Tom Gastall

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Tom Gastall
Catcher
Born: (1932-06-13)June 13, 1932
Fall River, Massachusetts
Died: September 20, 1956(1956-09-20) (aged 24)
Riviera Beach, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 1955 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1956 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average .181
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4
Teams

Thomas Everett Gastall (June 13, 1932 – September 20, 1956) was an American baseball player who appeared in two seasons as a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles. A right-handed batter and thrower, he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 187 pounds (85 kg).

Gastall was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, where he starred in basketball, football and baseball at B.M.C. Durfee High School. Then Gastall attended Boston University; he served as captain of the baseball and basketball teams, and quarterbacked the Terriers to the most successful season in their history to that point. The university named him athlete-of-the-year, and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1955 NFL draft.

After graduation, Gastall signed with Baltimore for $40,000 as a bonus baby.[1] Gastall appeared in 52 games and had less than one hundred plate appearances over two seasons with Baltimore.

He died when the ERCO Ercoupe aircraft he was piloting crashed into Chesapeake Bay.[2] He was survived by his wife, Rosemary, and a son, Thomas. Apparently the plane had suffered engine problems, and Gastall attempted to crash land in the bay.[2]

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  1. ^ Eisenberg, John (September 16, 2006). "Gastall's secret, fatal flight.". Baltimore Sun. 
  2. ^ a b Zimnuich, Fran (2007). Shortened Seasons: The Untimely Deaths of Major League Baseball’s Stars and Journeymen. USA: Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 9781589793637. 

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