2020 Necrology

January 6th, 2021

A total of 110 former Major League players died last year, 21 being Phillies Alumni. Included was the oldest living Phillies Alumnus, two Wall of Famers who were teammates in 1964 and a member of the 1950 National League Champion Whiz Kids.

In memoriam:

INF Ramon Aviles . . . (1979-81) . . . January 27, Manati, Puerto Rico; age 68 . . . For many years following his playing career, was a coach, instructor and manager in the Phillies minor league system.

INF Don Hasenmayer . . . (1945-46) . . . January 28, Warrington, PA; age 92 . . . Pro debut (1944) playing for Bradford (PA) Phillies and Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks . . . MLB debut, 18-year-old 3B vs. NY Giants at Shibe Park, 5/2/45 . . . Last surviving player who debuted in 1945.

LHP Dick Koecher . . . (1946-48) . . . February 4, Naples, FL; age 93 . . . Native Philadelphian; Temple University product . . . 40-17 in three minor league seasons; 0-4 with Phillies.

RHP Ed Farmer . . . (1974, 1982-83) . . . April 1, Los Angeles, CA; age 70 . . . Spent 11 years in the majors, mostly as a reliever . . . White Sox broadcaster, 1992-2009.

OF Jim Bolger . . . (1959) . . . April 9, Green Township, OH; age 88 . . . Seven-year career ended with Phillies . . . Made MLB debut at age 18 with hometown Reds in 1950.

RHP Hank Mason . . . (1958, 1960) . . . May 29, Richmond, VA; age 88 . . . First Afro-American pitcher for Phillies . . . After baseball, ordained Methodist minister.

RHP Bobby Locke . . . (1962-64) . . . June 4, Dunbar, PA; age 86 . . . Nine years in majors with five different teams.

RHP Tyson Brummett . . . (2012) . . . July 3, American Fork Canyon, UT; age 35 . . . Pitched once in the majors, final game of 2012 season in Washington. Allowed consecutive singles before striking out next two batters to end the eighth inning.

C/CH Mike Ryan . . . (C 1968-73; CH 1980-95) . . . July 7, Wolfeboro, NH; age 78 . . . Bullpen coach on three Phillies championship clubs, 1980 World Champions and 1983 and 1993 NL pennant-winners.

2B/CH Tony Taylor . . . (2B 1960-71, 1974-76; CH 1977-79, 1988-89) . . . July 16, Hialeah, FL; age 84 . . . One of the most popular players in Phillies history . . . Led club in games played at 2B until Chase Utley came along.

RHP Bob Sebra . . . (1988-89) . . . July 22, Miami, FL; age 58 . . . Six-season major leaguer, including two in a Phillies uniform.

RHP Jim Owens . . . (1955-56; 1958-62) . . . September 8, Houston, TX; age 86 . . . Nicknamed “Bear” . . . Major league debut in 1955 for the Phillies as a 21-yeear.

OF Jay Johnstone . . . (1974-78) . . . September 26, Granada Hills, CA; age 74 . . . .303 hitter for his five Phillies seasons . . . One of the games zaniest characters.

RHP Fred Wenz . . . (1970) . . . October 6, Branchburg, NJ; age 79 . . . 3-0 record for 31 games with three different teams, including 2-0 in 22 Phillies games.

INF Kim Batiste . . . (1991-94) . . . October 8, Baton Rouge, LA; age 52 . . . Most memorable Phillies moment, driving in the winning run in the 10th inning, game 1 of the 1993 National League Championship Series vs. Atlanta at Veterans Stadium.

2B Joe Morgan . . . (1983) . . . October 11, Danville, CA; age 77 . . . Hall of Famer who played one season in Philadelphia. Hit .337 with 5 home runs, 18 RBI in September helping the Phillies win the division . . . Hit 5 World Series home runs; last 2 came with Phillies (1983).

RHP Bob Miller . . . (1949-58) . . . November 27, West Bloomfield, MI; age 94 . . . Spent 10 years in the majors, all with the Phillies . . . Won first eight decisions in 11-6 rookie season with 1950 National League champion Whiz Kids.

CH Denis Menke . . . (1989-96) . . . December 1, Tarpon Springs, FL; age 80 . . . 13-year Major League infielder who managed in minors (1977-79) before coaching in the majors with the Blue Jays, Astros, Phillies and Reds.

3B/1B/LF Dick Allen . . . (1963-69; 1975-76) . . . December 7, Wampum, PA; age 78 . . . Nine of 15 big-league seasons were with the Phillies; Rookie of the Year (1964); AL MVP (1972, White Sox) . . . Phillies retired his number (15) on 9/3/20 . . . Phillies Wall of Fame inductee (1994). Missed being elected into the Hall of Fame by one vote (2015).

INF Phil Linz . . . (1966-67) . . . December 9, Leesburg, VA; age 81 . . . Originally signed with Yankees, traded to Phillies for Ruben Amaro Sr. and ended career with the Mets.

CH Billy DeMars . . . (1969-81) . . . December 10, Clearwater, FL; age 95 . . . Oldest Phillies Alumnus at the time of his death . . . Brief major league career included 18 games with Philadelphia Athletics (1948) . . . Orioles minor league manager (1948-68) . . . Longest tenured Phillies hitting coach. Also hitting coach for Expos and Reds.