Remembering the MLB icons we lost in 2020
This has been a particularly difficult year for everyone. And it has had an especially significant impact on the world of baseball. We will all be dealing with their absence for the rest of our baseball lives since Major League Baseball lost an unprecedented number of legends in 2020 – people who represented the absolute best that the sport had to offer throughout decades. This morning, as we enter the closing days of an exceptionally terrible year, we take a look back at the baseball personalities that passed away in the year 2020.
An asterisk (*) denotes the deaths of seven Hall of Famers who passed away this year.
He is most known for his work on the soundtrack of the film The Godfather (age 78) The most underappreciated of all time great baseball players, Allen had to deal with more racial hatred than any other star of his generation.
Allen was widely considered to be on the verge of being inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to his death in December.
- In the middle of his career, the lefty was called up to serve in the Korean War.
- Kim Batiste is a model and actress who has been in a number of films and television shows (age 52) An infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies who was instrumental in the team’s victory in the 1993 National League Championship Series.
- Frank Bolling is an American actor and director (age 88) As a second baseman with the Tigers and Atlanta Braves, he was once on base when Sandy Koufax hit a grand slam against him.
- Despite the fact that he was most known for his stolen bases (he was the all-time leader when he retired, and he is still second, with no active player within 600 bases of him), Brock excelled at almost everything.
- Louis was one of calm dignity, and he was well-liked by the people of the city in a level that may have even surpassed his baseball celebrity.
Horace Clarke was an American author and poet who lived during the nineteenth century (age 81) When the Yankees were going through their worst stretch in recent history – he went 10 years without appearing in a World Series, which is a difficult feat to do – he once broke up three no-hitters in the ninth inning within a month’s time.
Ed Farmer is a well-known author (age 70) He was a successful reliever with the Chicago White Sox, and he also served as the team’s radio voice for more than three decades.
He is best known for his roles in the films The Godfather and The Godfather II (age 57) In his lengthy career, the slick-fielding Blue Jay played for seven different clubs and batted.395 in two World Series appearances for Toronto.
Ford remarked when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, “I’ve been a Yankee fan since I was 5 years old.” Few have represented the franchise more eloquently than Ford, who epitomizes the characteristic elegance and dignity that the Yankees franchise has worked so hard to instill in its fans.
- “If it takes 27 outs to win, who’s going to get them out more ways than Mr.
- Jim Frey is an American singer-songwriter and musician (age 88) Frey was high school best friends with Don Zimmer, and the two worked together to lead the Royals to a World Series appearance in 1980 and a World Series appearance for the Cubs in 1984.
- In addition, he was named to the All-Star squad in 1985 and 1986.
- Every year on Opening Day, the Cardinals have all of the members of the club’s Hall of Fame return to St.
- Everyone who is able to return makes every effort to do so.
- You’d expect to see some Hall of Famers from the lower tiers in the room.
- Bob Gibson is the man in question.
- Carroll Hardy is a fictional character created by author Carroll Hardy (age 87) He spent one season in the NFL before deciding to pursue a baseball career, when he became the first and only guy to pinch-hit for the legendary Ted Williams.
Jay Johnstone is a musician and songwriter from the United Kingdom (age 74) The long-time outfielder was an oddball, a well-known prankster, and, after his baseball career ended, he became a television personality, anchoring the syndicated show “The Lighter Side of Sports” after his retirement.
- Tiger” made his professional baseball debut with the Tigers when he was 18 years old and remained with the team for the next 22 years; at the time of his retirement, he had spent more time as a Tiger than he had spent as anything else in his life.
- Eddie Kasko is a professional basketball player (age 88) Kasko was a light-hitting infielder who made his Major League debut immediately after returning from service in the Korean War.
- Matt Keough is a professional basketball player (age 64) He was a quality pitcher with the A’s for nearly a decade after converting from infield to pitcher.
- The same could not be said for Game 5, in which he, of course, pitched the only perfect game in postseason history, becoming the man responsible for one of baseball’s most memorable games in the process.
- Mike McCormick is an American businessman and philanthropist (age 81) Besides being the Giants’ first and only Cy Young Award winner (till Tim Lincecum did so more than 40 years later), he’s also the pitcher who gave up Hank Aaron’s 500th home run in a game against the New York Yankees.
- He also had a streak of 32 consecutive hitters retired.
- He managed six teams in the Majors, with his best team coming in 1986 with the Red Sox.
Joe Morgan* is a fictional character created by the author of the novel The Last of the Mohicans (age 77) The Little General was the ideal of a player who could do it all, earning two MVP Awards (1975 and 1976) and leading his Big Red Machine teams to World Series victories in both of those seasons.
- Later in life, he’d go on to become a long-time commentator whose opinions may be divisive, but his intellect and grasp of the game were never in dispute.
- Phil Niekro (*) is a musician from the United States (age 81) Niekro will be remembered for the rest of his life for his endurance – he pitched until he was 48 years old and was still accepting phone calls from teams when he was 55.
- Niekro’s 1.87 earned run average in 1967 was the best in the Majors.
- He also tossed six shutouts in 1974, a season in which he had a 2.38 earned run average over 302 1/3 innings.
- Bob Oliver is a well-known figure in the world of sports (age 77) Bob Oliver, the father of long-time Royals reliever Darren Oliver, spent a decade in the Major Leagues and hit the first grand slam in Royals history in his career.
- Charley’s Sense of Self (age 86) The pioneer of country music began his professional baseball career in the Negro Leagues (where he was named to the All-Star team in 1956 and 1957) and the Minors before discovering an even more profitable career in the music industry.
- ‘Rick Reed’ is a fictional character created by author Rick Reed (age 70) Reed was a part of the 1991 World Series and several All-Star Game appearances.
He was the savior of the Mets, the franchise, and a guiding light for the whole club, and he continues to be so to this day.
After rejecting down a contract offer from the Dodgers that he believed was beneath him, then-Dodgers scout Tommy Lasorda told him, “Good luck with your dentistry job.” “Good luck with your dental career,” Lasorda said.
The Yankees would tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, setting the stage for Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run in the bottom half of the ninth inning that would go down in history.
Bob Watson is an American businessman and philanthropist (age 74) The seasoned batter played in the Major Leagues for 19 years and was the player who drove in the millionth run in the league’s history.
Bobby Winkles is a fictional character created by writer Bobby Winkles (age 90) The former Arizona State coach – who mentored Reggie Jackson while at ASU – made the jump to the Major Leagues, where he managed the Angels and the A’s, respectively.
Jimmy Wynn is an American businessman and philanthropist who founded the Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas (age 78) Wynn was an underappreciated hitter who had a 15-year career and was known for being a big strikeout, heavy walk, and heavy power hitter long before that became the standard in baseball.
Major League Baseball Players Who Died in 2020
On Old Timers’ Day, Yogi Berra was staring up at the scoreboard when he noticed the list of Yankee greats who had lately passed away and thought to himself, “Boy, I hope I never see my name up there.” It is possible to “check the scoreboard” and view every baseball player that died during any particular year by using the search provided below by Baseball Almanac. IMPORTANT NOTE: By default, the list of baseball players who have died is ordered alphabetically by last name, with the first name of the player appearing first.
- When you click on the “Died In” link, the data will be arranged according to the location of the death.
- The years of debut and final season (in the majors) can also be sorted.
- I’m fed up with dead dudes.
- If I hear a name, the first thing I’m going to think is, ‘Is he dead?’ And if he is, you’re out of a job.” Fox Sports President David Hill was quoted in The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball as saying: (Jonathan Fraser Light, 2005)
Major League Baseball Players Who Died in 2020
|Player||Died In||Date of Death||Debut Year||Final Year|
|Dick Allen||Wampum, Pennsylvania||12-07-2020||1963||1977|
|Johnny Antonelli||Rochester, New York||02-28-2020||1948||1961|
|Derek Aucoin||Montreal, Qu�bec, Canada||12-26-2020||1996||1996|
|Ramon Aviles||Manat�, Puerto Rico||01-27-2020||1977||1981|
|Rick Baldwin||Modesto, California||10-30-2020||1975||1977|
|Kim Batiste||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||10-07-2020||1991||1996|
|Frank Baumann||St. Louis, Missouri||12-13-2020||1955||1965|
|Glenn Beckert||Englewood, Florida||04-12-2020||1965||1975|
|Julio Becquer||Hopkins, Minnesota||11-01-2020||1955||1963|
|Jim Bolger||Green Township, Ohio||04-09-2020||1950||1959|
|Frank Bolling||Mobile, Alabama||07-11-2020||1954||1966|
|Lou Brock||St. Louis, Missouri||09-06-2020||1961||1979|
|Oscar Brown||Carson, California||06-03-2020||1969||1973|
|Tyson Brummett||American Fork Canyon, Utah||07-03-2020||2012||2012|
|Foster Castleman||The Villages, Florida||11-09-2020||1954||1958|
|Horace Clarke||Laurel, Maryland||08-05-2020||1965||1974|
|Gil Coan||Hendersonville, North Carolina||02-04-2020||1946||1956|
|Ramon Conde||West Palm Beach, Florida||02-23-2020||1962||1962|
|Ted Cox||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||03-11-2020||1977||1981|
|Ray Daviault||Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Qu�bec, Canada||11-06-2020||1962||1962|
|Billy DeMars||Clearwater, Florida||12-10-2020||1948||1951|
|Jim Derrington||Pomona, California||03-12-2020||1956||1957|
|Adrian Devine||Dacula, Georgia||06-27-2020||1973||1980|
|Paul Doyle||Huntington Beach, California||05-06-2020||1969||1972|
|Hal Dues||Dickinson, Texas||10-20-2020||1977||1980|
|Angel Echevarria||Bridgeport, Connecticut||02-07-2020||1996||2002|
|Narciso Elvira||Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico||01-28-2020||1990||1990|
|Ed Farmer||Los Angeles, California||04-01-2020||1971||1983|
|Chico Fernandez||Miami, Florida||11-30-2020||1968||1968|
|Tony Fernandez||Weston, Florida||02-15-2020||1983||2001|
|Ed Fitz Gerald||Folsom, California||06-14-2020||1948||1959|
|Whitey Ford||Lake Success, New York||10-08-2020||1950||1967|
|Damaso Garcia||Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic||04-15-2020||1978||1989|
|Bob Gibson||Omaha, Nebraska||10-02-2020||1959||1975|
|Bill Gilbreth||Abilene, Texas||07-12-2020||1971||1974|
|Larry Gowell||Auburn, Maine||05-11-2020||1972||1972|
|Dave Gray||South Ogden, Utah||07-29-2020||1964||1964|
|Rich Hacker||Fairview Heights, Illinois||04-22-2020||1971||1971|
|Charlie Haeger||Grand Canyon, Arizona||10-03-2020||2006||2010|
|Jay Hankins||Greenwood, Missouri||01-20-2020||1961||1963|
|Carroll Hardy||Highlands Ranch, Colorado||08-09-2020||1958||1967|
|Billy Harris||Hampstead, North Carolina||12-20-2020||1968||1969|
|Don Hasenmayer||Warrington, Pennsylvania||01-28-2020||1945||1946|
|Remy Hermoso||Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela||08-22-2020||1967||1974|
|Jim Hicks||Missouri City, Texas||10-29-2020||1964||1970|
|Dick Hyde||Champaign, Illinois||04-15-2020||1955||1961|
|Ray Jarvis||Grapevine, Texas||04-24-2020||1969||1970|
|Bart Johnson||Palos Heights, Illinois||04-22-2020||1969||1977|
|Ben Johnson||Greenwood, South Carolina||05-08-2020||1959||1960|
|Lou Johnson||Los Angeles, California||10-01-2020||1960||1969|
|Jay Johnstone||Granada Hills, California||09-26-2020||1966||1985|
|Howie Judson||Winter Haven, Florida||08-18-2020||1948||1954|
|Al Kaline||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||04-06-2020||1953||1974|
|Eddie Kasko||Richmond, Virginia||06-24-2020||1957||1966|
|Matt Keough||Trabuco Canyon, California||05-01-2020||1977||1986|
|Dick Koecher||Naples, Florida||02-04-2020||1946||1948|
|Keith Lampard||Lincoln City, Oregon||08-30-2020||1969||1970|
|Don Larsen||Hayden, Idaho||01-01-2020||1953||1967|
|Bob Lee||Lake Havasu City, Arizona||03-25-2020||1964||1968|
|Phil Linz||Leesburg, Virginia||12-09-2020||1962||1968|
|Bobby Locke||Dunbar, Pennsylvania||06-04-2020||1959||1968|
|Jim Manning||Asheville, North Carolina||01-01-2020||1962||1962|
|Hank Mason||Richmond, Virginia||05-29-2020||1958||1960|
|John Matias||Aiea, Hawaii||04-07-2020||1970||1970|
|Mike McCormick||Cornelius, North Carolina||06-13-2020||1956||1971|
|Lindy McDaniel||Carrollton, Texas||11-14-2020||1955||1975|
|Jack McMahan||Hot Springs, Arkansas||10-16-2020||1956||1956|
|Denis Menke||Tarpon Springs, Florida||12-01-2020||1962||1974|
|Bob Miller||Waterford, Michigan||11-27-2020||1949||1958|
|John Miller||Westminster, Maryland||06-05-2020||1962||1967|
|Roger Moret||Guayama, Puerto Rico||12-07-2020||1970||1978|
|Joe Morgan||Danville, California||10-11-2020||1963||1984|
|Phil Niekro||Flowery Branch, Georgia||12-27-2020||1964||1987|
|Bob Oliver||Rio Linda, California||04-19-2020||1965||1975|
|Bill Oster||Centerport, New York||06-06-2020||1954||1954|
|Jim Owens||Houston, Texas||09-08-2020||1955||1967|
|Johnny Paredes||Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela||11-04-2020||1988||1991|
|Jarrod Patterson||Clanton, Alabama||03-11-2020||2001||2003|
|Don Pavletich||Brookfield, Wisconsin||03-05-2020||1957||1971|
|Ron Perranoski||Vero Beach, Florida||10-02-2020||1961||1973|
|Paul Pettit||Canyon Lake, California||09-24-2020||1951||1953|
|Dan Pfister||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||11-09-2020||1961||1964|
|Biff Pocoroba||Grayson, Georgia||05-24-2020||1975||1984|
|Jay Porter||Jupiter, Florida||10-11-2020||1952||1959|
|Bobby Prescott||Panama City, Panama||08-02-2020||1961||1961|
|Hal Raether||Spring Park, Minnesota||09-26-2020||1954||1957|
|Ken Retzer||Sun City, Arizona||05-17-2020||1961||1964|
|Les Rohr||Billings, Montana||11-06-2020||1967||1969|
|Jorge Rubio||Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico||06-14-2020||1966||1967|
|Mike Ryan||Wolfeboro, New Hampshire||07-07-2020||1964||1974|
|Tommy Sandt||Lake Oswego, Oregon||12-01-2020||1975||1976|
|Dick Scott||Carrollton, Georgia||02-10-2020||1963||1964|
|Tom Seaver||Calistoga, California||08-31-2020||1967||1986|
|Bob Sebra||Miami, Florida||07-22-2020||1985||1990|
|Garland Shifflett||Lakewood, Colorado||05-13-2020||1957||1964|
|Hal Smith||Columbus, Texas||01-09-2020||1955||1964|
|Bill Spanswick||Naples, Florida||12-02-2020||1964||1964|
|Ed Sprague||Lodi, California||01-10-2020||1968||1976|
|George Spriggs||Prince Frederick, Maryland||12-22-2020||1965||1970|
|Bob Stephenson||Norman, Oklahoma||03-20-2020||1955||1955|
|Tony Taylor||Hialeah, Florida||07-16-2020||1958||1976|
|Bert Thiel||Pella, Wisconsin||07-31-2020||1952||1952|
|Arnold Umbach||Auburn, Alabama||05-30-2020||1964||1966|
|Dan Walters||San Diego, California||04-23-2020||1992||1993|
|Claudell Washington||Orinda, California||06-10-2020||1974||1990|
|Bob Watson||Houston, Texas||05-14-2020||1966||1984|
|Ray Webster||Browns Valley, California||06-03-2020||1959||1960|
|Fred Wenz||Branchburg, New Jersey||10-06-2020||1968||1970|
|Wally Wolf||Los Angeles, California||07-07-2020||1969||1970|
|Hank Workman||Santa Monica, California||03-16-2020||1950||1950|
|Jimmy Wynn||Houston, Texas||03-26-2020||1963||1977|
|George Yankowski||The Villages, Florida||02-25-2020||1942||1949|
|Tom Yewcic||Arlington, Massachusetts||10-20-2020||1957||1957|
|Player||Died In||Date of Death||Debut Year||Final Year|
|MLB Players Who Died in 2020 | Research byBaseball Almanac|
6 MLB Hall of Famers Who Died in 2020
A number of notable characters from the sports world passed away in 2020, including David Stern, Kobe Bryant, Gale Sayers, and John Thompson, who were among the sports stars that went away in the year 2020. With no less than six of the sport’s Hall of Famers passing away during the course of the year, baseball appeared to be hit particularly hard when compared to other sports in terms of household names. That list does not even include someone like Don Larsen, who is well-known for pitching the only perfect game in World Series history but is not a member of the Hall of Fame despite his accomplishments.
Here is a list of six baseball luminaries who were inducted into Cooperstown and died before the year 2020.
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Kaline passed away on April 6 at the age of 85 in his home; the cause of death was not disclosed.
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He would go on to win 300 games in his career, with a 311-205 record in 20 seasons with a 2.86 earned run average.
In addition to being a three-time Cy Young Award winner and a 12-time All-Star, Seaver was a key member of the “Miracle Mets” club that won the World Series in 1969. Seaver passed away on July 31 at the age of 75 due to complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.
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Louis Cardinals in 1964. Brock would go on to have an outstanding career with the St.
Brock batted.293 with 149 RBI and drove in 900 runs throughout his 19-year career in the Major Leagues.
Brock was selected to the All-Star team six times and was voted Major League Player of the Year by the Sporting News in 1974.
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Later, with the St. Louis Cardinals, Brock would enjoy a career that would earn him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Brock was most recognized for his baserunning ability; his 938 stolen bases rank second all-time in Major League Baseball history, trailing only Rickey Henderson’s total of 1,038.
81-year-old Brock passed away on September 6 following a battle with multiple myeloma.
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He was named to the team’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Ford has a 236-106 record with a 2.75 earned run average and 1,956 strikeouts in 236 innings on the mound.
Ford was a 10-time All-Star and was named the American League Cy Young Award winner in 1961. Ford died on October 8th, at the age of 91. Ford had been battling dementia for some years, however the exact cause of death was not disclosed.
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He had a.271 batting average with 268 home runs and 1,133 RBI in his offensive career.
He was also named to the All-Star team ten times.
Morgan, who was 77 at the time of his death, died at his residence on October 11.
Six MLB Hall of Famers lost in 2020 were part of the ‘public imagination’
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He batted.271 with 268 home runs and 1,133 RBI on the offensive side of the ball.
He was also named to the All-Star team ten times throughout his career.
Morgan, who was 77 at the time of his death, passed away at his residence on October 11.
Remembering the six Baseball Hall of Famers who died in 2020
Tom Seaver, the New York Mets pitcher who was the driving force behind the Miracle Mets’ 1969 championship team, died on August 31 at the age of 75 from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, according to his family. He was one of six Hall of Famers to pass away in the year 2020. According to the Associated Press NEW YORK CITY — Tim Mead flies back in time to the beginning of October 1968, thanks to his recollection. He is a ten-year-old boy. The World Series is underway, with the Cardinals taking on the Tigers, and a teacher at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, is rolling a black-and-white television into the classroom so the fourth-graders can watch.
- “It was a thrilling experience,” Mead says.
- Going back to baseball memories like those for Mead, who is now the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, was a kind of reflex in a year marked by tragedy, including the death of his father, which was felt everywhere, including Cooperstown.
- Mead claims that the Hall had not lost more than six members since 1972, when seven members died.
- Kaline, also known as “Mr.
- Tom Seaver, the beloved Mets pitcher, went suddenly on August 31.
- A nine-day period from October 2 to October 11 saw the deaths of Gibson, Whitey Ford, and Joe Morgan, leaving the Hall with only 76 members still alive.
- As well as theirs.
A new MLB Network documentary, “Icons Lost,” honors the six players and their contributions to baseball history.
“I wanted it to seem more like a wake than a funeral,” says Bruce Cornblatt, the documentary’s senior coordinating producer.
Here’s an example: Bob Costas recalls a day when he was playing in a fantasy camp game and received a hit from Gibson.
Bench describes his personal bond with Seaver, stating, “We laughed and laughed.” Bench and Seaver have been friends since they were children.
What do you think my pricing is?
“No, no, no,” Seaver said emphatically.
Ford, who was a member of six championship teams, still maintains the Fall Classic marks for victories, strikeouts, and innings pitched.
The footage of a young Kaline, who won a batting title at the age of 20, conjures up images of a bygone era.
In addition to being Hall of Famers, Mead recalls that they were “baseball people.” The Hall of Fame Weekend is slated for July 23-26, barring a pandemic, so mark your calendars.
However, there will be a certain amount of discomfort.
“I don’t believe I truly grasped what it must have been like for Kaline to run into Johnny Bench at that place.
After Darryl Strawberry saw Seaver for the first time in spring training in 1983, when Seaver had returned to New York, he described him as “a delight.” Strawberry went on to describe Seaver as “a joy” in his own words.
When you look around, you realize he hasn’t been around for a while,” Strawberry explained.
You begin to hear stories of people you know and who were close to you, and you begin to believe that day will come for you as well. “We believe we will be around for a long time. “However, we will not.” « PreviousNext » is a navigational bar that allows you to navigate between pages.
MLB History: Honoring the MLB Players Who Died in 2020
We’re writing now to pay tribute to the MLB players who passed away in 2020. We’re writing now to pay tribute to the Major League Baseball stars who passed away in 2020. These men were all pivotal figures in the history of the Major League Baseball and will be remembered for a long time. In many respects, this was a difficult year for all of us, marked by a pandemic, upheaval, unrest, and a particularly nasty election. In the midst of all of this bustle and turbulence, it was easy to forget that over 100 Major League Baseball players, all of whom were a part of the league’s rich history, died away in 2020.
It would not be appropriate or acceptable to ring in the New Year without paying tribute to these Major League Baseball stars who passed away in 2020.
MLB History: Baseball Deaths
In all, there are 108 entries on the list of Major League Baseball players who died in 2020. While we would want to go into further depth on each, it is simply not possible. We have no intention of disparaging any athlete in any way. Trying to cover the whole careers of 108 players in a single piece would be nearly impossible. As a result, we’ve included a list of all Major League Baseball players who passed away in 2020. In this article, we will examine the history of Major League Baseball (MLB) players who have made important contributions, have played for at least ten years, and have played since the 1970s at the earliest.
MLB History: Players Who Died in 2020: The Elite:
What aspect of baseball history could be complete without mentioning a man by the name of Lou Brock? Lou Brock– (born on June 18, 39) “Lou” Brock was a superb base stealer who spent the most of his professional baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was involved in one of the most memorable deals in baseball history, when the Chicago Cubs sent him to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Ernie Broglio. Over the course of his career, Brock stole a total of 938 bases, which was at the time an all-time record.
- He was a member of the All-Star team six times.
- In 1985, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 2014, he was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame, which he had already been inducted into.
- Whitey Ford (born October 22, 1928) is a musician and actor.
- Ford was a left-handed pitcher who played with the New York Yankees for 16 seasons, all of them as a starter.
- He finished with a 236-106 record with an earned run average of 2.75.
- In 1950, he finished second in the poll for Rookie of the Year.
- Ford left the company in 1967, when he was 38 years old.
Whitey Ford passed away on October 8th, 2020, at the age of 91 years and eight months.
“Gibby” Bob Gibson, who was born on November 9, 1935, pitched in the Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, all with the St.
He was named to the All-Star team eight times and earned two Cy Young trophies throughout his career.
He threw 255 complete games, 56 shutouts, and more over 3,000 strikeouts in his professional career.
That season, he had an ERA of 1.12 and pitched 28 complete games and 13 shutouts while posting a 1.12 ERA.
In 2020, he passed away on October 2nd, at the age of 84.
His career batting average was.297, with 399 home runs and 1,582 RBIs in 1,582 games played.
With 170 assists in his outfield career, he is considered to be one of the finest throwing outfielders of his generation.
AlKaline died on April 6th, 2020, at the age of 85, according to his obituary.
In order to commemorate this historic occurrence, we have chosen to include his perfect game here.
He served as an on-field captain for the Cincinnati Reds, who dominated the National League in the 1970s and were known as “The Big Red Machine.” Morgan was named the American League MVP in 1975 and 1976, and he led the Reds to the World Series in both seasons.
He also has 689 base steals and 1,650 runs scored in his career.
He died on the 11th of October, 2020, at the age of 77.
Niekro was the preeminent knuckleballer in the world during his era.
He also pitched for the Indians, the Blue Jays, and the Yankees throughout his career.
Niekro ended with a 3.35 earned run average for his career.
Following his retirement following the 1987 season, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the following year.
Tom Seaver (born November 17, 1944) is known as “Tom Terrific.” Seaver pitched with the Mets for the majority of his career, which spanned 20 seasons.
Over the course of his career, Seaver went 311-205 with a 2.86 earned run average.
Over the course of his career, Seaver struck out 3.640 hitters and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1967.
A total of five more times, Seaver finished in the top five of the CyYoung voting. Following his retirement following the 1986 season, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the following year. In August of 2020, TomSeaver died at the age of 75, after a long illness.
MLB Players Who Died in 2020: Part 2 – A to F
In this part, we pay respect to those Major League Baseball players that passed away in 2020 who had successful careers and provided us with entertainment on the field. DickAllen (born on March 8, 1942) “Richie” Allen played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball, including time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. In 1964, he was named National League Rookie of the Year, and in 1972, he was named American League MVP. He played in seven All-Star games and concluded his career with 351 home runs and 1,119 RBIs.
- Allen left the company in June of 1977.
- Glenn Beckert (born on October 12, 1940) is an American actor and director.
- With 98 runs scored in 1968, he was the leading run-scorer in the National League.
- Beckert left the company in April of 1975.
- HoraceClarke (born 6/2/39) is a fictional character created by author Horace Clarke.
- He spent the entirety of his professional baseball career as an infielder.
- In 1969, he had a career high of.285 and left the game in September of 1974.
EdFarmer(born 10/18/49) is also known as “Farmio.” Farmer was a reliever with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Oakland Athletics during his 11-year MLB career.
In 1980, he was invited to the All-Star game.
He left the team after the 1983 season and died on April 1st of the following year.
He was a standout on the field, earning four Gold Gloves and making it to five All-Star games throughout his career.
Fernandez also stole 246 bases in his career, which ended following the 2001 season.
MLB Players Who Died in 2020: Part 2 – G to P
Damaso Garcia (born on February 7, 1957) Garcia spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in almost 1,000 games, mostly as an infielder, during his career. He played in two All-Star games and finished his career with a batting average of.283, which was good for third in the National League. Garcia left the company in September 1989. On April 15, 2020, he passed away at the age of 63. JayJohnstone (born on November 20, 1945) is a musician from the United Kingdom.
- He made over 1,700 appearances in games and was well-known for his witty and humorous banter.
- After the 1985 season, he announced his retirement.
- Lindy McDaniel (born 12/13/35) is a model and actress.
- He participated in 987 games and was widely regarded as one of the most dependable relievers in the game throughout his career.
- Denis Menke (born on July 21, 1940) is a German actor and director.
- In 1969 and 1970, he was selected to play in the All-Star Game.
Women’s suffrage activist Menke retired in July 1974 and died on December 1, 2020.
He spent the most of his professional baseball career as a catcher and first baseman.
At the age of 81, he passed away on March 5th, 2020, after having resigned in September 1971.
Perranoski pitched in the Major League Baseball for 13 seasons, mostly for the Dodgers and Twins.
In addition, he finished with a 2.79 earned run average during his career.
BiffPocoroba (born on July 25, 1953) is an American rapper.
He spent the most of his professional life as a catcher. It was in 1977 that he had his most productive season, hitting.290 with 8 home runs and 44 RBIs. In 1978, he was also invited to the All-Star game. Pocoroba died on May 24th, 2020, at the age of 66, after having retired in April of 1984.
MLB Players Who Died in 2020: Part 2 – T to W
Tony Taylor (born on December 19, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter. Taylor played in 19 Major League Baseball seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers. He played in 2,195 games, scored 1,005 runs, and stole 239 bases. He had a total of 2,195 hits. Taylor ended with a batting average of.261 for the season. In 1960, he was selected to the All-Star game, and he retired following the 1976 season. He died on July 16th, 2020, at the age of 84, according to his will. Claudell Washington (born on August 31, 1954) is an American actress and singer.
- Over the course of his career, he participated in over 1,900 games and finished with a batting average of.278.
- Washington played in two All-Star games before announcing his retirement in June 1990.
- Bob Watson (born on April 10, 1946) Bull” Watson played in 19 Major League Baseball seasons with the Astros, the Yankees, and the Braves.
- He is credited with driving in the 1,000,000th run in Major League Baseball history.
- Watson left the team following the 1974 season and died on May 14, 2020, at the age of 91.
- He was a big-hitting outfielder with a lot of power.
- During his career, Wynn also stole a total of 225 bases.
MLB Players Who Died in 2020: Epilogue
Tony Taylor (born on December 19, 1935) is a musician from the United States of America. Taylor spent 19 seasons in the Major League Baseball, primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers. 2195 games, 1,005 runs, and 239 base steals in which he participated are all career highs for him. With a.261 batting average, Taylor concluded the season. During the 1960 season, he was selected to the All-Star game, and he retired following the 1976 season. 84 years old, he passed away on July 16, 2020.
Washington was an outfielder in the Major League Baseball for 17 seasons with a variety of organizations.
1 884 hits and 312 stolen bases were recorded by him.
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On April 10, 1946, Bob Watson was born.
He concluded his career with 1,826 hits and 989 RBIs, batting.295 throughout the course of his professional career.
After his playing career came to an end, he continued to work at MLB headquarters.
Known as “The Toy Cannon,” Jimmy Wynn (born March 12, 1942) was a former Major League Baseball player who spent the majority of his career with the Houston Astros.
He was a really powerful outfielder. He racked up 1,665 hits, 291 home runs, and 964 RBIs in his professional baseball career. Through the course of his professional career, Wynn stole 225 bases. The next season, he announced his retirement, and he passed away on March 26, 2020, at the age of 78.