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Listing of baseball deaths for the 1997 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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1997 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Ed Donnelly1997-12-25---63.015P6-0175RR1934-12-10Allen,MI
    1956-  0-   0-KC1
    MLB1959-19591959-1959
    Flea Clifton1997-12-22---88.0093B-SS5-10160RR1909-12-12Cincinnati,OH
    MLB1934-19371934-1937
    Jose Oliva1997-12-22Car accident26.2943B-SS6-1150RR1971-03-03San Pedro de Macoris,DR
    1987-  0-   0-TEX
    MLB1994-19951989-1996
    Hal Rice1997-12-22---73.314OF6-1195LR1924-02-11Morganette,WV
    MLB1948-19541948-1954
    Rosey Gilhousen1997-12-20-84.196SCOUT5-8175LL1913-06-07---
    ---
    Frank Baumholtz1997-12-14-79.068OF5-10175LL1918-10-07Midvale,OH
    MLB1947-19571947-1957
    Vic Lombardi1997-12-07---75.078P5-7158LL1922-09-20Reedley,CA
    MLB1945-19501945-1950
    Lou Clinton1997-12-06---60.054OF6-1185RR1937-10-13Ponca City,OK
    1955-  0-   0-BOS
    MLB1960-19671960-1967
    Steve Hamilton1997-12-02---62.002P6-7195LL1935-11-30Columbia,KY
    1958-  0-   0-CLE
    MLB1961-19721961-1972
    Bernie Creger1997-11-30---70.254SS6-0175RR1927-03-21Wytheville,VA
    MLB1947-19471947-1947
    Paul Masterson1997-11-27---82.042P5-11165LL1915-10-16Chicago,IL
    MLB1940-19421940-1942
    Buck Leonard1997-11-27---90.0801B5-10185LL1907-09-08Rocky Mount,NC
    ---
    Dick Littlefield1997-11-20---71.247P6-0180LL1926-03-18Detroit,MI
    MLB1950-19581950-1958
    Russ Meyer1997-11-16---74.022P6-1185BR1923-10-25Peru,IL
    MLB1946-19591946-1959
    Moe Thacker1997-11-13-63.176C6-3210RR1934-05-21Louisville,KY
    MLB1958-19631958-1963
    Al Weston1997-11-13---91.337H6-0195RR1905-12-11Lynn,MA
    MLB1929-19291929-1929
    Johnny Dickshot1997-11-04---87.284OF6-0195RR1910-01-24Waukegan,IL
    MLB1936-19451936-1945
    Bud Brown1997-11-03---66.354UMP------------1930-11-14Hawkins,TX
    ---
    Roy McMillan1997-11-02---68.108SS-3B5-11170RR1929-07-17Bonham,TX
    MLB1951-19661951-1966
    Sammy Hairston1997-10-31Pulmonary cardiac arrest77.284C5-10187RR1920-01-20Crawford,MS
    MLB1951-19511951-1951
    Dolph Camilli1997-10-21-90.1811B5-10185LL1907-04-23San Francisco,CA
    MLB1933-19451933-1945
    Chuck Templeton1997-10-09-65.129P6-3210RL1932-06-01Detroit,MI
    MLB1955-19561955-1956
    Lou Possehl1997-10-07-71.178P6-2180RR1926-04-12Chicago,IL
    MLB1946-19521946-1952
    Johnny Vander Meer1997-10-06---82.338P6-1190BL1914-11-02Tampa,FL
    MLB1937-19511937-1951
    Christopher Priest1997-10-04---25.278OF-3B5-11185RR1971-12-30Joliet,IL
    A+1994-1995
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    James Farrow1997-10-03---26.036P6-4215RR1971-08-28Swainsboro,GA
    1993- 76-1675-CHN
    A-1993-1993
    Connie Grob1997-09-28---64.322P6-0180LR1932-11-09Cross Plains,WI
    MLB1956-19561956-1956
    Alex Konikowski1997-09-28-69.111P6-1187RR1928-06-08Throop,PA
    MLB1948-19541948-1954
    Woody English1997-09-26---90.208SS-3B5-10155RR1907-03-02Fredonia,OH
    MLB1927-19381927-1938
    Bill Donovan1997-09-25---81.080P6-2198BL1916-07-06Maywood,IL
    MLB1942-19431942-1943
    Doug Million1997-09-24Complications from an asthma attack21.346P6-4175LL1975-10-13Sarasota,FL
    1994-  1-   7-COL
    AA1994-1997
    Eddie Sawyer1997-09-22-87.012MGR------------1910-09-10Westerly,RI
    ---
    Jim Hickey1997-09-20-76.333P6-1204RR1920-10-22North Abington,MA
    MLB1942-19441942-1944
    Bill Butland1997-09-19-79.181P6-5185RL1918-03-22Terre Haute,IN
    MLB1940-19471940-1947
    Marino Castillo1997-09-15Car accident26.182P6-0168RR1971-03-17Boca Chica,DR
    AAA1992-1997
    Richie Ashburn1997-09-09Heart attack70.174OF-2B5-10170LR1927-03-19Tilden,NE
    MLB1948-19621948-1962
    Lou Scoffic1997-08-28---84.100OF5-10182RR1913-05-20Herrin,IL
    MLB1936-19361936-1936
    Buddy Hassett1997-08-23Bone cancer85.3521B-OF5-11180LL1911-09-05New York,NY
    MLB1936-19421936-1942
    Les Treitel1997-08-15---47.144UMP------------1950-03-24---
    ---
    George Pfister1997-08-14---78.344C6-0200RR1918-09-04Bound Brook,NJ
    MLB1941-19411941-1941
    Rex Barney1997-08-12---72.235P6-3185RR1924-12-19Omaha,NE
    MLB1943-19501943-1950
    Oad Swigart1997-08-08---82.176P6-0175LR1915-02-13Archie,MO
    MLB1939-19401939-1940
    Eddie Miller1997-07-31---80.246SS-2B5-9180RR1916-11-26Pittsburgh,PA
    MLB1936-19501936-1950
    Bud Hardin1997-07-28---75.044SS-2B5-10165RR1922-06-14Shelby,NC
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Hardin Cathey1997-07-27---78.021P6-4190RR1919-07-06Burns,TN
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Jeff Cross1997-07-23---78.329SS-3B5-11160RR1918-08-28Tulsa,OK
    MLB1942-19481942-1948
    Roger Bowman1997-07-21-69.337P6-0175RL1927-08-18Amsterdam,NY
    MLB1949-19551949-1955
    Rube Fischer1997-07-16-80.299P6-4190RR1916-09-19Carlock,SD
    MLB1941-19461941-1946
    Joe Hauser1997-07-11---98.1791B5-10175LL1899-01-12Milwaukee,WI
    MLB1922-19291922-1929
    Dwight Lowry1997-07-10Heart attack39.260C-1B6-3210LR1957-10-23Lumberton,NC
    1980- 11- 278-DET
    MLB1984-19881980-1990
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Stan Rojek1997-07-09---78.079SS-2B5-10170RR1919-04-21North Tonawanda,NY
    MLB1942-19521942-1952
    Rufe Gentry1997-07-03Acute respiratory failure79.046P6-1180RR1918-05-18Daisy Station,NC
    MLB1943-19481943-1948
    Dee Moore1997-07-02---83.087C-3B5-11190RR1914-04-06Hedley,TX
    MLB1936-19461936-1946
    Ray Benge1997-06-27---95.066P5-9160RR1902-04-22Jacksonville,TX
    MLB1925-19381925-1938
    Mike Briscese1997-06-20---80.304UMP6-0205------1916-08-19Staten Island,NY
    ---
    Pat Rigby1997-06-19-56.345SCOUT5-11172LR1940-07-09Dallas,TX
    ---
    Bill Lawrence1997-06-15-91.096OF6-4194RR1906-03-11San Mateo,CA
    MLB1932-19321932-1932
    Thornton Lee1997-06-09---90.269P6-3205LL1906-09-13Sonoma,CA
    MLB1933-19481933-1948
    Stan Goletz1997-06-07---79.017H6-3200LL1918-05-21Crescent,OH
    MLB1941-19411941-1941
    Pidge Browne1997-06-03---68.0741B6-1190LL1929-03-21Peekskill,NY
    1955-  0-   0-CHN
    MLB1962-19621962-1962
    Bob Carter1997-06-03------SCOUT------------------
    ---
    Mickey Rocco1997-06-01---81.0901B5-11188LL1916-03-02St. Paul,MN
    MLB1943-19461943-1946
    Vince Sherlock1997-05-11---87.0452B6-0180RR1910-03-27Buffalo,NY
    MLB1935-19351935-1935
    Bob Whitcher1997-05-08-80.009P5-8165LL1917-04-29Berlin,NH
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Mel Steiner1997-05-06---80.158UMP6-0200------1916-11-29New York,NY
    ---
    Butch Weis1997-05-04---96.062OF5-11180LL1901-03-02St. Louis,MO
    MLB1922-19251922-1925
    Don O'Riley1997-05-02Shot and killed during a robbery52.051P6-3205RR1945-03-12Topeka,KS
    1965-  0-   0-KC1
    MLB1969-19701969-1970
    Tim Bishop1997-04-18---20.327OF6-0168RR1976-05-25Valparaiso,IN
    1994- 57-1471-NYN
    A1994-1997
    Bob Friedrichs1997-04-15-90.228P5-11165RR1906-08-30Cincinnati,OH
    MLB1932-19321932-1932
    Jim Holloway1997-04-15---88.204P6-1165RR1908-09-22Plaquemine,LA
    MLB1929-19291929-1929
    Gus Dugas1997-04-14-90.021OF-1B5-9165LL1907-03-24St. Jean De Matha,QC
    MLB1930-19341930-1934
    Harry Rosenberg1997-04-13-87.295OF5-10160RR1909-06-22San Francisco,CA
    MLB1930-19301930-1930
    Milt Smith1997-04-11-68.0143B-2B5-10165RR1929-03-27Columbus,GA
    MLB1955-19551955-1955
    Joe Coleman1997-04-09-74.253P---200RR1922-07-30Medford,MA
    MLB1942-19551942-1955
    Bob Cain1997-04-08---72.173P6-0165LL1924-10-16Longford,KS
    MLB1949-19541949-1954
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Homer Peel1997-04-08-94.180OF-1B5-9170RR1902-10-10Port Sullivan,TX
    MLB1927-19341927-1934
    Luis Aloma1997-04-07-73.258P6-2195RR1923-07-23Havana,CU
    MLB1950-19531950-1953
    Al Blanche1997-04-02---87.193P6-0178RR1909-09-21Somerville,MA
    MLB1935-19361935-1936
    Bill Smith1997-03-30---62.295P6-0190LL1934-06-08Washington,DC
    1953-  0-   0-SLN
    MLB1958-19621958-1962
    Fred Chapman1997-03-27---80.253SS-3B6-1185RR1916-07-17Liberty,SC
    MLB1939-19411939-1941
    Harry Davis1997-03-03-88.2991B-OF5-10160LL1908-05-07Shreveport,LA
    MLB1932-19371932-1937
    Billy Jurges1997-03-03-88.298SS-3B5-11175RR1908-05-09Bronx,NY
    MLB1931-19471931-1947
    Monte Kennedy1997-03-01---74.294P6-2185RL1922-05-11Amelia,VA
    MLB1946-19531946-1953
    Les Munns1997-02-28---88.089P6-5212RR1908-12-01Fort Bragg,CA
    MLB1934-19361934-1936
    Cal Abrams1997-02-25Heart attack72.360OF-1B5-11195LL1924-03-02Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1949-19561949-1956
    Austin Knickerbocker1997-02-18---78.126OF5-11185RR1918-10-15Bangall,NY
    MLB1947-19471947-1947
    Bobby Adams1997-02-13---75.0613B-2B5-10170RR1921-12-14Tuolumne,CA
    MLB1946-19591946-1959
    Francis Healy1997-02-12---86.228C-3B5-9175RR1910-06-29Holyoke,MA
    MLB1930-19341930-1934
    Glen Stewart1997-02-11---84.135SS-3B6-0175RR1912-09-29Tullahoma,TN
    MLB1940-19441940-1944
    Hal Warnock1997-02-08-85.033OF6-2180LR1912-01-06New York,NY
    MLB1935-19351935-1935
    Manny Salvo1997-02-07---83.222P6-4210RR1913-06-30Sacramento,CA
    MLB1939-19431939-1943
    Jim Walkup1997-02-07-87.055P6-1170RR1909-12-14Havana,AR
    MLB1934-19391934-1939
    Amby Murray1997-02-06---83.247P5-7150LL1913-06-04Fall River,MA
    MLB1936-19361936-1936
    Art Merewether1997-02-02---94.210H5-9155RR1902-07-07East Providence,RI
    MLB1922-19221922-1922
    Duane Josephson1997-01-30---54.241C-1B6-0195RR1942-06-03New Hampton,IA
    1964-  0-   0-CHA
    MLB1965-19721964-1972
    George Dockins1997-01-22---79.262P6-0175LL1917-05-05Clyde,KS
    MLB1945-19471945-1947
    Bill McWilliams1997-01-21---86.054H6-0185RR1910-11-28Dubuque,IA
    MLB1931-19311931-1931
    Curt Flood1997-01-20Throat cancer59.002OF-3B5-9165RR1938-01-18Houston,TX
    MLB1956-19711956-1971
    Bert Kuczynski1997-01-19---77.011P6-0195RR1920-01-08Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1943-19431943-1943
    Stu Martin1997-01-11-83.0552B-3B6-0155LR1913-11-17Rich Square,NC
    MLB1936-19431936-1943
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Jerry Neudecker1997-01-11---66.151UMP6-0185------1930-08-13Marine,IL
    ---
    Phil Marchildon1997-01-10---83.077P5-11175RR1913-10-25Penetanguishene,ON
    MLB1940-19501940-1950
    Dick Donovan1997-01-06---69.030P6-3205LR1927-12-07Boston,MA
    MLB1950-19651950-1965
    Emil Roy1997-01-05---89.224P5-11180RR1907-05-26Brighton,MA
    MLB1933-19331933-1933
    104 record(s)
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    Player Name Name of the player. If not linked, then no profile on the site Death Date Published date of death (if available) Age Player's age for the selected season or as of a current date if in YY.DDD format. Pos Defensive Position Ht Height Wt Weight Ba Bats Th Throws Born Date Date of Birth for Player Place of Birth City,State or City,Country for birthplace Draft Info Year-DraftRound-Overall-Drafted by Team Abbreviation. Click the link to view picks for that round. Indicates most recent draft instance HiLvl Highest Level Reached MLB Years Up-to-date Range of Years played Stat Years Available range of years of statistics within the TBC system