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Ron Kline passed away on 2002-06-22
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Top Major Leaguers Has not played in MLB Drafted Players 1st Round Draft Picks
Player NamePosDeath DateDeath CauseHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsDraft Information
Frank ReiberC2002-12-265-8 169 R-R 1909-09-19 93.098Huntington,West Virginia MLB1933-19361933-1936  
George BullardSS2002-12-235-9 165 R-R 1928-10-24 74.060Lynn,Massachusetts MLB1954-19541954-1954  
Bob RinkerC2002-12-196-0 190 R-R 1921-04-21 81.242Audenried,Pennsylvania MLB1950-19501950-1950  
Claude CrockerP2002-12-196-2 185 R-R 1924-07-20 78.152Caroleen,North Carolina MLB1944-19451944-1945  
Dick Stuart1B2002-12-156-4 212 R-R 1932-11-07 70.038San Francisco,California MLB1958-19691958-1969  
Hank Arft1B2002-12-14Cancer5-10 190 L-L 1922-01-28 80.320Manchester,Missouri MLB1948-19521948-1952  
Leon BrannonP2002-12-136-0 185 L-L 1951-02-09 51.307Cushing,Oklahoma RK1978-1978-  
Bob LoaneOF2002-12-116-0 190 R-R 1914-08-06 88.127Berkeley,California MLB1939-19401939-1940  
Homer SpraginsP2002-12-106-1 190 R-R 1920-11-09 82.031Grenada,Mississippi MLB1947-19471947-1947  
Earl HenryP2002-12-105-11 172 L-L 1917-06-10 85.183Roseville,Ohio MLB1944-19451944-1945  
Johnny LazorOF2002-12-095-9 180 L-R 1912-09-09 90.091Taylor,Washington MLB1943-19461943-1946  
Randy BurdenP2002-12-066-3 210 R-R 1979-11-08 23.028Suffolk,Virginia Rk2002-2002-  
Clarence BeersP2002-12-066-0 175 R-R 1918-12-09 83.362El Dorado,Kansas MLB1948-19481948-1948  
Jug ThesengaP2002-12-036-0 200 R-R 1914-04-27 88.220Jefferson,South Dakota MLB1944-19441944-1944  
Ben WadeP2002-12-026-3 205 R-R 1922-11-26 80.006Morehead City,North Carolina MLB1948-19551948-1955  
Dave McNallyP2002-12-015-11 190 R-L 1942-10-31 60.031Billings,Montana MLB1961-19751962-1975
1960-   UDFA-BAL
Ed FreedOF2002-11-155-6 165 R-R 1919-08-22 83.085Centre Valley,Pennsylvania MLB1942-19421942-1942  
Ken RaffensbergerP2002-11-10Natural causes6-2 185 R-L 1917-08-08 85.094York,Pennsylvania MLB1939-19541939-1954  
Mel HarderP2002-10-206-1 195 R-R 1909-10-15 93.005Beemer,Nebraska MLB1928-19471928-1947  
Joe WoodP2002-10-106-0 190 R-R 1916-05-20 86.143Shohola,Pennsylvania MLB1944-19441944-1944  
Jodie Beeler3B-2B2002-10-086-0 170 R-R 1921-11-26 80.316Dallas,Texas MLB1944-19441944-1944  
Bob FreelsUMP2002-10-07   - 1927-07-18 75.081Mascoutah,Illinois --  
Eddie McGahC2002-09-306-0 183 R-R 1921-09-30 81.000Oakland,California MLB1946-19471946-1947  
Al KvasnakOF2002-09-266-1 170 R-R 1921-01-11 81.258Sagamore,Pennsylvania MLB1942-19421942-1942  
Ray HayworthC2002-09-256-0 180 R-R 1904-01-29 98.240High Point,North Carolina MLB1926-19451926-1945  
Don CarlsenP2002-09-226-1 175 R-R 1926-10-15 75.342Chicago,Illinois MLB1948-19521948-1952  
Aaron GoldaP2002-09-19   - 1973-07-01 29.080Niagara Falls,New York Ind1995-1995-  
Jim McKeeP2002-09-146-7 215 R-R 1947-02-01 55.225Columbus,Ohio MLB1969-19731972-1973
1969- 4-  82-PIT
Eddie Shokes1B2002-09-146-0 170 L-L 1920-01-27 82.231Charleston,South Carolina MLB1941-19461941-1946  
Chuck DaleP2002-09-115-10 180 R-R 1957-12-19 44.266Miami,Florida AA1978-1985-  
Jim ConstableP2002-09-046-1 185 B-L 1933-06-14 69.082Jonesborough,Tennessee MLB1956-19631956-1963  
Hoyt WilhelmP2002-08-236-0 195 R-R 1923-07-26 79.028Huntersville,North Carolina MLB1952-19721952-1972  
Dick O'ConnellEXEC2002-08-18   - 1914-09-19 87.333Winthrop,Massachusetts --  
Jason Benyo2B2002-08-17Car accident   R-R 1973-08-06 29.011Boyertown,Pennsylvania Ind1996-1997-  
Jimmy Bloodworth2B2002-08-175-11 180 R-R 1917-07-26 85.022Tallahassee,Florida MLB1937-19511937-1951  
Johnny RoseboroC2002-08-165-11 190 L-R 1933-05-13 69.095Ashland,Ohio MLB1957-19701957-1970  
Arnie MoserH2002-08-155-11 165 R-R 1915-08-09 87.006Houston,Texas MLB1937-19371937-1937  
Jack CreelP2002-08-13Natural causes6-0 165 R-R 1916-04-23 86.112Kyle,Texas MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Enos SlaughterOF2002-08-12Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma5-9 192 L-R 1916-04-27 86.107Roxboro,North Carolina MLB1938-19591938-1959  
Willis HudlinP2002-08-056-0 190 R-R 1906-05-23 96.074Wagoner,Oklahoma MLB1926-19441926-1944  
Darrell PorterC2002-08-056-0 193 L-R 1952-01-17 50.201Joplin,Missouri MLB1970-19871971-1987
1970- 1-   4-MIL
Mike PayneP2002-08-045-11 165 R-R 1961-11-15 40.262Woonsocket,Rhode Island MLB1979-19871984-1984
1979- 6- 134-ATL
Jack TigheCOACH2002-08-01   R-R 1913-08-09 88.357Kearny,New Jersey --  
Steve SouchockOF-1B2002-07-286-2 203 R-R 1919-03-03 83.147Yatesboro,Pennsylvania MLB1946-19551946-1955  
Hal SpindelC2002-07-286-0 185 R-R 1913-05-27 89.062Chandler,Oklahoma MLB1939-19461939-1946  
Donald LamerP2002-07-256-3 180 R-R 1958-08-14 43.345Anna,Illinois A1977-1978-  
Bob BarrP2002-07-256-0 175 R-R 1908-03-12 94.135Newton,Massachusetts MLB1935-19351935-1935  
Ed RungeUMP2002-07-256-2 220 - 1918-05-12 84.074New York,New York --  
Izzy LeonP2002-07-255-10 160 R-R 1911-01-04 91.202Cruces,Cuba MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Al SilveraOF2002-07-246-0 180 R-R 1935-08-26 66.333San Diego,California MLB1955-19851955-1955  
Barney WhiteSS-3B2002-07-245-11 186 R-R 1923-06-25 79.029Paris,Texas MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Pete Coscarart2B-SS2002-07-245-11 175 R-R 1913-06-16 89.038Escondido,California MLB1938-19461938-1946  
Spec SheaP2002-07-196-0 195 R-R 1920-10-02 81.290Naugatuck,Connecticut MLB1947-19551947-1955  
Del WilberC2002-07-186-3 200 R-R 1919-02-24 83.144Lincoln Park,Michigan MLB1946-19541946-1954  
Lee MayeOF2002-07-176-2 190 L-R 1934-12-11 67.218Tuscaloosa,Alabama MLB1959-19711959-1971
1954-   UDFA-MLB
Nelson BarreraIF2002-07-146-0 185 R-R 1957-10-17 44.270Mexico City,Mexico AAA1985-1985-  
Ted WilliamsOF2002-07-056-3 205 L-R 1918-08-30 83.309San Diego,California MLB1939-19601939-1960  
Earl FrancisP2002-07-036-2 215 R-R 1935-07-14 66.355Slab Fork,West Virginia MLB1960-19651960-1965
1954-   UDFA-PIT
Pete GrayOF2002-06-306-1 189 L-L 1915-03-06 87.116Nanticoke,Pennsylvania MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Ralph EricksonP2002-06-276-1 175 L-L 1902-06-25 100.002Dubois,Idaho MLB1929-19301929-1930  
Joe AntolickC2002-06-256-0 185 R-R 1916-04-11 86.075Hokendauqua,Pennsylvania MLB1944-19441944-1944  
Darryl KileP2002-06-22Heart Attack6-5 212 R-R 1968-12-02 33.202Garden Grove,California MLB1987-20021991-2002
1987-30- 782-HOU
Ron KlineP2002-06-226-3 205 R-R 1932-03-09 70.105Callery,Pennsylvania MLB1952-19701952-1970  
Jack JenkinsP2002-06-186-2 195 R-R 1942-12-22 59.178Covington,Virginia MLB1962-19691962-1969
1961-   UDFA-WS1
Bill Adair2B2002-06-175-8 190 R-R 1913-02-10 89.127Mobile,Alabama --  
Hank BoneyP2002-06-125-11 175 R-R 1903-10-28 98.228Wallace,North Carolina MLB1927-19271927-1927  
Bob NelsonUMP2002-06-01   - 1950-- 68.???- --  
Joe BauldreeP2002-05-296-5 175 R-R 1977-03-23 25.067Wake Forest,North Carolina A1995-2002-
1995-12- 337-ATL
Sam PageP2002-05-296-0 172 L-R 1916-02-11 86.108Woodruff,South Carolina MLB1939-19391939-1939  
Wes WestrumC2002-05-285-11 185 R-R 1922-11-28 79.181Clearbrook,Minnesota MLB1947-19571947-1957  
Fritz AckleyP2002-05-226-1 202 L-R 1937-04-10 65.042Hayward,Wisconsin MLB1963-19641963-1964
1954-   UDFA-CHA
Paul GielP2002-05-225-11 185 R-R 1932-02-29 70.083Winona,Minnesota MLB1954-19611954-1961  
Joe CascarellaP2002-05-225-10 175 R-R 1907-06-28 94.329Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1934-19381934-1938  
Warren HackerP2002-05-226-1 185 R-R 1924-11-21 77.182Marissa,Illinois MLB1948-19611948-1961  
Bob PoserP2002-05-216-0 173 L-R 1910-03-16 92.066Columbus,Wisconsin MLB1932-19351932-1935  
Joe BlackP2002-05-176-2 220 R-R 1924-02-08 78.099Plainfield,New Jersey MLB1952-19571952-1957  
Mike FennellOF2002-05-156-3 205 L-R 1960-03-14 42.062Saratoga Springs,New York AA1981-1985-
1982-11- 284-NYA
Bill RodgersOF2002-05-136-0 162 L-L 1922-12-05 79.159Harrisburg,Pennsylvania MLB1944-19451944-1945  
Steve RachunokP2002-05-116-4 205 R-R 1916-12-05 85.157Rittman,Ohio MLB1940-19401940-1940  
Jim CamachoSS2002-05-036-1 175 R-R 1958-03-02 44.062- A+1981-1982-
1981- 9- 222-OAK
Jerry Witte1B2002-04-276-1 190 R-R 1915-07-30 86.272St. Louis,Missouri MLB1946-19471946-1947  
John Davis3B2002-04-265-11 172 R-R 1915-07-15 86.286Laurel Run,Pennsylvania MLB1941-19411941-1941  
Walter YouseSCOUT2002-04-16   - --Baltimore,Maryland --  
Tom SunkelP2002-04-066-1 190 L-L 1912-08-09 89.240Paris,Illinois MLB1937-19441937-1944  
Paul EricksonP2002-04-056-2 200 R-R 1915-12-14 86.113Zion,Illinois MLB1941-19481941-1948  
Roy Nichols3B-2B2002-04-035-11 155 R-R 1921-03-03 81.031Little Rock,Arkansas MLB1944-19441944-1944  
Whitey WietelmannSS-2B2002-03-266-0 170 B-R 1919-03-15 83.011Zanesville,Ohio MLB1939-19471939-1947  
Minnie RojasP2002-03-236-1 170 R-R 1933-11-26 68.117Remidios,Cuba MLB1966-19681966-1968
1960-   UDFA-SFN
Lefty BertrandP2002-03-176-0 180 R-L 1909-02-28 93.017Cobden,Minnesota MLB1936-19361936-1936  
Lou KahnCOACH2002-03-135-10 200 R-R 1915-12-04 86.100St. Louis,Missouri --  
Steve GromekP2002-03-126-2 180 B-R 1920-01-15 82.057Hamtramck,Michigan MLB1941-19571941-1957  
Al CowensOF2002-03-11Heart attack6-2 200 R-R 1951-10-25 50.138Los Angeles,California MLB1969-19861974-1986
1969-75-1028-KCA
Clay SmithP2002-03-056-2 190 R-R 1914-09-11 87.175Cambridge,Kansas MLB1938-19401938-1940  
Dykes PotterP2002-02-276-0 185 R-R 1910-09-07 91.173Ashland,Kentucky MLB1938-19381938-1938  
Leif McKinleyP2002-02-166-0 175 R-R 1971-07-07 30.224Portland,Oregon A+1992-1996-
1992-21- 590-BOS
Duane JohnsonOF2002-02-156-0 180 B-R 1978-11-19 23.088Orange,California Rk1997-1998-
1997-18- 536-PHI
Mike DarrRF-CF2002-02-15Car accident6-3 205 L-R 1976-03-21 25.331Corona,California MLB1994-20011999-2001
1994- 2-  52-DET
Frankie CrosettiSS2002-02-11Complications from a fall5-10 165 R-R 1910-10-04 91.130San Francisco,California MLB1932-19481932-1948  
Jim Spencer1B2002-02-106-2 195 L-L 1947-07-30 54.195Hanover,Pennsylvania MLB1965-19821968-1982
1969-42- 909-SE1
Chet ClemensOF2002-02-106-0 175 R-R 1917-05-10 84.276San Fernando,California MLB1939-19441939-1944  
Steve RoserP2002-02-086-4 220 R-R 1918-01-25 84.014Rome,New York MLB1944-19461944-1946  
Mel McGahaCOACH2002-02-036-1 190 - 1926-12-26 75.039Bastrop,Louisiana --  
Harry Marnie2B-SS2002-01-076-1 178 R-R 1918-07-06 83.185Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1940-19421940-1942  
Adrian ZabalaP2002-01-045-11 165 L-L 1916-08-26 85.131San Antonio de Los Banos,Cuba MLB1945-19491945-1949