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Sammy Esposito passed away on 2018-07-09
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Player NamePosDeath DateDeath CauseHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsDraft Information
Bruce KisonP2018-06-01Cancer6-4 178 R-R 1950-02-18 68.103Pasco,Washington MLB1968-19851971-1985
1968-14- 309-PIT
Dave Nelson2B-3B2018-04-23Cancer5-10 160 R-R 1944-06-20 73.307Fort Sill,Oklahoma MLB1964-19771968-1977
1964-   UDFA-CLE
Ron RollerOF2018-03-31Lung cancer6-0 180 R-R 1952-01-02 66.089Yakima,Washington --
1971-14- 336-OAK
Earl BassP2018-02-04Cancer6-1 175 R-R 1952-11-26 65.070- AAA1974-1978-
1975- 3-  68-LAN
Don ChoateP2018-02-04Cancer6-0 185 R-R 1938-07-02 79.217Potosi,Missouri MLB1960-19601960-1960
1956-   UDFA-SLN
Kevin TowersP2018-01-30Cancer6-1 190 R-R 1961-11-11 56.080Eugene,Oregon AAA1982-1989-
1982- 1-   1-SDN
Rick StelmaszekC2017-11-06Pancreatic cancer6-1 195 L-R 1948-10-08 69.029Chicago,Illinois MLB1968-19781971-1974
1967-11- 205-WS2
Jim LandisOF2017-10-07Cancer6-1 180 R-R 1934-03-09 83.212Fresno,California MLB1957-19671957-1967  
Ed PhillipsP2017-09-20Cancer6-1 190 R-R 1944-09-20 73.000Ardmore,Oklahoma MLB1970-19701970-1970
1966-16- 304-BOS
Paul Schaal3B2017-09-01Cancer5-11 180 R-R 1943-03-03 74.182Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania MLB1962-19741964-1974
1962-   UDFA-ANA
Don BaylorOF2017-08-07Multiple myeloma (Cancer)6-1 220 R-R 1949-06-28 68.040Austin,Texas MLB1967-19881970-1988
1967- 2-  39-BAL
Darren DaultonC2017-08-06Brain cancer6-2 190 L-R 1962-01-03 55.215Arkansas City,Kansas MLB1980-19971983-1997
1980-25- 629-PHI
Matt DavisP2017-07-18Cancer6-0 190 L-L 1977-07-20 39.363- Ind2000-2000-  
Rich CaroneC-OF2017-06-29Pancreatic cancer6-0 195 R-R 1971-01-17 46.163Cary,Illinois A+1990-1996-
1993-19- 537-CHA
David KlendaP2017-05-18Cancer6-0 178 L-R 1950-10-23 66.207Hillsboro,Kansas NCAA1970-1973-  
Steve PalermoUMP2017-05-14Lung Cancer6-2 175 - 1949-10-09 67.217Worcester,Massachusetts --  
Dewey ForryOF2017-05-01Cancer6-2 190 R-R 1952-05-26 64.340San Rafael,California AAA1977-1977-
1970- 5- 107-LAN
Sam MeleOF2017-05-01Cancer6-1 187 R-R 1923-01-21 94.100Astoria,New York MLB1947-19561947-1956  
Henry Sanchez1B 2017-04-30Cancer6-3 235 R-R 1986-11-29 30.152San Diego,California A2005-2009-
2005- 1-  39-MIN
Todd FrohwirthP2017-03-26Stomach cancer6-4 195 R-R 1962-09-28 54.179Milwaukee,Wisconsin MLB1981-19961987-1996
1984-13- 335-PHI
Charley TaylorP2017-02-18Cancer6-0 155 R-R 1947-12-22 69.058Covington,Kentucky --  
Greg BallardP2016-11-09Prostate cancer6-7 215 R-R 1955-01-29 61.284Los Angeles,California --
1973-10- 137-MON
Paul DadeOF-3B2016-08-31Cancer6-0 195 R-R 1951-12-07 64.268Seattle,Washington MLB1970-19821975-1980
1970- 1-  10-CAL
Bryan ClutterbuckP2016-08-23Colon cancer6-4 223 R-R 1959-12-17 56.250Detroit,Michigan MLB1980-19951986-1989
1981- 7- 176-MIL
Choo Choo ColemanC2016-08-15Cancer5-9 165 L-R 1937-08-25 78.355Orlando,Florida MLB1961-19661961-1966
1955-   UDFA-WS1
Jake LaberP2016-08-14Cancer6-0 185 R-L 1986-06-15 30.060Fargo,North Dakota Ind2005-2014-  
Robert RamsayP2016-08-04Brain cancer6-5 230 L-L 1973-12-03 42.244Vancouver,Washington MLB1994-20031999-2000
1996- 7- 211-BOS
Joe SchaffernothP2016-06-18Cancer6-4 195 R-R 1937-08-06 78.316Trenton,New Jersey MLB1959-19611959-1961
1956-   UDFA-CHN
Phil HenniganP2016-06-17Lung cancer 185 R-R 1946-04-10 70.068Jasper,Texas MLB1966-19731969-1973
1966- 4-  60-CLE
Chris Cammack3B2016-06-10Cancer   - --Fayetteville,North Carolina --
1971- 8- 132-BAL
Sammy EllisP2016-05-13Cancer6-1 180 L-R 1941-02-11 75.091Youngstown,Ohio MLB1962-19691962-1969
1961-   UDFA-CIN
Steve KralyP2016-03-07Cancer5-10 152 L-L 1929-04-18 86.323Whiting,Indiana MLB1953-19531953-1953  
George Weicker1B2016-02-21Pancreatic cancer6-2 215 R-R 1953-- 65.???Baltimore,Maryland AA1977-1978-  
Ron StillwellSS-2B2016-01-25Cancer5-11 165 R-R 1939-12-03 76.053Los Angeles,California MLB1961-19621961-1962
1961-   UDFA-WS2
Luis ArroyoP2016-01-13Cancer5-8 190 L-L 1927-02-18 88.329Penuelas,Puerto Rico MLB1955-19631955-1963  
Lance RautzhanP2016-01-09Cancer6-1 195 R-L 1952-08-20 63.142Pottsville,Pennsylvania MLB1977-19801977-1979
1970- 3-  57-LAN
Jim O'TooleP2015-12-26Cancer6-0 198 B-L 1937-01-10 78.350Chicago,Illinois MLB1958-19671958-1967
1957-   UDFA-CIN
Kerry DineenOF2015-11-21Cancer5-11 165 L-L 1952-07-01 63.143Englewood,New Jersey MLB1973-19791975-1978
1973- 4-  85-NYA
Jeff BartonOF2015-11-12Cancer6-3 195 L-R 1966-12-17 48.330Key West,Florida A1984-1984-  
Ed SuklaP2015-09-24Cancer5-11 170 R-R 1943-03-03 72.205Long Beach,California MLB1964-19661964-1966
1962-   UDFA-ANA
Randy WilesP2015-09-15Cancer6-1 185 L-L 1951-09-10 64.005Fort Belvoir,Virginia MLB1977-19781977-1977
1973- 5- 108-SLN
Billy PierceP2015-07-31Gallbladder Cancer5-10 160 L-L 1927-04-02 88.120Detroit,Michigan MLB1945-19641945-1964  
Ken StablerP2015-07-08Colon cancer6-3 215 L-L 1945-12-25 69.195Foley,Alabama --
1968- 2-  24-HOU
Gene LanthornP2015-06-13Cancer6-3 195 R-R 1950-12-30 64.165- AA1977-1977-
1972-35- 729-SFN
Darrell RodgersP2015-05-12Cancer6-3 185 R-R 1962-10-06 52.218Lawton,Oklahoma AA1982-1990-
1985-16- 394-SFN
Riccardo IngramLF2015-03-31Cancer6-0 205 R-R 1966-09-10 48.202Douglas,Georgia MLB1986-19961994-1995
1987- 4- 105-DET
Alex JohnsonOF2015-02-28Complications from Cancer6-0 205 R-R 1942-12-07 72.083Helena,Arkansas MLB1962-19761964-1976
1961-   UDFA-PHI
Dave Bergman1B2015-02-02Bile duct cancer6-2 190 L-L 1953-06-06 61.241Evanston,Illinois MLB1972-19921975-1992
1974- 2-  36-NYA
Roy MorettiP2015-01-27Cancer6-0 165 R-R 1958-- 60.???Victoria,BC A+1978-1984-  
Nick KobackC2015-01-23Cancer6-0 187 R-R 1935-07-19 79.188Hartford,Connecticut MLB1953-19551953-1955  
Paul ProvasSCOUT2014-10-23Brain cancer   - 1951-- 67.???Shawnee Mission,Kansas --  
George Dummar1B2014-09-28Brain cancer6-5 230 L-L 1960-01-31 54.241North Arlington,New Jersey A+1980-1981-
1980- 1-  26-BAL
Todd WelbornP2014-09-21Colon cancer6-2 215 R-R 1963-11-10 50.316Ronda,North Carolina AA1985-1989-
1985- 4- 100-NYN
Jerry Lumpe2B2014-08-15Cancer6-2 185 L-R 1933-06-02 81.074Lincoln,Missouri MLB1956-19671956-1967  
Bobby CastilloP2014-06-30Cancer5-10 170 R-R 1955-04-18 59.073Los Angeles,California MLB1974-19851977-1985
1974- 6- 113-KCA
Tony GwynnRF2014-06-16Salivary gland neoplasm (Cancer)5-11 220 L-L 1960-05-09 54.038Los Angeles,California MLB1979-20011982-2001
1981- 3-  58-SDN
Sonny RubertoC2014-03-24Cancer5-11 175 R-R 1946-01-02 68.081Staten Island,New York MLB1969-19721969-1972
1964-   UDFA-SLN
Bud BullingC2014-03-08Prostate cancer6-1 200 R-R 1952-12-15 61.083Lynwood,California MLB1974-19831977-1983
1974-14- 326-MIN
Jophery BrownP2014-01-11Complications from cancer treatment6-2 190 L-R 1945-01-22 68.354Grambling,Louisiana MLB1968-19681968-1968
1966- 4-  60-BOS
Ed HerrmannC2013-12-22Prostate Cancer6-1 210 L-R 1946-08-27 67.117San Diego,California MLB1964-19781967-1978
1964-   UDFA-MLB
Johnny KucksP2013-11-02Cancer6-3 184 R-R 1933-07-27 80.098Hoboken,New Jersey MLB1955-19601955-1960  
Bob Chance1B-OF2013-10-03Prostate cancer6-2 219 L-R 1940-09-10 73.023Statesboro,Georgia MLB1963-19691963-1969
1961-   UDFA-SFN
Drungo HazewoodOF2013-07-28Cancer6-3 210 R-R 1959-09-02 53.330Mobile,Alabama MLB1977-19831980-1980
1977- 1-  19-BAL
Justin HancockOF2013-04-07Bone cancer6-2 190 R-R 1980-03-10 33.028Tampa,Florida A2001-2004-
2002-15- 444-ANA
Bob TurleyP2013-03-30Liver cancer6-2 215 R-R 1930-09-19 82.192Troy,Illinois MLB1951-19631951-1963  
Carlos FortunaP2013-03-24Cancer6-2 185 R-R 1990-03-31 22.358La Romana,Dom Rep RK2008-2009-  
P.J. CareyC2012-12-07Cancer6-1 193 R-R 1953-11-04 59.033Scranton,Pennsylvania --  
Tom PrattP2012-12-04Cancer6-0 185 L-L 1950-08-19 62.107Oceanside,California --
1969-11- 169-KCA
Paul KeyesCOACH2012-11-03Cancer   - 1962-- 56.???- --  
Champ SummersOF2012-10-11Kidney cancer6-2 205 L-R 1946-06-15 66.118Bremerton,Washington MLB1972-19841974-1984
1971-   UDFA-OAK
Paul BargasP2012-06-26Brain cancer6-1 200 L-L 1988-10-13 23.256Riverside,California A2007-2010-
2009-13- 391-COL
Darrel AkerfeldsP2012-06-24Pancreatic cancer6-2 210 R-R 1962-06-12 50.012Denver,Colorado MLB1982-19951986-1991
1983- 1-   7-SEA
Pedro BorbonP2012-06-04Cancer6-2 185 R-R 1946-12-02 65.184Valverde Mao,Dom Rep MLB1966-19801969-1980
1964-   UDFA-SLN
Harry WendelstedtUMP2012-03-09Brain cancer6-2 240 - 1938-07-27 73.225Baltimore,Maryland --  
Wes CovingtonOF2011-07-04Cancer6-1 205 L-R 1932-03-27 79.099Laurinburg,North Carolina MLB1956-19661956-1966  
Paul SplittorffP2011-05-25Skin cancer6-3 210 L-L 1946-10-08 64.229Evansville,Indiana MLB1968-19841970-1984
1968-25- 575-KCA
Harmon Killebrew1B-3B2011-05-17Esophageal Cancer5-11 214 R-R 1936-06-29 74.322Payette,Idaho MLB1954-19751954-1975  
Tom McAvoyP2011-03-19Pancreatic cancer6-3 200 L-L 1936-08-12 74.219Brooklyn,New York MLB1959-19591959-1959
1956-   UDFA-WS1
Tom DunbarOF2011-03-16Prostate cancer6-2 192 L-L 1959-11-24 51.113Graniteville,South Carolina MLB1980-19911983-1985
1980- 1-  25-TEX
Ron PicheP2011-02-03Cancer5-11 165 R-R 1935-05-22 75.257Verdun,Quebec MLB1960-19661960-1966
1955-   UDFA-MLB
Roy Hartsfield2B2011-01-15Liver cancer5-9 165 R-R 1925-10-25 85.082Chattahoochee,Georgia MLB1950-19521950-1952  
Dave SislerP2011-01-09Prostate cancer6-4 200 R-R 1931-10-16 79.085St. Louis,Missouri MLB1956-19621956-1962  
Ron Santo3B2010-12-03Complications from bladder cancer and diabetes6-0 190 R-R 1940-02-25 70.282Seattle,Washington MLB1959-19741960-1974
1959-   UDFA-CHN
Tom UnderwoodP2010-11-22Pancreatic cancer5-11 170 R-L 1953-12-22 56.335Kokomo,Indiana MLB1973-19851974-1984
1972- 2-  27-PHI
Bob ShawP2010-09-23Liver cancer6-2 195 R-R 1933-06-29 77.086Bronx,New York MLB1957-19671957-1967  
Wayne TwitchellP2010-09-16Cancer6-6 220 R-R 1948-03-10 62.190Portland,Oregon MLB1966-19791970-1979
1966- 1-   3-HOU
Kenny KuhnSS-2B2010-07-16Pancreatic cancer5-10 175 L-R 1937-03-20 73.118Louisville,Kentucky MLB1955-19571955-1957  
Felix MaldonadoOF2010-06-12Cancer5-10 165 R-R 1938-05-24 72.019Ponce,Puerto Rico --  
Jerry StephensonP2010-06-06Cancer6-2 185 L-R 1943-10-06 66.244Detroit,Michigan MLB1963-19701963-1970
1961-   UDFA-BOS
Jim PagliaroniC2010-04-03Cancer6-4 210 R-R 1937-12-08 72.116Dearborn,Michigan MLB1955-19691955-1969  
Mike CuellarP2010-04-02Stomach cancer5-11 175 L-L 1937-05-08 72.329Santa Clara,Cuba MLB1957-19771959-1977
1957-   UDFA-CIN
Jim BibbyP2010-02-16Bone cancer6-5 235 R-R 1944-10-29 65.110Franklinton,North Carolina MLB1965-19841972-1984
1965-   UDFA-NYN
Curt MottonOF2010-01-21Stomach cancer5-7 175 R-R 1940-09-24 69.119Darnell,Louisiana MLB1962-19741967-1974
1961-   UDFA-CHN
Howie Schultz1B2009-10-30Cancer6-6 200 R-R 1922-07-03 87.119St. Paul,Minnesota MLB1943-19481943-1948  
Greg MontalbanoP2009-08-21Testicular cancer6-2 190 L-L 1977-08-24 31.362Worcester,Massachusetts AA1999-2006-
1999- 5- 169-BOS
Alec DistasoP2009-07-13Cancer6-2 200 R-R 1948-12-23 60.202Los Angeles,California MLB1969-19691969-1969
1967- 1-   1-CHN
Woodie HeldSS-OF2009-06-11Cancer5-11 180 R-R 1932-03-25 77.078Sacramento,California MLB1954-19691954-1969  
George Williams2B2009-05-14Lung cancer5-11 165 R-R 1939-10-23 69.204Detroit,Michigan MLB1961-19641961-1964
1957-   UDFA-PHI
Dave RobertsP2009-01-09Lung cancer6-2 197 L-L 1944-09-11 64.120Gallipolis,Ohio MLB1963-19811969-1981
1963-   UDFA-PHI
Tom Burgess1B2008-11-24Cancer6-0 180 L-L 1927-09-01 81.084London,Ontario MLB1954-19621954-1962