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Listing of baseball deaths for the 2003 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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2003 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Max West2003-12-31Brain cancer87.032OF-1B6-1182LR1916-11-28Dexter,MO
    MLB1938-19481938-1948
    Ivan Calderon2003-12-27Murdered41.282OF-DH6-1205RR1962-03-19Fajardo,PR
    1979-  0-   0-SEA
    MLB1984-19931980-1993
    Paul Owens2003-12-26-79.302EXEC6-3190RR1924-02-27Salamanca,NY
    ---
    Charlie Bowles2003-12-23-86.282P6-3180RR1917-03-15Norwood,MA
    MLB1943-19451943-1945
    Carmen Mauro2003-12-19-77.038OF-3B6-0167LR1926-11-10St. Paul,MN
    MLB1948-19531948-1953
    Garvin Hamner2003-12-15-79.2712B-SS5-11172RR1924-03-18Richmond,VA
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Don Wheeler2003-12-10-81.071C5-10175RR1922-09-29Minneapolis,MN
    MLB1949-19491949-1949
    Jim Sheehan2003-12-02-90.181C6-2196RR1913-06-03New Haven,CT
    MLB1936-19361936-1936
    Jack Brewer2003-11-30-84.131P6-2170RR1919-07-21Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1944-19461944-1946
    Jim Duffy2003-11-29-83.111UMP6-2210------1920-08-09Pawtucket,RI
    ---
    Warren Spahn2003-11-24Natural causes82.214P6-0175LL1921-04-23Buffalo,NY
    MLB1942-19651942-1965
    Joe Just2003-11-22-87.318C5-11185RR1916-01-08Milwaukee,WI
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    Ken Brett2003-11-18Brain cancer55.060P5-11195LL1948-09-18Brooklyn,NY
    1966-  1-   4-BOS
    MLB1967-19811966-1981
    Pete Taylor2003-11-17-75.356P6-1170RR1927-11-26Severn,MD
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Earl Battey2003-11-15Cancer68.314C6-1205RR1935-01-05Los Angeles,CA
    MLB1955-19671955-1967
    Spider Jorgensen2003-11-06-84.0023B-OF5-9155LR1919-11-03Folsom,CA
    MLB1947-19511947-1951
    Dernell Stenson2003-11-05Murdered25.140OF-1B6-1215LL1978-06-17LaGrange,GA
    1996-  3-  91-BOS
    MLB2003-20031996-2003
    Sonny Senerchia2003-11-01Motorcycle accident72.2083B6-1195RR1931-04-06Newark,NJ
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Al Corwin2003-10-23-76.323P6-1170RR1926-12-03Newburgh,NY
    MLB1951-19551951-1955
    Josh Brinkley2003-10-15Hit by car while jogging30.0703B-C5-10170RR1973-08-05Kinston,NC
    AA1993-2003
    Wil Culmer2003-10-14Cerebral hemmorrhage45.336OF-1B6-4210RR1957-11-11Nassau,BM
    1977-  0-   0-PHI
    MLB1983-19831978-1984
    Johnny Klippstein2003-10-10-75.358P6-1185RR1927-10-17Washington,DC
    MLB1950-19671950-1967
    Steve Gruwell2003-10-09-62.261SCOUT5-10180RR1941-01-20---
    ---
    Red Barbary2003-09-27-83.098H6-2195RR1920-06-20Simpsonville,SC
    MLB1943-19431943-1943
    Johnny Welaj2003-09-13-89.108OF6-0164RR1914-05-27Moss Creek,PA
    MLB1939-19431939-1943
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Harley Grossman2003-09-05-73.122P6-0170RR1930-05-05Evansville,IN
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Claude Passeau2003-08-30Natural causes94.142P6-3198RR1909-04-09Waynesboro,MS
    MLB1935-19471935-1947
    Bobby Bonds2003-08-23Lung cancer,brain tumor57.160OF-DH6-1190RR1946-03-15Riverside,CA
    1964-  0-   0-SFN
    MLB1968-19811965-1982
    Leigh Neuage2003-08-16Fell to his death20.040P6-4210RR1983-07-06Adelaide,AU
    A2001-2003
    Red Hardy2003-08-15-80.220P5-11175RR1923-01-06Marmarth,ND
    MLB1951-19511951-1951
    Charlie Devens2003-08-13-93.223P6-1180RR1910-01-01Milton,MA
    MLB1932-19341932-1934
    Billy Rogell2003-08-09Pneumonia98.257SS-3B5-10163BR1904-11-24Springfield,IL
    MLB1925-19401925-1940
    Mickey McDermott2003-08-07Congestive heart failure/colon cancer74.342P-1B6-2170LL1928-08-29Poughkeepsie,NY
    MLB1948-19611948-1961
    Gene Hasson2003-07-30-88.0091B6-0197LL1915-07-20Connellsville,PA
    MLB1937-19381937-1938
    Jim Pruett2003-07-29-85.224C5-10178RR1917-12-16Nashville,TN
    MLB1944-19451944-1945
    George Maloney2003-07-29-75.151UMP6-2225------1928-02-28New York,NY
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    Norm McRae2003-07-25Cancer55.302P6-1195RR1947-09-26Elizabeth,NJ
    1966-  0-   0-DET
    MLB1969-19701969-1970
    Juan Delis2003-07-23-75.1463B-OF5-11170RR1928-02-27Santiago,CU
    MLB1955-19551955-1955
    Grady Wilson2003-07-23-80.242SS6-0170RR1922-11-23Columbus,GA
    MLB1948-19481948-1948
    Ribs Raney2003-07-07-80.140P6-4190RR1923-02-16Detroit,MI
    MLB1949-19501949-1950
    Ed Chandler2003-07-06-81.138P6-2190RR1922-02-17Pinson,AL
    MLB1947-19471947-1947
    Bill Miller2003-07-01-75.340P6-0175LL1927-07-26Minersville,PA
    MLB1952-19551952-1955
    Jack Bruner2003-06-24-78.357P6-1185LL1924-07-01Waterloo,IA
    MLB1949-19501949-1950
    Bob Smith2003-06-23-75.040P6-0185LL1928-05-13Clarence,MO
    MLB1958-19591958-1959
    Harry Kinzy2003-06-22-92.348P6-4185RR1910-07-09Hallsville,TX
    MLB1934-19341934-1934
    Tom Fleming2003-06-18-85.138UMP------------1918-01-30---
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    Larry Doby2003-06-18Cancer79.187OF-2B6-1182LR1923-12-13Camden,SC
    MLB1947-19591947-1959
    Greg Garrett2003-06-07-55.086P6-0200BL1948-03-12Atascadero,CA
    1967- 10- 147-ATL
    MLB1970-19711970-1971
    Pete Sivess2003-06-01-89.250P6-3195RR1913-09-23South River,NJ
    MLB1936-19381936-1938
    Johnny Hopp2003-06-01-86.317OF-1B5-10175LL1916-07-18Hastings,NE
    MLB1939-19521939-1952
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Joe Puskaric2003-05-14-79.065UMP------------1924-03-09---
    ---
    Slick Coffman2003-05-08-92.147P6-0155RR1910-12-11Veto,AL
    MLB1937-19401937-1940
    Art Houtteman2003-05-06Heart attack75.272P6-2188RR1927-08-07Detroit,MI
    MLB1945-19571945-1957
    Danny Napoleon2003-04-26-61.104OF-3B5-11190RR1942-01-11Claysburg,PA
    1964-  0-   0-NYN
    MLB1965-19661965-1966
    Fuzz White2003-04-24-84.300OF6-0175LR1918-06-27Springfield,MO
    MLB1940-19471940-1947
    Chris Zachary2003-04-19Cancer59.059P6-2200LR1944-02-19Knoxville,TN
    1962-  0-   0-HOU
    MLB1963-19731963-1973
    Lefty Sloat2003-04-18-84.138P6-0168RL1918-12-01Nokomis,IL
    MLB1948-19491948-1949
    Al Epperly2003-04-14-84.341P6-2194LR1918-05-07Glidden,IA
    MLB1938-19501938-1950
    Ray Murray2003-04-09-85.178C6-3204RR1917-10-12Spring Hope,NC
    MLB1948-19541948-1954
    Hilly Flitcraft2003-04-02-79.224P6-2180LL1923-08-21Woodstown,NJ
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Sam Bowens2003-03-28-64.005OF6-1195RR1939-03-23Wilmington,NC
    1960-  0-   0-BAL
    MLB1963-19691963-1969
    Frank Vito2003-03-25-44.2571B------------1958-07-11Rochester,NY
    Indy1995-1995
    Harry Eisenstat2003-03-21-87.162P5-11185LL1915-10-10Brooklyn,NY
    MLB1935-19421935-1942
    Joe Buzas2003-03-19-83.168SS6-1180RR1919-10-02Alpha,NJ
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Al Gionfriddo2003-03-14Heart attack81.005OF5-6165LL1922-03-08Dysart,PA
    MLB1944-19471944-1947
    Ron Shoop2003-03-14-71.176C5-11180RR1931-09-19Rural Valley,PA
    1951-  0-   0-DET
    MLB1959-19591959-1959
    Alta Cohen2003-03-11-94.075OF5-10170LL1908-12-25New York,NY
    MLB1931-19331931-1933
    Mickey McGowan2003-03-08-81.101P6-2200LL1921-11-26Dothan,AL
    MLB1948-19481948-1948
    Al Libke2003-03-07-84.176OF-P6-4215LR1918-09-12Tacoma,WA
    MLB1945-19461945-1946
    Mickey Kreitner2003-03-06-80.146C6-3190RR1922-10-10Nashville,TN
    MLB1943-19441943-1944
    Joe Decker2003-03-02Head injuries related to fall55.259P6-0180RR1947-06-16Storm Lake,IA
    1965-  9- 161-CHN
    MLB1969-19791965-1983
    Jim Fridley2003-02-28-78.174OF6-2205RR1924-09-06Philippi,WV
    MLB1952-19581952-1958
    Curt Daniels2003-02-25-53.073P5-11170BR1949-12-13Hillsboro,OR
    1971-  8- 114-BAL
    A-1977-1980
    Rusty Peters2003-02-21-88.0692B-SS5-11170RR1914-12-14Roanoke,VA
    MLB1936-19471936-1947
    Steve Bechler2003-02-17Abnormal liver function,mild hypertension23.091P6-2207RR1979-11-18Medford,OR
    1998-  3-  99-BAL
    MLB2002-20021998-2002
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Dick Whitman2003-02-12-82.094OF5-11170LR1920-11-09Woodburn,OR
    MLB1946-19511946-1971
    Wally Burnette2003-02-12-73.236P6-0178RR1929-06-20Blairs,VA
    MLB1956-19581956-1958
    Haywood Sullivan2003-02-12Stroke72.059C-1B6-4215RR1930-12-15Donalsonville,GA
    MLB1955-19631955-1963
    Gene Kelly2003-02-11-80.364UMP------------1922-02-12---
    ---
    Chuck Aleno2003-02-10-85.3553B-1B6-1215RR1917-02-19St. Louis,MO
    MLB1941-19441941-1944
    Ralph Beard2003-02-10-73.363P6-5200RR1929-02-11Cincinnati,OH
    MLB1954-19541954-1954
    Billy Parker2003-02-09-56.0252B-3B5-8168RR1947-01-14Hayneville,AL
    1969-  0-   0-CAL
    MLB1971-19731969-1973
    Jim Mertz2003-02-04-86.177P5-10170RR1916-08-10Lima,OH
    MLB1943-19431943-1943
    Bob Kammeyer2003-01-27Pulmonary embolism52.055P6-4210RR1950-12-02Kansas City,KS
    1972- 21- 492-NYA
    MLB1978-19791970-1980
    Toby Atwell2003-01-25-78.322C5-9185LR1924-03-08Leesburg,VA
    MLB1952-19561952-1956
    Dennis Baldridge2003-01-24-57.224OF6-1185RR1945-06-13Eugene,OR
    1966-  3-  50-NYA
    ---
    Dutch Meyer2003-01-19-87.1052B5-10181RR1915-10-06Waco,TX
    MLB1940-19461940-1946
    Phil McCullough2003-01-16-85.177P6-4204RR1917-07-22Stockbridge,GA
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Ernie Rudolph2003-01-13-93.333P5-8165LR1909-02-13Black River Falls,WI
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Don Landrum2003-01-09-66.327OF-2B6-0180LR1936-02-16Santa Rosa,CA
    MLB1957-19661957-1966
    Ed Albosta2003-01-07-84.071P6-1175RR1918-10-27Saginaw,MI
    MLB1941-19461941-1946
    Jarvis Tatum2003-01-06-56.086OF6-0185RR1946-10-11Fresno,CA
    1965- 16- 307-CAL
    MLB1968-19701968-1970
    Durwood Merrill2003-01-05Complications from heart attack64.299UMP6-0215------1938-03-12Cloud Chief,OK
    ---
    Joe Ostrowski2003-01-03-86.048P6-0180LL1916-11-15West Wyoming,PA
    MLB1948-19521948-1952
    Jim Westlake2003-01-03-72.184H6-1190LL1930-07-03Sacramento,CA
    MLB1955-19551955-1955
    Bud Metheny2003-01-02-87.215OF5-11190LL1915-06-01St. Louis,MO
    MLB1943-19461943-1946
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