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Sarge Connally passed away on 1978-01-27
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Player NamePosDeath DateDeath CauseHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsDraft Information
Tod DavisSS-3B1978-12-316-2 190 R-R 1924-07-24 54.160Los Angeles,California MLB1949-19511949-1951  
Walt AlexanderC1978-12-295-10 165 R-R 1891-03-05 87.299Atlanta,Georgia MLB1912-19171912-1917  
Bill Rodgers2B1978-12-245-9 170 L-R 1887-04-18 91.250Pleasant Ridge,Ohio MLB1915-19161915-1916  
George McQuinn1B1978-12-245-11 165 L-L 1910-05-29 68.209Arlington,Virginia MLB1936-19481936-1948  
Joe Mathes3B-2B1978-12-216-0 180 B-R 1891-07-28 87.146Milwaukee,Wisconsin MLB1912-19121912-1912  
Nick DumovichP1978-12-126-0 170 L-L 1902-01-02 76.344Sacramento,California MLB1923-19231923-1923  
Paul O'DeaOF1978-12-116-0 200 L-L 1920-07-03 58.161Cleveland,Ohio MLB1944-19451944-1945  
Dick Siebert1B1978-12-096-0 170 L-L 1912-02-19 66.294Fall River,Massachusetts MLB1932-19451932-1945  
Nick CullopOF1978-12-086-0 200 R-R 1900-10-16 78.053St. Louis,Missouri MLB1926-19311926-1931  
Al WilliamsonP1978-11-295-11 160 R-R 1900-02-20 78.282Buckville,Arkansas MLB1928-19281928-1928  
Buck RossP1978-11-236-2 170 R-R 1915-02-02 63.294Norwood,North Carolina MLB1936-19451936-1945  
Harry MatuzakP1978-11-165-11 185 R-R 1910-01-27 68.293Omer,Michigan MLB1934-19361934-1936  
Les Powers1B1978-11-136-0 175 L-L 1909-11-05 69.008Seattle,Washington MLB1938-19391938-1939  
Roy ElshOF1978-11-125-9 165 R-R 1892-03-01 86.256Penns Grove,New Jersey MLB1923-19251923-1925  
Buzz BoyleOF1978-11-125-11 170 L-L 1908-02-09 70.277Cincinnati,Ohio MLB1929-19351929-1935  
George ShearsP1978-11-126-3 180 R-L 1890-04-13 88.213Marshall,Missouri MLB1912-19121912-1912  
Steve GerkinP1978-11-096-1 162 R-R 1912-11-19 65.355Grafton,West Virginia MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Tommy O'BrienOF1978-11-055-11 195 R-R 1918-12-19 59.321Anniston,Alabama MLB1943-19501943-1950  
Reese DiggsP1978-10-306-2 180 B-R 1915-09-22 63.038Mathews,Virginia MLB1934-19341934-1934  
Rube WalbergP1978-10-276-1 190 L-L 1896-07-27 82.092Pine City,Minnesota MLB1923-19371923-1937  
Molly CraftP1978-10-256-2 165 R-R 1895-11-28 82.332Portsmouth,Virginia MLB1916-19191916-1919  
George JeffcoatP1978-10-135-11 175 R-R 1913-12-24 64.293New Brookland,South Carolina MLB1936-19431936-1943  
Jim Gilliam2B-3B1978-10-08Complications from a brain hemorrhage5-10 175 B-R 1928-10-17 49.356Nashville,Tennessee MLB1953-19661953-1966  
Abe WhiteP1978-10-016-0 185 R-L 1904-05-16 74.138Winder,Georgia MLB1937-19371937-1937  
Lyman BostockOF1978-09-23Gunshot wound6-1 180 L-R 1950-11-22 27.305Birmingham,Alabama MLB1972-19781975-1978
1972-26- 596-MIN
Bill FosterHOF1978-09-16   B-L 1904-06-12 74.096Calvert,Texas --  
Larry BettencourtOF-3B1978-09-155-11 195 R-R 1905-09-22 72.358Newark,California MLB1928-19321928-1932  
Mike Gazella3B-SS1978-09-115-7 165 R-R 1896-10-03 81.343Olyphant,Pennsylvania MLB1923-19281923-1928  
Snipe HansenP1978-09-116-3 195 B-L 1907-02-21 71.202Chicago,Illinois MLB1930-19351930-1935  
Ed Sicking2B-SS1978-08-305-9 165 R-R 1897-03-30 81.153St. Bernard,Ohio MLB1916-19271916-1927  
George HarperOF1978-08-185-8 167 L-R 1892-06-24 86.055Arlington,Kentucky MLB1916-19291916-1929  
Ed ChaplinC1978-08-155-7 158 L-R 1893-09-25 84.324Pelzer,South Carolina MLB1920-19221920-1922  
Maury NewlinP1978-08-146-0 176 R-R 1914-06-22 64.053Bloomingdale,Indiana MLB1940-19411940-1941  
Jesse HainesP1978-08-056-0 190 R-R 1893-07-22 85.014Clayton,Ohio MLB1918-19371918-1937  
Charlie Bold1B1978-07-296-2 185 R-R 1894-10-27 83.275Karlskrona,Sweden MLB1914-19141914-1914  
Joel HuntOF1978-07-245-10 165 R-R 1905-10-11 72.286Texico,New Mexico MLB1931-19321931-1932  
Joe VanceP1978-07-046-1 190 R-R 1905-09-16 72.291Devine,Texas MLB1935-19381935-1938  
Danny Lynch2B1978-06-305-11 174 R-R 1926-02-07 52.143Dallas,Texas MLB1948-19481948-1948  
Johnny SchulteC1978-06-285-11 190 L-R 1896-09-08 81.293Fredericktown,Missouri MLB1923-19321923-1932  
Bill DietrichP1978-06-206-0 185 R-R 1910-03-29 68.083Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1933-19481933-1948  
Hugh ShelleyOF1978-06-166-0 170 R-R 1910-10-26 67.233Rogers,Texas MLB1935-19351935-1935  
Marv RickertOF1978-06-036-2 195 L-R 1921-01-08 57.146Longbranch,Washington MLB1942-19501942-1950  
Bob McGrawP1978-06-026-2 160 R-R 1895-04-10 83.053LaVeta,Colorado MLB1917-19291917-1929  
Carl ReynoldsOF1978-05-296-0 194 R-R 1903-02-01 75.117LaRue,Texas MLB1927-19391927-1939  
Pete Susko1B1978-05-225-11 172 L-L 1904-07-02 73.324Laura,Ohio MLB1934-19341934-1934  
Bob LoganP1978-05-205-10 170 R-L 1910-02-10 68.099Thompson,Nebraska MLB1935-19451935-1945  
Mike WilsonC1978-05-165-10 160 R-R 1896-12-02 81.165Edge Hill,Pennsylvania MLB1921-19211921-1921  
Claude CorbittSS-2B1978-05-015-10 170 R-R 1915-07-21 62.285Sunbury,North Carolina MLB1945-19491945-1949  
Art DollP1978-04-286-1 190 R-R 1913-05-07 64.356Chicago,Illinois MLB1935-19381935-1938  
Marty WalkerP1978-04-246-0 170 L-L 1899-03-27 79.028Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1928-19281928-1928  
Jack GraneyOF1978-04-205-9 180 L-L 1886-06-10 91.314St. Thomas,Ontario MLB1908-19221908-1922  
Bill LeinhauserOF1978-04-145-10 150 R-R 1893-11-04 84.161Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1912-19121912-1912  
Joe Gordon2B1978-04-145-10 180 R-R 1915-02-18 63.055Los Angeles,California MLB1938-19501938-1950  
Ford FrickEXEC1978-04-08   - 1894-12-19 83.110Wawaka,Indiana --  
Ray FrenchSS1978-04-035-9 158 R-R 1895-01-09 83.084Alameda,California MLB1920-19241920-1924  
Bill Brubaker3B1978-04-026-2 185 R-R 1910-11-07 67.146Cleveland,Ohio MLB1932-19431932-1943  
Billy Cox3B-SS1978-03-305-10 150 R-R 1919-08-29 58.214Newport,Pennsylvania MLB1941-19551941-1955  
Dutch ZwillingOF1978-03-275-6 160 L-L 1888-11-02 89.145St. Louis,Missouri MLB1910-19161910-1916  
Fritz CoumbeP1978-03-216-0 152 L-L 1889-12-13 88.098Antrim,Pennsylvania MLB1914-19211914-1921  
Moe FranklinSS1978-03-166-0 175 R-R 1914-04-01 63.349Chicago,Illinois MLB1941-19421941-1942  
Kent GreenfieldP1978-03-146-1 180 R-R 1902-07-01 75.256Guthrie,Kentucky MLB1924-19291924-1929  
Ferrell AndersonC1978-03-126-1 200 R-R 1918-01-09 60.062Maple City,Kansas MLB1946-19531946-1953  
Alex McCarthy2B-SS1978-03-125-9 150 R-R 1888-05-12 89.304Chicago,Illinois MLB1910-19171910-1917  
Gene MooreOF1978-03-125-11 175 L-L 1909-08-26 68.198Lancaster,Texas MLB1931-19451931-1945  
Bill Doran3B1978-03-095-11 175 L-R 1898-06-14 79.268San Francisco,California MLB1922-19221922-1922  
Red SmithC1978-03-085-10 185 R-R 1904-05-18 73.294Brokaw,Wisconsin --  
Steve Bilko1B1978-03-076-1 230 R-R 1928-11-13 49.114Nanticoke,Pennsylvania MLB1949-19621949-1962  
Nig Lipscomb2B1978-02-276-0 175 R-R 1911-02-24 67.003Rutherfordton,North Carolina MLB1937-19371937-1937  
Claral GillenwaterP1978-02-266-0 187 R-R 1900-05-20 77.282Sims,Indiana MLB1923-19231923-1923  
Slicker ParksP1978-02-215-10 158 R-R 1895-11-10 82.103Dallas,Michigan MLB1921-19211921-1921  
Ben MalloneeOF1978-02-195-6 150 L-L 1894-03-31 83.325Baltimore,Maryland MLB1921-19211921-1921  
Phil PaineP1978-02-196-2 181 R-R 1930-06-08 47.256Chepachet,Rhode Island MLB1951-19581951-1958  
Luke HamlinP1978-02-186-2 168 L-R 1904-07-03 73.230Ferris Center,Michigan MLB1933-19441933-1944  
Roy Grover2B1978-02-075-8 150 R-R 1892-01-17 86.021Snohomish,Washington MLB1916-19191916-1919  
Babe GanzelOF1978-02-065-10 172 R-R 1901-05-22 76.260Malden,Massachusetts MLB1927-19281927-1928  
Dave KeefeP1978-02-045-9 165 L-R 1897-01-09 81.026Williston,Vermont MLB1917-19221917-1922  
Pete ComptonOF1978-02-035-11 170 L-L 1889-09-28 88.128San Marcos,Texas MLB1911-19181911-1918  
Roy FlaskamperSS1978-02-035-7 140 B-R 1901-10-31 76.095St. Louis,Missouri MLB1927-19271927-1927  
Mike Herrera2B-3B1978-02-035-6 147 R-R 1897-12-19 80.046Havana,Cuba MLB1925-19261925-1926  
Archie WiseP1978-02-026-0 165 R-R 1912-07-31 65.186Waxahachie,Texas MLB1932-19321932-1932  
Jack Saltzgaver3B-2B1978-02-015-11 165 L-R 1903-01-23 75.009Croton,Iowa MLB1932-19451932-1945  
Larry Raines3B-SS1978-01-285-10 165 R-R 1930-03-09 47.325St. Albans,West Virginia MLB1957-19581957-1958
1955-   UDFA-CLE
Monte PearsonP1978-01-276-0 175 R-R 1908-09-02 69.147Oakland,California MLB1932-19411932-1941  
Sarge ConnallyP1978-01-275-11 170 R-R 1898-08-31 79.149McGregor,Texas MLB1921-19341921-1934  
Milt ShoffnerP1978-01-196-1 184 L-L 1905-11-13 72.067Sherman,Texas MLB1929-19401929-1940  
Bill ClowersP1978-01-136-0 210 R-R 1898-08-14 79.152Lincoln County,North Carolina MLB1926-19261926-1926  
Merwin JacobsonOF1978-01-135-11 165 L-L 1894-03-07 83.312New Britain,Connecticut MLB1915-19271915-1927  
Snipe ConleyP1978-01-075-11 179 R-R 1894-04-25 83.257Cressona,Pennsylvania MLB1918-19181918-1918  
George Burns1B1978-01-076-1 180 R-R 1893-01-31 84.341Niles,Ohio MLB1914-19291914-1929  
Tony RegoC1978-01-065-4 165 R-R 1897-10-31 80.067Wailuku,Hawaii MLB1924-19251924-1925  
Joe DawsonP1978-01-045-11 182 R-R 1897-03-09 80.301Bow,Washington MLB1924-19291924-1929  
Oscar EstradaP1978-01-025-8 160 L-L 1904-02-15 73.322Havana,Cuba MLB1929-19291929-1929