardinals to hit a homer in his first big league at-bat and collected 1,399 hits during his career en route to a batting average of .289. A three-time National League All-Star and two-time World Series champion, Moon received 1954 National League Rookie of the Year honors and won a Gold Glove Award in 1960. Moon passed away on Feb. 9, 2018 in Bryan, Texas.

Jerry Moses was born on Aug. 9, 1946 in Yazoo City, Miss. and went on to play for nine seasons in the major leagues. A right-handed hitting catcher, Moses made his big league debut on May 9, 1965 and would go on to be an American League All-Star in 1970 with the Boston Red Sox. In 386 games, Moses collected 269 hits en route to a respectable career batting average of .251. After his playing career, Moses was extremely involved with the MLBPAA, championing increased benefits for inactive, non-vested former players who did not originally qualify for pension benefits, and acting as a catalyst for countless charitable events, including the Legends for Youth Clinic Series. Beloved by many due to his kind-hearted nature, Moses served as the chairman emeritus for Major League Alumni Marketing until his passing. Moses passed away on March 27, 2018.

Julio Navarro was born on Jan. 9, 1936 in Vieques, Puerto Rico and made his big league debut on Sept. 3, 1962 with the Los Angeles Angels. A right-handed pitcher, Navarro put together an ERA of 3.65 over 212.1 innings pitched and notched 17 saves during his major league career. Following his playing career, he was a scout for the Chicago Cubs and coach for the Atlanta Braves in 1988. Navarro passed away on Jan. 24, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.

Laurin Pepper was born on Jan. 18, 1931 in Vaughan, Miss. and made his big league debut on July 4, 1954 with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a right-handed pitcher. Spending all four of his major league seasons with the Pirates, Pepper pitched in 44 games and logged 109.2 innings. Following his baseball career, he became the Athletic Director at Ocean Springs High School, where the stadium was named after him. Pepper passed away on Feb. 4, 2018 in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Rob Picciolo was born on Feb. 4, 1953 in Santa Monica, Calif. and played infield in the Major Leagues for nine seasons. A strong defender, Picciolo was a member of the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers team that won the American League pennant. Following his playing career, Picciolo was a manager in the Minor Leagues and served on the San Diego Padres coaching staff from 1990 to 2005 before becoming a member of the Los Angeles Angels organization as an instructor in the Minor League system. Nicknamed the "Pepperdine Peach," Picciolo also served as the Angels bench coach from 2011 to 2013. Picciolo passed away on Jan. 3, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Curt Raydon was born on Nov. 18, 1933 in Bloomington, Ill. and made his major league debut on April 15, 1958 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. A right-handed pitcher, Raydon pitched in 31 games including 20 starts, compiling a record of 8-4 and an ERA of 3.62 over 134.1 innings of work. Raydon passed away on March 3, 2018 in Sam Rayburn, Texas.

Rudy Regalado was born on May 21, 1930 in Los Angeles, and went on to play for three seasons in the big leagues, making his major league debut on April 13, 1954 with the Cleveland Indians. A right-handed hitting third baseman, Regalado notched 63 hits in 91 career games and went 1-for-3 in the 1954 World Series. Regalado passed away on Feb. 12, 2018 in San Diego.

Carl Scheib was born on Jan. 1, 1927 in Gratz, Pa. and made his big league debut on Sept. 6, 1943 at the age of 16 for the Philadelphia Athletics, making him the youngest player in American League history. A right-handed pitcher, Scheib pitched for 11 seasons in the major leagues and put together an ERA of 4.88 to go along with 45 wins over 1,070.2 innings pitched. Scheib's best season came in 1948 when he went 14-8 with an ERA of 3.94 in 198.2 innings pitched. Scheib passed away on March 24, 2018.

Jerry Schoonmaker was born on Dec. 14, 1933 in Seymour, Mo. and made his big league debut on June 11, 1955 with the Washington Senators. In his two major league seasons, Schoonmaker appeared in 50 games as a solid defensive outfielder, and missed the 1956 season while serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. Schoonmaker passed away on March 18, 2018.

Rusty Staub was born on April 1, 1944 in New Orleans and made his major league debut on April 9, 1963 with the Houston Colt .45's. A left-handed hitting right fielder and first baseman, Staub went on to play for 23 seasons in the big leagues. While playing for the Montreal Expos, Staub became one of the first stars for the Expos, obtaining the endearing nickname "Le Grand Orange" due to his efforts to learn the French Canadian language. The only player ever to notch 500 hits with four different teams, Staub ranks 13th on the all-time list for games played, and collected 2,716 hits, 292 home runs and 1,466 RBIs during his career. A six-time All-Star, Staub became one of the most reliable offensive players for the New York Mets between 1972 and 1975, establishing himself as a beloved figure amongst Mets fans. After his playing career, Staub devoted his life to giving back to others, becoming heavily involved in charity work. On top of the Rusty Staub Foundation's efforts to provide millions of meals for those in need, Staub is best remembered for the work he did for families of fallen police officers and firefighters in New York City, for whom he raised millions of dollars. Staub also served as a goodwill ambassador for the New York Mets and was a vice president for the MLBPAA, serving as the chairman of the annual Legends for Youth Dinner. Staub passed away on March 29, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sammy Stewart was born on Oct. 28, 1954 in Asheville, N.C. and made his major league debut on Sept. 1, 1978 with the Baltimore Orioles, striking out seven consecutive batters during the outing. An effective right-handed reliever, Stewart played all but two of his ten big league seasons with the Orioles, winning a World Series with the ballclub in 1983. In 359 games, Stewart put together a record of 59-48 and an ERA of 3.59 over 956.2 innings and won the American League ERA title in 1981. Stewart passed away on March 2, 2018 in Hendersonville, N.C.

Steve Stroughter was born on March 15, 1952 in Visalia, Calif. and made his major league debut on April 7, 1982 with the Seattle Mariners. A left-handed hitting outfielder, Stroughter would play in 26 games during his career, hitting his one big league home run off Dennis Martinez of the Baltimore Orioles. Stroughter passed away on March 6, 2018 in Fresno, Calif.

Moose Stubing was born on March 31, 1938 in Bronx, N.Y. and made his big league debut on Aug. 14, 1967 with the California Angels, making a brief five plate appearances in the major leagues. Following his playing career, Stubing remained involved in the game, serving as a scout, minor league manager, big league third base coach and interim manager for the Angels at various times between 1971 and 1990. Additionally, Stubing was named a special assistant to the general manager of the Washington Nationals in 2008. Stubing passed away on Jan. 19, 2018 in San Marino, Calif.

Dick Young was born on June 3, 1928 in Seattle, Wash. and made his big league debut on Sept. 11, 1951 with the Philadelphia Phillies. A left-handed hitting second baseman, Young played for parts of two seasons in the major leagues, notching 18 hits in 20 career games. Prior to his baseball career, Young served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Young passed away on Jan. 7, 2018 in Bremerton, Wash.

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