Printer Friendly

Necrology: deaths of former major league personnel including broadcasters and writers: from January 25, 2007 to January 25, 2008.

* Vaughan (Bing) Devine, 90, general manager of the Cardinals from 1958-1964 and again from 1968-1978, on January 27, 2007 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Many of the players he acquired helped the Cardinals to World Series titles in 1964 and 1967 and the pennant in 1968, including Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Dick Groat and Bill White. He also served as president of the Mets from 1965-1967.

* Art Fowler, 84; a right-handed starter-reliever who pitched for the Reds, Dodgers and Angels from 1954 to 1964, finishing with a 54-51 won-lost record, on January 29, 2007 in Spartanburg, S.C. He later served as a pitching coach for the Angels, Twins, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees and A's.

* Max Lanier, 91, a left-handed starter who pitched 14 years in the majors from 1938 to 1953 primarily for the Cardinals, including St. Louis pennant-winners in 1942, 1943 and 1944, on January 30, 2007 in Lecanto, Fla. He had a 108-82 career record and lifetime 3.01 ERA. His best season with the Cardinals was 1944 when he went 17-12 with five shutouts.

* Ray Berres, 99, who spent 11 seasons as a backup catcher for the Dodgers, Pirates, Braves and Giants in the 1930s and 1940s, but made his biggest impact as pitching coach for the White Sox from 1949-1966 and again for 1968-1969, on February 1 of heart failure and pneumonia in Kenosha, Wis.

* Steve Barber, 67, left-handed pitcher who posted a 121-106 won-lost record from 1960-1974 and toiled for the Orioles in his first seven and a half seasons in the majors, on February 4 in Henderson, Nev. from complications with pneumonia. He had two impressive seasons with the Orioles, in 1961 when he was 18-12 with a league-leading eight shutouts and in 1963 when he went 20-13 with a 2.75 ERA.

* Lew Burdette, 80, Most Valuable Player of the 1957 World Series who pitched three complete-game victories, including two shutouts, for the winning Milwaukee Braves over the Yankees, on February 6 in Winter Haven, Fla. after a long battle with lung cancer. He began his major league career with the Yankees in 1950 and was traded to the Boston Braves for Johnny Sain in 1951. He pitched for the Braves until 1963, and finished his career with the Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies and finally with the Angels in 1967. He had a lifetime record of 203-144, was 20-10 in 1958 and 21-15 in 1959 for Milwaukee, and pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the Phillies in 1960.

* Hank Bauer, 84, a decorated Marine veteran who saw combat in the Pacific theater in World War II and was the Yankees' regular right fielder from 1949 through 1959, playing on seven World Series championship teams, on February 9 in Lenexa, Kans. of cancer. A lifetime .277 batter, he set a record by hitting in 17 consecutive World Series games. He finished his playing career in 1960-1961 with the Kansas City A's after being traded basically for Roger Maris. He managed Kansas City in 1961-1962, the Orioles from 1964 through 1968, and Oakland in 1969. Under his leadership, the Orioles won the World Series in 1966.

* Clem Labine, 80, who spent 13 years in the majors, 1950-1962, mostly as a relief specialist with the Dodgers, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, on March 2 after spending a week in a coma following brain surgery at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Fla. He had a 77-56 career record, and appeared in four World Series with the Dodgers in the 1950s and one with the Pirates in 1960.

* Gene Oliver, 71, a catcher who played from 1959 to 1969, starting with the Cardinals and finishing with the Cubs, on March 3 in Rock Island, Ill. from complications following lung surgery. He also caught for the Braves, Phillies and Red Sox.

* John Vukovich, 59, a utility infielder from 1970-1981 who became the longest serving coach of the Phillies from 1988 through 2004 and also coached for the Cubs from 1982 through 1987, on March 8 from brain cancer at a Philadelphia-area hospital.

* Marry Martinez, 65, a utility infielder who played seven seasons in the majors, starting in 1962 with the Twins and ending with the Cardinals, Rangers and A's in 1972, on March 8 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

* Bobby Sturgeon, 87, shortstop for the Cubs, 1940-1942 and 1946-1947, who finished his playing career in 1948 with the Boston Braves, on March 10 in San Dimas, Calif.


* Norm Larker, 76, first baseman-outfielder who played for the Dodgers from 1958 to 1961, and then with the Astros, Braves and Giants in 1962-1963, on March 12 in Long Beach, Calif. He played in all six games against the White Sox in the 1959 World Series.

* Bowie Kuhn, 80, baseball commissioner from February 4, 1969 through September 30, 1984 who presided during one of the game's stormiest eras, on March 15 at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. after a short bout with pneumonia that led to respiratory failure. During his tenure, baseball experienced the end of the reserve clause which bound players to their teams indefinitely; the emergence of free agency; lawsuits, labor strife, rebellion by owners, particularly Charlie Finley, in addition to retaliations and controversial decisions by Kuhn.

Also, while he was commissioner, the majors expanded, league and division playoffs were introduced, and the designated hitter became a reality while attendance and TV revenues soared.

* Willard Schmidt, 78, right-handed pitcher for the Cardinals, 1952-1957, and Reds, 1958-1959 who finished with a 31-29 won-lost record, on March 22 in Newcastle, Okla.

* Ed Bailey, 75, a five-time All-Star catcher who played from 1953 to 1966, primarily with the Reds, on March 23 in Knoxville, Tenn. of throat cancer. He made the National League All-Star team with the Reds in 1956, 1957 and 1960, and with the Giants in 1961 and 1963. He was a .256 lifetime hitter with. 155 home runs. He also caught for the Braves, Cubs and Angels.

* Herb Carneal, 83, Hall of Fame broadcaster who narrated Twins games from 1962 to 2006, on April 1 in Minneapolis of congestive heart failure. He received the Ford C. Frick Award in 1996 for major contributions to baseball broadcasting from the Hall of Fame voters.

* Josh Hancock, 29, Cardinals reliever who was killed on April 29 when his vehicle struck a flatbed tow truck parked along a St. Louis area highway that runs past Busch Stadium. He was a member of the Cardinals bullpen during their World Series championship season in 2006, and also pitched for the Red Sox, Phillies and Reds.

* Clete Boyer, 70, an outstanding defensive third baseman who played for the Kansas City A's, 1955-1957; Yankees, 1959-1966, and Atlanta Braves, 1967-1971, on June 4 in an Atlanta hospital from complications of a brain hemorrhage. A .242 lifetime hitter with 162 home runs, he helped the Yankees win five straight pennants from 1960 through 1964 with his superb glove work.

* Vern Hoscheit, 85, a coach on four World Series championship teams with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets, on June 11 in Pierce, Neb. after a long illness.

* Larry Whiteside, 69, a baseball writer in Boston, Kansas City and Milwaukee for almost a half century who was a pioneer for blacks in journalism and a mentor for reporters, on June 15 in Brighton, Mass. after a long illness. He worked for the Boston Globe from 1973 until sidelined by Parkinson's disease.

* Rod Beck, 38, relief pitcher who collected 286 saves for the Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Padres during a 13-year major league career that began in 1991 and ended with San Diego during the 2004 season, on June 23 at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He had a career-high 51 saves for the Cubs in 1998.

* Roilie Stiles, 100, a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns in 1930, 1931 and 1933, who finished with a 9-14 record and was believed to be the oldest living former major leaguer, on July 22 in St. Louis County, Mo.

* Bill Robinson, 64, an outfielder-first baseman who played on the Pirates' 1979 World Series championship team and was working as the Dodgers' minor league hitting coordinator at the time of his death, on July 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. He also played for the Braves, Yankees and Phillies from 1966 to 1983. He served as a hitting coach for the Marlins for four years and for the Mets from 1984-1989.

* Phil (The Scooter) Rizzuto, 89, Hall of Fame shortstop who played for the Yankees from 1941 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1956, and was a longtime Yankee broadcaster, on August 13 from pneumonia at a residential facility in West Orange, N.J. Noted for his ability "to bunt on a dime" and for his excellent fielding skills, he was a 5-foot-6-inch sparkplug who played on nine Yankee World Series teams. He finished with a .273 career batting average. In 1950, he won the American League MVP Award, hitting .324 and scoring 125 runs.

* Charles (Chuck) Comiskey, 81, former part owner and executive vice president of the White Sox, on August 26 at his home in Hinsdale, Ill. The grandson of the club's founder, Charles (The Old Roman) Comiskey, he played an important role in developing the "Go-Go" White Sox teams of the 1950s, but eventually stepped away from baseball when Bill Veeck took control of the club in 1959.

* Bill Henry, 79, a left-hander who started for the Red Sox in 1952-1955 but switched over as a reliever in 1958 when he joined the Cubs, on August 27 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla. after suffering a heart attack. When he left the Cubs following the 1959 season, he worked out of the bullpen for the Reds, Giants, Pirates and Astros, finishing in 1969 with a lifetime 46-50 record and 90 career saves.

* Hal Jeffcoat 82, who started his career as an outfielder with the Cubs in 1948, but became a pitcher in his final two seasons with the team in 1954-1955 before joining the Reds in 1956, on August 30 in Tampa, Fla. of stroke complications. As an outfielder, he hit .248 and as a pitcher had a 39-37 record.


* Lou Kretlow, 84, a right-handed pitcher for the Tigers, St. Louis Browns, White Sox, Orioles and Kansas City A's from 1946 to 1956, who had a 37-47 won-lost record, on September 12, in Enid, Okla.

* John Paul Sullivan, 86, a short-stop for the Washington Senators, 1942-1943-1944 and 1947-1948, and St. Louis Browns, 1949, on September 20 at his home in Homewood, Ill. of lung and liver cancer.

* Don Nottebart, 70, who pitched for the Milwaukee Braves, Astros, Reds, Yankees and Cubs from 1960-1969, posting a 36-51 won-lost record, on October 4, in Cypress, Tex.

* Joe Nuxhall, 79, who became the youngest player in modern major league history when he pitched in one game for the 1944 Reds at age 15 and then went on to spend more than half a century with the Reds as a pitcher and broadcaster, on November 15 at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio after battling lymphoma. As a left-handed pitcher, he had a 135-117 record and led the National League in shutouts with five in 1955 when he went 17-12 for the Reds.

* Joe Kennedy, 28, a journeyman left-handed pitcher who spent seven years in the majors, starting in 2001 with Tampa Bay, on November 23 of a heart affliction after collapsing at his in-laws' home in Tampa, Fla. In the 2007 season, he pitched for Oakland, Arizona and Toronto. He had a career record of 43-61.

* Tommy Byrne, 87, left-handed starter who pitched primarily for the Yankees (1943-1951 and 1954-1957, but also for the St. Louis Browns, White Sex and Senators, on December 20 in Wake Forest, N.C. of congestive heart failure. He finished with an 85-69 record and in the 1955 World Series with the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he won Game 2 with a five-hit 4-2 decision, but lost Game 7 to Johnny Podres, 2-0.

* Jim Beauchamp, 68, former outfielder-first baseman who played ten years in the majors from 1963-1973, was on the Mets 1973 World Series team, and served as a long-time Atlanta Braves coach, on December 25 in Atlanta of leukemia.

* Gerry Staley, 87, a right-handed starter-reliever who pitched from 1947 through 1961, finishing with a 134-111 won-lost record, on January 2 at his home in Hazel Dell, Wash. He was with the Cardinals (1947-1954) and several other clubs including the pennant-winning White Sex as a reliever in 1959.

* Johnny Podres, 75, who pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955, on January 13 at Glen Falls Hospital in Glen Falls, N.Y. He had been treated for heart and kidney problems and a leg infection. A left-hander, he posted a 148-116 won-lost record during a career that spanned 15 years with the Dodgers in Brooklyn and L A., Tigers and Padres. He retired in 1969 at age 36. He won the seventh game of the Series in 1955, shutting out the Yankees, 2-0.


* Don Cardwell, 72, who pitched a no-hitter against the Cardinals in his first start for the Cubs after being traded to Chicago from the Phillies in 1960, on January 14 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He had been in poor health. He pitched from 1957 through 1970, finishing with a 102-138 record for the Phillies, Cubs, Pirates, Mets and Braves.

* John McHale, 86, the man primarily responsible for bringing major league baseball to Canada and first president of the Montreal Expos in 1969, on January 17 in Stuart, Fla. He had been hospitalized after suffering head injuries from a fall. He stepped down as club president n 1986.
COPYRIGHT 2008 Century Publishing Co.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Baseball Digest
Date:Mar 1, 2008
Previous Article:Top batting gainers and losers from 2007 season: American League batting champ Magglio Ordonez topped the majors by boosting his batting average 65...
Next Article:Some unique plays kept umpires alert in 2007.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters