NecrologyIn remembrance of baseball legends
Luke Allen was born on August 4, 1978, in Covington, Ga., and made his major league debut on September 10, 2002, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Allen played two seasons in the majors, split between the Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies. Allen passed away on April 26, 2022 in Covington, Ga. at age 43.
Al Autry was born on February 29, 1952 in Modesto, Calif. and made his major league debut on September 14, 1976 with the Atlanta Braves. Autry appeared in one game with the Braves, as the starting pitcher in the second half of a doubleheader. Autry passed away on February 25, 2022 in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Eddie Basinski was born on November 4, 1922 in Buffalo, N.Y. and made his major league debut on May 20, 1944 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Basinski played three years in the majors, splitting his tenure between the Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before entering the big leagues, he earned an engineering degree at the University of Buffalo, while also becoming lead violinist in his college’s symphonic orchestra. He ended his playing career in the Pacific Coast League, earning a spot in the PCL Hall of Fame. Basinski passed away on January 8, 2022 in Gladstone, Ore.
Larry Biittner was born on July 27, 1946 in Pocahontas, Iowa and made his major league debut on July 17, 1970 with the Washington Senators. Biittner spent 14 years in the majors, playing for the Senators, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers. Before breaking into the big leagues, Biittner was a NAIA All-American in baseball and basketball at Buena Vista College. During his major league career, he became an important pinch-hitter, ending his career tied for 12th on the all-time list for pinch hits (96). His name continues to be recognized as he is a member of the Buena Vista University Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame, as well as the Iowa High School Athletic Association Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame. Biitner passed away January 2, 2022 in Pocahontas, Iowa after a battle with cancer.
Ethan Blackaby was born on July 24, 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio and made his major league debut on September 6, 1962 with the Milwaukee Braves. Blackaby played two seasons with the Braves as an outfielder and pinch-hitter. Beyond his playing career, he became the General Manager of the Phoenix Giants in the 1970s and early 1980s. Blackaby passed away on January 16, 2022.
Jim Bronstad was born on June 22, 1936, in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his major league debut on June 7, 1959, with the New York Yankees. Bronstad pitched three years in the majors, playing for both the Yankees and the Washington Senators. After his playing career, Bronstad worked in the cement construction business. He passed away on April 9, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gene Clines was born on October 6, 1946 in San Pablo, Calif. and made his major league debut on June 28, 1970 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clines played ten years in the majors, spending his time with the Pirates, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. Clines is most remembered for being a member of Major League Baseball’s first all-minority lineup, as well as a member of the Pirates 1971 World Series Championship team. Beyond his playing days, Clines entered the coaching world, beginning with the Cubs after his retirement in 1979. He then coached the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Francisco Giants, later returning back to the Cubs. After, he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a minor league instructor, minor league hitting coordinator, then a Senior Advisor, Player Development for the L.A. team. Clines passed away on January 27, 2022 in Bradenton, Fla.
Jim Corsi was born on September 9, 1961 in Newton, Mass. and made his major league debut on June 28, 1988 with the Oakland Athletics. Clines pitched ten seasons in the majors playing for the Athletics, Houston Astros, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. After a hard-fought battle with stage IV liver and colon cancer, Corsi passed away on January 4, 2022 in Bellingham, Mass. He was 60 years old.
Julio Cruz was born on December 2, 1954 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made his major league debut on July 4, 1977 with the Seattle Mariners. Cruz played 10 years in the majors, splitting his time between the Mariners and the Chicago White Sox. After he playing days, Cruz returned to the Mariners but this time as a Spanish language broadcaster for the club. He also became a co-coach with former teammate Bill Claudill, for Eastside Catholic High School in Kirkland, Wa. Cruz passed away on February 23, 2022.
John Cumberland was born on May 10, 1947, in Westbrook, Maine, and made his major league debut on September 27, 1968 with the New York Yankees. Cumberland, a left-handed pitcher, spent six years in the majors, playing for the Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and the California Angels. After his playing career, Cumberland entered the professional coaching world from 1982 to 2004. He passed away on April 5, 2022 in Lutz, Fla.
Tommy Davis was born on March 21, 1939 in Brooklyn N.Y., and made his debut on September 22, 1959, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Davis played 18 years in the big leagues with ten different teams. He spent eight of those seasons with the Dodgers. Over his successful big league tenure, Davis was a three-time NL All-Star, two-time NL batting average leader, 1963 World Series champion, and he recorded more than 2,200 hits total. After his playing career, Davis became a hitting coach in 1981 for the Seattle Mariners with former teammate Maury Willis as manager. Davis passed away on April 3, 2022 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Ike Delock was born on November 11, 1929 in Highland Park, Mich. and made his major league debut on April 17, 1952 with the Boston Red Sox. Delock pitched 11 years in the majors, spending all but one season with the Red Sox. After his playing days, Delock worked in sales before owning a small construction business. He also was a head coach of Brandeis University. Delock passed away on February 28, 2022 in Raleigh, N.C.
Don Dillard was born on January 8, 1937 in Greenville, S.C. and made his major league debut on April 24, 1959 with the Cleveland Indians. Dillard played six seasons in the majors, splitting his time between the Indians and the Milwaukee Braves. After his playing days, Dillard resided in Waterloo, S.C. where he owned a marina and sporting goods business. He then operated a baseball camp in Greenwood, S.C. with former Negro Leagues player, Rosel Williams. Dillard passed away on January 8, 2022, in Greenwood, S.C.
John Ellis was born on August 21, 1948 in New London, Conn., and made his major league debut on May 17, 1969, with the New York Yankees. Ellis played thirteen years in the majors, splitting his time between the Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and the Texas Rangers as a first baseman and catcher. During his time with the Indians in 1974, Ellis became the first designated hitter in Indians history. He passed away on April 5, 2022 in New Haven, Conn.
George Gerberman was born on March 8, 1942 in El Campo, Texas, and made his major league debut on September 23, 1962 with the Chicago Cubs. Gerberman pitched in one career major league game with the Cubs. Gerberman passed away on January 7, 2022.
Jeremy Giambi was born on September 30, 1974 in San Jose, Calif. and made his major league debut on September 1, 1998 with the Kansas City Royals. Giambi played six years in the majors, split between the Royals, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. In 2000, Giambi had two game-winning, extra-inning hits with the Athletics. He was the brother of Jason Giambi. Giambi passed away on February 9, 2022 in Claremon, Calif. at the age of 47.
David Green was born on December 4, 1960 in Managua, Nicaragua and made his major league debut on September 4, 1981 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Green played six years in the majors, spending his time with the Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants. During his tenure in the big leagues, Green accomplished a World Series Championship title with the Cardinals in 1982, appearing in all seven games. His father, Eduardo Green, also played Major League Baseball. Green passed away on January 29, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia due to COVID-19.
Joe Horlen was born on August 14, 1937 in San Antonio, Texas and made his major league debut on September 4, 1961 with the Chicago White Sox. Horlen played 12 years in the majors, spending 11 of those years with the White Sox and his final year with the Oakland Athletics. Throughout his big-league career, Horlen was a 1967 AL All-Star, 1967 AL ERA leader and was 1972 World Series Champion with the Athletics. On September 10, 1972, Horlen tossed a no-hitter against the Tigers. Beyond his playing days, Horlen ran a roofing business before he took his talents back to the game as a minor league coach in 1986. He spent fourteen years coaching in the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and San Diego Padres organizations. Horlen passed away on April 11, 2022.
Jeff Innis was born on July 5, 1962 in Decatur, Ill. and made his major league debut on May 16, 1987 with the New York Mets. Innis played pitched seven years in the majors, all seven seasons spent with the Mets. He was mostly known for being a low sidearm pitcher, relying on curves, sinkers, sliders and sometimes knuckleball. Innis passed away on January 30, 2022 in Dawsonville, Georgia at age 59.
Calvin Jones was born on September 26, 1963 in Compton, Calif. and made his major league debut on June 14, 1991 with the Seattle Mariners. Jones pitched two seasons for the Mariners. Beyond his playing days, Jones became a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He passed away on February 13, 2022 after a battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.
Fred Lasher was born on August 19, 1941 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and made his major league debut on April 12, 1971 with the Minnesota Twins. Lasher spent six years in the majors, playing for the Twins, Detroit Tigers, California Angels and the Cleveland Indians. Lasher passed away on February 27, 2022 in Altoona, Wis.
Carl Linhart was born on December 14, 1929 in Zborov, Czech Republic and made his major league debut on August 2, 1952 with the Detroit Tigers. Linhart played one year of Major League Baseball with the Tigers. Beyond his playing days, Linhart became a bricklayer foreman for National Steel. He passed away on January 3, 2022 in Maryville, Ill.
Tommy Matchick was born on September 7, 1943 in Hazleton, Pa. and made his major league debut on September 2, 1967 with the Detroit Tigers. Matchick spent six years in the majors, playing for the Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles. During his big-league tenure, Matchick won a World Series with the Tigers in 1968. He passed away on January 4, 2022 in Sylvania, Ohio.
Cholly Naranjo was born on November 25, 1934 in La Habana, Cuba and made his major league debut on July 8, 1956 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Naranjo pitched one season with the Pirates. He then pitched in the Cuban Winter League from 1952-1961. He passed away on January 13, 2022 in Miami, Fla.
Odális Pérez was born on June 11, 1978 in Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic and made his major league debut on September 1, 1998 with the Atlanta Braves. Pérez, a 2002 National League All-Star, pitched 10 years in the majors, splitting his time playing for the Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and the Washington Nationals. His first major league win came in the postseason, becoming the first to do so in major league history. Pérez passed away on March 10, 2022 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at age 43.
Vic Roznovsky was born on October 19, 1938 in Shiner, Texas and made his major league debut on June 28, 1964 with the Chicago Cubs. Roznovsky spent five years in the majors, playing for the Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Roznovsky passed away on January 18, 2022 in Fresno, Calif.
Roger Samuels was born on January 5, 1961 in San Jose, Calif. and made his major league debut on July 20, 1988 with the San Francisco Giants. Samuels played two years in the majors, splitting his time between the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates. His son, Zach Samuels, also played professionally. Samuels passed away on January 17, 2022 in San Jose, Calif.
John Sanders was born on November 20, 1945 in Grand Island, Neb. and made his major league debut on April 13, 1965 with the Oakland Athletics. Sanders played one game in the majors with the Athletics. After retirement, he became a coach at the University of Nebraska (1978-1997). He then managed the GCL Red Sox (1990-2002). In high school in Nebraska, he was named all-state football quarterback, all-state basketball, and won the discus event at the state track meet, landing him in the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame. Sanders passed away on February 5, 2022.
Bill Short was born on November 27, 1937 in Kingston, N.Y. and made his major league debut on April 23, 1960 with the New York Yankees. Short played six years in the majors, pitching for six different teams. Short was the 1959 Pitcher of the Year in the International League with the Richmond Virginians, earning him a spot in the International League Hall of Fame in 2009. Short passed away on February 2, 2022 in Sarasota, Fla.
Jerry Snyder was born on July 21, 1929 in Jenks, Okla. and made his major league debut on May 8, 1952 with the Washington Senators. Snyder played seven years in the majors, all spent with the Senators as an infielder. After his playing days, Snyder became the owner of the Texas Plumbing Supply Company in Houston, Texas. He passed away on January 31, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
Ralph Terry was born on January 9, 1936 in Big Cabin, Okla. and made his major league debut on August 6, 1956 with the New York Yankees. Terry played 12 years in the majors, spending eight of those years with the Yankees, and the remaining with the Kansas City Athletics, New York Mets, and the Cleveland Indians. Terry ended his decorated playing career as a two-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and earned the 1962 World Series MVP Award. Short passed away on March 16, 2022, in Larned Kansas.
Gale Wade was born on January 20, 1929 in Hollister, Mo. and made his major league debut on April 11, 1955 with the Chicago Cubs. Wade played two seasons in the majors with the Cubs. Beyond his playing days, Wade worked as an electrician and district manager for a rural electricity co-op in Nebo, N.C. He passed away on January 16, 2022 in Dysartsville, N.C.
Pete Ward was born on July 26, 1937 in Montreal, Canada and made his major league debut on September 21, 1962 with the Baltimore Orioles. Ward played nine years in the majors, spending seven of those years with the Chicago White Sox and the remaining with the Orioles and the New York Yankees. During his time with the White Sox, Ward started at third base for most of the 1960s and was runner-up for the 1963 American League Rookie of the Year Award, ending the season with a .295 average with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. After his playing days, Ward became a manager in the minor leagues and was a coach for the Atlanta Braves in 1978. Ward passed away on March 16, 2022.
Gerald Williams was born on August 10, 1966 in New Orleans La. and made his major league debut on September 15, 1992 with the New York Yankees. Williams played 14 years in the majors, spending seven of those years with the Yankees, the others with the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Florida Marlins and the New York Mets. Throughout his 14 big league years, Williams played 1,168 games, hitting .255 with 85 home runs and 365 RBI. He passed away at age 55 on February 8, 2022 after a battle with cancer.