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Listing of baseball deaths for the 1948 calendar year. Note that our tracking for deaths is not 100% complete and it is based on available public information as many former non-MLB player deaths may not be captured. The Cause of Death is not always available for a particular player.

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1948 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Larry Hoffman1948-12-29---66.1633B-2B5-8175RR1882-07-18Chicago,IL
    MLB1901-19011901-1901
    Joe Pate1948-12-26---56.201P5-10184LL1892-06-06Alice,TX
    MLB1926-19271926-1927
    Pelham Ballenger1948-12-08---54.3043B5-11160RR1894-02-06Gilreath Mill,SC
    MLB1928-19281928-1928
    Bill Dammann1948-12-06---76.117P5-7155LL1872-08-09Chicago,IL
    MLB1897-18991897-1899
    Gus Bono1948-12-03-54.095P5-11175RR1894-08-29Doe Run,MO
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Fred Buckingham1948-12-03---72.292P------------1876-02-13Blenheim,NY
    MLB1895-18951895-1895
    Frank Bowerman1948-11-30---79.359C-1B6-2190RR1868-12-05Romeo,MI
    MLB1895-19091895-1909
    Hack Wilson1948-11-23---48.211OF-2B5-6190RR1900-04-26Ellwood City,PA
    MLB1923-19341923-1934
    Bob Emmerich1948-11-22---51.112OF5-3155RR1897-08-01New York,NY
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
    Joe Regan1948-11-18---76.127OF6-1---RR1872-07-12Seymour,CT
    MLB1898-18981898-1898
    Joe Wagner1948-11-15---59.2042B-SS5-11165RR1889-04-24New York,NY
    MLB1915-19151915-1915
    Jake Smith1948-11-07---61.149P6-5200BL1887-06-10Dravosburg,PA
    MLB1911-19111911-1911
    Jake Powell1948-11-04---40.112OF-2B5-11180RR1908-07-15Silver Spring,MD
    MLB1930-19451930-1945
    Roy Ellam1948-10-28---62.261SS5-10203RR1886-02-08West Conshohocken,PA
    MLB1909-19181909-1918
    Jack Thoney1948-10-24---68.319OF-3B5-10175RR1879-12-08Fort Thomas,KY
    MLB1902-19111902-1911
    Ed Kusel1948-10-20---62.246P6-0165---R1886-02-15Cleveland,OH
    MLB1909-19091909-1909
    Bill Gardner1948-10-12------P-3B---------------Baltimore,MD
    MLB1887-18871887-1887
    Al Orth1948-10-08---76.032P-OF6-0200LR1872-09-05Tipton,IN
    MLB1895-19091895-1909
    Doc Imlay1948-10-07---59.267P5-11168RR1889-01-12Allentown,NJ
    MLB1913-19131913-1913
    Lew Camp1948-10-01---80.2193B-2B6-0175LR1868-02-23Columbus,OH
    MLB1892-18941892-1894
    Elmer Leifer1948-09-26---55.1253B-OF5-9170LR1893-05-23Clarington,OH
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Rich Durning1948-09-23---55.347P6-2178LL1892-10-10Louisville,KY
    MLB1917-19181917-1918
    Art Devlin1948-09-18---68.3373B-1B6-0175RR1879-10-16Washington,DC
    MLB1904-19131904-1913
    Bill Byers1948-09-08---70.339C-1B5-7210RR1877-10-03Bridgeton,IN
    MLB1904-19041904-1904
    Bert Husting1948-09-03---70.180P-1B5-10185RR1878-03-06Mayville,WI
    MLB1900-19021900-1902
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Rip Cannell1948-08-26---68.215OF5-10180LR1880-01-23South Bridgton,ME
    MLB1904-19051904-1905
    Walter Blair1948-08-20---64.310C-OF6-0185RR1883-10-13Landrus,PA
    MLB1907-19111907-1911
    Fred Odwell1948-08-19---75.327OF-2B5-9160LR1872-09-25Downsville,NY
    MLB1904-19071904-1907
    Babe Ruth1948-08-16Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (cancer)53.190OF-P6-2215LL1895-02-06Baltimore,MD
    MLB1914-19351914-1935
    Phil Collins1948-08-14---46.352P5-11175RR1901-08-27Chicago,IL
    MLB1923-19351923-1935
    Nig Perrine1948-08-13---63.2102B-SS5-9160RR1885-01-14Clinton,WI
    MLB1907-19071907-1907
    Chick Bowen1948-08-09---51.013OF5-7165RR1897-07-26New Haven,CT
    MLB1919-19191919-1919
    Harry Lord1948-08-09---66.1533B-OF5-10165LR1882-03-08Porter,ME
    MLB1907-19141907-1914
    Charlie Wacker1948-08-07---64.242P5-9 ---LL1883-12-08Jeffersonville,IN
    MLB1909-19091909-1909
    Joe Tinker1948-07-27---67.364SS-3B5-9175RR1880-07-27Muscotah,KS
    MLB1902-19161902-1916
    Homer Davidson1948-07-26---63.284C-OF5-10155RR1884-10-14Cleveland,OH
    MLB1908-19081908-1908
    Charlie See1948-07-19---51.278OF-P5-10175LR1896-10-13Pleasantville,NY
    MLB1919-19211919-1921
    Bert Hall1948-07-18---59.275P5-10178RR1888-10-15Portland,OR
    MLB1911-19111911-1911
    Chick Hartley1948-07-18---67.329OF5-8180RR1880-08-22Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1902-19021902-1902
    Charles Witherow1948-07-03------P---------------Washington,DC
    MLB1875-18751875-1875
    Pete Knisely1948-07-01---60.323OF-2B5-9185RR1887-08-11Waynesburg,PA
    MLB1912-19151912-1915
    Jimmy Esmond1948-06-26---58.260SS-3B5-11167RR1889-10-08Albany,NY
    MLB1911-19121911-1912
    Rasty Wright1948-06-12---52.219P5-11160RR1895-11-05Ceredo,WV
    MLB1917-19231917-1923
    Hosea Siner1948-06-10---63.0813B-2B5-10185RR1885-03-20Shelburn,IN
    MLB1909-19091909-1909
    Bill Sweeney1948-05-26-62.0802B-3B5-11175RR1886-03-06Covington,KY
    MLB1907-19141907-1914
    Frank Browning1948-05-20---65.202P5-5145RR1882-10-29Falmouth,KY
    MLB1910-19101910-1910
    Hi Ladd1948-05-07---78.086OF6-4180LR1870-02-09Willemantic,CT
    MLB1898-18981898-1898
    John Dolan1948-05-04---80.234P-OF5-10170---R1867-09-12Newport,KY
    MLB1890-18951890-1895
    Dick Cogan1948-05-02---76.147P-OF5-7150RR1871-12-05Paterson,NJ
    MLB1897-19001897-1900
    Ad Yale1948-04-27---78.0091B------------1870-04-17Bristol,CT
    MLB1905-19051905-1905
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Pat Deisel1948-04-17---71.352C5-5145RR1876-04-29Ripley,OH
    MLB1902-19031902-1903
    Dick Kauffman1948-04-16---59.2971B-OF6-3190BR1888-06-22East Lewisburg,PA
    MLB1914-19151914-1915
    Heinie Jantzen1948-04-01---57.356OF---170RR1890-04-09Chicago,IL
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Charlie Krause1948-03-30---74.1782B5-6------R1873-10-02Detroit,MI
    MLB1901-19011901-1901
    Jimmy Bannon1948-03-24---76.322OF-SS5-5160RR1871-05-05Amesbury,MA
    MLB1893-18961893-1896
    Dutch Meier1948-03-23---68.357OF-SS5-10175RR1879-03-30St. Louis,MO
    MLB1906-19061906-1906
    Fritz Von Kolnitz1948-03-18---54.3013B-OF5-10175RR1893-05-20Charleston,SC
    MLB1914-19161914-1916
    Ike Butler1948-03-17---74.206P-OF6-0175---R1873-08-22Langston,MI
    MLB1902-19021902-1902
    Stub Brown1948-03-10---77.218P6-2220---L1870-08-03Baltimore,MD
    MLB1893-18971893-1897
    Irv Ray1948-02-21---84.028SS-OF5-6165LR1864-01-22Harrington,ME
    MLB1888-18911888-1891
    Bob Groom1948-02-19Pneumonia,Emphysema63.158P-OF6-2175RR1884-09-12Belleville,IL
    MLB1909-19181909-1918
    Percy Coleman1948-02-16---71.122P---------R1876-10-15Mason,OH
    MLB1897-18981897-1898
    Mordecai Brown1948-02-14---71.116P-OF5-10175BR1876-10-19Nyesville,IN
    MLB1903-19161903-1916
    Bill Clancy1948-02-10---68.3031B-OF6-2180RR1879-04-12Redfield,NY
    MLB1905-19051905-1905
    Jim McCormick1948-02-01---79.0892B-3B6-1160RR1868-11-02Spencer,MA
    MLB1892-18921892-1892
    Clarence Lehr1948-01-31---61.258OF-2B5-11165RR1886-05-16Escanaba,MI
    MLB1911-19111911-1911
    Herb Pennock1948-01-30---53.352P6-0160BL1894-02-10Kennett Square,PA
    MLB1912-19341912-1934
    Frank Doljack1948-01-23---40.109OF-1B5-11175RR1907-10-05Cleveland,OH
    MLB1930-19431930-1943
    Art Benedict1948-01-14-85.2872B------RR1862-03-31Cornwall,IL
    MLB1883-18831883-1883
    Art Jahn1948-01-09---52.036OF6-0180RR1895-12-02Struble,IA
    MLB1925-19281925-1928
    Howdy Caton1948-01-08---51.174SS-3B5-6165RR1896-07-16Zanesville,OH
    MLB1917-19201917-1920
    Biff Schlitzer1948-01-04---63.029P5-11175RR1884-12-04Rochester,NY
    MLB1908-19091908-1909
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