NecrologyIn remembrance of baseball legends
Norman Angelini was born Sept. 24, 1947, in San Francisco, Calif. and made his major league debut July 22, 1972, with the Kansas City Royals. Angelini spent time after his career as the Denver MLBPAA chapter president. Angelini passed away Dec. 21, 2019, in Aurora, Colo.
Jim Archer was born May 25, 1932, in Max Meadows, Va. and made his major league debut 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 Sept. 9, 2019.
Dick Bokelmann was born Oct. 26, 1926, in Arlington Heights, Ill. and made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 3, 1951. After his playing career, he went on to become a sales representative and then a home office administrator. Bokelmann passed away Dec. 27, 2019, in Arlington Heights, Ill.
**Greg Booker **was born June 22, 1960, in Lynchburg, Va. and made his debut Sept. 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 March 30, 2019, in Burlington, N.C.
Jim Bouton was born 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 July 10, 2019, in Great Barrington, Mass.
Weldon Bowlin was born Dec. 10, 1940, in Paragould, Ark. and made his major league debut Sept. 16, 1967 with the Kansas City, A's. After his MLB career, Bowlin became an assistant coach at the University of Alabama, managed the Midwest League Wisconsin Rapids Twins and then coached at the Livingston University. Bowlin passed away Dec. 8, 2019.
Ernie Bowman was born July 28, 1935, in Johnson City, Tenn. and made his debut April 12, 1961, with the San Francisco Giants spending his entire career with the organization. Bowman passed away Aug. 4, 2019, in Johnson City, Tenn.
Dick Broadowski was born 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 Jan. 14, 2019.
Ernie Broglio was born Aug. 27, 1935, in Berkely, Calif. and made his debut 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 July 16, 2019, in San Jose, Calif.
Will Brunson was born March 20, 1970, in Irving, Texas. Brunson was drafted in the 1992 MLB June Amateur Draft from Texas State University, moving on to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers. Brunson passed away Nov. 23, 2019, in Big Bend National Park, Texas.
Jerry Buchek was born 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 Jan. 2, 2019, in Springfield, Mo.
Bill Buckner was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Vallejo, Calif. and made his debut Sept. 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 May 27, 2019 in Boise, Idaho.
Cecil Butler was born Oct. 23, 1937, in Dallas, Ga. and made his major league debut April 23, 1962, with the Milwaukee Braves. With his dominant fastball, Butler made the Braves' opening day roster in 1962. Later came a bad elbow injury, cutting his career short. Butler passed away Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas, Ga.
Jerry Casale was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made his debut with the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 14, 1958. Casales played five seasons in the league and had more than 200 career strikeouts. Casale passed away Feb. 9, 2019, in Paramus, N.J.
Jim Clark was born April 30, 1947, in Kansas City, Kan. and made his major league debut July 16, 1971, with the Cleveland Indians. In his minor league days, Clark out-hit George Brett on the 1973 Omaha team with a .302 batting average. Clark passed away Jan. 14, 2019, in Mira Loma, Calif.
Tex Clevenger was born July 9, 2913, in Visalia, Calif., making his major league debut as a pitcher 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 Aug. 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 Aug. 24, 2019, in Visalia, Calif.
Jim Coates was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Farnham, Va. and made his debut Sept. 21, 1956, with the New York Yankees. Coates spent nine years in the major leagues, with the majority of them being in New York with the Yankees. He's a two-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees. Coates passed away Nov. 15, 2019.
Mike Colbern was born 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 March 8, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz.
Clint Conatser was born July 24, 1921, in Los Angeles and made his major league debut 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 Aug. 23, 2019 in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Jack Crimian was born Feb. 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 Feb. 11, 2019, in Middletown, Del.
Bobby Del Greco was born April 7, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pa. and made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 16, 1952. Del Greco was a part of the New York Yankees teams that went to the World Series in 1957 and 1958. Del Greco passed away Oct. 13, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Chris Duncan was born May 5, 1981, in Tucson Ariz. and made his debut Sept. 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 Sept. 6, 2019.
Frank Estrada was born Feb. 12, 1948, in Navojoa, Mexico and made his major league debut Sept. 14, 1971, with the New York Mets. Estrada caught 2,847 games, holding the minor league baseball record. He was selected to Mexico's Salon de la Farma as a player, and also became the most successful manager in his nation's history. Estrada passed away Dec. 9, 2019, in Navojoa, Sonora Mexico.
Andy Etchebarren was born June 20, 1943, in Whittier, Calif. and made his debut Sept. 26, 1962, with the Baltimore Orioles. During his 15-year career, Etchebarren had two All-Star appearances and two World Series titles with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 and 1970. Etchebarren passed away October 5, 2019, in Santee, Calif.
Ron Fairly was born July 12, 1938, in Macon, Ga. and made his debut Sept. 9, 1958, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 21 seasons in the majors, Fairly had two All-Star appearances, and won three World Series' with the Dodgers. During his time with the Blue Jays, Fairly led the team in doubles, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. He became a broadcaster for the Angels, Giants, and Mariners after his playing career ended. Fairly passed away Oct. 30, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif.
Larry Foss was born April 18, 1936, in Castleton, Kan. and made his pitching debut Sept. 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 June 15, 2019, in Wichita Kan.
Bob Friend was born Nov. 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 Feb. 3, 2019, in Pittsburg, Pa.
Aubrey Gatewood was born Nov. 17, 1938, in North Little Rock, Ark. and made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 11, 1963. Gatewood recorded a 2.78 ERA during his four-year career. Gatewood passed away June 5, 2019, in North Little Rock, Ark.
Joe Gibbon was born 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 Feb. 20, 2019, in Newton, Miss.
Tommy Giordano was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Newark, N.J. and made his debut Sept. 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 Feb. 14, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.
Alex Grammas was born April 3, 1926, and made his major league debut 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 Sept. 13, 2019, in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Eli Grba was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Chicago, Ill. and made his debut July 10, 1959, with the New York Yankees. A right-handed pitcher, Grba pitched more than 500 innings in his career. Grba passed away Jan. 14, 2019, in Florence, Ala.
Lenny Green was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Detroit, Mich. and had his major league debut 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 Jan. 9, 2019, in Detroit, Mich.
Pumpsie Green was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Boley, Okla. and made his debut 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 Oct. 24, 1927, in Addison, N.Y., making his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 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 Sept. 9, 2019.
Joe Grzenda was born June 8, 1937, in Scranton, Pa. and made his debut 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 July 12, 2019, in Covington Township, Pa.
Chuck Harmon was born 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 March 19, 2019, in Golf Manor, Ohio.
Andy Hassler was born Oct. 18, 1951, in Texas City, Texas. At only 19 years old, Hassler made his major league debut with the California Angels on May 30, 1971, and went on to pitch 14 seasons in the big leagues for six different clubs. He appeared in the playoffs three times, in the ALCS twice for the Royals in 1976 and 1977, and with the Angels in 1982. Hassler passed away Dec. 25, 2019 in Wickenburg, Ariz.
Tom Hausman was born 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 Jan. 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Val Heim was born Nov. 4, 1920, in Plymouth, Wis. and made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1942. Heim then served in the United States Navy for three years before returning to the minors after the war. Heim passed away Nov. 21, 2019 in Superior, Neb.
Jackie Hernandez was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Central Tinguaro, Cuba and made his debut with the California Angels on Sept. 14, 1965. Hernandez was the regular shortstop for the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1969, and also won the World Series with the Pirates in 1971. Hernandez passed away Oct. 12, 2019, in Miami Fla.
Johnny Hetki was born May 12, 1922, in Leavenworth, Kan. and made his major league debut Sept. 14, 1945, with the Cincinnati Reds. He served in the United States Army for two years before making his debut. Hetki passed away Jan. 10, 2019.
**Jim Holt **was born May 27, 1944, in Graham, N.C. and made his debut 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 March 29, 2019, in Burlington, N.C.
Larry Howard was born June 6, 1945, in Columbus, Ohio and made his major league debut Aug. 9, 1970, with the Houston Astros. Howard had a successful rookie season with the Astros, hitting .307/.378/.443. Howard passed away May 11, 2019, in Kingman, Ariz.
Alex Grammas was born April 3, 1926, in Birmingham, Ala. and made his major league debut April 13, 1954 with the St. Louis Cardinals. After playing in the majors for a decade, Grammas went on to coaching. Starting as a manager in the Chicago Cubs' organization and a major league coach, he then joined the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff, then the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers. Grammas passed away Sept. 13, 2019, in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Al Jackson was born Dec. 26, 1935, in Waco, Texas, making his major league debut 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 1977-79, was a member of the Baltimore Orioles staff from 1989-1991 and coached with the New York Mets from 1999-2000. Jackson passed away Aug. 19, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Randy Jackson was born Feb. 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 March 20, 2019, in Athens, Ga.
Jake Jaeckel was born April 1, 1942, in East Los Angeles, Calif. and made his major league debut on September 29, 1964 with the Chicago Cubs. Although he only pitched eight innings in the major leagues, Jaeckel did not give up any runs and produced a well done, albeit short career. Jaeckel passed away March 31, 2019, in Pomona, Calif.
Bob Johnson was born March 4, 1936, in Omaha, Neb. and made his debut with the Kansas City Athletics on April 19, 1960. During his 11-year career, he batted .272, and in 1962 he served as the regular third baseman for the Washington Senators. Johnson passed away Nov. 9, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn.
Rex Johnston was born Nov. 8, 1937, in Colton, Calif. and made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 15, 1965. Johnston also played a season in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a halfback. Johnston passed away Dec.15, 2019.
Tom Jordan was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Lawton, Okla. and made his major league debut Sept. 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 Aug. 26, 2019, in Roswell, N.M.
Joe Keough was born Jan. 7, 1946, in Pomona, Calif. and made his major league debut Aug. 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 Sept. 9, 2019, in Miami, Fla.
Gary Kolb was born 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 Sept. 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 July 3, 2019, in Charleston, W.V.
Rocky Krsnich was born Aug. 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 Febr. 14, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan.
Barry Latman was born May 21, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif. and made his major league debut Sept. 10, 1957, with the Chicago White Sox. Latman was named to the All-Star team in 1961 after going 13-5 with 6 saves with the Cleveland Indians. Latman passed away April 28, 2019, in Richmond, Texas
Ted Lepcio was born July 28, 1929, in Utica, N.Y. and made his major league debut April 15, 1952, with the Boston Red Sox. During his ten-year major league career, Lepcio split his time between the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Lepcio passed away Dec. 11, 2019.
Alberto Lois was born 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 March 12, 2019, in Consuelo, Dominican Republic.
Frank Lucchesi was born April 24, 1927, in San Francisco, Calif. He managed three major league teams over seven years, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. Lucchesi passed away June 8, 2019, in Colleyville, Texas.
Dick Manville was born Dec. 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 Feb. 13, 2019, in Winter Springs, Fla.
Dave Marshall was born Jan. 14, 1943, in Artesia, Calif. and made his debut with the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 7, 1967. Marshall played for three different organizations during his seven-year career and recorded a .246 batting average. Marshall passed away June 6, 2019, in Lakewood, Calif.
Walt McKeel was born Jan. 17, 1972, in Wilson, N.C. and made his major league debut Sept. 14, 1996, with the Boston Red Sox. McKeel played at catcher and first base during his three-year career. McKeel passed away Jan. 1, 2019, in Stantinsburg, N.C.
Luis Mercedes was born Feb. 15, 1968, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Mercedes' debut occurred Sept. 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 June 30, 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 July 19, 1953, as a pitcher for the successful 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. After his playing career, Mickens coached baseball at UCLA. Mickens passed away July 9, 2019.
Bill Mills was born Nov. 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 Aug. 9, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla.
Bobby Mitchell was born Oct. 22, 1943, in Norristown, Penn. and made his major league debut July 5, 1970, with the New York Yankees. At age 32 he left to play four years in Japan. Mitchell passed away Sept. 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif.
José Moreno was born Nov. 1, 1957, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, making his major league debut 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 Sept. 6, 2019, in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Don Mossi was born Jan. 11, 1929, in St. Helena, Calif. and made his debut 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 19, 2019, in Nampa, Idaho.
Hal Naragon was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Zanesville, Ohio and made his major league debut Sept. 23, 1951, with the Cleveland Indians. During his 10 years in the majors, Naragon split his time between the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins. However, Naragon missed the 1952-53 seasons due to military service. After his playing career ended, Naragon spent time as a coach with the Twins from 1963-66 and later joined the Detroit Tigers staff from 1967 to 1969. Naragon passed away Aug. 31, 2019, in Barberton, Ohio.
Don Newcombe was born June 14, 1926, in Madison N.J. and made his debut 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 Feb. 19, 2019, in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Irv Noren was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Jamestown, N.Y. and made his debut April 18, 1950, with the Washington Senators. Noren played eleven years in the major leagues, appearing in three World Series and winning two with the New York Yankees and was on the All-Star team in 1954. Noren also managed the Hawaii Islanders in 1962 and 1963. Noren passed away Nov. 15, 2019, in Oceanside Calif.
Kelly Paris was born Oct. 17, 1957, in Encino, Calif. and made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 1, 1982. During his five-year career, Paris played for four different organizations and recorded a .217 batting average. Paris passed away May 27, 2019, in Belmont, N.C.
Ray Peters was born Aug. 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 May 4, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz.
Hardy Peterson was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Perth Amboy, N.J. and made his MLB debut 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 April 16, 2019, in Union, N.J.
Tom Phoebus was born April 7, 1942, in Baltimore, Md. and made his debut Sept. 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 Sept 5, 2019.
Joe Presko was born Oct. 7, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo. and made his debut May 3, 1951, with St. Louis Cardinals. Presko played six years in the league and had more than 450 innings pitched. Presko passed away Feb. 5, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo.
Mike Roarke was born Nov. 8, 1930, in West Warwick, R.I. and made his debut 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 1965-66. From 1967-69, 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 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 Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif.
John Romano was born August 23, 1934, in Hoboken, N.J. and made his debut Sept. 12, 1958, with the Chicago White Sox. He played 10 years in the league and was a four-time All-Star. Romano passed away Feb. 24, 2019, in Naples, Fla.
Rich Rundles was born June 3, 1981, in Chattanooga, Tenn. and made his debut with the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 3, 2008. After his major league career, Rundles became a pitching coach for Lancaster Barnstormers and at the University of West Alabama. Rundles passed away Dec. 15, 2019, in Livingston, Ala.
Scott Sanderson was born July 22, 1956, in Dearborn, Mich. and made his debut Aug. 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 April 11, 2019, in Lake Forest, Ill.
Paul Schramka was born March 22, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis. Schramka's major league debut occurred 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 July 8, 2019.
Jerry Schypinski was born Sept. 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 March 25, 2019, in Sterling Heights, Mich.
Charlie Silvera was born Oct. 13, 1924, in San Francisco and made his major league debut Sept. 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 1943-45 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 Sept. 7, 2019, in Millbrae, Calif.
Tyler Skaggs was born July 13, 1991, in Woodland, Calif. and made his debut Aug. 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 July 1, 2019, in Southlake, Texas.
Paul Smith was born March 19, 1931, in New Castle, Pa. and made his major league debut 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 Aug. 18, 2019.
Leroy Stanton was born April 10, 1946, in Latta, S.C. and made his debut Sept. 10, 1970, with the New York Mets. Stanton played nine years in the league and accumulated more than 800 games played. Stanton passed away March 13, 2019, in Florence, S.C.
Gene Stephens was born Jan. 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 April 27, 2019, in Granbury, Texas.
Mel Stottlemyre was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Hazleton, Mo. and made his big league debut 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.
John Strohmayer was born Oct. 13, 1946, in Belle Fourche, S.D. and made his major league debut April 29, 1970, with the Montreal Expos. Strohmayer spent five years in the big leagues with both the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets. Strohmayer passed away Nov. 28, 2019, in Redding, Calif.
Sammy Taylor was born Feb. 27, 1933, and made his major league debut April 20, 1958, with the Chicago Cubs. Taylor spent the majority of his six-year career as a catcher for the Chicago Cubs, while also playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and New York Mets. Taylor passed away Oct. 8, 2019 in Woodruff, S.C.
Bob Tufts was born Nov. 2, 1955, in Medford, Mass. and made his major league debut Aug. 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 Oct. 4, 2019.
Matt Turner was born Feb. 18, 1967, in Lexington, Ky. and made his debut with the Florida Marlins in 1993. Turner played two seasons in the league and had an era of 2.79. Turner passed away Jan. 27, 2019.
Freddie Velázquez was born Dec. 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 May 21, 2019, in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic.
Tom Waddell was born Sept. 17, 1958, in Dundee, Scotland and made his major league debut April 15, 1984, with the Cleveland Indians. Waddell was the most recent major league player since Bobby Thomson, and one of only eight to have been born in Scotland. Waddell passed away Sept. 14, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz
Kevin Ward was born Sept. 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 March 9, 2019, in Coronado, Calif.
Neal Watlington was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Yanceyville, N.C. and made his debut July 10, 1953, with the Philadelphia Athletics. Watlington served in World War II, and later returned to his baseball career in the 1947. Watlington passed away Dec. 29, 2019, in Yanceyville, N.C
Milt Welch was born July 26, 1924, in Farmersville, Ill. and made his debut 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 Feb. 9, 2019, in Eugene, Ore.
Wally Westlake was born Nov. 8, 1920, in Gridley, Calif. and made his major league debut 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 Sept. 6, 2019