Necrology

In remembrance of baseball legends
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Jesús Alou was born on March 24, 1942, in Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1963, with the San Francisco Giants. Alou played 15 years in the Majors, playing for the Giants, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and the New York Mets. He ended his successful big league career as a two-time World Series Champion with the Athletics in 1973 and 1974. Beyond his playing career, Alou became a scout for the Montreal Expos and later became director of the Boston Red Sox Dominican Academy in 2002. He is the brother of former big leaguers, Felipe and Matty Alou, the cousin of Jose Sosa, and the uncle of Moises Alou, Luis Rojas and Mel Rojas. Alou passed away on March 10, 2023, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Jack Baldschun was born on Oct. 16, 1936, in Greenville, Ohio, and made his Major League debut on April 28, 1961, with the Philadelphia Phillies. Baldschun spent nine years in the Majors, playing for the Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres. In his rookie season, the right-handed pitcher led the National League in appearances, appearing 65 times. Baldschun passed away on June 6, 2023, in Green Bay, Wisc.

Sal Bando was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio and made his Major League debut Sep. 3, 1966, with the Kansas City Athletics. Bando played 16 years in the Majors, spending 11 of those years with the Athletics and the others with the Milwaukee Brewers. He ended his successful big league tenure as a third baseman with four All-Star nods and three World Series championships with the Athletics. Beyond his playing days, Bando became a special assistant to the General Manager of the Brewers from 1982 to 1991 and after was named GM of the organization until 1999. He passed away Jan. 20, 2023, in Oconomowoc, Wisc.

Mike Baxes was born on Dec. 18, 1930, in San Francisco, Calif. and made his Major League debut on April 17, 1956, with the Kansas City Athletics. Baxes played two years in the Majors, both as an infielder with the Athletics. Before he made it to the big leagues, he missed the 1952 and 1953 minor league seasons due to military service. He was the brother of Jim Baxes. Baxes passed away on April 13, 2023, in Stockton, Calif.

Vida Blue was born on July 28, 1949, in Mansfield, La. and made his Major League debut on July 20, 1969, with the Oakland Athletics. Blue spent 17 seasons in the majors, playing nine years with the Athletics, six years with the San Francisco Giants and two with the Kansas City Royals. He ended his successful big league tenure as a six-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, and won an MVP and Cy Young Award. In 1971, Blue became the youngest pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award at age 22. Beyond his success on the diamond, Blue entered the entertainment space, appearing in the film, Black Gunn which stars NFL star Jim Brown. He also guest performed on an episode of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In among other things. Blue passed away on May 6, 2023, in Tracy, Calif.

Bobby Bolin was born on Jan. 29, 1939, in Hickory Grove, S.C. and made his Major League debut on April 18, 1961, with the San Francisco Giants. Bolin played 13 seasons in the Majors, spending nine of those seasons with the Giants, and the others with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox. His best season was 1966 where he earned 34 starts with a 2.89 ERA and an 11-10 record. After his playing days, Bolin became a pitching coach for the Birmingham Barons in 1986. Bolin passed away on June 2, 2023, in Easley, S.C.

Eddie Bressoud was born on May 2, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif. and made his Major League debut on June 14, 1956, with the New York Giants. Bressoud played 12 seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Giants, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals. He ended his successful career with an AL All-Star nod and a 1967 World Series Champion with the Cardinals. After his playing days, Bressoud received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and then a master’s degree from San Jose State University in physical education. He later became a teacher at a high school, and was later named baseball coach at De Anza College from 1967-1984. He also coached in the Pioneer League and California League. During his time coaching at De Anza, he was also named Athletic Director and chairman of the Physical Education department. He retired in 1990. Bressoud passed away on July 13, 2023, in Walnut Creek, Calif

Leo Burke was born on May 6, 1934, in Hagerstown, Md. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 7, 1958, with the Baltimore Orioles. Burke played seven seasons in the Majors, playing for the Orioles, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. Before his big league career, Burke studied business administration at Virginia Tech where he played baseball, basketball and football. He passed away on Oct. 13, 2023.

Dick Burwell was born on Jan. 23, 1940, in Alton, Ill. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 13, 1960, with the Chicago Cubs. Burwell, a right-handed pitcher, spent two seasons in the Majors, both with the Cubs. He passed away on May 1, 2023, in Phoenix Ariz.

Bill Campbell was born Aug. 9, 1948, in Highland Park, Mich. and made his Major League debut July 14, 1973, with the Minnesota Twins. Campbell pitched 15 years in the Majors playing for the Twins, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and the Montreal Expos. He ended his career as an AL 1977 All-Star and two-time AL Rolaids Relief Award Winner. After his playing days, he became a pitching coach for the Denver Zephyrs, New Orleans Zephyrs, later joining the Brewers staff in 1999. Campbell passed away Jan. 6, 2023, in Palatine, Ill.

Ron Campbell was born April 5, 1940, in Chattanooga, Tenn. and made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 1964, with the Chicago Cubs. Campbell played in three seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs as an infielder. He passed away on Feb. 2, 2023, in Cleveland, Tenn.

Joe Christopher was born on Dec. 13, 1935, in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands and made his Major League debut on May 26, 1959, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Christopher spent eight seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Pirates, New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox. He won a World Series with the Pirates in 1960, appearing in three games in the Series and scoring two runs. Beyond his time playing, Christopher was a freelance artist and painter. He passed away on Oct. 3, 2023, in Edgewood, Md.

Nate Colbert was born April 9, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo. and made his Major League debut April 14, 1966, with the Houston Astros. Colbert spent 10 years in the Majors, playing for the Astros, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos and the Oakland Athletics. He ended his career as a three-time All-Star with two 30-home run seasons and is an inaugural member of the Padres Hall of Fame in 1999. Colbert passed away on Jan. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Alex Cole was born on Aug. 17, 1965, in Fayetteville, N.C. and made his Major League debut on July 27, 1990, with the Cleveland Indians. Cole spent seven seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. In his rookie season, Cole hit .300 in 63 games, with 40 steals and 43 runs scored. Cole passed away on Aug. 11, 2023, in Chesterfield, Va.

Wayne Comer was born on Feb. 3, 1944, in Shenandoah, Va. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 17, 1967, with the Detroit Tigers. Comer spent five seasons in the big leagues playing for the Tigers, Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers, Washinton Senators and the Detroit Tigers. Comer was part of the 1968 World Series championship team with the Tigers. After his playing career, Comer stayed in the sport, coaching for both the Spotswood High School and Page County High School baseball teams until 2023. He passed away on Oct. 8, 2023, in Shenandoah, Va. shortly after retiring.

Mike Corkins was born on May 25, 1946, in Riverside, Calif. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 8, 1969, with the San Diego Padres. Corkins, a right-handed pitcher, played six seasons in the Majors, all six spent with the Padres. He passed away on May 27, 2023.

Pat Corrales was born on March 20, 1941, in Los Angeles, Calif. and made his Major League debut on Aug. 2, 1964, with the Philadelphia Phillies. Corrales spent nine years as a catcher in the big leagues, playing for the Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and the San Diego Padres. After retirement, he became a coach for the Texas Rangers in 1976 and then became manager at the end of the 1978 season. He also managed the Phillies from 1982-1989, and the Cleveland Indians from 1983-1987. After his managing days, he stayed in the industry coaching multiple teams and their affiliates. Corrales passed away on Aug. 27, 2023, in Big Canoe, Georgia.

Casey Cox was born on July 3, 1941, in Long Beach, Calif. and made his Major League debut on April 15, 1966, with the Washington Senators. Cox pitched eight seasons in the Majors, playing for the Senators, Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees. Following his big-league career, he entered his high school’s Athletics Hall of Fame at Wilson High School. Cox passed away on Oct. 2, 2023, in Clearwater, Fla.

Roger Craig was born on Feb. 17, 1930, in Durham, N.C. and made his Major League debut on July 17, 1955, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Craig spent 12 seasons in the Majors, playing for the Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and the Philadelphia Phillies. He ended his big league career as a three-time World Series champion, two won with the Dodgers and one with the Cardinals. After his playing career, Craig stayed involved in the game, becoming a scout, coach and manager across multiple organizations. He is most notably known for his time as manager for the San Diego Padres from 1978-1979, and the San Francisco Giants from 1985-1992, where he led the Giants to an NL Pennant in 1989. Craig passed away on June 4, 2023, in San Diego, Calif.

Vic Davalillo was born on July 30, 1939, in Cabimas, Venezuela and made his Major League debut on April 9, 1963, with the Cleveland Indians. Davalillo spent 16 seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Indians, California Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. During his long-tenured career, Davalillo earned an All-Star nod, a Gold Glove Award, and was a two-time World Series Champion with the Pirates in 1971 and the Athletics in 1973. Davalillo passed away on Dec. 6, 2023, in Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela.

Bill Davis was born June 6, 1942, in Graceville, Minn. and made his Major League debut Sept. 16, 1965, with the Cleveland Indians. Davis spent three years in the Majors splitting his time between the Indians and the San Diego Padres. Prior to his big league days, Davis won the 1964 College World Series with the University of Minnesota. After baseball retirement he became a longtime real estate finance executive. He passed away Jan. 13, 2023, in Edina, Minn.

Miguel de la Hoz was born on Oct. 2, 1938, in La Habana, Cuba and made his Major League debut on July 22, 1960, with the Cleveland Indians. De la Hoz spent nine seasons as an infielder in the big leagues, playing for the Indians, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds. De la Hoz passed away on May 28, 2023, in Miami, Fla.

Dan Dobbek was born on Dec. 6, 1934, in Ontonagon, Mich, and made his Major League debut on Sept. 9, 1959, with the Washington Senators. Dobbek played in three seasons in the Majors with the Senators and the Minnesota Twins. He was an outfielder and pinch hitter. After his playing days, Dobbek resided in Portland, Oregon where he worked for a laundry company. He passed away on Nov. 28, 2023, in Portland.

Dick Drago was born on June 25, 1945, in Toledo, Ohio and made his major league debut on April 11, 1969, with the Kansas City Royals. Drago pitched in 13 seasons in the majors, playing for the Royals, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, and the Seattle Mariners. Drago passed away on Nov. 2, 2023, in Tampa Fla.

Brian Dubois was born on April 18, 1967, in Joliet, Ill. and made his Major League debut on Aug. 17, 1989, with the Detroit Tigers. Dubois, a left-handed pitcher, played in two seasons in the big leagues, both spent with the Tigers. Dubois passed away on Feb. 12, 2023, in Wilmington, Ill.

Bobby Durnbaugh was born on Jan. 15, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio and made his Major League debut on Sept. 22, 1957, with the Cincinnati Redlegs. Durnbaugh played in two big league games that season with the Redlegs. He passed away on Sept. 20, 2023, in his hometown of Dayton.

Carl Duser was born July 22, 1932, in Hazleton, Pa. and made his Major League debut Sept. 15, 1956, with the Kansas City Athletics. Duser played in two big league seasons with the Athletics as a left-handed pitcher. After his playing days, he worked in sales and later managed a private club. Duser passed away on Jan. 5, 2023, in Sayre, Pa.

Dave Edler was born Sept. 23, 1975, in Atlanta, Ga. and made his Major League debut July 24, 2002, with the Cleveland Indians. Elder, a right-handed pitcher, played in two big league seasons with the Indians. He passed away on Jan. 31, 2023.

Larry Foster was born on Dec. 24, 1937, in Lansing, Mich. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 18, 1963, with the Detroit Tigers. Foster pitched two innings in one game with the Tigers that year. Two years later he enrolled in the Augustana Theological Seminary to study for the Lutheran Ministry in Rock Island, Ill. Foster passed away on May 7, 2023, in Whitehall Mich.

George Frazier was born on Oct. 13, 1954, in Oklahoma City, Okla. and made his Major League debut on May 25, 1978, with the St. Louis Cardinals. Frazier spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Cardinals, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and the Minnesota Twins. He was part of the Twins 1987 World Series Championship team. After his playing days, Frazier entered the broadcast booth, broadcasting most notably for the Colorado Rockies. He passed away on June 19, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla.

Dave Frost was born on Nov. 17, 1952, in Long Beach, Calif. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 1977, with the Chicago White Sox. Frost spent six seasons in the big leagues, pitching for the White Sox, California Angels and the Kansas City Royals. Best known for his 1979 season with the Angels, Frost went 16-10 for the division-winning team. He passed away on April 17, 2023, in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif.

Joe Gaines was born on Nov. 22, 1936, in Bryan, Texas and made his Major League debut on June 29, 1960, with the Cincinnati Reds. Gaines spent seven seasons as an outfielder and pinch hitter in the big leagues, playing for the Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Colt. 45s and the Houston Astros. Beyond his time on the diamond, Gaines became a clothing salesman. He passed away on May 30, 2023.

Rob Gardner was born on Dec. 19, 1944, in Binghampton, N.Y. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 1, 1965, with the New York Mets. Gardner played in eight big league seasons, pitching for the Mets, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and the Milwaukee Brewers. He passed away on Oct. 21, 2023, in his hometown, Binghampton, N.Y.

Bob Garibaldi was born on March 3, 1942, in Stockton, Calif. and made his Major League debut on July 15, 1962, with the San Francisco Giants. Garibaldi played in four seasons in the big leagues, all four spent with the Giants. During his debut against the New York Mets, Garibaldi pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout. After retirement, he became interim manager of the Phoenix Giants in 1970 and also was a college basketball referee. He passed away on May 13, 2023, in his hometown of Stockton.

John Glenn was born on July 10, 1928, in Moultrie, Georgia and made his Major League debut on June 16, 1960, with the St. Louis Cardinals. Glenn played in 32 games in one season during his big league time with the Cardinals. He was an outfielder. Glenn passed away on June 4, 2023, in Delran, N.J. at the age of 94.

Dick Groat was born on Nov. 4, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, Pa. and made his Major League debut on June 18, 1952, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Groat spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants. Groat’s successful career at shortstop included two World Series Championship Awards, 1960 with the Pirates and 1964 with the Cardinals, eight All-Star nods and an MVP Award. Aside from his career in the Majors, Groat also played in the NBA and served in the U.S. Army. After retiring from playing, Groat returned to the basketball side and became a commentator for the University of Pittsburgh Basketball for 40 years. He was later elected into both the College Basketball Hall of Fame (2007) and the College Baseball Hall of Fame (2011). He passed away on April 27, 2023, in Pittsburgh, Pa. due to complications of a stroke.

Mario Guerrero was born on Sept. 28, 1949, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and made his Major League debut on April 8, 1973, with the Boston Red Sox. Guerrero played in eight seasons in the big leagues as an infielder, playing for the Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angels and the Oakland Athletics. Guerrero passed away on July 2, 2023, in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Bobby Guindon was born on Sept. 4, 1943, in Brookline, Mass. and made his Major League debut on Sept.19, 1964, with the Boston Red Sox. Guindon appeared in five games in the big leagues with the Red Sox. He passed away on Oct. 26, 2023, in Venice, Fla. at the age of 80.

Dick Hall was born on Sept. 27, 1930, in St. Louis Mo. and made his Major League debut on April 15, 1952, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hall spent 16 seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Pirates, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies. He won two World Series Championships with the Orioles in 1966 and 1970. His career in the Majors started as an outfielder, where he was later transitioned into a pitcher. After retiring from the game, he became a certified public accountant. Hall passed away on June 18, 2023, in Timonium, Md.

Roger Hambright was born on March 26, 1949, in Sunnyside, Wash. and made his Major League debut on July 19, 1971, with the New York Yankees. Hambright pitched 18 games in relief in one season for the Yankees, posting a record of 3-1 with two saves. Hambright passed away on April 15, 2023, in Vancouver, Wash.

Preston Hanna was born on Sept. 10, 1954, in Pensacola, Fla. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 13, 1975, with the Atlanta Braves. Hanna pitched in eight big league seasons, playing mostly with the Braves and briefly with the Oakland Athletics. Hanna passed away on Nov. 20, 2023, in his hometown of Pensacola.

Bob Harrison was born on Sept. 22, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 23, 1955, with the Baltimore Orioles. Harrison pitched in relief during two seasons at the big league level with the Orioles. He passed away on Jan. 11, 2023, in Fishers, Ind.

Roric Harrison was born on Sept. 20, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif. and made his Major League debut on April 18, 1972, with the Baltimore Orioles. Harrison pitched in five seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins. Harrison had 16 career hits, six of them being home runs. He was the last pitcher in 25 years to hit a home run in an AL game before the designated hitter rule came to be. Harrison passed away on Sept. 17, 2023, in Houston, Texas.

Tom Harrison was born on Jan. 18, 1945. in Trail, Canada and made his Major League debut on May 7, 1965, with the Kansas City Athletics. Harrison pitched one inning at the big league level with the Athletics and debuted as a pinch-runner. He passed away on July 25, 2023, in Cypress, Calif.

Willie Hernández was born on Nov. 14, 1954, in Aguanda, Puerto Rico and made his Major League debut on April 9, 1977, with the Chicago Cub. Hernández played in 13 seasons in the big leagues, pitching for the Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and the Detroit Tigers. He ended his successful pitching career as a three-time All-Star, 1984 World Series Champion, winning a Cy Young and MVP Award. He is most notably known for his stint as a Tiger during the years 1984-1989. Hernández passed away on Nov. 20, 2023, in Sebring, Fla.

Álex Herrera was born on Nov. 5, 1979, in Maracaibo, Venezuela and made his Major League debut on Sept. 13, 2002, with the Cleveland Indians. Herrera played in two seasons in the big leagues, both spent with the Indians. He was a left-handed pitcher. Herrera passed away on Feb. 16, 2023, in his hometown of Maracaibo.

Joe Hicks was born on April 7, 1933, in Ivy, Va. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 18, 1959, with the Chicago White Sox. Hicks spent five seasons in the big leagues as a pinch hitter and outfielder with the White Sox, Washington Senators and the New York Mets. Beyond his playing days, Hicks became the director of athletic programs for the city of Charlottesville, Va. He passed away on Dec. 2, 2023, in Charlottesville. He was 90.

Dennis Higgins was born on Aug. 4, 1939, in Jefferson City, Mo. and made his Major League debut on April 12, 1966 with the Chicago White Sox. Higgins spent seven seasons in the big leagues as a right-handed pitcher for the White Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the cousin of Joe Crede. Higgins passed away on Nov. 3, 2023, in his hometown of Jefferson City, Mo.

Paul Hinrichs was born on Aug. 31, 1925, in Marengo, Iowa and made his Major League debut on May 16, 1951, with the Boston Red Sox. He spent one season at the big league level with the Red Sox as a right-handed pitcher. After retiring from the game, Hinrichs spent 36 years as a Lutheran minister in South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and California. He officially retired in Madisonville, Ky. He passed away on April 9, 2023, in Greenville, Ky.

Ron Hodges was born on June 22, 1949, in Rocky Mount, Va. and made his Major League debut on June 13, 1973, with the New York Mets. Hodges played in 13 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher and pinch hitter, all 13 years spent with the Mets. He ended his career hitting .240 with 19 home runs. Hodges passed away on Nov. 24, 2023, in Roanoke, Va.

Vern Holtgrave was born on Oct. 18, 1942, in Aviston, Ill. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 26, 1965, with the Detroit Tigers. Holtgrave touched one season in the big leagues with the Tigers, pitching in three total innings. He passed away on May 8, 2023, in O’Fallen, Ill.

Don Hood was born on Oct. 16, 1959, in Florence, S.C. and made his Major League debut on July 16, 1973, with the Baltimore Orioles. Hood, a left-handed pitcher, spent 10 seasons in the majors, playing for the Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. He ended his 10-year big league career with a 3.79 ERA. Hood passed away on June 10, 2023 in his hometown of Florence, S.C.

Frank Howard was born on Aug. 8, 1936, in Columbus, Ohio and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1958, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Howard spent sixteen seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Dodgers, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers as an outfielder and first baseman. Howard began his successful career by being named the 1960 NL Rookie of the Year during his time with the Dodgers. He then became a four-time All-Star and World Series Champion. Howard played a large role on that 1963 championship Dodger team, slugging .700 in the World Series, helping lead his team to the four-game sweep over the New York Yankees. After hanging up his cleats, Howard stayed in the game and became a Minor League manager, later becoming a Major League manager for the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. He also served time as a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Before his professional baseball career, Howard, standing at 6’7”, also played basketball at The Ohio State University. He passed away on Oct. 30, 2023, in Aldie, Va.

Mike Ivie was born on Aug. 8, 1952, in Atlanta, Georgia and made his Major League debut on Sept. 4, 1971, with the San Diego Padres. Ivie spent 11 years in the big leagues, playing for the Padres, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers. The first pick in the 1970 MLB Draft, ended his career with 81 total home runs. Ivie passed away on July 21, 2023, in North Augusta, S.C. at the age of 70.

Deacon Jones was born on April 18, 1934, in White Plains, N.Y. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 8, 1962, with the Chicago White Sox. Jones spent three seasons in the big leagues, all three spent with the White Sox as a pinch hitter and first baseman. Before making his debut, he missed the 1957 and 1958 seasons due to serving in the military. Beyond his playing days, Jones became a scout and Minor League instructor for the White Sox, as well as coached for the Houston Astros and joined the San Diego Padres staff. Jones passed away on May 7, 2023, in Sugar Land, Texas.

Fred Klages was born on Oct. 31, 1943, in Ambridge, Pa. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 1966, with the Chicago White Sox. Klages pitched in two seasons in the big leagues with the White Sox. He passed away on March 20, 2023, in Spring, Texas.

Pete Koegel was born July 31, 1947, in Mineola, N.Y. and made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 1970, with the Milwaukee Brewers. Koegel played in three seasons in the Majors splitting his time with the Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies. He passed away on Feb. 4, 2023, in Kingston, N.Y.

Pete Ladd was born on July 17, 1956, in Portland, Maine and made his Major League debut on Aug. 17, 1979, with the Houston Astros. Ladd spent six seasons in the big leagues pitching for the Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners. He passed away on Oct. 20, 2023, in New Gloucester, Maine.

Hobie Landrith was born on March 16, 1930, in Decatur, Ill. and made his Major League debut on July 30, 1950, with the Cincinnati Reds. Landrith spent 14 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher, playing for the Reds, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Senators. In total, he appeared in 772 games behind the plate. He passed away on April 6, 2023, in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Don Leppert was born on Oct. 19, 1931, in Indianapolis, Ind. and made his Major League debut on June 18, 1961, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leppert spent four seasons in the big leagues, two years with the Pirates and the other two with the Washington Senators. He became an AL All-Star in 1963. After his playing days, he became a coach for the Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros. He also managed the Kenosha Twins. In 2003 Leppert was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame. He passed away on April 13, 2023, in Delaware, Ohio.

Ken MacKenzie was born on March 10, 1934, in Gore Bay, Canada and made his Major League debut on May 2, 1960, with the Milwaukee Braves. MacKenzie spent six seasons in the big leagues, pitching in relief for the Braves, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros. After his playing days, MacKenzie became the head baseball coach at Yale University, his alma mater.

Tim McCarver was born on Oct. 16, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1959, with the St. Louis Cardinals. McCarver spent 21 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher, playing 12 of those years with the Cardinals, nine with the Phillies and the remaining with the Montreal Expos and the Boston Red Sox. He was named a two-time NL All-Star in 1966 and 1967, as well as a two-time World Series Champion with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967. After his long and successful playing career, McCarver became a longtime broadcaster for the Phillies, New York Yankees and Fox Sports, among others. He hosted the Tim McCarver Show from 2000-2017. McCarver passed away on Feb. 16, 2023 in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 81 due to heart failure.

Dan McGinn was born on Nov. 29, 1943, in Omaha, Neb. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 3, 1968, with the Cincinnati Reds. McGinn spent part of five seasons in the big leagues, pitching for the Reds, Montreal Expos and the Chicago Cubs. The left-handed relief pitcher was the first Expos player to ever hit a home run. The home run against Tom Seaver was in the 4th inning of the first-ever Expos game in 1969. Before his professional baseball career, McGinn was a punter for Notre Dame’s college football team. After retirement, he became the pitching coach for the University of Nebraska, Omaha and also scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies. McGinn passed away on March 1, 2023, in Omaha, Neb.

Román Mejias was born on Aug. 9, 1925, in Abreus, Cuba and made his Major League debut on April 13, 1955, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mejias spent nine big league seasons in the outfield with the Pirates, Houston Colt .45s and the Boston Red Sox. Mejias passed away on Feb. 22, 2023, in Sun City, Ariz. at 97 years old.

Larry Miggins was born on Aug. 20, 1925, in Bronx, N.Y. and made his Major League debut on Oct. 3, 1948, with the St. Louis Cardinals. Miggins played part in two seasons at the big league level as an outfielder, both spent with the Cardinals. Beyond the diamond, he earned his master’s degree and worked in the U.S. probation and parole office in Houston, Texas and also became a baseball coach at the University of St. Thomas in Texas. In 2003, Miggins was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. He passed away on Dec. 12, 2023, in Houston.

John Miller was born on March 14, 1944, in Alhambra, Calif. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 1966, with the New York Yankees. Miller played part of two seasons in the big leagues with the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He passed away on April 23, 2023, in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Bobby Morgan was born on June 29, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Okla. and made his Major League debut on April 18, 1950, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Morgan spent eight seasons as an infielder in the big leagues, playing for the Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. After his playing career, he became a manager and a scout and later managed a restaurant in his hometown of Oklahoma City. Morgan passed away on June 1, 2023.

Danny Morris was born on June 11, 1946, in Greenville, Ky. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1968, with the Minnesota Twins. Morris pitched in two seasons with the Twins at the big league level ending with a 2.81 ERA. Morris passed away on Sept. 23, 2023, in Oakland City, In.

Cotton Nash was born on July 24, 1942, in Jersey City, N.J. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 1, 1967, with the Chicago White Sox. Nash spent part of three seasons in the big leagues with the White Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Before his professional baseball career, Nash was drafted in the NBA by the Los Angeles Lakers but gave up after a year to focus on his career in baseball. After retiring from the game, he would breed thoroughbred horses in Lexington, Ky. Nash passed away on May 23, 2033.

Dave Nicholson was born on Aug. 29, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo. and made his major league debut on May 24, 1960, with the Baltimore Orioles. Nicholson spent seven seasons in the big leagues as an outfielder for the Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves. He passed away on Feb. 25, 2023, in Carmi, Ill.

Albie Pearson was born on Sept. 12, 1934, in Alhambra, Calif. and made his major league debut on April 14, 1958, with the Washington Senators. Pearson spent nine seasons in the big leagues as an outfielder for the Senators, Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels. Pearson ended his successful career with a lifetime .270 batting average and was named the Rookie of the Year in 1958, as well as an AL All-Star in 1963. He passed away on Feb. 21, 2023, in La Quinta, Calif.

Bert Peña was born July 11, 1959, in Santurce, Puerto Rico and made his Major League debut Sept. 14, 1981, with the Houston Astros. Peña played in six big league seasons with the Astros as an infielder. After his playing days, he managed Puerto Rico in the 2005 Baseball World Cup and the 2005 Central American Caribbean Games. He passed away Jan. 19, 2023 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Joe Pepitone was born on Oct. 9, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made his Major League debut on April 10, 1962, with the New York Yankees. Pepitone spent 12 seasons in the big leagues, playing eight of those years with the Yankees and the remaining with the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. He ended his successful playing career with three All-Star appearances and three Gold Glove Awards. After his playing career, Pepitone became a coach for the Yankees and also worked in the front office for the club. He passed away on March 13, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo.

Jeff Peterek was born on Sept. 22, 1962, in Michigan City, In. and made his Major League debut on Aug. 14, 1989, with the Milwaukee Brewers. Peterek pitched in one season at the Major League level with the Brewers. After retiring from the game, he became a real estate agent and was inducted into the Lake Michigan College Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away on Oct. 8, 2023.

Gary Peters was born on April 21, 1937, in Grove City, Pa. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1959, with the Chicago White Sox. Peters spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, majority of the years with the White Sox and also the Boston Red Sox. For a pitcher, Peters was known for being an excellent hitter of his generation and was used as a pinch hitter frequently, hitting a home run in nine straight seasons. Peters earned the 1963 AL Rookie of the Year Award, two All-Star appearances and was a two-time AL ERA Leader. He passed away on Jan. 26, 2023, in Sarasota, Fla.

Jim Poole was born on April 28, 1966, in Rochester, N.Y. and made his Major League debut on June 15, 1990, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Poole was an 11-year MLB veteran, who played for the Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers and the Montreal Expos. After retiring, Poole stayed near the game and became a coach at Johns Creek High School and assisted on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech University, his alma mater. Poole was an important member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), serving as a longtime Chairman for the MLBPAA’s for-profit subsidiary, Major League Alumni Marketing. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and passed away from the disease on Oct. 6, 2023, from the disease.

Jim Price was born on Oct. 13, 1941, in Harrisburg, Pa. and made his Major League debut on April 11, 1967, with the Detroit Tigers. Price played in five seasons in the big leagues, all spent with the Tigers as a catcher and pinch hitter. He won the 1968 World Series with the team. After retirement, he remained near Detroit, becoming a broadcaster for the Tigers in 1993 and broadcasted in television until 1998, and radio until after 1999. Price passed away on Aug. 7, 2023, in Washington, Mich.

Bob Priddy was born on Dec. 10, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pa. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 1962, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Priddy spent nine seasons in the big leagues playing for the Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, California Angels and the Atlanta Braves. He was a right-handed pitcher. Priddy passed away on Sept. 28, 2023, in Coraopolis, Pa.

Larry Ray was born on March 11, 1958, in Madison, In. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10, 1982, with the Houston Astros. Ray played in parts of one big league season with the Astros as an outfielder. He passed away on July 22, 2023, in Double Springs, Ala. at the age of 65.

Dennis Ribant was born on Sept 20, 1941, in Detroit, Mich. and made his Major League debut on Aug. 9, 1964, with the New York Mets. Ribant spent six seasons in the big leagues pitching for the Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds. He passed away on April 24, 2023, in Newport Coast, Calif.

Lee Richard was born on Sept. 18, 1948, in Lafayette, La. and made his Major League debut on April 7, 1971, with the Chicago White Sox. Richard played five seasons in the big leagues spending four of those years with the White Sox, the remaining year with the St. Louis Cardinals as an infielder-outfielder. He passed away on Aug. 6, 2023, in Waco, Texas.

Mel Roach was born on Jan. 25, 1933, in Richmond, Va. and made his Major League debut on July 31, 2023, with the Milwaukee Braves. Roach spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Braves, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. He missed two seasons due to military service. After retiring from baseball, Roach became a bank vice president in his hometown of Richmond. He passed away on July 31, 2023.

Brooks Robinson was born on May 18, 1937, in Little Rock, Ark. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 17, 1955, with the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson, an exceptional third baseman, went on to play 23 seasons in the big leagues, all 23 spent with the Orioles. Looking back at his long and successful career, his accolades include 18 All-Star appearances, 16 Gold Glove Awards, two World Series Championship wins, an All-Star Game MVP Award and the overall 1964 AL MVP Award. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 12, 1983, and is also an inaugural inductee of the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1977. His No. 5 is retired in Baltimore. In 1982, Robinson was one of the founding members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), where he remained a large part of the organization for 40 years. He became president of the MLBPAA in 1989 until 2022. He passed away on Sept. 26, 2023, in Owings Mills, Md. at the age of 86. Robinson will always remain a core part of our alumni association.

Ted Savage was born Feb. 21, 1937, in Venice, Ill. and made his Major League debut April 9, 1962, with the Philadelphia Phillies. Savage spent nine years in the Majors as an outfielder and pinch hitter and played for eight different ball clubs. Beyond his playing days, he earned his Ph.D. in urban studies from St. Louis University and was athletic director at Harris-Stow State University for nine years. He also joined the St. Louis Cardinals front office as an assistant director of community relations and minor league instruction. He passed away Jan. 15, 2023, in St. Louis, Mo.

Bill Schlesinger was born on Nov. 5, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio and made his Major League debut on May 4, 1965, with the Boston Red Sox. Schlesinger played in one big league game with the Red Sox. He passed away on Aug.13, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Mike Shannon was born on July 15, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 1962, with the St. Louis Cardinals. Shannon spent nine seasons in the big leagues, playing all nine with the Cardinals as a third baseman and right fielder. He won two World Series Championships with the team in 1964 and 1967. After his playing days, Shannon became a broadcaster for the Birds for 50 years, beginning in 1972. He passed away on April 29, 2023.

Dave Skaugstad was born on Jan. 10, 1940, in Algona, Iowa and made his Major League debut on Sept. 25, 1957, with the Cincinnati Redlegs. Skaugstad played in one season at the big league level with the Redlegs. He served in the U.S. military during the years 1961-1963. After his playing days, he became a detective for the police department in Buena Park, Calif. He passed away on July 16, 2023, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Lou Skizas was born on June 2, 1932, in Chicago, Ill. and made his Major League debut on April 19, 1956, with the New York Yankees. Skizas spent four seasons in the big leagues, playing in the outfield for the Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. He is best known for his notable debut year, where he hit .314 with 11 home runs in 89 games. Skizas passed away on Nov. 17, 2023, in Champaign, Ill. at the age of 91.

Dave Stenhouse was born on Sept. 12, 1933, in Westerly, R.I. and made his Major League debut on April 18, 1962, with the Washington Senators. Stenhouse spent three seasons pitching in the big leagues with the Senators. He was named a two-time All-Star in 1962. He passed away on Nov. 11, 2023.

Ken Suarez was born on April 12, 1943, in Tampa, Fla. and made his Major League debut on April 14, 1966, with the Kansas City Athletics. Suarez spent seven seasons in the big leagues as a catcher with the Athletics, Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers. He passed away on July 28, 2023, in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 80.

John Sullivan was born on Jan. 3, 1941, in Somerville, N.J. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 1963, with the Detroit Tigers. Sullivan spent five seasons in the big leagues as a catcher with the Tigers, New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. After retirement, Sullivan managed in the Minor Leagues in the Kansas City Royals organization and later became a coach for the Royals. He also was on staff with the Atlanta Braves and coached for the Toronto Blue Jays. Sullivan passed away on June 1, 2023, in Wayland, N.Y.

Frank Thomas was born June 11, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa. and made his Major League debut Aug. 17, 1951, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Thomas played 16 seasons in the Majors playing for the Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros. Thomas ended his career as a three-time All-Star with a total of 286 career home runs. He passed away Jan. 16, 2023, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Lee Tinsley was born March 4, 1969, in Shelbyville, Ky. and made his Major League debut on April 6, 1993, with the Seattle Mariners. Tinsley spent five seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Mariners, Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. After his playing days, he entered the coaching world and was a coach for multiple organizations from 2001 to 2018. He passed away Jan. 12, 2023, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dick Tomanek was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in Avon Lake, Ohio and made his Major League debut on Sept. 25, 1953, with the Cleveland Indians. Tomanek spent five seasons in the big leagues as a pitcher for the Indians, and the Kansas City Athletics. After retirement, he joined the B.F. Goodrich Chemical Company. He passed away on Aug. 11, 2023, in Westlake, Ohio.

Ron Tompkins was born Nov. 27, 1944, in San Diego, Calif. and made his Major League debut Sept. 9, 1965, with the Kansas City Athletics. Tompkins spent two seasons in the Majors, splitting his time between the Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. He passed away Feb. 4, 2023.

Jerry Turner was born on Jan. 17, 1954, in Texarkana, Ark. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 2, 1974, with the San Diego Padres. Turner spent 10 seasons in the big leagues as a left fielder, playing majority of those years with the Padres and briefly with the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. He passed away on Aug. 20, 2023, in Lancaster, Calif.

Sandy Valdespino was born on Jan. 24, 1939, in San Jose de Lajas, Cuba and made his Major League debut on April 12, 1965, with the Minnesota Twins. Valdespino spent seven seasons in the big leagues as a left fielder with the Twins, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals. After his playing days, he became a coach for the West Haven Yankees and the Rochester Red Wings. He passed away on Feb. 26, 2023, in Moultrie, Georgia.

Tim Wakefield was born on Aug. 2, 1966, in Melbourne, Fla. and made his Major League debut on July 31, 1992, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wakefield played 19 seasons in the big leagues, 17 of those years were spent with the Boston Red Sox and the remaining with the Pirates. The right-handed pitcher was most known for throwing his specialty pitch, the knuckleball. He was named an AL All-Star in 2009 and won two World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. In 2001, Wakefield recorded his 200th career win when Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays. He passed away on October 1, 2023, in Hingham, Mass. after suffering from brain cancer. He was 57 years old.

Tom Walker was born on Nov. 7, 1948, in Tampa, Fla. and made his Major League debut on April 23, 1972, with the Montreal Expos. Walker spent six seasons in the big leagues, pitching mostly for the Expos and briefly with the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and the California Angels. Tom is the father of former MLB player Neil Walker, the father-in-law of Don Kelly and brother-in-law of Chip Lang. Walker passed away on Oct. 23, 2023, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dave Wehrmeister was born on Nov. 9, 1952, in Berwyn, Ill. and made his Major League debut on April 16, 1976, with the San Diego Padres. Wehrmeister spent six seasons in the big leagues, pitching for the Padres, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. He passed away on Dec. 6, 2023, in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Ed Winceniak was born on April 16, 1929, in Chicago, Ill. and made his Major League debut on April 25, 1956, with the Chicago Cubs. Winceniak played in two big league seasons with the Cubs as an infielder. After his playing days, he stayed in Chicago working for the Republic Steel Corporation. He also scouted for the Atlanta Braves and the Montreal Expos. He retired in his hometown of Chicago and passed away on Oct. 19, 2023.

Larry Yellen was born on Jan. 4, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 26, 1963, with the Houston Colt .45s. Yellen played in two big league seasons with Houston as a right-handed pitcher. He passed away on July 18, 2023, in Union City, Georgia.

Danny Young was born on Nov. 3, 1971, in Smyrna, Tenn. and made his Major League debut on March 30, 2000, with the Chicago Cubs. Young played in one big league season with the Cubs as a left-handed pitcher. He passed away on June 11, 2023, in Dowelltown, Tenn.

Mike Young was born on March 20, 1960, in Oakland, Calif. and made his Major League debut on Sept. 14, 1982, with the Baltimore Orioles. Young spent eight seasons in the big leagues playing in the outfield for the Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and the Cleveland Indians. He ended his career with 72 home runs and batted .247. Young passed away on May 28, 2023, in Atilio Vivacqua, Brazil. He was 63 years old.