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Listing of baseball deaths for the 1981 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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1981 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Don Plarski1981-12-29---52.050OF5-6160RR1929-11-09Chicago,IL
    MLB1955-19551955-1955
    John Bischoff1981-12-28---87.060C5-7165RR1894-10-28Granite City,IL
    MLB1925-19261925-1926
    Joe Kracher1981-12-24---66.050C5-11185RR1915-11-04Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1939-19391939-1939
    George Scharein1981-12-23---67.032SS-2B6-1174RR1914-11-21Decatur,IL
    MLB1937-19401937-1940
    Ed Gallagher1981-12-22---71.024P6-2197BL1910-11-28Dorchester,MA
    MLB1932-19321932-1932
    Bob Stewart1981-12-20---66.179UMP6-2218------1915-06-24Blackstone,MA
    ---
    Jake Brown1981-12-18---33.270OF6-2200RR1948-03-22Sumrall,MS
    1969-  1-   2-SFN
    MLB1975-19751975-1975
    Tom Glass1981-12-15---83.229P6-3170RR1898-04-29Greensboro,NC
    MLB1925-19251925-1925
    Jack Wisner1981-12-15---82.039P6-3195RR1899-11-05Grand Rapids,MI
    MLB1919-19261919-1926
    Jack Snyder1981-12-13---95.067C5-9168RR1886-10-06Lincoln,PA
    MLB1917-19171917-1917
    Bob Joyce1981-12-10---66.330P6-1180RR1915-01-14Stockton,CA
    MLB1939-19461939-1946
    Freddy Leach1981-12-10---84.016OF-1B5-11183LR1897-11-23Springfield,MO
    MLB1923-19321923-1932
    Bill Windle1981-12-08---76.3601B5-11170LL1904-12-13Galena,KS
    MLB1928-19291928-1929
    Stan Hollmig1981-12-04---55.336OF6-2190RR1926-01-02Fredericksburg,TX
    MLB1949-19511949-1951
    Tony Piet1981-12-01---74.3592B-3B6-0175RR1906-12-07Berwick,PA
    MLB1931-19381931-1938
    Frank Betcher1981-11-27-93.284SS-3B5-11173BR1888-02-15Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1910-19101910-1910
    Red Shea1981-11-17---82.352P6-0165RR1898-11-29Ware,MA
    MLB1918-19221918-1922
    Steve Macko1981-11-15Testicular cancer27.070SS-2B5-10160LR1954-09-06Burlington,IA
    1977-  5- 116-CHN
    MLB1979-19801977-1980
    Ed Lagger1981-11-10---69.118P6-3200RR1912-07-14Joliet,IL
    MLB1934-19341934-1934
    Al Jurisich1981-11-03---60.070P6-2193RR1921-08-25New Orleans,LA
    MLB1944-19471944-1947
    Hugh East1981-11-02---62.118P6-2185RR1919-07-07Birmingham,AL
    MLB1941-19431941-1943
    Fred Archer1981-10-31---71.238P6-0193LL1910-03-07Johnson City,TN
    MLB1936-19371936-1937
    Harry Hoch1981-10-26---94.289P5-10165RR1887-01-09Woodside,DE
    MLB1908-19151908-1915
    Pete Reiser1981-10-25---62.222OF-3B5-11185LR1919-03-17St. Louis,MO
    MLB1940-19521940-1952
    Taffy Wright1981-10-22---70.073OF5-10180LR1911-08-10Tabor City,NC
    MLB1938-19491938-1949
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Gene Robertson1981-10-21---82.2993B-SS5-7152LR1898-12-25St. Louis,MO
    MLB1919-19301919-1930
    Lou Ciola1981-10-18---59.042P5-9165RR1922-09-06Norfolk,VA
    MLB1943-19431943-1943
    Johnny Peacock1981-10-17---71.280C-OF5-11165LR1910-01-10Fremont,NC
    MLB1937-19451937-1945
    Jack Knott1981-10-13---74.225P6-2200RR1907-03-02Dallas,TX
    MLB1933-19461933-1946
    Art Passarella1981-10-12---71.293UMP5-11196------1909-12-23Rochester,NY
    ---
    Bill Nagel1981-10-08---66.0602B-1B6-1190RR1915-08-09Memphis,TN
    MLB1939-19451939-1945
    Freddie Lindstrom1981-10-04---75.3173B-OF5-11170RR1905-11-21Chicago,IL
    MLB1924-19361924-1936
    Al Bool1981-09-27Tractor accident84.032C5-11180RR1897-08-24Lincoln,NE
    MLB1928-19311928-1931
    Harry Fisher1981-09-20---55.260P6-0180LR1926-01-03Newbury,ON
    MLB1951-19521951-1952
    Earl Caldwell1981-09-15---76.158P6-1178RR1905-04-09Sparks,TX
    MLB1928-19481928-1948
    Ernie Alten1981-09-09---86.281P6-0175RL1894-12-01Avon,OH
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Johnny Stevens1981-09-09---69.119UMP6-0200------1912-05-12Duquesne,PA
    ---
    Eddie Ainsmith1981-09-06---89.213C-1B5-11180RR1892-02-04Cambridge,MA
    MLB1910-19241910-1924
    George Lowe1981-09-02---86.129P6-2180RR1895-04-25Ridgefield Park,NJ
    MLB1920-19201920-1920
    Roy Parmelee1981-08-31---74.128P6-1190RR1907-04-25Lambertville,MI
    MLB1929-19391929-1939
    George Lyons1981-08-12---90.198P5-11180RR1891-01-25Bible Grove,IL
    MLB1920-19241920-1924
    Jim McLeod1981-08-03---72.3253B-SS6-0187RR1908-09-12Jones,LA
    MLB1930-19331930-1933
    Jim McGarr1981-07-21---92.2532B5-9170RR1888-11-09Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Bill Hallahan1981-07-08---78.338P5-10170RL1902-08-04Binghamton,NY
    MLB1925-19381925-1938
    Merl Combs1981-07-08---61.209SS-3B6-0172LR1919-12-11Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1947-19521947-1952
    Horace Allen1981-07-05---82.023OF6-0187LR1899-06-11DeLand,FL
    MLB1919-19191919-1919
    George Knothe1981-07-03---83.1712B5-10165RR1898-01-12Bayonne,NJ
    MLB1932-19321932-1932
    Sam McConnell1981-06-27---86.0183B5-6150LR1895-06-08Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1915-19151915-1915
    Honey Barnes1981-06-18---81.137C5-10175LR1900-01-31Fulton,NY
    MLB1926-19261926-1926
    Skinny O'Neal1981-06-02---82.030P5-11160RR1899-05-02Gatewood,MO
    MLB1925-19271925-1927
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Mike Smith1981-05-31-76.196OF5-11170LR1904-11-16Norfolk,VA
    MLB1926-19261926-1926
    Elmer Leonard1981-05-27---92.195P6-3210RR1888-11-12Napa,CA
    MLB1911-19111911-1911
    George Smith1981-05-26---79.211P6-1175RR1901-10-27Louisville,KY
    MLB1926-19301926-1930
    Don Richmond1981-05-24---61.2093B-2B6-1175LR1919-10-27Gillett,PA
    MLB1941-19511941-1951
    Gene Green1981-05-23---47.331OF-C6-2205RR1933-06-26Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1957-19631957-1963
    Bill Bayne1981-05-22---82.033P5-9160LL1899-04-18Pittsburgh,PA
    MLB1919-19301919-1930
    Tommy Mee1981-05-16---91.058SS-2B5-8165RR1890-03-18Chicago,IL
    MLB1910-19101910-1910
    Jim Finigan1981-05-16-52.2693B-2B5-11175RR1928-08-19Quincy,IL
    MLB1954-19591954-1959
    Earle Brucker1981-05-08-80.001C-1B5-11175RR1901-05-06Albany,NY
    MLB1937-19431937-1943
    Eddie Onslow1981-05-08---88.0781B-OF6-0170LL1893-02-17Meadville,PA
    MLB1912-19271912-1927
    Emerson Dickman1981-04-27---66.166P6-2175RR1914-11-12Buffalo,NY
    MLB1936-19411936-1941
    Effa Manley1981-04-16---84.018EXEC------------1897-03-27Philadelphia,PA
    ---
    Dick Hoover1981-04-12---55.122P6-0170LL1925-12-11Columbus,OH
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Steve Mesner1981-04-06---63.0833B-SS5-9178RR1918-01-13Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1938-19451938-1945
    Clayton Lambert1981-04-03---64.008P6-2185RR1917-03-26Summitt,IL
    MLB1946-19471946-1947
    Ben Rochefort1981-04-02---84.2291B6-2185LR1896-08-15Camden,NJ
    MLB1914-19141914-1914
    Red Morgan1981-03-25---97.1693B---------R1883-10-06Neola,IA
    MLB1906-19061906-1906
    Gee Walker1981-03-20---73.000OF-3B5-11188RR1908-03-19Gulfport,MS
    MLB1931-19451931-1945
    Zinn Beck1981-03-19---95.1693B-SS5-10160RR1885-09-30Steubenville,OH
    MLB1913-19181913-1918
    Frank Lane1981-03-19---85.045EXEC------------1896-02-01Cincinnati,OH
    ---
    Paul Dean1981-03-17---67.215P6-0175RR1913-08-14Lucas,AR
    MLB1934-19431934-1943
    Joe Giebel1981-03-17---89.106C5-10175RR1891-11-30Washington,DC
    MLB1913-19131913-1913
    Vince Gonzales1981-03-11---55.164P6-1165LL1925-09-28Quivican,CU
    MLB1955-19551955-1955
    Pee-Wee Wanninger1981-03-07---78.085SS-3B5-7150LR1902-12-12Birmingham,AL
    MLB1925-19271925-1927
    Wade Lefler1981-03-06---84.272OF5-11162LR1896-06-05Cooleemee,NC
    MLB1924-19241924-1924
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Frank McCrea1981-02-25-84.170C5-9155RR1896-09-06Jersey City,NJ
    MLB1925-19251925-1925
    Myrl Brown1981-02-23---86.135P5-11172RR1894-10-10Waynesboro,PA
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Andy High1981-02-22---83.0923B-2B5-6155LR1897-11-21Ava,IL
    MLB1922-19341922-1934
    Cotton Pippen1981-02-15---69.319P6-2180RR1911-04-02Cisco,TX
    MLB1936-19401936-1940
    Cactus Keck1981-02-06---82.023P5-11170RR1899-01-13St. Louis,MO
    MLB1922-19231922-1923
    Grant Gillis1981-02-04---80.0102B-SS5-10165RR1901-01-24Grove Hill,AL
    MLB1927-19291927-1929
    Al Van Camp1981-02-02---77.148OF-1B5-11175RR1903-09-07Moline,IL
    MLB1928-19321928-1932
    John Dowd1981-01-31---90.027SS5-8170RR1891-01-03Weymouth,MA
    MLB1912-19121912-1912
    Marino Pieretti1981-01-30---60.128P5-7158RR1920-09-23Lucca,IT
    MLB1945-19501945-1950
    Huck Geary1981-01-27---64.005SS5-10170LR1917-01-22Buffalo,NY
    MLB1942-19431942-1943
    Ray Oyler1981-01-26---42.175SS-2B5-11165RR1938-08-04Indianapolis,IN
    1960-  0-   0-DET
    MLB1965-19701965-1970
    Owen Kahn1981-01-17---75.226H5-11160RR1905-06-05Richmond,VA
    MLB1930-19301930-1930
    Irv Stein1981-01-07---69.231P6-2170RR1911-05-21Madisonville,LA
    MLB1932-19321932-1932
    Fred Stiely1981-01-06---79.219P5-8170LL1901-06-01Willow,PA
    MLB1929-19311929-1931
    Lou Fette1981-01-03---73.294P6-1200RR1907-03-15Alma,MO
    MLB1937-19451937-1945
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