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Listing of baseball deaths for the 1978 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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1978 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Tod Davis1978-12-31---54.159SS-3B6-2190RR1924-07-24Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1949-19511949-1951
    Walt Alexander1978-12-29---87.298C5-10165RR1891-03-05Atlanta,GA
    MLB1912-19171912-1917
    Bill Rodgers1978-12-24---91.2492B-SS5-9170LR1887-04-18Pleasant Ridge,OH
    MLB1915-19161915-1916
    George McQuinn1978-12-24---68.2081B5-11165LL1910-05-29Arlington,VA
    MLB1936-19481936-1948
    Joe Mathes1978-12-21---87.1453B-2B6-0180BR1891-07-28Milwaukee,WI
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Nick Dumovich1978-12-12---76.344P6-0170LL1902-01-02Sacramento,CA
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
    Paul O'Dea1978-12-11---58.160OF-P6-0200LL1920-07-03Cleveland,OH
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    Dick Siebert1978-12-09---66.2931B-OF6-0170LL1912-02-19Fall River,MA
    MLB1932-19451932-1945
    Nick Cullop1978-12-08---78.052OF-1B6-0200RR1900-10-16St. Louis,MO
    MLB1926-19311926-1931
    Al Williamson1978-11-29---78.281P5-11160RR1900-02-20Buckville,AR
    MLB1928-19281928-1928
    Buck Ross1978-11-23---63.294P6-2170RR1915-02-02Norwood,NC
    MLB1936-19451936-1945
    Harry Matuzak1978-11-16---68.292P5-11185RR1910-01-27Omer,MI
    MLB1934-19361934-1936
    Les Powers1978-11-13---69.0071B6-0175LL1909-11-05Seattle,WA
    MLB1938-19391938-1939
    Buzz Boyle1978-11-12---70.276OF5-11170LL1908-02-09Cincinnati,OH
    MLB1929-19351929-1935
    Roy Elsh1978-11-12---86.254OF-1B5-9165RR1892-03-01Penns Grove,NJ
    MLB1923-19251923-1925
    George Shears1978-11-12---88.211P6-3180RL1890-04-13Marshall,MO
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Steve Gerkin1978-11-09---65.354P6-1162RR1912-11-19Grafton,WV
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Tommy O'Brien1978-11-05---59.321OF-3B5-11195RR1918-12-19Anniston,AL
    MLB1943-19501943-1950
    Reese Diggs1978-10-30---63.038P6-2180BR1915-09-22Mathews,VA
    MLB1934-19341934-1934
    Rube Walberg1978-10-27---82.090P6-1190LL1896-07-27Pine City,MN
    MLB1923-19371923-1937
    Molly Craft1978-10-25---82.330P-OF6-2165RR1895-11-28Portsmouth,VA
    MLB1916-19191916-1919
    George Jeffcoat1978-10-13---64.292P5-11175RR1913-12-24New Brookland,SC
    MLB1936-19431936-1943
    Jim Gilliam1978-10-08Complications from a brain hemorrhage49.3552B-3B5-10175BR1928-10-17Nashville,TN
    MLB1953-19661953-1966
    Abe White1978-10-01---74.137P6-0185RL1904-05-16Winder,GA
    MLB1937-19371937-1937
    Lyman Bostock1978-09-23Gunshot wound27.305OF-DH6-1180LR1950-11-22Birmingham,AL
    1972- 26- 596-MIN
    MLB1975-19781975-1978
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Bill Foster1978-09-16---74.095HOF------BL1904-06-12Calvert,TX
    ---
    Larry Bettencourt1978-09-15---72.357OF-3B5-11195RR1905-09-22Newark,CA
    MLB1928-19321928-1932
    Snipe Hansen1978-09-11---71.202P6-3195BL1907-02-21Chicago,IL
    MLB1930-19351930-1935
    Mike Gazella1978-09-11---81.3413B-SS5-7165RR1896-10-03Olyphant,PA
    MLB1923-19281923-1928
    Ed Sicking1978-08-30---81.1512B-SS5-9165RR1897-03-30St. Bernard,OH
    MLB1916-19271916-1927
    George Harper1978-08-18---86.053OF5-8167LR1892-06-24Arlington,KY
    MLB1916-19291916-1929
    Ed Chaplin1978-08-15---84.322C5-7158LR1893-09-25Pelzer,SC
    MLB1920-19221920-1922
    Maury Newlin1978-08-14---64.052P6-0176RR1914-06-22Bloomingdale,IN
    MLB1940-19411940-1941
    Jesse Haines1978-08-05-85.012P-1B6-0190RR1893-07-22Clayton,OH
    MLB1918-19371918-1937
    Charlie Bold1978-07-29---83.2741B6-2185RR1894-10-27Karlskrona,SW
    MLB1914-19141914-1914
    Joel Hunt1978-07-24-72.285OF5-10165RR1905-10-11Texico,NM
    MLB1931-19321931-1932
    Joe Vance1978-07-04---72.291P6-1190RR1905-09-16Devine,TX
    MLB1935-19381935-1938
    Danny Lynch1978-06-30---52.1432B5-11174RR1926-02-07Dallas,TX
    MLB1948-19481948-1948
    Johnny Schulte1978-06-28-81.291C-1B5-11190LR1896-09-08Fredericktown,MO
    MLB1923-19321923-1932
    Bill Dietrich1978-06-20---68.082P6-0185RR1910-03-29Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1933-19481933-1948
    Hugh Shelley1978-06-16---67.233OF6-0170RR1910-10-26Rogers,TX
    MLB1935-19351935-1935
    Marv Rickert1978-06-03---57.145OF-1B6-2195LR1921-01-08Longbranch,WA
    MLB1942-19501942-1950
    Bob McGraw1978-06-02---83.052P6-2160RR1895-04-10LaVeta,CO
    MLB1917-19291917-1929
    Carl Reynolds1978-05-29---75.117OF6-0194RR1903-02-01LaRue,TX
    MLB1927-19391927-1939
    Pete Susko1978-05-22---73.3231B5-11172LL1904-07-02Laura,OH
    MLB1934-19341934-1934
    Bob Logan1978-05-20---68.098P5-10170RL1910-02-10Thompson,NE
    MLB1935-19451935-1945
    Mike Wilson1978-05-16---81.163C5-10160RR1896-12-02Edge Hill,PA
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Claude Corbitt1978-05-01---62.284SS-2B5-10170RR1915-07-21Sunbury,NC
    MLB1945-19491945-1949
    Art Doll1978-04-28---64.356P-C6-1190RR1913-05-07Chicago,IL
    MLB1935-19381935-1938
    Marty Walker1978-04-24---79.027P6-0170LL1899-03-27Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1928-19281928-1928
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Jack Graney1978-04-20---91.313OF-P5-9180LL1886-06-10St. Thomas,ON
    MLB1908-19221908-1922
    Bill Leinhauser1978-04-14---84.159OF5-10150RR1893-11-04Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Joe Gordon1978-04-14---63.0552B-1B5-10180RR1915-02-18Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1938-19501938-1950
    Ford Frick1978-04-08---83.109EXEC------------1894-12-19Wawaka,IN
    ---
    Ray French1978-04-03---83.083SS-2B5-9158RR1895-01-09Alameda,CA
    MLB1920-19241920-1924
    Bill Brubaker1978-04-02---67.1463B-2B6-2185RR1910-11-07Cleveland,OH
    MLB1932-19431932-1943
    Billy Cox1978-03-30---58.2133B-SS5-10150RR1919-08-29Newport,PA
    MLB1941-19551941-1955
    Dutch Zwilling1978-03-27---89.143OF5-6160LL1888-11-02St. Louis,MO
    MLB1910-19161910-1916
    Fritz Coumbe1978-03-21---88.097P-OF6-0152LL1889-12-13Antrim,PA
    MLB1914-19211914-1921
    Moe Franklin1978-03-16---63.349SS-2B6-0175RR1914-04-01Chicago,IL
    MLB1941-19421941-1942
    Kent Greenfield1978-03-14---75.256P6-1180RR1902-07-01Guthrie,KY
    MLB1924-19291924-1929
    Ferrell Anderson1978-03-12---60.062C6-1200RR1918-01-09Maple City,KS
    MLB1946-19531946-1953
    Alex McCarthy1978-03-12---89.3022B-SS5-9150RR1888-05-12Chicago,IL
    MLB1910-19171910-1917
    Gene Moore1978-03-12---68.197OF-1B5-11175LL1909-08-26Lancaster,TX
    MLB1931-19451931-1945
    Bill Doran1978-03-09---79.2673B5-11175LR1898-06-14San Francisco,CA
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Red Smith1978-03-08---73.293C5-10185RR1904-05-18Brokaw,WI
    ---
    Steve Bilko1978-03-07---49.1131B-OF6-1230RR1928-11-13Nanticoke,PA
    MLB1949-19621949-1962
    Nig Lipscomb1978-02-27---67.0032B-P6-0175RR1911-02-24Rutherfordton,NC
    MLB1937-19371937-1937
    Claral Gillenwater1978-02-26---77.281P6-0187RR1900-05-20Sims,IN
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
    Slicker Parks1978-02-21---82.102P5-10158RR1895-11-10Dallas,MI
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Phil Paine1978-02-19---47.256P6-2181RR1930-06-08Chepachet,RI
    MLB1951-19581951-1958
    Ben Mallonee1978-02-19---83.324OF5-6150LL1894-03-31Baltimore,MD
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Luke Hamlin1978-02-18---73.229P6-2168LR1904-07-03Ferris Center,MI
    MLB1933-19441933-1944
    Roy Grover1978-02-07---86.0202B-3B5-8150RR1892-01-17Snohomish,WA
    MLB1916-19191916-1919
    Babe Ganzel1978-02-06---76.260OF5-10172RR1901-05-22Malden,MA
    MLB1927-19281927-1928
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Dave Keefe1978-02-04---81.024P5-9165LR1897-01-09Williston,VT
    MLB1917-19221917-1922
    Roy Flaskamper1978-02-03---76.094SS5-7140BR1901-10-31St. Louis,MO
    MLB1927-19271927-1927
    Pete Compton1978-02-03---88.127OF5-11170LL1889-09-28San Marcos,TX
    MLB1911-19181911-1918
    Mike Herrera1978-02-03---80.0442B-3B5-6147RR1897-12-19Havana,CU
    MLB1925-19261925-1926
    Archie Wise1978-02-02---65.185P6-0165RR1912-07-31Waxahachie,TX
    MLB1932-19321932-1932
    Jack Saltzgaver1978-02-01---75.0093B-2B5-11165LR1903-01-23Croton,IA
    MLB1932-19451932-1945
    Larry Raines1978-01-28---47.3253B-SS5-10165RR1930-03-09St. Albans,WV
    1955-  0-   0-CLE
    MLB1957-19581957-1958
    Monte Pearson1978-01-27---69.146P6-0175RR1908-09-02Oakland,CA
    MLB1932-19411932-1941
    Sarge Connally1978-01-27---79.148P5-11170RR1898-08-31McGregor,TX
    MLB1921-19341921-1934
    Milt Shoffner1978-01-19---72.066P6-1184LL1905-11-13Sherman,TX
    MLB1929-19401929-1940
    Merwin Jacobson1978-01-13---83.311OF5-11165LL1894-03-07New Britain,CT
    MLB1915-19271915-1927
    Bill Clowers1978-01-13---79.151P6-0210RR1898-08-14Lincoln County,NC
    MLB1926-19261926-1926
    George Burns1978-01-07---84.3401B-OF6-1180RR1893-01-31Niles,OH
    MLB1914-19291914-1929
    Snipe Conley1978-01-07---83.256P5-11179RR1894-04-25Cressona,PA
    MLB1918-19181918-1918
    Tony Rego1978-01-06---80.066C5-4165RR1897-10-31Wailuku,HI
    MLB1924-19251924-1925
    Joe Dawson1978-01-04---80.299P5-11182RR1897-03-09Bow,WA
    MLB1924-19291924-1929
    Oscar Estrada1978-01-02---73.321P5-8160LL1904-02-15Havana,CU
    MLB1929-19291929-1929
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