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1978 MLB Season

1978 MLB Season

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player name death date age death cause pos ht wt ba th Born place hilvl mlb years stat years
Walt Alexander 1978-12-29 87.298 -- c 5-10 165 R R 1891-03-05 Atlanta,GA MLB 1912-1917 1912-1917
Ferrell Anderson 1978-03-12 60.062 -- c 6-1 200 R R 1918-01-09 Maple City,KS MLB 1946-1953 1946-1953
Larry Bettencourt 1978-09-15 72.358 -- of-3b 5-11 195 R R 1905-09-22 Newark,CA MLB 1928-1932 1928-1932
Steve Bilko 1978-03-07 49.114 -- 1b 6-1 230 R R 1928-11-13 Nanticoke,PA MLB 1949-1962 1949-1962
Charlie Bold 1978-07-29 83.274 -- 1b 6-2 185 R R 1894-10-27 Karlskrona,SW MLB 1914-1914 1914-1914
Lyman Bostock 1978-09-23 27.305 Gunshot wound of 6-1 180 L R 1950-11-22 Birmingham,AL MLB 1975-1978 1975-1978
Buzz Boyle 1978-11-12 70.276 -- of 5-11 170 L L 1908-02-09 Cincinnati,OH MLB 1929-1935 1929-1935
Bill Brubaker 1978-04-02 67.146 -- 3b 6-2 185 R R 1910-11-07 Cleveland,OH MLB 1932-1943 1932-1943
George Burns 1978-01-07 84.340 -- 1b 6-1 180 R R 1893-01-31 Niles,OH MLB 1914-1929 1914-1929
Ed Chaplin 1978-08-15 84.323 -- c 5-7 158 L R 1893-09-25 Pelzer,SC MLB 1920-1922 1920-1922
Bill Clowers 1978-01-13 79.151 -- p 6-0 210 R R 1898-08-14 Lincoln County,NC MLB 1926-1926 1926-1926
Pete Compton 1978-02-03 88.127 -- of 5-11 170 L L 1889-09-28 San Marcos,TX MLB 1911-1918 1911-1918
Snipe Conley 1978-01-07 83.256 -- p 5-11 179 R R 1894-04-25 Cressona,PA MLB 1918-1918 1918-1918
Sarge Connally 1978-01-27 79.148 -- p 5-11 170 R R 1898-08-31 McGregor,TX MLB 1921-1934 1921-1934
Claude Corbitt 1978-05-01 62.284 -- ss-2b 5-10 170 R R 1915-07-21 Sunbury,NC MLB 1945-1949 1945-1949
Fritz Coumbe 1978-03-21 88.097 -- p 6-0 152 L L 1889-12-13 Antrim,PA MLB 1914-1921 1914-1921
Billy Cox 1978-03-30 58.213 -- 3b-ss 5-10 150 R R 1919-08-29 Newport,PA MLB 1941-1955 1941-1955
Molly Craft 1978-10-25 82.330 -- p 6-2 165 R R 1895-11-28 Portsmouth,VA MLB 1916-1919 1916-1919
Nick Cullop 1978-12-08 78.052 -- of 6-0 200 R R 1900-10-16 St. Louis,MO MLB 1926-1931 1926-1931
Tod Davis 1978-12-31 54.159 -- ss-3b 6-2 190 R R 1924-07-24 Los Angeles,CA MLB 1949-1951 1949-1951
Joe Dawson 1978-01-04 80.300 -- p 5-11 182 R R 1897-03-09 Bow,WA MLB 1924-1929 1924-1929
Bill Dietrich 1978-06-20 68.083 -- p 6-0 185 R R 1910-03-29 Philadelphia,PA MLB 1933-1948 1933-1948
Reese Diggs 1978-10-30 63.038 -- p 6-2 180 B R 1915-09-22 Mathews,VA MLB 1934-1934 1934-1934
Art Doll 1978-04-28 64.356 -- p 6-1 190 R R 1913-05-07 Chicago,IL MLB 1935-1938 1935-1938
Bill Doran 1978-03-09 79.267 -- 3b 5-11 175 L R 1898-06-14 San Francisco,CA MLB 1922-1922 1922-1922
player name death date age death cause pos ht wt ba th Born place hilvl mlb years stat years
Nick Dumovich 1978-12-12 76.344 -- p 6-0 170 L L 1902-01-02 Sacramento,CA MLB 1923-1923 1923-1923
Roy Elsh 1978-11-12 86.254 -- of 5-9 165 R R 1892-03-01 Penns Grove,NJ MLB 1923-1925 1923-1925
Oscar Estrada 1978-01-02 73.322 -- p 5-8 160 L L 1904-02-15 Havana,CU MLB 1929-1929 1929-1929
Roy Flaskamper 1978-02-03 76.095 -- ss 5-7 140 B R 1901-10-31 St. Louis,MO MLB 1927-1927 1927-1927
Moe Franklin 1978-03-16 63.349 -- ss 6-0 175 R R 1914-04-01 Chicago,IL MLB 1941-1942 1941-1942
Ray French 1978-04-03 83.083 -- ss 5-9 158 R R 1895-01-09 Alameda,CA MLB 1920-1924 1920-1924
Babe Ganzel 1978-02-06 76.260 -- of 5-10 172 R R 1901-05-22 Malden,MA MLB 1927-1928 1927-1928
Mike Gazella 1978-09-11 81.342 -- 3b-ss 5-7 165 R R 1896-10-03 Olyphant,PA MLB 1923-1928 1923-1928
Steve Gerkin 1978-11-09 65.355 -- p 6-1 162 R R 1912-11-19 Grafton,WV MLB 1945-1945 1945-1945
Claral Gillenwater 1978-02-26 77.282 -- p 6-0 187 R R 1900-05-20 Sims,IN MLB 1923-1923 1923-1923
Jim Gilliam 1978-10-08 49.356 Complications from a brain hemorrhage 2b-3b 5-10 175 B R 1928-10-17 Nashville,TN MLB 1953-1966 1953-1966
Joe Gordon 1978-04-14 63.055 -- 2b 5-10 180 R R 1915-02-18 Los Angeles,CA MLB 1938-1950 1938-1950
Jack Graney 1978-04-20 91.313 -- of 5-9 180 L L 1886-06-10 St. Thomas,ON MLB 1908-1922 1908-1922
Kent Greenfield 1978-03-14 75.256 -- p 6-1 180 R R 1902-07-01 Guthrie,KY MLB 1924-1929 1924-1929
Roy Grover 1978-02-07 86.020 -- 2b 5-8 150 R R 1892-01-17 Snohomish,WA MLB 1916-1919 1916-1919
Jesse Haines 1978-08-05 85.013 -- p 6-0 190 R R 1893-07-22 Clayton,OH MLB 1918-1937 1918-1937
Luke Hamlin 1978-02-18 73.230 -- p 6-2 168 L R 1904-07-03 Ferris Center,MI MLB 1933-1944 1933-1944
Snipe Hansen 1978-09-11 71.202 -- p 6-3 195 B L 1907-02-21 Chicago,IL MLB 1930-1935 1930-1935
George Harper 1978-08-18 86.053 -- of 5-8 167 L R 1892-06-24 Arlington,KY MLB 1916-1929 1916-1929
Mike Herrera 1978-02-03 80.045 -- 2b-3b 5-6 147 R R 1897-12-19 Havana,CU MLB 1925-1926 1925-1926
Joel Hunt 1978-07-24 72.286 -- of 5-10 165 R R 1905-10-11 Texico,NM MLB 1931-1932 1931-1932
Merwin Jacobson 1978-01-13 83.311 -- of 5-11 165 L L 1894-03-07 New Britain,CT MLB 1915-1927 1915-1927
George Jeffcoat 1978-10-13 64.293 -- p 5-11 175 R R 1913-12-24 New Brookland,SC MLB 1936-1943 1936-1943
Dave Keefe 1978-02-04 81.025 -- p 5-9 165 L R 1897-01-09 Williston,VT MLB 1917-1922 1917-1922
Bill Leinhauser 1978-04-14 84.160 -- of 5-10 150 R R 1893-11-04 Philadelphia,PA MLB 1912-1912 1912-1912
player name death date age death cause pos ht wt ba th Born place hilvl mlb years stat years
Nig Lipscomb 1978-02-27 67.003 -- 2b 6-0 175 R R 1911-02-24 Rutherfordton,NC MLB 1937-1937 1937-1937
Bob Logan 1978-05-20 68.099 -- p 5-10 170 R L 1910-02-10 Thompson,NE MLB 1935-1945 1935-1945
Danny Lynch 1978-06-30 52.143 -- 2b 5-11 174 R R 1926-02-07 Dallas,TX MLB 1948-1948 1948-1948
Ben Mallonee 1978-02-19 83.324 -- of 5-6 150 L L 1894-03-31 Baltimore,MD MLB 1921-1921 1921-1921
Joe Mathes 1978-12-21 87.145 -- 3b-2b 6-0 180 B R 1891-07-28 Milwaukee,WI MLB 1912-1912 1912-1912
Harry Matuzak 1978-11-16 68.293 -- p 5-11 185 R R 1910-01-27 Omer,MI MLB 1934-1936 1934-1936
Alex McCarthy 1978-03-12 89.303 -- 2b-ss 5-9 150 R R 1888-05-12 Chicago,IL MLB 1910-1917 1910-1917
Bob McGraw 1978-06-02 83.052 -- p 6-2 160 R R 1895-04-10 LaVeta,CO MLB 1917-1929 1917-1929
George McQuinn 1978-12-24 68.209 -- 1b 5-11 165 L L 1910-05-29 Arlington,VA MLB 1936-1948 1936-1948
Gene Moore 1978-03-12 68.198 -- of 5-11 175 L L 1909-08-26 Lancaster,TX MLB 1931-1945 1931-1945
Maury Newlin 1978-08-14 64.053 -- p 6-0 176 R R 1914-06-22 Bloomingdale,IN MLB 1940-1941 1940-1941
Tommy O'Brien 1978-11-05 59.321 -- of 5-11 195 R R 1918-12-19 Anniston,AL MLB 1943-1950 1943-1950
Paul O'Dea 1978-12-11 58.160 -- of 6-0 200 L L 1920-07-03 Cleveland,OH MLB 1944-1945 1944-1945
Phil Paine 1978-02-19 47.256 -- p 6-2 181 R R 1930-06-08 Chepachet,RI MLB 1951-1958 1951-1958
Slicker Parks 1978-02-21 82.102 -- p 5-10 158 R R 1895-11-10 Dallas,MI MLB 1921-1921 1921-1921
Monte Pearson 1978-01-27 69.147 -- p 6-0 175 R R 1908-09-02 Oakland,CA MLB 1932-1941 1932-1941
Les Powers 1978-11-13 69.008 -- 1b 6-0 175 L L 1909-11-05 Seattle,WA MLB 1938-1939 1938-1939
Larry Raines 1978-01-28 47.325 -- 3b-ss 5-10 165 R R 1930-03-09 St. Albans,WV MLB 1957-1958 1957-1958
Tony Rego 1978-01-06 80.066 -- c 5-4 165 R R 1897-10-31 Wailuku,HI MLB 1924-1925 1924-1925
Carl Reynolds 1978-05-29 75.117 -- of 6-0 194 R R 1903-02-01 LaRue,TX MLB 1927-1939 1927-1939
Marv Rickert 1978-06-03 57.146 -- of 6-2 195 L R 1921-01-08 Longbranch,WA MLB 1942-1950 1942-1950
Bill Rodgers 1978-12-24 91.249 -- 2b 5-9 170 L R 1887-04-18 Pleasant Ridge,OH MLB 1915-1916 1915-1916
Buck Ross 1978-11-23 63.294 -- p 6-2 170 R R 1915-02-02 Norwood,NC MLB 1936-1945 1936-1945
Jack Saltzgaver 1978-02-01 75.009 -- 3b-2b 5-11 165 L R 1903-01-23 Croton,IA MLB 1932-1945 1932-1945
Johnny Schulte 1978-06-28 81.292 -- c 5-11 190 L R 1896-09-08 Fredericktown,MO MLB 1923-1932 1923-1932
player name death date age death cause pos ht wt ba th Born place hilvl mlb years stat years
George Shears 1978-11-12 88.212 -- p 6-3 180 R L 1890-04-13 Marshall,MO MLB 1912-1912 1912-1912
Hugh Shelley 1978-06-16 67.233 -- of 6-0 170 R R 1910-10-26 Rogers,TX MLB 1935-1935 1935-1935
Milt Shoffner 1978-01-19 72.067 -- p 6-1 184 L L 1905-11-13 Sherman,TX MLB 1929-1940 1929-1940
Ed Sicking 1978-08-30 81.152 -- 2b-ss 5-9 165 R R 1897-03-30 St. Bernard,OH MLB 1916-1927 1916-1927
Dick Siebert 1978-12-09 66.293 -- 1b 6-0 170 L L 1912-02-19 Fall River,MA MLB 1932-1945 1932-1945
Pete Susko 1978-05-22 73.324 -- 1b 5-11 172 L L 1904-07-02 Laura,OH MLB 1934-1934 1934-1934
Joe Vance 1978-07-04 72.291 -- p 6-1 190 R R 1905-09-16 Devine,TX MLB 1935-1938 1935-1938
Rube Walberg 1978-10-27 82.090 -- p 6-1 190 L L 1896-07-27 Pine City,MN MLB 1923-1937 1923-1937
Marty Walker 1978-04-24 79.027 -- p 6-0 170 L L 1899-03-27 Philadelphia,PA MLB 1928-1928 1928-1928
Abe White 1978-10-01 74.137 -- p 6-0 185 R L 1904-05-16 Winder,GA MLB 1937-1937 1937-1937
Al Williamson 1978-11-29 78.281 -- p 5-11 160 R R 1900-02-20 Buckville,AR MLB 1928-1928 1928-1928
Mike Wilson 1978-05-16 81.164 -- c 5-10 160 R R 1896-12-02 Edge Hill,PA MLB 1921-1921 1921-1921
Archie Wise 1978-02-02 65.186 -- p 6-0 165 R R 1912-07-31 Waxahachie,TX MLB 1932-1932 1932-1932
Dutch Zwilling 1978-03-27 89.144 -- of 5-6 160 L L 1888-11-02 St. Louis,MO MLB 1910-1916 1910-1916
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