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In remembrance of baseball legends

Jim Archer was born on May 25, 1932 in Max Meadows, Va. and made his major league debut on April 30, 1961 with the Kansas City Athletics. Archer had one 200 innings-pitched season during his major league career. Years after retiring from baseball, Archer served as the city commissioner in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Archer passed away on September 9, 2019.

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.

Jim Bouton was born on March 8, 1939 in Newark, N.J. making his major league debut with the New York Yankees on April 22, 1962. Bouton went on to become a one-time All-Star during his 10-year career in the majors. In that time, he pitched for the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves. After his playing career, Bouton authored Ball Four, a book of diary entries that described daily life in the game. Bouton went on to complete several other books including Ball Five and I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally. He was also an actor on occasion, a sportscaster for New York City-based TV stations in the 1970s and invented Big League Chew, which was designed to replace chewing tobacco. Bouton passed away on July 10, 2019 in Great Barrington, Mass.

Ernie Bowman was born on July 28, 1935 in Johnson City, Tenn. and made his debut on April 12, 1961 with the San Francisco Giants spending his entire career with the organization. Bowman passed away on August 4, 2019 in Johnson City, Tenn.

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.

Ernie Broglio was born on August 27, 1935 in Berkely, Calif. and made his debut on April 11, 1959 for the St. Louis Cardinals. In his eight-year career, Broglio recorded 77 wins while playing for the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. Borglio passed away on July 16, 2019 in San Jose, Calif.

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.

Tex Clevenger was born on July 9, 2913 in Visalia, Calif., making his major league debut as a pitcher on April 18, 1954 with the Boston Red Sox. Clevenger spent eight years in the majors, splitting his time between the Red Sox, Washington Senators, Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees. On August 5, 1959, Clevenger ended an 18-game Senators losing streak by shutting out the Cleveland Indians during the second game of a doubleheader. After his playing career, Clevenger owned Clevenger Ford, an auto dealership in Porterville, Calif. Clevenger passed away on August 24, 2019 in Visalia, Calif.

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.

Clint Conatser was born on July 24, 1921 in Los Angeles and made his major league debut on April 21, 1948 with the Boston Braves, helping the team win a National League pennant that season. After his playing career, Conatser returned to California and ran an air conditioning business and took up a pastime of buying and breeding horses. Conatser passed away on August 23, 2019 in Laguna Hills, Calif.

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.

Chris Duncan was born on May 5, 1981 in Tucson Ariz. and made his debut on September 10, 2005 with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1999, Duncan was drafted in the first round by the Cardinals, and later on set the team record for home runs by a left-handed rookie in 2006. Duncan passed away on September 6, 2019.

Larry Foss was born on April 18, 1936 in Castleton, Kan. and made his pitching debut on September 18, 1961 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Foss also spent time with the New York Mets during his two-year career in the majors. Foss passed away on June 15, 2019 in Wichita Kan.

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. 

Alex Grammas was born on April 3, 1926 and made his major league debut on April 13, 1954. Grammas split his time between the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Redlegs and Chicago Cubs throughout his 10-year career. After his playing days, Grammas took on a managerial position in the Chicago Cubs organization in 1964, joining the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff one year later and remaining with the team in a managerial position in 1969. From 1970 to 1975, Grammas coached with the Cincinnati Reds until he moved on to a managerial position with the Milwaukee Brewers for two years. Grammas passed away on September 13, 2019 in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

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.

Pumpsie Green was born on October 27, 1933 in Boley, Okla. and made his debut on July 21, 1959 with the Boston Red Sox. In his five-year career, Green recorded more than 700 at-bats while playing for the Red Sox and New York Mets. Green passed away July 17, 2019 in San Leandro, Calif.

Jim Greengrass was born on October 24, 1927 in Addison, N.Y., making his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on September 9, 1952. Greengrass split his time in the majors between the Reds and Phillies during his five-year career. On April 13, 1954, Greengrass tied the MLB record by hitting four doubles in one game. Greengrass also had two 20-home run seasons and one 100 RBI season. After he retired from baseball, Greengrass resided in Chatsworth, Ga. And was the deputy sheriff of Cobb County. He passed away in Chatsworth, Ga. on September 9, 2019.

Joe Grzenda was born on June 8, 1937 in Scranton, Pa. and made his debut on April 26, 1961 with the Detroit Tigers. During his eight-year career, Grzenda played for the Tigers, Kansas City Athletics, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Washington Senators and St. Louis Cardinals. Grzenda passed away on July 12, 2019 in Covington Township, Pa.

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.

Al Jackson was born on December 26, 1935 in Waco, Texas, making his major league debut on May 31,1959 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jackson spent 10 years in the league, splitting time between the Pirates, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. After his playing days, Jackson was a coach with the Boston Red Sox from 1977-1979, was a member of the Baltimore Orioles staff from 1989-1991 and coached with the New York Mets from 1999-2000. Jackson passed away on August 19, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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.

Tom Jordan was born on September 5, 1919 in Lawton, Okla. and made his major league debut on September 4, 1944 with the Chicago White Sox. During his three-year career in the majors, Jordan split his time between the White Sox, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns. Jordan was the oldest living major leaguer until he passed away on August 26, 2019 in Roswell, N.M.

Joe Keough was born on January 7, 1946 in Pomona, Calif. and made his major league debut on August 7, 1968 with the Oakland Athletics. Keough then spent four season with the Kansas City Royals and one season with the Chicago White Sox before his playing career finished in 1973. After his retirement from baseball, Keough went on to work in marketing and real estate development for multiple corporations. Keough passed away on September 9, 2019 in Miami, Fla.

Gary Kolb was born on March 13, 1940 in Rock Falls, Ill. and played outfielder, pinch hitter, and catcher during his seven-year career in the majors. Kolb made his major league debut on September 7, 1960 with the St. Louis Cardinals and split time between the Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates throughout his playing career. During his time with the Pirates, Kolb collected the most plate appearances in his career in 1968 with 132 appearances. Kolb passed away on July 3, 2019 in Charleston, W.V.

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.

Luis Mercedes was born on February 15, 1968 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Mercedes' debut occurred on September 8, 1991 as an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. During his three-year career, Mercedes also spent time with the San Francisco Giants. After his playing career, Mercedes became a coach with the Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican League. Mercedes passed away on June 30th, in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

Glenn Mickens was born in Walmar, Calif. on July 26, 1930 and debuted in the majors on July 19, 1953 as a pitcher for the successful 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. After his playing career, Mickens coached baseball at UCLA. Mickens passed away on July 9, 2019.

Bill Mills was born on November 2, 1919 in Boston and made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics as a catcher. After his one-year career in the majors, Mills returned to Boston to pursue a career in teaching and coaching at the high school level. Mills passed away on August 9, 2019 in Gainesville, Fla.

José Moreno was born on November 1, 1957 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, making his major league debut on May 24, 1980. A pinch hitter, outfielder and second baseman, Moreno split time between the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and California Angels during his three-year career and appeared in 82 games. Moreno passed away on September 6, 2019 in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Don Mossi was born on January 11, 1929 in St. Helena, Calif. and made his debut on April 17, 1954 with the Cleveland Indians where, as a rookie, Mossi starred for the team in 1954 that went on to win 111 games. Mossi played for 12 seasons, earning All-Star accolades in 1957. Mossi passed away July 19th, 2019 in Nampa, ID.

Hal Naragon was born on October 1, 1928 in Zanesville, Ohio and made his major league debut on September 23, 1951 with the Cleveland Indians. During his ten years in the majors, Naragon split his time between the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins. However, Naragon missed the 1952-1953 seasons due to military service. After his playing career ended, Naragon spent time as a coach with the Twins from 1963-1966 and later joined the Detroit Tigers staff from 1967 to 1969. Naragon passed away on August 31, 2019 in Barberton, Ohio.

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.

Tom Phoebus was born on April 7,1942 in Baltimore, Md. and made his debut on September 15, 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles. Over a three-year period, Phoebus won 43 games for the Orioles, and pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 27, 1968. Phoebus passed away on September 5, 2019.

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.

Mike Roarke was born on November 8, 1930 in West Warwick, R.I. and made his debut on April 19, 1961 with the Detroit Tigers. Roarke spent his entire playing career with the Tigers and went on to coach in the organization from 1965-1966. From 1967-1969, Roarke became a member of the California Angels staff until he returned to the Tigers as a coach for the 1970 season, spending the next five seasons as a minor league manager in the Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs organizations. He then went on to coach with the Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox, where he ended his career in 1994. Roarke passed away July 27, 2019 in West Warwick, R.I.

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.

Paul Schramka was born on March 22, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Schramka's major league debut occurred on April 14, 1953 with the Chicago Cubs. After his playing career, Schramka went on to work for the family funeral home business and became the funeral director for Schramka Funeral Homes in the Milwaukee, Wis. area. Schramka passed away on July 8, 2019.

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.

Charlie Silvera was born on October 13, 1924 in San Francisco and made his major league debut on September 29, 1948. He spent the majority of his 10-year career with the New York Yankees, playing for the Chicago Cubs in his last year in the majors. Silvera missed the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service, but won a World Series with the Yankees a few years after his return to the team in 1949. After his playing days, Silvera managed and coached in the minors, scouted for the Washington Senators and coaches with the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. Silvera passed away on September 7, 2019 in Millbrae, Calif.

Tyler Skaggs was born on July 13, 1991 in Woodland, Calif. and made his debut on August 22, 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Skaggs played for seven seasons, most notably for the Los Angeles Angels. He was having one of his best MLB seasons before passing away on July 1, 2019 in Southlake, Texas.

Paul Smith was born on March 19, 1931 in New Castle, Pa. and made his major league debut on April 14, 1953 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Smith spent his three-year career split between the Pirates and the Chicago Cubs, compiling a .270 career batting average. Smith passed away on August 18, 2019.

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.

Bob Tufts was born on November 2, 1955 in Medford, Mass. and made his major league debut on August 10, 1981 with the San Francisco Giants. After one season with the Giants, Tufts was traded to the Kansas City Royals, where he stayed for two seasons. After his retirement from baseball, Tufts earned an MBA from Columbia University and worked at a brokerage firm in Manhattan. Tufts passed away on October 4, 2019.

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.

Wally Westlake was born on November 8, 1920 in Gridley, Calif. and made his major league debut on April 15, 1947. Westlake split his 10-year career between the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies, earning All-Star accolades in 1951. Westlake passed away on September 6, 2019

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