List of baseball players who died during their careers
This is a list of baseball players who died during their careers. These deaths occurred during a game, due to illness, results of accidents, acts of violence, or suicide.
Repeated studies have shown that Major League Baseball players have a greater life expectancy than males in the general U.S. population — about five years more, on average, which is attributed to their superior fitness and healthy lifestyles. The longer the active career, the longer the player lives, on average. This correlation is attributed to the maintenance of fitness and increased wealth.
Deaths of active players
This is a list of notable deaths in baseball and untimely deaths of active professional baseball players.
|Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame|
Major League Baseball
The following Major League Baseball players died during their careers.
Former players of Major League Baseball still active in professional baseball at the time of their death
Minor league players are listed with their major league affiliate team, else denoted with a dagger () if their team was unaffiliated.
|Player||Age||Position||Last team||Organization||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Malcom Anderson||23||Third baseman||San Francisco Haverlys||—||cardiac arrest||1888|||
|Jesse Batterton||19||Second baseman||Springfield Cardinals||St. Louis Cardinals||struck on the head by a pitch||1933|||
|Thomas Burke||26||Left fielder||Lynn Shoemakers||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1906|||
|Jairo Capellan||19||Pitcher||DSL Reds||Cincinnati Reds||automobile accident||2018|||
|Bobby Joe Case||24||Infielder||Mobile Bears||New York Mets||automobile accident||1962|||
|Evan Chambers||24||Outfielder||GCL Pirates||Pittsburgh Pirates||heart defect||2013|||
|Louis Chedo||23||Pitcher||Decatur Commodores||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1925|||
|Thomas Coates||—||Outfielder||Oshkosh Indians||—||unintentional discharge of firearm||1909|||
|William Coffey||22||Pitcher||Pampa Oilers||—||automobile accident||1951|||
|Brian Cole||22||Outfielder||Scottsdale Scorpions||New York Mets||automobile accident||2001|||
|Dick Conway||19||Catcher||Twin Falls Cowboys||New York Yankees||struck in the heart by a thrown ball||1951|||
|Ryan Costello||23||Infielder||Pensacola Blue Wahoos||Minnesota Twins||natural causes||2019|||
|Aaron Cox||24||Pitcher||Inland Empire 66ers||Los Angeles Angels||unknown||2018|||
|James Davis||20||Outfielder||Ballinger Cats||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1947|||
|Linus Ebnet||23||Shortstop||Winnipeg Maroons||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1938|||
|Alfredo Edmead||17||Outfielder||Salem Pirates||Pittsburgh Pirates||brain trauma from in-game outfield collision||1974|||
|Lute Freeland||28||Pitcher||New Orleans Pelicans||—||blood poisoning||1902|||
|Miguel Gonzalez||21||Pitcher||DSL Orioles||Baltimore Orioles||car accident||2017|||
|Louis Henke||—||First baseman||Atlanta Atlantas||—||internal bleeding from a collision on the base path||1885|||
|Red Herbert||18||First baseman||Dayton Veterans||—||internal bleeding from a collision on the base path||1904|||
|Happy Hogan||37||Catcher / Manager||Vernon Tigers||—||pneumonia||1915|||
|Ossie Johnson||—||Outfielder||Oakland Oaks||—||blood poisoning||1924|||
|Ottis Johnson||24||Outfielder||Dothan Browns||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1951|||
|Anthony Latham||21||Outfielder||Winston-Salem Red Sox||Boston Red Sox||boat accident||1983|||
|Pete Mann||27||Third baseman||Macon Peaches||—||struck in the chest by a pitch||1927|||
|Doug Million||21||Pitcher||New Haven Ravens||Colorado Rockies||asthma attack||1997|||
|Ernest Nichols||22||Pitcher||Spokane Indians||—||cardiac arrest||1903|||
|Chace Numata||27||Catcher||Erie SeaWolves||Detroit Tigers||injuries sustained in skateboarding accident||2019|||
|Bob Osgood||19||Catcher||Marion Cubs||Chicago Cubs||cardiac arrest||1948|||
|Charles Pinkney||20||Second basemen||Dayton Veterans||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1909|||
|Billy Rakes||24||Third basemen||Reidsville Luckies||—||automobile accident||1953|||
|Ernest Regenold||25||Pitcher||Springfield Senators||—||cardiac arrest and heat stroke||1926|||
|Russell Reynolds||24||Catcher||Huntington Red Birds||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1935|||
|Lionel Rodgers||21||Utility||Fresno Giants||San Francisco Giants||automobile accident||1961|||
|Ronaldo Romero||19||Pitcher||Gastonia Rangers||Texas Rangers||cardiomyopathy, Supac use was a contributing factor||1990|||
|Victor Sanchez||20||Pitcher||Leones del Caracas||Seattle Mariners||struck by a boat while swimming||2015|||
|Fausto Segura||23||Pitcher||Auburn Doubledays||Washington Nationals||Motorcycle accident||2020|||
|Bill Seinsoth||22||First basemen||Bakersfield Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers||automobile accident||1969|||
|Leo Smith||19||Third baseman||Kokomo Wild Cats||—||internal bleeding from a collision on the base path||1909|||
|Mac Smith||23||Infielder||Hagerstown Packets||Washington Senators||cardiac arrest||1954|||
|Andy Strong||24||Center fielder||Crowley Millers||—||lightning strike during game||1951|||
|George Tkach||21||Second baseman||Superior Blues||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1936|||
|Casey Thomas||24||Infielder||Arizona League Athletics||Oakland Athletics||painkiller overdose||2017|||
|Herbert Whitney||27||Catcher||Burlington Pathfinders||—||struck on the head by a pitch||1906|||
|Lefty Wycoff||—||Pitcher||Canton Terriers||—||struck by automobile||1929|||
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Hiroyuki Oze||24||Outfielder||Orix Buffaloes||suicide||2010|
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Hartog Hamburger||37||Infielder||OVVO||hit by line drive ball on head||1924|
|Player||Age||Position||Team||Cause of death||Year||Ref(s)|
|Curtis Brenneman||17||Second baseman||Gettysburg||struck on head by a pitch||1926|||
|Derek Becker||21||Middle infielder||Keiser||homicide, gunshot||2020|||
|Chris Lane||22||Catcher||East Central||homicide, gunshot||2013|||
|Robert Brown||19||unknown||Howard County JC||electrocuted while erecting a foul pole that fell on a powerline||1953|||
|Randy Collins||22||Pitcher / Outfielder||Vanderbilt||automobile accident||1973|||
|Joseph Geddings||20||Catcher||Appalachian State||struck on head by a pitch||1964|||
|Ira Goodlet||18||unknown||Arkansas Cumberland||struck on head by a pitch||1908|||
|James Mair||—||Second baseman||Monmouth||cerebral hemorrhage, collided with a teammate||1896|||
|Hervey Mangham||19||Right fielder||Louisiana State||struck on head by a pitch||1908|||
|Cassel Mowrey||21||First baseman||West Virginia||struck on the head by a pitch||1923|||
|Gene Reynolds||18||unknown||Howard County JC||electrocuted while erecting a foul pole that fell on a powerline||1953|||
|Tim Trunk||19||Pitcher||Bradley||automobile accident||1989|||
|Walter Zorn||19||unknown||St. John's (Kansas)||struck on head by a pitch||1950|||
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