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Listing of baseball deaths for the 1979 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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1979 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Ed Albrecht1979-12-29---50.303P5-10165RR1929-02-28Affton,MO
    MLB1949-19501949-1950
    Red Tramback1979-12-28---64.056OF6-0175LL1915-11-01Iselin,PA
    MLB1940-19401940-1940
    Jim Mosolf1979-12-28---74.128OF-P5-10186LR1905-08-21Puyallup,WA
    MLB1929-19331929-1933
    Hank Butcher1979-12-28-93.167OF5-10180RR1886-07-12Chicago,IL
    MLB1911-19121911-1912
    Bud Sketchley1979-12-19---60.264OF5-10180LL1919-03-30Virden,MB
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Stan Hack1979-12-15---70.0083B-1B6-0170LR1909-12-06Sacramento,CA
    MLB1932-19471932-1947
    Vinnie Smith1979-12-14---64.006C6-1176RR1915-12-07Richmond,VA
    MLB1941-19461941-1946
    Del Young1979-12-08---67.210SS-2B5-11168BR1912-05-11Cleveland,OH
    MLB1937-19401937-1940
    Bert Delmas1979-12-04---68.1972B5-11165LR1911-05-20San Francisco,CA
    MLB1933-19331933-1933
    Pedro Dibut1979-12-04---87.014P5-8190RR1892-11-18Cienfuegos,CU
    MLB1924-19251924-1925
    Sam Dailey1979-12-02---75.245P5-11168LR1904-03-31Oakford,IL
    MLB1929-19291929-1929
    Scottie Slayback1979-11-30---78.0552B5-8165RR1901-10-05Paducah,KY
    MLB1926-19261926-1926
    Herb Bremer1979-11-28---66.032C6-0195RR1913-10-26Chicago,IL
    MLB1937-19391937-1939
    Elbert Andrews1979-11-25---77.348P6-0175LR1901-12-11Greenwood,SC
    MLB1925-19251925-1925
    Freddie Fitzsimmons1979-11-18---78.112P5-11185RR1901-07-28Mishawaka,IN
    MLB1925-19431925-1943
    Ed Klieman1979-11-15---61.238P6-1190RR1918-03-21Norwood,OH
    MLB1943-19501943-1950
    Ken Ash1979-11-15---78.059P-OF5-11165RR1901-09-16Anmoore,WV
    MLB1925-19301925-1930
    Yank Terry1979-11-04---68.265P6-1180RR1911-02-11Bedford,IN
    MLB1940-19451940-1945
    Johnny Priest1979-11-04---93.1322B-3B5-11170RR1886-06-23St. Joseph,MO
    MLB1911-19121911-1912
    Mel Ingram1979-10-28-75.115H5-11175RR1904-07-04Asheville,NC
    MLB1929-19291929-1929
    Charlie Wiedemeyer1979-10-27---65.268P6-3180LL1914-01-31Chicago,IL
    MLB1934-19341934-1934
    Morrie Schick1979-10-25---87.189OF5-11170RR1892-04-17Chicago,IL
    MLB1917-19171917-1917
    Cy Slapnicka1979-10-20---93.209P5-10165BR1886-03-23Cedar Rapids,IA
    MLB1911-19181911-1918
    Abe Bowman1979-10-11---86.257P6-1190RR1893-01-25Greenup,IL
    MLB1914-19151914-1915
    Ray Wolf1979-10-06---75.0821B5-11175RR1904-07-15Chicago,IL
    MLB1927-19271927-1927
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Charlie Deal1979-09-16---87.3203B-2B6-0160RR1891-10-30Wilkinsburg,PA
    MLB1912-19211912-1921
    Hap Ward1979-09-13---93.300OF------------1885-11-15Leesburg,NJ
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Rick Joseph1979-09-08---40.0143B-1B6-1195RR1939-08-24San Pedro de Macoris,DR
    1959-  0-   0-SFN
    MLB1964-19701964-1970
    Turkey Stearnes1979-09-04---78.118OF5-11175LL1901-05-08Nashville,TN
    ---
    Earl Pruess1979-08-28---84.146OF5-10170RR1895-04-02Chicago,IL
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Dizzy Sutherland1979-08-26---57.138P6-0200LL1922-04-09Washington,DC
    MLB1949-19491949-1949
    Bill Grieve1979-08-15---83.110UMP5-9174------1896-04-25Yonkers,NY
    ---
    Mack Wheat1979-08-14---86.064C-OF5-11167RR1893-06-09Polo,MO
    MLB1915-19211915-1921
    Walter O'Malley1979-08-09---75.304EXEC------------1903-10-09Bronx,NY
    ---
    Hal Wagner1979-08-07---64.036C6-0165LR1915-07-02East Riverton,NJ
    MLB1938-19491938-1949
    Thurman Munson1979-08-02Plane crash32.055C-DH5-11191RR1947-06-07Akron,OH
    1968-  1-   4-NYA
    MLB1969-19791968-1979
    Bill DeKoning1979-07-26---60.219C5-11185RR1918-12-19Brooklyn,NY
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Lefty West1979-07-23---63.323P6-0165RL1915-09-03Gibsonville,NC
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    Amos Strunk1979-07-22---90.179OF-1B5-11175LL1889-01-22Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1908-19241908-1924
    John Holland1979-07-15---69.146EXEC------------1910-02-18Wichita,KS
    ---
    Tom Lovelace1979-07-12---81.264H5-11170RR1897-10-19Wolfe City,TX
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Ed Stauffer1979-07-02---81.171P5-11185RR1898-01-10Emsworth,PA
    MLB1923-19251923-1925
    Steamboat Williams1979-06-29---87.148P5-11170LR1892-01-31Cascade,MT
    MLB1914-19161914-1916
    Johnny Bassler1979-06-29---84.024C-3B5-9170LR1895-06-03Mechanics Grove,PA
    MLB1913-19271913-1927
    Pat Maloney1979-06-27---91.158OF6-0150RR1888-01-19Grosvenor Dale,CT
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Hal Trosky1979-06-18---66.2181B-2B6-2207LR1912-11-11Norway,IA
    MLB1933-19461933-1946
    Duffy Lewis1979-06-17---91.058OF-3B5-10165LL1888-04-18San Francisco,CA
    MLB1910-19211910-1921
    Bill Brenzel1979-06-12-69.100C5-10173RR1910-03-03Oakland,CA
    MLB1932-19351932-1935
    Fred Martin1979-06-11---63.349P6-1185RR1915-06-27Williams,OK
    MLB1946-19501946-1950
    Joe Smaza1979-05-30---55.327OF5-11175LL1923-07-07Detroit,MI
    MLB1946-19461946-1946
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Sig Jakucki1979-05-28---69.280P6-2198RR1909-08-20Camden,NJ
    MLB1936-19451936-1945
    Bob Chesnes1979-05-23---58.016P6-0180BR1921-05-06Oakland,CA
    MLB1948-19501948-1950
    Ray Blades1979-05-18---82.283OF-3B5-7163RR1896-08-06Mount Vernon,IL
    MLB1922-19321922-1932
    Jerry Akers1979-05-15---91.194P5-11175RR1887-11-01Shelbyville,IN
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Clyde Kluttz1979-05-12---61.150C6-0198RR1917-12-12Rockwell,NC
    MLB1942-19521942-1952
    Charlie Hargreaves1979-05-09---82.144C-1B6-0170RR1896-12-14Trenton,NJ
    MLB1923-19301923-1930
    Johnny Berger1979-05-07---77.252C5-9165RR1901-08-27Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1922-19271922-1927
    Bunny Roser1979-05-06---77.171OF5-11175LL1901-11-15St. Louis,MO
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Charlie Ripple1979-05-06---57.155P6-2210LL1921-12-01Bolton,NC
    MLB1944-19461944-1946
    Allen Elliott1979-05-06---81.1301B6-0170LR1897-12-25St. Louis,MO
    MLB1923-19241923-1924
    Bill Lucas1979-05-05---43.100IF5-8165RR1936-01-25Jacksonville,FL
    ---
    Virgil Cheeves1979-05-05---78.081P6-0195RR1901-02-12Oklahoma City,OK
    MLB1920-19271920-1927
    Tom Jenkins1979-05-03---81.021OF---174LR1898-04-10Camden,AL
    MLB1925-19321925-1932
    Lou Raymond1979-05-02---84.1402B5-10187RR1894-12-11Buffalo,NY
    MLB1919-19191919-1919
    Wally Kopf1979-04-30---79.2933B5-11168BR1899-07-10Stonington,CT
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Jim Mooney1979-04-27---72.234P5-11168RL1906-09-04Mooresburg,TN
    MLB1931-19341931-1934
    Lew Carpenter1979-04-25---65.251P6-2195RR1913-08-16Woodstock,GA
    MLB1943-19431943-1943
    Fred Koster1979-04-24---73.123OF5-10165LL1905-12-21Louisville,KY
    MLB1931-19311931-1931
    Cliff Bolton1979-04-21-72.010C-OF5-9160LR1907-04-10High Point,NC
    MLB1931-19411931-1941
    Lindsay Deal1979-04-18---67.227OF6-0175LR1911-09-03Lenoir,NC
    MLB1939-19391939-1939
    Joe Conzelman1979-04-17---93.275P6-0170RR1885-07-14Bristol,CT
    MLB1913-19151913-1915
    Frankie Kelleher1979-04-13---62.233OF6-1195RR1916-08-22San Francisco,CA
    MLB1942-19431942-1943
    Sam Edmonston1979-04-12---95.224P5-11185LL1883-08-30Washington,DC
    MLB1907-19071907-1907
    Eddie Wilson1979-04-11---69.215OF5-11165LL1909-09-07Hamden,CT
    MLB1936-19371936-1937
    Rudy Kallio1979-04-06---86.111P-OF5-10160RR1892-12-14Portland,OR
    MLB1918-19251918-1925
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Al Evans1979-04-06---62.189C5-11190RR1916-09-28Kenly,NC
    MLB1939-19511939-1951
    Harry Simpson1979-04-03---53.120OF-1B6-1190LR1925-12-03Atlanta,GA
    MLB1951-19591951-1959
    Bob Schultz1979-03-31---55.124P6-3200RL1923-11-27Louisville,KY
    MLB1951-19551951-1955
    Luke Easter1979-03-29---63.2371B-OF6-4240LR1915-08-04Jonestown,MS
    MLB1949-19541949-1954
    Don Osborn1979-03-23---70.272P6-0185RR1908-06-23Sandpoint,ID
    ---
    Percy Jones1979-03-18---79.140P5-11175RL1899-10-28Harwood,TX
    MLB1920-19301920-1930
    Bill Steen1979-03-13---91.121P6-0180RR1887-11-11Pittsburgh,PA
    MLB1912-19151912-1915
    Link Wasem1979-03-06---68.035C5-9180RR1911-01-30Birmingham,OH
    MLB1937-19371937-1937
    Dale Alexander1979-03-02---75.3101B-OF6-3210RR1903-04-26Greenville,TN
    MLB1929-19331929-1933
    Forrest Thompson1979-02-26---60.360P5-11195LL1918-03-03Mooresville,NC
    MLB1948-19491948-1949
    Bill Vargus1979-02-12---79.092P6-0165LL1899-11-11North Scituate,MA
    MLB1925-19261925-1926
    Art Williams1979-02-08---44.349UMP6-1215------1934-02-24Camden,AR
    ---
    Alex Gaston1979-02-08---85.331C5-9170RR1893-03-12New York,NY
    MLB1920-19291920-1929
    Warren Giles1979-02-07---82.253EXEC------------1896-05-28Tiskilwa,IL
    ---
    Bill Schindler1979-02-06---82.209C5-11160RR1896-07-10Perryville,MO
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Lou Bauer1979-02-04---80.065P6-0175RR1898-11-30Egg Harbor City,NJ
    MLB1918-19181918-1918
    Milt Byrnes1979-02-01-62.077OF-1B5-10170LL1916-11-15St. Louis,MO
    MLB1943-19451943-1945
    Nemo Gaines1979-01-26---81.032P6-0180LL1897-12-23Alexandria,VA
    MLB1921-19211921-1921
    Andy Harrington1979-01-26---75.348H5-11170RR1903-02-12Mountain View,CA
    MLB1925-19251925-1925
    Sam Leslie1979-01-21---73.1781B-OF6-0192LL1905-07-26Moss Point,MS
    MLB1929-19381929-1938
    Hinkey Haines1979-01-09---80.016OF5-10170RR1898-12-23Red Lion,PA
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
    George Washburn1979-01-05---64.090P6-1175LR1914-10-06Solon,ME
    MLB1941-19411941-1941
    Bobby Murray1979-01-04---84.1823B5-7155LR1894-07-04St. Albans,VT
    MLB1923-19231923-1923
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