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Listing of baseball deaths for the 1959 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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1959 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Lew Whistler1959-12-30---91.2931B-SS5-10178---R1868-03-10St. Louis,MO
    MLB1890-18931890-1893
    Bill Friel1959-12-24---83.2652B-3B5-10165LR1876-04-01Renovo,PA
    MLB1901-19031901-1903
    Del Young1959-12-17---74.052OF5-11195LR1885-10-24Macon,MO
    MLB1909-19091909-1909
    Lee Dashner1959-12-16---72.234P5-11192BL1887-04-25Renault,IL
    MLB1913-19131913-1913
    Jim Bottomley1959-12-11---59.2311B-2B6-0180LL1900-04-23Oglesby,IL
    MLB1922-19371922-1937
    Doc Marshall1959-12-11---84.078C-OF6-0185RR1875-09-22Butler,PA
    MLB1904-19091904-1909
    Joe Harris1959-12-10---68.2031B-OF5-9170RR1891-05-20Coulters,PA
    MLB1914-19281914-1928
    Ferd Eunick1959-12-09---67.2293B5-6148RR1892-04-22Baltimore,MD
    MLB1917-19171917-1917
    Tom McGuire1959-12-07---67.308P6-0175RR1892-02-01Chicago,IL
    MLB1919-19191919-1919
    Wid Conroy1959-12-06---82.2433B-SS5-9158RR1877-04-05Camden,NJ
    MLB1901-19111901-1911
    Oscar Siemer1959-12-05---58.112C5-9162RR1901-08-14St. Louis,MO
    MLB1925-19261925-1926
    Jack Scott1959-11-30---67.224P-OF6-2199LR1892-04-18Ridgeway,NC
    MLB1916-19291916-1929
    Ed McFarland1959-11-28---85.115C-OF5-10180RR1874-08-03Cleveland,OH
    MLB1893-19081893-1908
    Blondy Ryan1959-11-28---53.327SS-3B6-1178RR1906-01-04Lynn,MA
    MLB1930-19381930-1938
    Roy Thomas1959-11-20---85.239OF-1B5-11150LL1874-03-24Norristown,PA
    MLB1899-19111899-1911
    Wib Smith1959-11-18---73.078C-1B5-10165LR1886-08-30Evart,MI
    MLB1909-19091909-1909
    Klondike Smith1959-11-15---72.314OF5-9160LL1887-01-04London,EN
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Lefty Williams1959-11-04-66.238P5-9160RL1893-03-09Aurora,MO
    MLB1913-19201913-1920
    Dave Fultz1959-10-29---84.151OF-2B5-11170RR1875-05-29Staunton,VA
    MLB1898-19051898-1905
    Elmer Koestner1959-10-27---73.329P6-1175RR1885-11-30Piper City,IL
    MLB1910-19141910-1914
    Scott Perry1959-10-27---68.192P6-0175RR1891-04-17Denison,TX
    MLB1915-19211915-1921
    Elmer Rieger1959-10-21---70.236P6-0175BR1889-02-25Perris,CA
    MLB1910-19101910-1910
    Ralph Bell1959-10-18-68.345P5-11170LL1890-11-06Kahoka,MO
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Sled Allen1959-10-16---73.052C-1B6-1180RR1886-08-23West Plains,MO
    MLB1910-19101910-1910
    Herb Bradley1959-10-16Massive coronary thrombosis56.285P6-0170RR1903-01-03Agenda,KS
    MLB1927-19291927-1929
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Frank Okrie1959-10-16---62.351P5-11175LL1896-10-28Detroit,MI
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Dave Wills1959-10-13---82.2581B------LL1877-01-26Charlottesville,VA
    MLB1899-18991899-1899
    Bunny Hearn1959-10-10---68.140P5-11190LL1891-05-21Chapel Hill,NC
    MLB1910-19201910-1920
    Art Brouthers1959-09-28-76.3063B-2B6-1------R1882-11-25Montgomery,AL
    MLB1906-19061906-1906
    Red Corriden1959-09-28---72.023SS-3B5-9165RR1887-09-04Logansport,IN
    MLB1910-19151910-1915
    Lefty Hopper1959-09-27---84.121P6-0------L1875-05-27Jersey City,NJ
    MLB1898-18981898-1898
    Tilly Walker1959-09-20---72.014OF-2B5-11165RR1887-09-04Telford,TN
    MLB1911-19231911-1923
    Bill Upham1959-09-14---71.161P6-0178BR1888-04-04Akron,OH
    MLB1918-19181918-1918
    Terry Lyons1959-09-09---50.2681B6-0165RR1908-12-14New Holland,OH
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    Roy Mitchell1959-09-08---74.140P5-9170RR1885-04-19Belton,TX
    MLB1910-19191910-1919
    Emmett Bowles1959-09-03---61.030P6-0180RR1898-08-02Wanette,OK
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Claude Jonnard1959-08-27---61.275P6-1165RR1897-11-23Nashville,TN
    MLB1921-19291921-1929
    Johnny Burnett1959-08-12---54.283SS-3B5-11175LR1904-11-01Bartow,FL
    MLB1927-19351927-1935
    Mike O'Neill1959-08-12---81.337P-OF5-11185RR1877-09-07Galway,IR
    MLB1901-19071901-1907
    Phil Lewis1959-08-08---74.302SS6-0195RR1884-10-08Pittsburgh,PA
    MLB1905-19081905-1908
    Ben Dyer1959-08-07---66.1733B-SS5-11170RR1893-02-13Chicago,IL
    MLB1914-19191914-1919
    Bill McGill1959-08-07---79.037P6-2185RR1880-06-29Galva,KS
    MLB1907-19071907-1907
    Chappy Charles1959-08-04---78.1302B-SS5-11175RR1881-03-25Phillipsburg,NJ
    MLB1908-19101908-1910
    Pop Williams1959-08-04---85.075P-OF5-11190LR1874-05-19Bowdoinham,ME
    MLB1898-19031898-1903
    Boileryard Clarke1959-07-29---90.282C-1B5-11170RR1868-10-18New York,NY
    MLB1893-19051893-1905
    Frank Ragland1959-07-28---55.062P6-1186RR1904-05-26Water Valley,MS
    MLB1932-19331932-1933
    Otto Miller1959-07-26---58.1733B-2B---168RR1901-02-02Belleville,IL
    MLB1927-19321927-1932
    Buck O'Brien1959-07-25---77.075P5-10188RR1882-05-09Brockton,MA
    MLB1911-19131911-1913
    Joe Schepner1959-07-25---63.3483B5-10160RR1895-08-10Aliquippa,PA
    MLB1919-19191919-1919
    Jim Boyer1959-07-25---50.094UMP5-9155------1909-04-21Templeville,MD
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    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Ralph Savidge1959-07-22---80.168P6-2210RR1879-02-03Jerseytown,PA
    MLB1908-19091908-1909
    Bill Hoffer1959-07-21---88.253P-OF5-9155RR1870-11-08Cedar Rapids,IA
    MLB1895-19011895-1901
    Morrie Arnovich1959-07-20Coronary occlusion48.246OF5-10168RR1910-11-16Superior,WI
    MLB1936-19461936-1946
    Bob Coleman1959-07-16---68.291C6-2190RR1890-09-26Huntingburg,IN
    MLB1913-19161913-1916
    Jimmy Ripple1959-07-16---49.274OF5-10170LR1909-10-14Export,PA
    MLB1936-19431936-1943
    Fred Johnston1959-07-14---60.0042B-3B5-11170RR1899-07-09Charlotte,NC
    MLB1924-19241924-1924
    Nick Kahl1959-07-13---80.0932B-OF5-9185RR1879-04-10Coulterville,IL
    MLB1905-19051905-1905
    Chick Keating1959-07-13---67.338SS-2B5-9155RR1891-08-08Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1913-19261913-1926
    Frank Gilhooley1959-07-11---67.029OF5-8155LR1892-06-10Toledo,OH
    MLB1912-19191912-1919
    Norwood Gibson1959-07-07---82.116P5-10165RR1877-03-11Peoria,IL
    MLB1903-19061903-1906
    Red Barnes1959-07-03---54.189OF---158LR1904-12-25Suggsville,AL
    MLB1927-19301927-1930
    Clarence Berger1959-06-30---64.239OF6-0185LR1894-11-01East Cleveland,OH
    MLB1914-19141914-1914
    Joe Sugden1959-06-28---88.330C-1B5-10180BR1870-07-31Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1893-19121893-1912
    Joe Ogrodowski1959-06-24---52.215P5-11165RR1906-11-20Hoytville,PA
    MLB1925-19251925-1925
    Jim Hitchcock1959-06-23---47.360SS-3B5-11175RR1911-06-28Inverness,AL
    MLB1938-19381938-1938
    Hal Bubser1959-06-22---63.266H5-11170RR1895-09-28Chicago,IL
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Speed Walker1959-06-20---61.1461B6-0170RR1898-01-23Munhall,PA
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
    Jim McHale1959-06-17---83.181OF5-11165RR1875-12-17Miners Mills,PA
    MLB1908-19081908-1908
    Ed Cotter1959-06-14---54.3443B-SS6-0185RR1904-07-04Hartford,CT
    MLB1926-19261926-1926
    Irv Higginbotham1959-06-12---77.045P6-1196RR1882-04-26Homer,NE
    MLB1906-19091906-1909
    Frank Huelsman1959-06-09---85.002OF6-2210RR1874-06-05St. Louis,MO
    MLB1897-19051897-1905
    Doc Tonkin1959-05-30---77.290P5-9165LL1881-08-11Concord,NH
    MLB1907-19071907-1907
    Dutch Ussat1959-05-29---55.0473B-2B6-1170RR1904-04-11Dayton,OH
    MLB1925-19271925-1927
    Ken Penner1959-05-28---63.032P5-11170LR1896-04-24Boonville,IN
    MLB1916-19291916-1929
    Ed Walsh1959-05-26---78.010P-OF6-1193RR1881-05-14Plains,PA
    MLB1904-19171904-1917
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Dave Brain1959-05-25---80.1203B-SS5-10170RR1879-01-24Hereford,EN
    MLB1901-19081901-1908
    Frank Biscan1959-05-22---39.069P5-11190LL1920-03-13Mount Olive,IL
    MLB1942-19481942-1948
    Tommy Sheehan1959-05-22---81.1953B-SS5-8160RR1877-11-06Sacramento,CA
    MLB1900-19081900-1908
    Carter Elliott1959-05-21---65.171SS5-11165LR1893-11-29Atchison,KS
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    John Hummel1959-05-18---76.0432B-OF5-11160RR1883-04-04Bloomsburg,PA
    MLB1905-19181905-1918
    Gene Packard1959-05-18---71.308P-OF5-10155LL1887-07-13Colorado Springs,CO
    MLB1912-19191912-1919
    Jake Hewitt1959-05-18---88.345P5-7150LL1870-06-06Maidsville,WV
    MLB1895-18951895-1895
    Vance McIlree1959-05-06---61.202P6-0160RR1897-10-14Riverside,IA
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Verne Clemons1959-05-05---67.238C5-9190RR1891-09-08Clemons,IA
    MLB1916-19241916-1924
    Willy Fetzer1959-05-03---74.311H5-10180LR1884-06-24Concord,NC
    MLB1906-19061906-1906
    Fritz Henrich1959-05-01---59.357OF5-10160LL1899-05-08Cincinnati,OH
    MLB1924-19241924-1924
    Don Black1959-04-21---42.274P6-0185RR1916-07-20Salix,IA
    MLB1943-19481943-1948
    Fred Brainerd1959-04-17---67.0581B-3B6-0176RR1892-02-17Champaign,IL
    MLB1914-19161914-1916
    Win Clark1959-04-15---84.0022B-3B5-10175RR1875-04-11Circleville,OH
    MLB1897-18971897-1897
    Frank Harter1959-04-14---72.206P5-11165RR1886-09-19Keyesport,IL
    MLB1912-19131912-1913
    Johnson Fry1959-04-07---57.136P6-1150RR1901-11-21Huntington,WV
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
    Frank Bruggy1959-04-05---67.335C-1B5-11195RR1891-05-04Elizabeth,NJ
    MLB1921-19251921-1925
    Johnny Allen1959-03-29---53.179P6-0180RR1905-09-30Lenoir,NC
    MLB1932-19441932-1944
    Howard Ehmke1959-03-17---64.326P6-3190RR1894-04-24Silver Creek,NY
    MLB1916-19301916-1930
    Ben Shaw1959-03-16---65.2691B-C5-11190RR1893-06-18LaCenter,KY
    MLB1917-19181917-1918
    Dinty Gearin1959-03-11---61.145P5-4148LL1897-10-15Providence,RI
    MLB1923-19241923-1924
    Don Flinn1959-03-09---66.110OF6-1185RR1892-11-17Bluff Dale,TX
    MLB1917-19171917-1917
    John Glaiser1959-03-07---64.220P5-8165LR1894-07-28Yoakum,TX
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Howie Fitzgerald1959-02-27---56.287OF5-11163LL1902-05-16Eagle Lake,TX
    MLB1922-19261922-1926
    Hunter Hill1959-02-22---79.2453B-OF------RR1879-06-21Austin,TX
    MLB1903-19051903-1905
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    William Pierson1959-02-20---59.250P6-2180LL1899-06-14Atlantic City,NJ
    MLB1918-19241918-1924
    Ted Reed1959-02-16---68.1203B5-11190RR1890-10-18Beaver,PA
    ---
    Bruce Caldwell1959-02-15---53.006OF-1B6-0195RR1906-02-08Ashton,RI
    MLB1928-19321928-1932
    Lefty Houtz1959-02-15---83.163OF5-10170LL1875-09-04Connersville,IN
    MLB1899-18991899-1899
    Eddie Higgins1959-02-14---70.331P-OF6-0174RR1888-03-18Nevada,IL
    MLB1909-19101909-1910
    Dode Paskert1959-02-12---77.166OF-1B5-11165RR1881-08-28Cleveland,OH
    MLB1907-19211907-1921
    Nap Lajoie1959-02-07---84.1542B-1B6-1195RR1874-09-05Woonsocket,RI
    MLB1896-19161896-1916
    Toots Shultz1959-01-30---70.110P5-10175RR1888-10-10Homestead,PA
    MLB1911-19121911-1912
    Walter Beall1959-01-28---59.182P5-10178RR1899-07-29Washington,DC
    MLB1924-19291924-1929
    George Payne1959-01-24---68.245P5-11172RR1890-05-23Mount Vernon,KY
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Ken Williams1959-01-22---68.207OF-1B6-0170LR1890-06-28Grants Pass,OR
    MLB1915-19291915-1929
    John Ganzel1959-01-14---84.2801B-2B6-0195RR1874-04-07Kalamazoo,MI
    MLB1898-19081898-1908
    Harley Dillinger1959-01-08---64.069P5-11175RL1894-10-30Pomeroy,OH
    MLB1914-19141914-1914
    Bert James1959-01-02---72.177OF5-11175LR1886-07-07Coopertown,TN
    MLB1909-19091909-1909
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