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Listing of baseball deaths for the 2008 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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2008 Baseball Deaths

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  • Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Dock Ellis2008-12-19Liver disease63.283P6-3210BR1945-03-11Los Angeles,CA
    1964-  0-   0-PIT
    MLB1968-19791964-1979
    Dave Smith2008-12-17Heart attack53.330P6-1195RR1955-01-21San Francisco,CA
    1976-  8- 169-HOU
    MLB1980-19921976-1992
    Nick Willhite2008-12-14Cancer67.321P6-2195LL1941-01-27Tulsa,OK
    1959-  0-   0-LAN
    MLB1963-19671963-1967
    Sal Yvars2008-12-10Amyloidosis84.294C5-10187RR1924-02-20New York,NY
    MLB1947-19541947-1954
    Roger Hayward2008-11-29-61.001P6-5205RR1947-11-28Pontiac,MI
    1965-  2-  30-PIT
    ---
    Red Murff2008-11-28-87.241P6-3195RR1921-04-01Burlington,TX
    MLB1956-19571956-1957
    Jim Ridley2008-11-28-63.142OF6-2170RR1945-07-09Toronto,ON
    ---
    Andy Tomasic2008-11-27-88.352P6-0175RR1919-12-10Hokendauqua,PA
    MLB1949-19491949-1949
    Randy Gumpert2008-11-25-90.306P6-3205RR1918-01-23Monocacy,PA
    MLB1936-19521936-1952
    Tom Burgess2008-11-24Cancer81.0841B-OF6-0180LL1927-09-01London,ON
    MLB1954-19621954-1962
    Herb Score2008-11-11-75.157P6-2185LL1933-06-07Rosedale,NY
    MLB1955-19621955-1962
    Preacher Roe2008-11-09Colon cancer93.256P6-2170RL1915-02-26Ash Flat,AR
    MLB1938-19541938-1954
    John Odom2008-11-05Drug overdose26.303P6-2185RR1982-01-06Atlanta,GA
    2003- 44-1317-SFN
    A2004-2008
    Ed Levy2008-10-27-91.364OF-1B6-5190RR1916-10-28Birmingham,AL
    MLB1940-19441940-1944
    Armando Rodriguez2008-10-27-79.325UMP6-0195------1928-12-06Matanzas,CU
    ---
    Dave Melton2008-10-23---80.020OF6-0185RR1928-10-03Pampa,TX
    MLB1956-19581956-1958
    Jake Crawford2008-10-21-80.215OF6-1185RR1928-03-20Campbell,MO
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Joe Lutz2008-10-20Related to stroke/diabetes83.2441B6-0195LL1925-02-18Keokuk,IA
    MLB1951-19511951-1951
    Joseph Hamende2008-10-20-64.268P5-10165RL1944-01-26Springfield,IL
    AAA1979-1979
    Lou Stringer2008-10-19-91.1592B-SS5-11173RR1917-05-13Grand Rapids,MI
    MLB1941-19501941-1950
    Tom Tresh2008-10-15Heart attack71.025OF-SS6-0191BR1937-09-20Detroit,MI
    1958-  0-   0-NYA
    MLB1961-19691961-1969
    Kevin Foster2008-10-11Cancer39.271P-3B6-1175RR1969-01-13Evanston,IL
    1987- 29- 746-MON
    MLB1993-20011988-2004
    Sid Hudson2008-10-10-93.280P6-4180RR1915-01-03Coalfield,TN
    MLB1940-19541940-1954
    Les McCrabb2008-10-08-93.338P5-11175RR1914-11-04Wakefield,PA
    MLB1939-19501939-1950
    Bruce Dalcanton2008-10-07Esophageal cancer66.114P6-2205RR1942-06-15California,PA
    1966-  0-   0-PIT
    MLB1967-19771966-1978
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    George Kissell2008-10-07Car accident88.0283B5-8168RR1920-09-09Watertown,NY
    ---
    Ed Brinkman2008-09-30Complications from heart failure66.298SS-3B6-0170RR1941-12-06Cincinnati,OH
    1961-  0-   0-WS2
    MLB1961-19751961-1975
    Jeff Edwards2008-09-28-44.317C-1B6-2205RR1963-11-16Tucson,AZ
    1985-  7- 170-HOU
    AAA1985-1987
    Sam File2008-09-25-86.130SS-3B5-11160RR1922-05-18Chester,PA
    MLB1940-19401940-1940
    Mickey Vernon2008-09-24Stroke90.1551B-OF6-2180LL1918-04-22Marcus Hook,PA
    MLB1939-19601939-1960
    Ed Pikor2008-09-24Brain aneurysm56.116P6-0180LL1952-05-30Meriden,CT
    Indy1998-1998
    Ed Oliger2008-09-22----UMP------------------
    ---
    Melvin Quarles2008-09-20-53.0202B-3B5-9160RR1955-08-31Los Angeles,CA
    1977- 16- 397-CAL
    A1977-1978
    Ernie Andres2008-09-19-90.2513B6-1200RR1918-01-11Jeffersonville,IN
    MLB1946-19461946-1946
    Ken Kral2008-09-15-57.173OF5-11180RR1951-03-26---
    1973- 27- 607-CHN
    ---
    Ron Fisher2008-09-10-62.343C6-0180LR1945-10-02---
    1967- 38- 699-KC1
    ---
    Don Gutteridge2008-09-07Pneumonia96.0792B-3B5-10165RR1912-06-19Pittsburg,KS
    MLB1936-19481936-1948
    Todd Cruz2008-09-02Heart attack52.284SS-3B6-0175RR1955-11-23Highland Park,MI
    1973-  2-  26-PHI
    MLB1978-19841973-1991
    Em Lindbeck2008-08-27-73.000H6-0185LR1935-08-27Kewanee,IL
    1956-  0-   0-MLN
    MLB1960-19601960-1960
    George Spiroff2008-08-24-49.134C-OF6-3210RR1959-04-12Crestline,OH
    1981-  9- 217-SFN
    A+1981-1982
    Kevin Young2008-08-22-36.212OF-2B6-0195RR1972-01-22Northville,MI
    1994- 11- 293-CAL
    AA1994-1997
    Darrin Winston2008-08-15Leukemia42.040P6-0195RL1966-07-06Passaic,NJ
    1988- 18- 466-MON
    MLB1997-19981988-2002
    Terry Watkins2008-08-15-51.310P6-5---RR1956-10-09Sacramento,CA
    1978- 19- 469-TOR
    A-1978-1978
    George Gick2008-08-12-92.299P6-0190BR1915-10-18Dunnington,IN
    MLB1937-19381937-1938
    Karl Kuehl2008-08-06-70.3351B-OF5-11175LL1937-09-05Monterey Park,CA
    ---
    Carl Greene2008-08-02-77.112SCOUT------------1931-04-12---
    ---
    Porter Vaughan2008-07-30-89.080P6-1178RL1919-05-11Stevensville,VA
    MLB1940-19461940-1946
    Lee Wheat2008-07-29-78.317P6-4200RR1929-09-15Edwardsville,IL
    MLB1954-19551954-1955
    Russ Gibson2008-07-27Long illness69.082C-1B6-1195RR1939-05-06Fall River,MA
    1957-  0-   0-BOS
    MLB1967-19721967-1972
    Bill Sorrell2008-07-22-67.2813B-OF6-0190LR1940-10-14Morehead,KY
    1959-  0-   0-PHI
    MLB1965-19701965-1970
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Dave Morrow2008-07-15-46.270C-1B6-2190RR1961-10-18Salt Lake City,UT
    1986- 18- 460-MON
    A1986-1987
    Dave Ricketts2008-07-13Kidney cancer73.001C6-2195BR1935-07-12Pottstown,PA
    1957-  0-   0-SLN
    MLB1963-19701963-1970
    Bobby Murcer2008-07-12Brain cancer62.053OF-DH5-11180LR1946-05-20Oklahoma City,OK
    1964-  0-   0-NYA
    MLB1965-19831964-1985
    Harry Schaeffer2008-07-12-84.018P6-2175LL1924-06-23Reading,PA
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Chuck Stobbs2008-07-11-79.009P6-1185LL1929-07-02Wheeling,WV
    MLB1947-19611947-1961
    Steve Mingori2008-07-10Natural causes64.131P5-10170LL1944-02-29Kansas City,MO
    1965-  0-   0-CIN
    MLB1970-19791965-1979
    Don Eaddy2008-07-09-74.1433B5-11165RR1934-02-16Grand Rapids,MI
    1955-  0-   0-CHN
    MLB1959-19591959-1959
    Ron Jackson2008-07-06-74.2571B6-7225RR1933-10-22Kalamazoo,MI
    MLB1954-19601954-1960
    Julio Gotay2008-07-04Prostate cancer69.025SS-2B6-0180RR1939-06-09Fajardo,PR
    1957-  0-   0-SLN
    MLB1960-19691960-1969
    Sam Carrigan2008-06-28-86.339UMP5-11185------1921-07-24Holyoke,MA
    ---
    Bert Shepard2008-06-16-87.353P5-11185LL1920-06-28Dana,IN
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    John Buzhardt2008-06-15-71.302P6-2198RR1936-08-17Prosperity,SC
    1954-  0-   0-CHN
    MLB1958-19681958-1968
    Billy Muffett2008-06-15-77.267P6-1198RR1930-09-21Hammond,IN
    MLB1957-19621957-1962
    Stephen Cartier2008-06-10-53.329OF6-1175RL1954-07-16Manchester,CT
    1972- 27- 612-TEX
    ---
    Mick Sharkey2008-06-08-59.144UMP------------1949-01-15Cincinnati,OH
    ---
    Ray Hoffman2008-05-30-90.3503B6-0175LR1917-06-14Detroit,MI
    MLB1942-19421942-1942
    Steve Vrablik2008-05-29-88.200P5-11178RR1919-11-11---
    ---
    Jeremi Gonzalez2008-05-25Struck by lightning33.137P6-2210RR1975-01-08Maracaibo,VZ
    1991-  0-   0-CHN
    MLB1997-20061992-2007
    Bob Ferguson2008-05-23-89.035P6-1180RR1919-04-18Birmingham,AL
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Herb Hash2008-05-20-97.096P6-1180RR1911-02-13Woolwine,VA
    MLB1940-19411940-1941
    Bill Andress2008-05-19-83.325UMP------------1924-06-28---
    ---
    Floyd Wooldridge2008-05-14-79.262P6-1185RR1928-08-25Jerico Springs,MO
    MLB1955-19551955-1955
    Cal Howe2008-05-05-83.159P6-3205LL1924-11-27Rock Falls,IL
    MLB1952-19521952-1952
    Buzzie Bavasi2008-05-01-93.140EXEC------------1914-12-12New York,NY
    ---
    Gale Miller2008-05-01-81.123UMP------------1926-12-29---
    ---
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Art Johnson2008-04-27-91.285P6-2185LL1916-07-16Winchester,MA
    MLB1940-19421940-1942
    John Marzano2008-04-19Positional asphyxia45.064C-OF5-11195RR1963-02-14Philadelphia,PA
    1984-  1-  14-BOS
    MLB1987-19981985-1999
    Tommy Holmes2008-04-14Natural causes91.016OF5-10180LL1917-03-29Brooklyn,NY
    MLB1942-19521942-1952
    Jim Goodwin2008-04-12-81.240P6-1170LL1926-08-15St. Louis,MO
    MLB1948-19481948-1948
    Jake Bowen2008-04-12-27.028IF6-9175BR1981-03-15Santa Monica,CA
    Indy2006-2006
    Michael Hutts2008-04-11Overdose21.085P6-2190LL1987-01-16Dunwoody,GA
    NCAA2006-2008
    Emil Drzayich2008-04-11-53.0701B6-4220LL1955-01-31Steubenville,OH
    A1978-1981
    Hersh Lyons2008-04-08-92.260P5-11195RR1915-07-23Fresno,CA
    MLB1941-19411941-1941
    Walt Masterson2008-04-05Stroke87.287P6-2189RR1920-06-22Philadelphia,PA
    MLB1939-19561939-1956
    Jerry Crider2008-04-04Heart failure66.214P6-2200RR1941-09-02Sioux Falls,SD
    1962-  0-   0-MIN
    MLB1969-19701969-1970
    Mitch Coplon2008-03-29-48.123P6-2185RR1959-11-26Houston,TX
    1981- 18- 465-HOU
    A+1981-1982
    Billy Consolo2008-03-27Cardiovascular disease73.221SS-2B5-11180RR1934-08-18Cleveland,OH
    MLB1953-19621953-1962
    Roy Foster2008-03-21-62.235OF6-0185RR1945-07-29Bixby,OK
    1963-  0-   0-PIT
    MLB1970-19721963-1972
    Bob Purkey2008-03-16-78.245P6-2195RR1929-07-14Pittsburgh,PA
    MLB1954-19661954-1966
    Niles Jordan2008-03-15-82.104P5-11180LL1925-12-01Lyman,WA
    MLB1951-19521951-1952
    Rene Valdez2008-03-15-78.286P6-3175RR1929-06-02Guanabacoa,CU
    MLB1957-19571957-1957
    Santy Gallone2008-03-15Construction accident36.2192B-3B5-11190RR1971-08-09New York,NY
    A+1993-1995
    Ossie Alvarez2008-03-08-74.140SS-2B5-10165RR1933-10-19Bolondron,CU
    MLB1958-19591958-1959
    Deacon Donahue2008-03-06-87.256P6-0180RR1920-06-23Chicago,IL
    MLB1943-19441943-1944
    Charlie Fletcher2008-03-04-52.206P6-2175LR1955-08-11Los Angeles,CA
    1975- 28- 627-BAL
    ---
    Alec McCullock2008-02-26-48.322P6-7250RR1959-04-09Alexandria,VA
    1980-  5- 127-PIT
    AA1980-1984
    Roy Wise2008-02-25-83.098P6-2170BR1924-11-18Springfield,IL
    MLB1944-19441944-1944
    Bob Howsam2008-02-19Heart disease89.355EXEC------------1918-02-28Denver,CO
    ---
    Hal Erickson2008-02-14-88.211P6-5230RR1919-07-17Portland,OR
    MLB1953-19531953-1953
    Dario Lodigiani2008-02-10-91.2483B-2B5-8150RR1916-06-06San Francisco,CA
    MLB1938-19461938-1946
    Player NameDeath DateDeath CauseAgePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
    Lenny Roberts2008-02-10-85.144UMP6-0185------1922-09-18Price,NC
    ---
    Ed Vargo2008-02-02-79.137UMP5-10185------1928-09-17Butler,PA
    ---
    John Kidd2008-01-31-52.3561B6-1180RR1955-02-08Newburgh,NY
    1976- 19- 454-BOS
    A+1977-1977
    Ken Hunt2008-01-27-69.043P6-4200RR1938-12-14Ogden,UT
    1958-  0-   0-CIN
    MLB1961-19611961-1961
    Art Frantz2008-01-24Congestive heart failure86.328UMP6-0210------1921-03-01Chicago,IL
    ---
    Lance Clemons2008-01-22Cancer60.200P6-2205LL1947-07-06Philadelphia,PA
    1968-  7- 156-KCA
    MLB1971-19741968-1974
    Al Montreuil2008-01-18-64.1472B5-5158RR1943-08-23New Orleans,LA
    1963-  0-   0-BOS
    MLB1972-19721972-1972
    John McHale2008-01-17-86.1171B6-0200LR1921-09-21Detroit,MI
    MLB1943-19481943-1948
    Don Cardwell2008-01-14-72.037P6-4210RR1935-12-07Winston-Salem,NC
    MLB1957-19701957-1970
    Johnny Podres2008-01-13heart and kidney ailments and leg infection75.104P5-11192LL1932-09-30Witherbee,NY
    MLB1953-19691953-1969
    Brian Hansen2008-01-09-61.008C5-11175RR1946-12-31Detroit,MI
    1968-  7- 143-PHI
    ---
    Steve Ridzik2008-01-08Heart disease78.253P5-11170RR1929-04-29Yonkers,NY
    MLB1950-19661950-1966
    Bill Ramsey2008-01-04-87.075OF6-0175RR1920-10-20Osceola,AR
    MLB1945-19451945-1945
    Gerry Staley2008-01-02Natural causes87.133P6-0195RR1920-08-21Brush Prairie,WA
    MLB1947-19611947-1961
    Chuck Daniel2008-01-01-74.105P6-2195RR1933-09-17Bluffton,AR
    MLB1957-19571957-1957
    115 record(s)
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