Friday, December 31, 2010

In Memoriam--2010

MLB and Baseball Related Deaths in 2010

This may not be an exhaustive list, but it covers most of the baseball people who passed away this year. May they rest in peace.


January 3 – Bobby Wilkins, 87, shortstop for the 1944 and 1945 Philadelphia Athletics
January 4 – Rory Markas, 54, play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Milwaukee Brewers
January 12 – Hillis Layne, 91, third baseman for the Washington Senators in the 1940s, who also led the Pacific Coast League hitters in 1947 with a .367 average

January 21 – Bobby Bragan, 92, major league catcher, manager and coach
January 21 – Hal Manders, 92, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs between 1941 and 1946
January 21 – Curt Motton, 69, backup outfielder who hit .213 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI from 1967 to 1974
January 26 – Ken Walters, 76, backup outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds in the early 1960s
January 27 – Sammy Drake, 75, Negro League infielder and a member of the original 1962 New York Mets
January 28 – Frank Baker, 66, outfielder for the Cleveland Indians and a Vietnam War veteran


February 7 – Paul LaPalme, 86, left-handed knuckleball pitcher for the Pirates, Cardinals, Redlegs and White Sox from 1951 to 1957
February 12 – Jerry Fahr, 85, pitcher for the 1951 Cleveland Indians

February 16 – Jim Bibby, 65, Major League pitcher from 1972 to 1984; won World Series with Pirates in 1979 and pitched first no-hitter in Senators/Rangers history (1973)
February 16 – Jim Waugh, 76, pitcher who posted a 5–11 record with a 6.43 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1952 to 1953
February 18 – Bob Chakales, 82, pitcher for the Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Senators and Red Sox
February 19 – George Cisar, 99, outfielder for the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers; the second-oldest former major-league player player at the time of his death
February 21 – George Strickland, 84, Major League shortstop for 10 seasons with the Indians and Pirates and a coach, manager and scout for 11 more


March 3 – Frank Bertaina, 65, pitcher for the Senators, Orioles and Cardinals between 1964 and 1970
March 3 – Hank Small, 58, first baseman who played for the 1978 Atlanta Braves
March 6 – Jim Roland, 67, pitcher who played from 1962 through 1972 for the Athletics, Twins, Yankees and Rangers

March 9 – Willie Davis, 69, three-time Gold Glove outfielder for the Dodgers, Expos, Rangers, Cardinals, Padres and Angels, member of the Dodgers' 1963 and 1965 World Series champions
March 15 - Ken Holcombe, 91, pitcher who posted a 18-22 record in six seasons with the Yankees, Reds, White Sox, Browns and Red Sox

March 16 – Billy Hoeft, 77, All-Star pitcher whose career spanned 15 seasons, mainly with the Detroit Tigers
March 17 – Van Fletcher, 85, pitcher for the 1955 Detroit Tigers
March 23 – Edith Barney, 87, catcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
March 28 – Joe Gates, 55, former Chicago White Sox player and Gary SouthShore RailCats bench coach
March 28 – John Purdin, 67, relief pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers between the 1964 and 1969 seasons.


April 2 – Mike Cuellar, 72, 4-time All-Star pitcher for the Cincinnati Redlegs, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, and California Angels between 1959 and 1977; won 1969 NL Cy Young Award and 1970 World Series; and was one of four 20-game winners on the 1971 Baltimore Orioles
April 3 – Jim Pagliaroni, 72, catcher for the Red Sox, Pirates, Athletics and Pilots, who set a Pirates all-time, season-record for catchers with 17 home runs in 1965
April 9 – Bill Moisan, 84, relief pitcher for the 1953 Chicago Cubs, who had been a prisoner of war in Germany in early 1945, earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and Purple Heart
April 15 – Takuya Kimura, 37, Japanese player for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, Toyo Carp, and Giants from 1992 to 2009, and a member of the 2009 Japan Series champion
April 20 – Keli McGregor, 48, President of the Colorado Rockies and a former tight end in the National Football League
April 22 – Pete Castiglione, 89, third baseman who hit .255 in eight seasons with the Pirates and Cardinals
April 22 – Dick Kenworthy, 69, backup infielder who hit .215 in 125 games with the Chicago White Sox from 1962 to 1968


May 4 – Ernie Harwell, 92, Ford C. Frick Award winning broadcaster who spent 42 of his 55-year career with the Detroit Tigers, joining Mel Allen, Jack Buck and Harry Caray, between others, among the game's most famous play-by-play voices

May 6 – Robin Roberts, 83, Hall of Fame pitcher and a seven-time All-Star in 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, who led the National League in wins from 1952 to 1955, innings pitched from '51 to '55 and complete games from '52 to '56
May 8 – George Susce, 78, middle relief pitcher who posted a 22–17 record with a 4.42 ERA and three saves in 117 games for the Red Sox and Tigers from 1955 to 1959
May 13 – Jay Schlueter, 60, left fielder for the 1971 Houston Astros

May 17 – Dorothy Kamenshek, 84, seven-time All-Star first basewoman and two-time champion bat in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
May 23 – José Lima, 37, All-Star Dominican pitcher who posted a 89–102 record in 13 seasons with the Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers and Mets
May 24 – Morrie Martin, 87, pitcher who played for seven different teams from 1949 to 1959, mainly with the Philadelphia Athletics
May 24 – Rogelio Martínez, 91, Cuban pitcher for the 1950 Washington Senators
May 27 – Louise Arnold, 87, pitcher for the AAGPBL champion South Bend Blue Sox in 1951 and 1952, who hurled a no-hitter and led the league with a .833 winning percentage in 1951
May 29 – Jeriome Robertson, 33, who won 15 games as a rookie pitcher with the Houston Astros in 2003


June 1 – Freddie Burdette, 73, middle reliever who posted a 1–0 record with a 3.41 ERA and one save in 68 games for the Chicago Cubs from 1962 to 1964

June 6 – Jerry Stephenson, 66, pitcher who posted a 8–19 record in a seven-year career, and a member of the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox team
June 14 – Oscar Azócar, 45, Venezuelan outfielder for the Yankees and Padres in the early 1990s.
June 16 – Bob Hartman, 72, left-handed pitcher who had brief stints with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and the Cleveland Indians in 1962.


July 8 - Clint Hartung, 87, pitcher and outfielder for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1952, who became the 11th player in major league history whose first home run came as a pitcher and later homered as a position player.
July 8 - Maje McDonnell, 89, Philadelphia Phillies coach from 1951 to 1957, and a World War II veteran who earned five battle stars and a Bronze Star.
July 9 - Frank Verdi, 84, shortstop who played briefly for the Yankees in the 1953 season and later managed in the minor leagues.
July 10 - Ed Palmquist, 77, relief pitcher who played from 1960 to 1961 with the Dodgers and Twins.
July 10 - Johnny Van Cuyk, 89, relief pitcher who played on the 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers team that won the National League pennant.

July 11 - Bob Sheppard, 99, public address announcer at Yankee Stadium from 1951 to 2007.
July 13 - George Steinbrenner, 80, New York Yankees owner since 1973.

July 15 - Billy Loes, 80, pitcher who posted a 80-63 record in 12 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.
July 16 - Kenny Kuhn, 73, backup infielder who hit .210 in 71 games with the Cleveland Indians from 1955 to 1957.
July 20 - Jimmy McMath, 60, backup outfielder for the 1968 Chicago Cubs.
July 21 - Ralph Houk, 90, third-string catcher for the New York Yankees who went on to win three straight American League pennants and two World Series championships in his first three seasons as their manager.
July 22 - Larry Fritz, 61, pinch-hitter for the 1975 Philadelphia Phillies.
July 26 - Jake Jacobs, 73, outfielder who played from 1960 to 1961 for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins.


August 7 - Keith Drumright, 55, second baseman for the 1978 Astros and the 1981 Athletics.

August 9 - Gene Hermanski, 90, outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1943 to 1953, who also was a World War II veteran.
August 11 - Nellie King, 82, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1950s and broadcaster of the last Pirates game at Three Rivers Stadium in 2000.
August 15 - Joe L. Brown, 91, Pirates’ general manager who helped build 1970s’ teams that beat the Orioles twice in the World Series.

August 16 - Bobby Thomson, 86, whose Shot Heard 'Round the World in 1951 has echoed through baseball history as perhaps the game's most famous home run.
August 21 - Satch Davidson, 74, National League umpire who worked behind the plate when Hank Aaron hit his historic 715th career home run as well as when Carlton Fisk hit his memorable homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
August 26 - Cal McLish, 84, All-Star pitcher with a 15-season career for five teams, who set a major league record with 16 consecutive road wins over the 1958-59 seasons, which stood for 36 years until Greg Maddux surpassed it over the 1994-95 seasons.


September 1 - Don Lang, 95, infielder for the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.[78]
September 9 - Eddie Phillips, 80, pinch-runner who scored four runs in nine games for the 1953 St. Louis Cardinals, but never batted or fielded a ball in the majors.
September 15 - Al LaMacchia, 89, relief pitcher for the St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators from 1943 to 1946, who also is credited with having scouted players such as George Bell, Cito Gaston, Dale Murphy, Dave Stieb and David Wells.
September 16 - Wayne Twitchell, 62, 1973 NL All-Star pitcher who posted a 48-65 record in ten seasons with the Brewers, Phillies, Expos, Mets and Mariners.
September 18 - Ray Coleman, 88, outfielder and World War II veteran, who hit a .258 average in five seasons for the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox.
September 20 - Al Pilarcik, 80, outfielder and Korean War veteran, who hit .256 in 668 games for the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox.

September 23 - Bob Shaw, 77, who spent eleven years in the majors pitching for the Tigers, White Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves, SF Giants, Mets and Cubs, and beat Sandy Koufax in 1959 World Series.


October 3 - Maury Allen, 88, sportswriter and former columnist for the New York Post.
October 3 - Ben Mondor, 85, long time owner of Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.
October 8 - Dale Roberts, 70, relief pitcher for the 1967 New York Yankees.
October 16 - Valmy Thomas, 81, first Puerto Rican catcher to play in the majors.
October 17 - Joe Lis, 64, first baseman who played from 1970 through 1977 for the Phillies, Twins, Indians and Mariners.
October 17 - Freddy Schuman (Freddy Sez), 85, Yankee Stadium staple for the last 20 years.
October 20 - Otey Clark, 95, pitcher who played briefly for the 1945 Boston Red Sox.
October 20 - Bill Jennings, 85, shortstop for the 1951 St. Louis Browns.
October 20 - Tony Roig, 82, utility infielder for the Washington Senators from 1953 to 1956.
October 25 - Rudy Rufer, 84, shortstop for the New York Giants from 1949 to 1951, who later scouted for the Los Angeles Dodgers during 25 years.
October 27 - Gene Fodge, 79, pitcher for the 1958 Chicago Cubs.

October 31 - Artie Wilson, 90, Negro Leagues All-Star shortstop.


November 2 - Clyde King, 86, whose major league baseball career as a player, coach, manager and front-office man spanned six decades.

November 4 - Sparky Anderson, 76, Hall of Fame manager; first manager to win the World Series in both leagues with the Cincinnati Reds (1975-1976) and Detroit Tigers 1984).
November 6 - Jay Van Noy, 82, a four-sport standout in Utah State, who later played for the 1951 Cardinals.
November 7 - George Estock, 86, pitcher for the 1951 Boston Braves.

November 10 - Dave Niehaus, 75, Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners since its inception in 1977 to their final game of the 2010 season.
November 13 - George Binks, 96, outfielder/first baseman who hit .253 in 351 games for the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns from 1944 to 1948. Hit .300 for the 1938 Tyler Trojans of the East Texas League.
November 14 - Hal Bamberger, 86, outfielder for the 1948 New York Giants.
November 15 - Ed Kirkpatrick, 66, outfielder with a 16-year major league career, seven of them for the Los Angeles Angels.
November 20 - Danny McDevitt, 78, pitcher who posted a 21-27 record and a 4.40 ERA in six seasons, who is most remembered by start for the Dodgers last home game in Brooklyn, hurling a 2–0 shutout victory over the Pirates.
November 21 - Steve Kuczek, 85, pinch-hitter for the 1949 Boston Braves.
November 22 - Jean Cione, 82, pitcher who hurled three no-hitters and turned an unassisted triple play in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
November 22 - Tom Underwood, 56, pitcher who posted a 86-87 record with a 3.89 ERA for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Yankees, Athletics and Orioles from 1974 to 1984.
November 27 - Bill Werle, 89, who pitched for the Pirates, Red Sox and Cardinals from 1949 to 1954.
November 28 - Cal Emery, 73, first baseman for the 1963 Phillies, who also played in Japan, managed in the minors, and was a a major league coach.

November 28 - Gil McDougald, 82, All-Star infielder who helped the New York Yankees win five World Series championships during the 1950s.
November 30 - R. C. Stevens, 76, first baseman who batted .210 with eight home runs in 104 games for the Pirates and Senators from 1958 to 1961.


December 2 - Ron Santo, 70, nine-time All-Star and one of the greatest players in Chicago Cubs history.
December 4 - Ken Lehman, 82, left-handed specialist who posted a 14-10 record and a 3.91 ERA in 134 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies.
December 7 - Art Mahan, 97, first baseman for the 1940 Phillies.

December 15 - Bob Feller, 92, Cleveland Indians legend and Hall of Fame pitcher.

December 17 - Walt Dropo, 87, who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Boston Red Sox, after batting .322 with 34 home runs and a league-best 144 RBI in 136 games.

December 18 - Phil Cavarretta, 94, three-time All-Star who won the National League MVP in 1945 to led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance.

December 28 - Bill Lajoie, 76, general manager who played an integral role in building the Detroit Tigers into a World Championship team in 1984 and a division title winner in 1987.

December 30 - Steve Boros, 74, who played 7 seasons with the Tigers, Cugs and Reds and managed the A's and Padres.

December 30 - Tom Vandergriff, 84, former mayor of Arlington, Texas and the man who fought to bring Major League Baseball to Arlington and succeeded when the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers in 1972.
Credit to Wikipedia for the list.


  1. May 2011 be a way shorter list, like zero, zero is a nice round number...

  2. Great post dude!! So sad to lost so many great people that had so much history about the game in them. May they all rest in peace

  3. Didn't even leave off the last couple of guys like lots of year-end retros do. Good job.

  4. 2011 won't be the same for Mariners fans without Dave Niehaus. Great post Brian. I've got to send you some cards soon...and Nightowl while I'm at it. Happy New Year pal!

  5. Very cool, I appreciate you doing this, it's just outstanding.

  6. I was commenting that it seemed like 2010 was especially hard for the baseball community. I suppose doing one of these for each year would probably prove me wrong, but it just seemed like a tough year. Being a Dodger fan, it was definitely an unusually sorrowful year (Lehman, Loes, King, Hermanski, Bragan, Davis, Purdin, Lima, Martin, Stephenson, Palmquist, Van Cuyk, McLish & McDevitt).

    Thanks for the great tribute.