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Listing of baseball deaths for the 2002 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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2002 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Frank Reiber2002-12-26-93.097C-OF5-8169RR1909-09-19Huntington,WV
    MLB1933-19361933-1936
    George Bullard2002-12-23-74.059SS5-9165RR1928-10-24Lynn,MA
    MLB1954-19541954-1954
    Claude Crocker2002-12-19-78.151P6-2185RR1924-07-20Caroleen,NC
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    Bob Rinker2002-12-19-81.241C6-0190RR1921-04-21Audenried,PA
    MLB1950-19501950-1950
    Dick Stuart2002-12-15Cancer70.0371B-OF6-4212RR1932-11-07San Francisco,CA
    MLB1958-19691958-1969
    Hank Arft2002-12-14Cancer80.3191B5-10190LL1922-01-28Manchester,MO
    MLB1948-19521948-1952
    Leon Brannon2002-12-13-51.307P6-0185LL1951-02-09Cushing,OK
    Rk1978-1978
    Bob Loane2002-12-11-88.127OF6-0190RR1914-08-06Berkeley,CA
    MLB1939-19401939-1940
    Earl Henry2002-12-10-85.182P5-11172LL1917-06-10Roseville,OH
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    Homer Spragins2002-12-10-82.030P6-1190RR1920-11-09Grenada,MS
    MLB1947-19471947-1947
    Johnny Lazor2002-12-09-90.090OF-C5-9180LR1912-09-09Taylor,WA
    MLB1943-19461943-1946
    Clarence Beers2002-12-06-83.362P6-0175RR1918-12-09El Dorado,KS
    MLB1948-19481948-1948
    Randy Burden2002-12-06Died in his sleep23.028P6-3210RR1979-11-08Suffolk,VA
    Rk2002-2002
    Jug Thesenga2002-12-03-88.219P6-0200RR1914-04-27Jefferson,SD
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Ben Wade2002-12-02Cancer80.005P6-3205RR1922-11-26Morehead City,NC
    MLB1948-19551948-1955
    Dave McNally2002-12-01Lung cancer60.031P5-11190RL1942-10-31Billings,MT
    1960-  0-   0-BAL
    MLB1962-19751961-1975
    Ed Freed2002-11-15-83.085OF5-6165RR1919-08-22Centre Valley,PA
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Ken Raffensberger2002-11-10Natural causes85.093P6-2185RL1917-08-08York,PA
    MLB1939-19541939-1954
    Mel Harder2002-10-20-93.004P6-1195RR1909-10-15Beemer,NE
    MLB1928-19471928-1947
    Joe Wood2002-10-10-86.142P6-0190RR1916-05-20Shohola,PA
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Jodie Beeler2002-10-08-80.3152B-3B6-0170RR1921-11-26Dallas,TX
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Bob Freels2002-10-07-75.081UMP------------1927-07-18Mascoutah,IL
    ---
    Eddie McGah2002-09-30-80.364C6-0183RR1921-09-30Oakland,CA
    MLB1946-19471946-1947
    Al Kvasnak2002-09-26-81.257OF6-1170RR1921-01-11Sagamore,PA
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Ray Hayworth2002-09-25-98.239C6-0180RR1904-01-29High Point,NC
    MLB1926-19451926-1945
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Don Carlsen2002-09-22-75.342P6-1175RR1926-10-15Chicago,IL
    MLB1948-19521948-1952
    Aaron Golda2002-09-19-29.079P------------1973-07-01Niagara Falls,NY
    Indy1995-1995
    Jim McKee2002-09-14Result of a car accident55.225P6-7215RR1947-02-01Columbus,OH
    1969-  4-  82-PIT
    MLB1972-19731969-1973
    Eddie Shokes2002-09-14-82.2301B6-0170LL1920-01-27Charleston,SC
    MLB1941-19461941-1946
    Chuck Dale2002-09-11-44.265P5-10180RR1957-12-19Miami,FL
    AA1979-1985
    Jim Constable2002-09-04-69.081P6-1185BL1933-06-14Jonesborough,TN
    MLB1956-19631956-1963
    Hoyt Wilhelm2002-08-23Heart failure79.028P6-0195RR1923-07-26Huntersville,NC
    MLB1952-19721952-1972
    Dick O'Connell2002-08-18-87.333EXEC------------1914-09-19Winthrop,MA
    ---
    Jimmy Bloodworth2002-08-17-85.0212B-1B5-11180RR1917-07-26Tallahassee,FL
    MLB1937-19511937-1951
    Jason Benyo2002-08-17Car accident29.0102B6-2190RR1973-08-06Boyertown,PA
    Indy1996-1997
    Johnny Roseboro2002-08-16Heart disease69.094C-1B5-11190LR1933-05-13Ashland,OH
    MLB1957-19701957-1970
    Arnie Moser2002-08-15-87.006H5-11165RR1915-08-09Houston,TX
    MLB1937-19371937-1937
    Jack Creel2002-08-13Natural causes86.111P6-0165RR1916-04-23Kyle,TX
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Enos Slaughter2002-08-12Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma86.106OF5-9192LR1916-04-27Roxboro,NC
    MLB1938-19591938-1959
    Willis Hudlin2002-08-05-96.074P6-0190RR1906-05-23Wagoner,OK
    MLB1926-19441926-1944
    Darrell Porter2002-08-05Cocaine intoxication50.200C-DH6-0193LR1952-01-17Joplin,MO
    1970-  1-   4-MIL
    MLB1971-19871970-1987
    Mike Payne2002-08-04Eastern equine encephalitis40.261P5-11165RR1961-11-15Woonsocket,RI
    1979-  6- 134-ATL
    MLB1984-19841979-1987
    Jack Tighe2002-08-01-88.356COACH------RR1913-08-09Kearny,NJ
    ---
    Steve Souchock2002-07-28-83.147OF-1B6-2203RR1919-03-03Yatesboro,PA
    MLB1946-19551946-1955
    Hal Spindel2002-07-28-89.061C6-0185RR1913-05-27Chandler,OK
    MLB1939-19461939-1946
    Bob Barr2002-07-25-94.134P6-0175RR1908-03-12Newton,MA
    MLB1935-19351935-1935
    Izzy Leon2002-07-25-91.202P5-10160RR1911-01-04Cruces,CU
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Donald Lamer2002-07-25-43.345P6-3180RR1958-08-14Anna,IL
    A1977-1978
    Ed Runge2002-07-25-84.074UMP6-2220------1918-05-12New York,NY
    ---
    Pete Coscarart2002-07-24-89.0372B-SS5-11175RR1913-06-16Escondido,CA
    MLB1938-19461938-1946
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Al Silvera2002-07-24-66.332OF6-0180RR1935-08-26San Diego,CA
    MLB1955-19551955-1985
    Barney White2002-07-24-79.0293B-SS5-11186RR1923-06-25Paris,TX
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Spec Shea2002-07-19-81.289P6-0195RR1920-10-02Naugatuck,CT
    MLB1947-19551947-1955
    Del Wilber2002-07-18-83.144C-1B6-3200RR1919-02-24Lincoln Park,MI
    MLB1946-19541946-1954
    Lee Maye2002-07-17Pancreatic cancer67.218OF-3B6-2190LR1934-12-11Tuscaloosa,AL
    1954-  0-   0-MLN
    MLB1959-19711959-1971
    Nelson Barrera2002-07-14-44.2693B6-0185RR1957-10-17Mexico City,MX
    AAA1985-1985
    Ted Williams2002-07-05---83.309OF-P6-3205LR1918-08-30San Diego,CA
    MLB1939-19601939-1960
    Earl Francis2002-07-03---66.354P6-2215RR1935-07-14Slab Fork,WV
    1954-  0-   0-PIT
    MLB1960-19651960-1965
    Pete Gray2002-06-30-87.116OF6-1189LL1915-03-06Nanticoke,PA
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Ralph Erickson2002-06-27-100.001P6-1175LL1902-06-25Dubois,ID
    MLB1929-19301929-1930
    Joe Antolick2002-06-25-86.074C6-0185RR1916-04-11Hokendauqua,PA
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Darryl Kile2002-06-22Heart Attack33.201P6-5212RR1968-12-02Garden Grove,CA
    1987- 30- 782-HOU
    MLB1991-20021988-2002
    Ron Kline2002-06-22---70.104P-3B6-3205RR1932-03-09Callery,PA
    MLB1952-19701952-1970
    Jack Jenkins2002-06-18---59.178P6-2195RR1942-12-22Covington,VA
    1961-  0-   0-WS1
    MLB1962-19691962-1969
    Bill Adair2002-06-17---89.1262B5-8190RR1913-02-10Mobile,AL
    ---
    Hank Boney2002-06-12-98.227P5-11175RR1903-10-28Wallace,NC
    MLB1927-19271927-1927
    Bob Nelson2002-06-01----UMP------------------
    ---
    Sam Page2002-05-29---86.107P6-0172LR1916-02-11Woodruff,SC
    MLB1939-19391939-1939
    Joe Bauldree2002-05-29---25.066P6-5175RR1977-03-23Wake Forest,NC
    1995- 12- 337-ATL
    A1995-2002
    Wes Westrum2002-05-28---79.181C-3B5-11185RR1922-11-28Clearbrook,MN
    MLB1947-19571947-1957
    Fritz Ackley2002-05-22-65.041P6-1202LR1937-04-10Hayward,WI
    1954-  0-   0-CHA
    MLB1963-19641963-1964
    Joe Cascarella2002-05-22-94.328P5-10175RR1907-06-28Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1934-19381934-1938
    Paul Giel2002-05-22---70.082P5-11185RR1932-02-29Winona,MN
    MLB1954-19611954-1961
    Warren Hacker2002-05-22-77.181P6-1185RR1924-11-21Marissa,IL
    MLB1948-19611948-1961
    Bob Poser2002-05-21-92.066P6-0173LR1910-03-16Columbus,WI
    MLB1932-19351932-1935
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Joe Black2002-05-17-78.098P6-2220RR1924-02-08Plainfield,NJ
    MLB1952-19571952-1957
    Mike Fennell2002-05-15-42.0611B-C6-3205LR1960-03-14Saratoga Springs,NY
    1982- 11- 284-NYA
    AA1982-1985
    Bill Rodgers2002-05-13---79.159OF6-0162LL1922-12-05Harrisburg,PA
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    Steve Rachunok2002-05-11-85.156P6-4205RR1916-12-05Rittman,OH
    MLB1940-19401940-1940
    Jim Camacho2002-05-03---44.062SS-OF6-1175RR1958-03-02---
    1981-  9- 222-OAK
    A+1981-1982
    Jerry Witte2002-04-27---86.2711B6-1190RR1915-07-30St. Louis,MO
    MLB1946-19471946-1947
    John Davis2002-04-26-86.2853B5-11172RR1915-07-15Laurel Run,PA
    MLB1941-19411941-1941
    Walter Youse2002-04-16------SCOUT---------------Baltimore,MD
    ---
    Tom Sunkel2002-04-06-89.239P6-1190LL1912-08-09Paris,IL
    MLB1937-19441937-1944
    Paul Erickson2002-04-05---86.112P6-2200RR1915-12-14Zion,IL
    MLB1941-19481941-1948
    Roy Nichols2002-04-03---81.0302B-3B5-11155RR1921-03-03Little Rock,AR
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Larry Knight2002-04-02---39.346P6-1180RR1962-04-21Chattanooga,TN
    1980-  2-  39-PHI
    A+1980-1983
    Whitey Wietelmann2002-03-26---83.011SS-2B6-0170BR1919-03-15Zanesville,OH
    MLB1939-19471939-1947
    Minnie Rojas2002-03-23Pneumonia68.116P6-1170RR1933-11-26Remidios,CU
    1960-  0-   0-SFN
    MLB1966-19681966-1968
    Lefty Bertrand2002-03-17---93.016P6-0180RL1909-02-28Cobden,MN
    MLB1936-19361936-1936
    Lou Kahn2002-03-13---86.099COACH5-10200RR1915-12-04St. Louis,MO
    ---
    Steve Gromek2002-03-12---82.056P6-2180BR1920-01-15Hamtramck,MI
    MLB1941-19571941-1957
    Al Cowens2002-03-11Heart attack50.137OF-DH6-2200RR1951-10-25Los Angeles,CA
    1969- 75-1028-KCA
    MLB1974-19861969-1986
    Clay Smith2002-03-05---87.175P6-2190RR1914-09-11Cambridge,KS
    MLB1938-19401938-1940
    Dykes Potter2002-02-27---91.173P6-0185RR1910-09-07Ashland,KY
    MLB1938-19381938-1938
    Leif McKinley2002-02-16---30.224P6-0175RR1971-07-07Portland,OR
    1992- 21- 590-BOS
    A+1992-1996
    Mike Darr2002-02-15Car accident25.330OF-RF6-3205LR1976-03-21Corona,CA
    1994-  2-  52-DET
    MLB1999-20011994-2001
    Duane Johnson2002-02-15---23.088OF6-0180BR1978-11-19Orange,CA
    1997- 18- 536-PHI
    Rk1997-1998
    Frankie Crosetti2002-02-11Complications from a fall91.130SS-3B5-10165RR1910-10-04San Francisco,CA
    MLB1932-19481932-1948
    Chet Clemens2002-02-10---84.276OF6-0175RR1917-05-10San Fernando,CA
    MLB1939-19441939-1944
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Jim Spencer2002-02-10Heart attack54.1951B-DH6-2195LL1947-07-30Hanover,PA
    1969- 42- 909-SE1
    MLB1968-19821965-1982
    Steve Roser2002-02-08---84.013P6-4220RR1918-01-25Rome,NY
    MLB1944-19461944-1946
    Mel McGaha2002-02-03-75.039COACH6-1190------1926-12-26Bastrop,LA
    ---
    Harry Marnie2002-01-07-83.1852B-SS6-1178RR1918-07-06Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1940-19421940-1942
    Adrian Zabala2002-01-04-85.130P5-11165LL1916-08-26San Antonio de Los Banos,CU
    MLB1945-19491945-1949
    Al Smith2002-01-03-73.330OF-3B6-0191RR1928-02-07Kirkwood,MO
    MLB1953-19641953-1964
    106 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