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Gus Niarhos passed away on 2004-12-29
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Top Major Leaguers Has not played in MLB Drafted Players 1st Round Draft Picks
Player NamePosDeath DateDeath CauseHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsDraft Information
Charlie CozartP2004-12-316-0 190 R-L 1919-10-17 85.075Lenoir,North Carolina MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Gus NiarhosC2004-12-296-0 165 R-R 1920-12-06 84.023Birmingham,Alabama MLB1946-19551946-1955  
Ken BurkhartP2004-12-29Emphysema6-1 190 R-R 1916-11-18 88.041Knoxville,Tennessee MLB1945-19491945-1949  
Ernest GrothP2004-12-275-9 185 R-R 1922-05-03 82.238Beaver Falls,Pennsylvania MLB1947-19491947-1949  
Johnny OatesC2004-12-24Brain tumor5-11 185 L-R 1946-01-21 58.337Sylva,North Carolina MLB1967-19811970-1981
1967- 1-  10-BAL
Doug Ault1B2004-12-22Suicide via gunshot6-3 200 R-L 1950-03-09 54.288Beaumont,Texas MLB1973-19821976-1980
1970- 2-  36-SDN
Glenn VaughanSS2004-12-18Natural causes5-11 170 B-R 1944-02-15 60.307Compton,California MLB1963-19631963-1963
1962-   UDFA-HOU
Bobby MattickSS2004-12-16Stroke5-11 178 R-R 1915-12-05 89.011Sioux City,Iowa MLB1938-19421938-1942  
Ted AbernathyP2004-12-166-4 215 R-R 1933-03-06 71.285Stanley,North Carolina MLB1952-19721955-1972  
Bill LangeP2004-12-166-0 160 L-L 1968-01-25 36.326Long Beach,California RK1988-1988-
1988-37- 944-ATL
Danny DoyleC2004-12-146-1 195 B-R 1917-01-24 87.324McLoud,Oklahoma MLB1943-19431943-1943  
Rod Kanehl2B-OF2004-12-14Heart attack6-1 180 R-R 1934-04-01 70.257Wichita,Kansas MLB1962-19641962-1964
1954-   UDFA-NYA
Andre RodgersSS2004-12-136-3 200 R-R 1934-12-02 70.011Nassau,Bahamas MLB1957-19671957-1967  
Ed SudolUMP2004-12-106-3 210 - 1920-09-13 84.088Passaic,New Jersey --  
Ron WilliamsonOF-C2004-12-04Cirrhosis of the liver6-2 205 L-R 1953-02-03 51.304Ada,Oklahoma --
1971- 2-  41-OAK
Harry DanningC2004-11-296-1 190 R-R 1911-09-06 93.084Los Angeles,California MLB1933-19421933-1942  
Connie JohnsonP2004-11-286-4 200 R-R 1922-12-27 81.336Stone Mountain,Georgia MLB1953-19581953-1958  
Tom HallerC2004-11-26Long illness6-4 195 L-R 1937-06-23 67.156Lockport,Illinois MLB1958-19721961-1972
1958-   UDFA-SFN
Brian Traxler1B2004-11-19Related to liver problems5-10 200 L-L 1967-09-26 37.054Waukegan,Illinois MLB1986-20001990-1990
1988-16- 400-LAN
Frank BaldwinC2004-11-185-11 195 R-R 1928-12-25 75.328High Bridge,New Jersey MLB1953-19531953-1953  
Floyd Baker3B-2B2004-11-175-9 160 L-R 1916-10-10 88.038Luray,Virginia MLB1943-19551943-1955  
Jesse GonderC2004-11-145-10 190 L-R 1936-01-20 68.299Monticello,Arkansas MLB1960-19671960-1967
1955-   UDFA-CIN
Russ ElsberryP2004-11-066-8 205 R-R 1964-08-12 40.086Carmel,California A-1986-1986-
1986-10- 255-DET
Damon Phillips3B-SS2004-11-046-0 176 R-R 1919-06-08 85.149Corsicana,Texas MLB1942-19461942-1946  
Bobby Avila2B2004-10-26Complications from diabetes5-10 175 R-R 1924-04-02 80.207Veracruz,Mexico MLB1949-19591949-1959  
Russ DerryOF2004-10-266-1 180 L-R 1916-10-07 88.019Princeton,Missouri MLB1944-19491944-1949  
Jim Bucher3B-2B2004-10-215-11 170 L-R 1911-03-11 93.224Manassas,Virginia MLB1934-19451934-1945  
Chuck Hiller2B2004-10-20Leukemia5-11 170 L-R 1934-10-01 70.019Johnsburg,Illinois MLB1961-19681961-1968
1957-   UDFA-CLE
Rip TutorSCOUT2004-10-18   - 1913-04-13 91.188- --  
Ray Boone3B-SS2004-10-17Intestinal Surgery complications6-1 188 R-R 1923-07-27 81.082San Diego,California MLB1948-19601948-1960  
Mike BlyzkaP2004-10-135-11 190 R-R 1928-12-25 75.292Hamtramck,Michigan MLB1953-19541953-1954  
Ken Caminiti3B2004-10-10Drug overdose6-0 200 B-R 1963-04-21 41.172Hanford,California MLB1983-20011987-2001
1984- 3-  71-HOU
Tony GiulianiC2004-10-085-11 175 R-R 1912-11-24 91.318St. Paul,Minnesota MLB1936-19431936-1943  
Johnny Sturm1B2004-10-08Heart failure6-1 185 L-L 1916-01-23 88.259St. Louis,Missouri MLB1941-19411941-1941  
Norm SchlueterC2004-10-065-10 175 R-R 1916-09-25 88.011Belleville,Illinois MLB1938-19441938-1944  
Ken BrondellP2004-10-036-1 195 R-R 1921-10-17 82.351Bradshaw,Nebraska MLB1944-19441944-1944  
John CeruttiP2004-10-03Ventricular arrhythmia6-2 200 L-L 1960-04-28 44.158Albany,New York MLB1981-19951985-1991
1981- 1-  21-TOR
Victor CruzP2004-09-265-9 200 R-R 1957-12-24 46.276Rancho Viejo,Dom Rep MLB1976-19851978-1983
1976-   UDFA-SLN
Cy Block3B2004-09-226-0 180 R-R 1919-05-04 85.141Brooklyn,New York MLB1942-19461942-1946  
Mike YastrzemskiOF2004-09-15Heart attack5-11 180 B-R 1961-08-16 43.030Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania AAA1980-1988-
1984- 3-  56-ATL
Bob Boyd1B2004-09-075-10 170 L-L 1925-10-01 78.341Potts Camp,Mississippi MLB1951-19611951-1961  
Hal ReniffP2004-09-076-0 215 R-R 1938-07-02 66.067Warren,Ohio MLB1961-19671961-1967
1956-   UDFA-NYA
Frenchy UhaltOF2004-09-035-10 180 L-R 1910-04-27 94.129Bakersfield,California MLB1934-19341934-1934  
George MaldonadoOF2004-09-016-3 190 L-R 1950-09-24 53.342Sparks,Nevada --
1971- 7- 107-SFN
Willie CrawfordOF2004-08-27Kidney disease6-1 205 L-L 1946-09-07 57.354Los Angeles,California MLB1964-19771964-1977
1964-   UDFA-LAN
Hal EppsOF2004-08-256-0 175 L-L 1914-03-26 90.152Athens,Georgia MLB1938-19441938-1944  
Hank BorowyP2004-08-236-0 175 R-R 1916-05-12 88.103Bloomfield,New Jersey MLB1942-19511942-1951  
Jim NelsonP2004-08-226-0 180 R-R 1947-07-04 57.049Birmingham,Alabama MLB1970-19711970-1971
1965-31- 577-PIT
Scott ThomaP2004-08-106-1 205 R-R 1967-01-18 37.204Anaheim,California A1989-1990-
1989-20- 511-CHA
Pete CenterP2004-08-086-4 190 R-R 1912-04-22 92.108Hazel Green,Kentucky MLB1942-19461942-1946  
Ricky EvansP2004-08-086-4 215 R-R 1956-06-02 48.067Lakewood,California AAA1977-1980-  
Mike SchultzP2004-08-026-1 175 L-L 1920-12-17 83.228Syracuse,New York MLB1947-19471947-1947  
Ruben GomezP2004-07-26Complications from kidney ailment6-0 175 R-R 1927-07-13 77.013Arroyo,Puerto Rico MLB1953-19671953-1967  
Roger MarquisOF2004-07-196-0 190 L-L 1937-04-05 67.105Holyoke,Massachusetts MLB1955-19551955-1955  
Tony Lupien1B2004-07-095-10 185 L-L 1917-04-23 87.077Chelmsford,Massachusetts MLB1940-19481940-1948  
Hal ToenesP2004-06-285-11 175 R-R 1917-10-08 86.263Mobile,Alabama MLB1947-19471947-1947  
Roger GiffordOF-3B2004-06-206-3 195 L-R 1941-12-19 62.183Gary,Indiana A1980-1980-
1969-36- 817-WS2
Rob DerksenP2004-06-165-11 185 R-R 1960-01-12 44.156Milwaukee,Wisconsin A+1982-1989-
1982-16- 417-MIL
George Hausmann2B2004-06-165-5 145 R-R 1916-02-11 88.126St. Louis,Missouri MLB1944-19491944-1949  
Mack JonesOF2004-06-08Stomach cancer6-1 180 L-R 1938-11-06 65.214Atlanta,Georgia MLB1961-19711961-1971
1958-   UDFA-MLB
Chris KitsosSS2004-06-07Lung cancer5-9 165 B-R 1928-02-11 76.117New York,New York --  
Joe ClearyP2004-06-035-9 150 R-R 1918-12-03 85.182Cork,Ireland MLB1945-19451945-1945  
Buster NarumP2004-05-176-1 200 R-R 1940-11-16 63.182Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1963-19671963-1967
1958-   UDFA-BAL
Rip ColemanP2004-05-146-2 185 L-L 1931-07-31 72.288Troy,New York MLB1955-19601955-1960  
Wayne McLelandP2004-05-096-0 180 R-R 1924-08-29 79.253Milton,Iowa MLB1951-19521951-1952  
Joe Lafata1B-OF2004-05-066-0 183 L-L 1921-08-03 82.276Detroit,Michigan MLB1947-19491947-1949  
Darrell JohnsonC2004-05-03Leukemia6-1 180 R-R 1928-08-25 75.251Horace,Nebraska MLB1952-19621952-1962  
Moe BurtschyP2004-05-026-3 208 R-R 1922-04-18 82.014Cincinnati,Ohio MLB1950-19561950-1956  
Floyd GiebellP2004-04-286-2 172 L-R 1909-12-10 94.139Pennsboro,West Virginia MLB1939-19411939-1941  
Sam NahemP2004-04-196-1 190 R-R 1915-10-19 88.183New York,New York MLB1938-19481938-1948  
Frank SewardP2004-04-126-3 200 R-R 1921-04-07 83.005Pennsauken,New Jersey MLB1943-19441943-1944  
Lou BerberetC2004-04-06Esophageal cancer5-11 212 L-R 1929-11-20 74.137Long Beach,California MLB1954-19601954-1960  
Ken JohnsonP2004-04-066-1 185 L-L 1923-01-14 81.082Topeka,Kansas MLB1947-19521947-1952  
George BambergerP2004-04-04Cancer6-0 175 R-R 1925-08-01 78.246Staten Island,New York MLB1951-19591951-1959  
Al Cuccinello2B2004-03-295-10 165 R-R 1914-11-26 89.123Long Island City,New York MLB1935-19351935-1935  
Bob CreminsP2004-03-275-11 178 L-L 1906-02-15 98.040Pelham Manor,New York MLB1927-19271927-1927  
Gene BeardenP2004-03-186-3 204 L-L 1920-09-05 83.194Lexa,Arkansas MLB1947-19531947-1953  
Vedie HimslCOACH2004-03-15   - 1917-04-02 86.347Plevna,Montana --  
Andy SeminickC2004-02-22Cancer5-11 187 R-R 1920-09-12 83.163Pierce,West Virginia MLB1943-19571943-1957  
Charlie FoxC2004-02-165-11 180 R-R 1921-10-07 82.132New York,New York MLB1942-19421942-1942  
Ted TappeOF2004-02-136-3 185 L-R 1931-02-02 73.011Seattle,Washington MLB1950-19551950-1955  
Johnny BlatnikOF2004-01-216-0 195 R-R 1921-03-10 82.317Bridgeport,Ohio MLB1948-19501948-1950  
Lloyd MerrimanOF2004-01-206-0 195 L-L 1924-08-02 79.171Clovis,California MLB1949-19551949-1955  
Tommy Glaviano3B-2B2004-01-195-9 175 R-R 1923-10-26 80.085Sacramento,California MLB1949-19531949-1953  
Hersh FreemanP2004-01-176-3 220 R-R 1928-07-01 75.200Gadsden,Alabama MLB1952-19581952-1958  
George NicholsP2004-01-176-3 195 R-R 1947-08-15 56.155Birmingham,Alabama --
1965-21- 416-CIN
Harry BrecheenP2004-01-175-10 160 L-L 1914-10-14 89.095Broken Bow,Oklahoma MLB1940-19531940-1953  
Gus Suhr1B2004-01-15Natural causes6-0 180 L-R 1906-01-03 98.012San Francisco,California MLB1930-19401930-1940  
Jim DevlinC2004-01-15Tuberculosis5-11 165 L-R 1922-08-25 81.143Plains,Pennsylvania MLB1944-19441944-1944  
Mike Goliat2B2004-01-136-0 180 R-R 1925-11-05 78.069Yatesboro,Pennsylvania MLB1949-19521949-1952  
Ewald PyleP2004-01-106-0 175 L-L 1910-08-27 93.136St. Louis,Missouri MLB1939-19451939-1945  
Tug McGrawP2004-01-05Brain tumor6-0 185 R-L 1944-08-30 59.128Martinez,California MLB1964-19901965-1984
1964-   UDFA-NYN
Leon WagnerOF2004-01-036-1 195 L-R 1934-05-13 69.235Chattanooga,Tennessee MLB1958-19691958-1969
1942-   UDFA-NY1
Taylor Duncan3B2004-01-03Stroke6-0 170 R-R 1953-05-12 50.236Memphis,Tennessee MLB1977-19801977-1978
1971- 1-  10-ATL
Paul HopkinsP2004-01-026-0 175 R-R 1904-09-25 99.099Chester,Connecticut MLB1927-19291927-1929  
John StonehamOF2004-01-015-9 168 L-R 1908-11-08 95.054Wood River,Illinois MLB1933-19331933-1933