Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Necrology

In remembrance of baseball legends

Greg Booker was born on June 22, 1960 in Lynchburg, Va. and made his debut on September 11, 1983 with the San Diego Padres. During his eight-year career, Booker also played for the Minnesota twins and San Francisco Giants. Booker passed away on March 30, 2019 in Burlington, N.C.

Dick Broadowski was born on July 26, 1932 in Bayonne, N.J. and made his big league debut in 1952 with the Boston Red Sox. Broadowski also played for the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians during his six-year career. Broadowski missed the 1953 and 1954 seasons due to military service. Broadowski passed away on January 14, 2019.

Jerry Buchek was born on May 9, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. and began his major league career on June 30, 1961 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Buchek played for seven years at multiple infield positions, and was also part of the 1964 World Series champion Cardinals. Buchek passed away on Jan. 2, 2019 in Springfield, Mo.

Bill Buckner was born on December 14, 1949 in Vallejo, Calif. and made his debut on September 21, 1969 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Buckner played 22 years in the majors for five different organizations and recorded 2,715 hits, winning the NL Batting Title in 1980 and earning All-Star accolades in 1981. Buckner passed away on May 27, 2019 in Boise, Id.

Jerry Casale was born on September 27, 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made his debut with the Boston Red Sox on September 14, 1958. Casales played five seasons in the league and had more than 200 career strikeouts. Casale passed away on February 9, 2019 in Paramus, N.J.

Mike Colbern was born on April 19, 1955 in Santa Monica, Calif. and made his debut with the Chicago White Sox on July 18, 1978, recording a .259 batting average during his two-year career. Colbern passed away on March 8, 2019 in Tempe, Ariz.

Jack Crimian was born on February 17, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pa. and made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1951. Crimian pitched for three major league teams during his four-year career. Crimian passed away on February 11, 2019 in Middletown, Del.

Bob Friend was born on November 24, 1930 in Lafayette, Ind. and made his big league debut with the Pittsburg Pirates. Friend had a long 16-year career that included four All-Star appearances, an ERA Title and a 1960 World Series championship with the Pirates. Bob Friend passed away on February 3, 2019 in Pittsburg, Pa.

Aubrey Gatewood was born on November 17, 1938 in North Little Rock, Ark. and made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels on September 11, 1963. Gatewood recorded a 2.78 ERA during his four-year career. Gatewood passed away on June 5, 2019 in North Little Rock, Ark.

Joe Gibbon was born on April 10, 1935 in Hickory, Miss. and made his debut in 1960 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gibbon played 13 years in the league, winning a World Series title during his rookie year in 1960. Gibbon passed away on February 20, 2019 in Newton, Miss.

Tommy Giordano was born on October 9, 1925 in Newark, N.J. and made his debut on September 11, 1953 with the Philadelphia Athletics. After his playing career, Giordano was the scouting and player development director of the Baltimore Orioles and assisted in drafting Cal Ripken Jr. Giordano passed away on February 14, 2019 in Orlando, Fla.  

Eli Grba was born August 9, 1934 in Chicago, Ill. and made his debut on July 10, 1959 with the New York Yankees. A right-handed pitcher, Grba pitched more than 500 innings in his career. Grba passed away on Jan. 14, 2019 in Florence, Ala.

Lenny Green was born on Jan. 6, 1933 in Detroit, Mich. and had his major league debut on Aug. 25, 1957 with the Baltimore Orioles. Through his 12-year career, Green played more than 1,000 games and had a lifetime batting average of .267. Before starting his career in baseball, Green served in the United States Army. Green passed away on Jan. 9, 2019 in Detroit, Mich.

Chuck Harmon was born on April 23, 1924 in Washington, Ind. and made his debut with the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1954. During his four-year career, Harmon played for three different teams including St. Louis and Philadelphia. Harmon passed away on March 19, 2019 in Golf Manor, Ohio.

Tom Hausman was born on March 31, 1953 in Mobridge, S.D. and made his debut in 1975 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Hausman played seven years in the league with four different organizations racking up 160 appearances. Hausman passed away on January 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Johnny Hetki was born on May 12, 1922 in Leavenworth, Kan. and made his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1945 with the Cincinnati Reds. He served in the United States Army for two years before making his debut. Hetki passed away on Jan. 10, 2019.

Jim Holt was born on May 27, 1944 in Graham, N.C. and made his debut on April 17, 1968 with the Minnesota Twins. Holt played nine years in the league and won the 1974 World Series with the Oakland Athletics. Holt passed away on March 29, 2019 in Burlington, N.C.

Randy Jackson was born on February 10, 1926 in Little Rock, Ark. and made his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1950. Jackson was a two-time All-Star during his 10-year career. Jackson passed away on March 20, 2019 in Athens, Ga.

Rocky Krsnich was born on August 5, 1927 in West Allis, Wis. and made his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1949. Krsnich played three years in the league, all with the White Sox. Krsnich passed away on February 14, 2019 in Overland Park, Kan.

Alberto Lois was born on May 6, 1956 in Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic and made his debut in 1978 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lois was a pinch runner specialist during his career. Lois passed away on March 12, 2019 in Consuelo, Dominican Republic.

Frank Lucchesi was born on April 24, 1927 in San Francisco, California. He managed three major league teams over seven years, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs. Lucchesi passed away on June 8, 2019 in Colleyville, Texas.

Dick Manville was born on December 25, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa and made his debut in 1950 with the Boston Braves. Manville attended both Harvard University and Yale University before playing in the league. Manville passed away on February 13, 2019 in Winter Springs, Fla.

Dave Marshall was born on January 14, 1943 in Artesia, Calif. and made his debut with the San Francisco Giants on September 7, 1967. Marshall played for three different organizations during his seven-year career and recorded a .246 batting average. Marshall passed away on June 6, 2019 in Lakewood, Calif.

Walt McKeel was born on Jan. 17, 1972 in Wilson, N.C. and made his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1996 with the Boston Red Sox. McKeel played at catcher and first base during his three-year career. McKeel passed away on Jan. 1, 2019 in Stantinsburg, N.C.

Don Newcombe was born on June 14, 1926 in Madison N.J. and made his debut on May 20, 1949 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his 10-year career, Newcombe accumulated an impressive list of achievements including 1949 National League Rookie of the Year, 1956 Most Valuable Player, 1956 CY Young Award accolades, four All-Star appearances and a 1955 World Series championship. Newcombe, a Dodgers legend, passed away on February 19, 2019 in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Kelly Paris was born on October 17, 1957 in Encino, Calif. and made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on September 1, 1982. During his five-year career, Paris played for four different organizations and recorded a .217 batting average. Paris passed away on May 27, 2019 in Belmont, NC.

Ray Peters was born on August 27, 1946 in Buffalo, N.Y. and made his debut with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 4, 1970. Peters appeared in two innings in his single MLB season. Peters passed away on May 4, 2019 in Mesa, Ariz.

Hardy Peterson was born on October 17, 1929 in Perth Amboy, N.J. and made his MLB debut on May 5, 1955 with the Pittsburg Pirates. Peterson had a career batting average of .273 and played four seasons in the league. Peterson passed away on April 16, 2019 in Union, N.J.

Joe Presko was born on October 7, 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. and made his debut on May 3, 1951 with St. Louis Cardinals. Presko played 6 years in the league and had more than 450 innings pitched. Presko passed away on February 5, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo.

Frank Robinson was born on August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas and made his debut in 1956 with the Cincinnati Redlegs. Robinson had an astonishing career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. Robinson's list of achievements include 1956 National League Rookie of the Year, two-time MVP accolades, two World Series championships, the American League Triple Crown and Manager of the Year among many other honors. Robinson passed away on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.

John Romano was born on August 23, 1934 in Hoboken, N.J. and made his debut on September 12, 1958 with the Chicago White Sox. He played 10 years in the league and was a four-time All-Star. Romano passed away February 24, 2019 in Naples, Fla.

Scott Sanderson was born on July 22, 1956 in Dearborn, Mich. and made his debut on August 6, 1978 with the Montreal Expos. Sanderson played 19 years in the league for seven different organizations and recorded more than 160 wins. Sanderson passed away on April 11, 2019 in Lake Forest, Ill.

Jerry Schypinski was born on September 16, 1931 in Detroit and made his debut with the Kansas City Athletics in 1955. Schypinski played 22 games during his one-year career. Schypinski passed away on March 25, 2019 in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Leroy Stanton was born on April 10, 1946 in Latta, S.C. and made his debut on September 10, 1970 with the New York Mets. Stanton played nine years in the league and accumulated more than 800 games played. Stanton passed away on March 13, 2019 in Florence, S.C.

Gene Stephens was born on January 20, 1933 in Gravette, Ark. and made his debut with the Boston Red Sox on April 16, 1952. Stephens played 12 seasons for four different organizations and had a career batting average of .240. Stephens passed away on April 27, 2019 in Granbury, Texas.

Mel Stottlemyre was born on Nov.r 13, 1941 in Hazleton, Mo. and made his big league debut on Aug. 12, 1964 with the New York Yankees. Stottlemyre had multiple 20-win seasons as a starting pitcher and earned five All-Star appearances in his 11-year career. Stottlemyre became a pitching coach after his playing career ended and helped the New York Yankees to five World Series championships from 1996-2000. Stottlemyre passed away Jan. 13, 2019 in Seattle, Wash.

Matt Turner was born on February 18, 1967 in Lexington, Ky. and made his debut with the Florida Marlins in 1993. Turner played two seasons in the league had an era of 2.79. Turner passed away on January 27, 2019.

Freddie Velázquez was born on December 6, 1937 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and made his debut with the Seattle Pilots on April 20, 1969. During his two-year career, Velázquez had a .256 batting average and played his second season for the Atlanta Braves. Velázquez passed away on May 21, 2019 in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic.

Kevin Ward was born on September 28, 1961 in Lansdale, Pa. and made his big league debut in 1991 with the San Diego Padres. During his two-year career, Ward totaled 125 games and hit for a .217 average. Ward passed away on March 9, 2019 in Coronado, Calif.

Milt Welch was born on July 26, 1924 in Farmersville, Ill. and made his debut on June 5, 1945 with the Detroit Tigers, eventually becoming part of the more than 1,400 players who appeared in exactly one Major League game. Welch passed away on February 9, 2019 in Eugene, Ore.

Follow MLBPAA