MLB Players who died in 2009

 

bill_werber_autograph.jpgI like to read the obituaries in the paper.  That is how I read about some of the baseball players that have passed away to the Big Ballpark in the sky.   

 I ran across a list of MLB players that passed away in 2009.  I added two columns:  Born in and the list of teams they played for.  Could not get it all into one line so I created two lists. 

The youngest player was Nick Adenhart at the tender age of 22 and the oldest Bill Werber at the golden age of 100.    

Isn’t this a cool baseball card of Bill Werber? 

Player Died In Born In Date of Death Debut Year Final Year
Nick Adenhart Fullerton, CA Silver Springs,MD 4/9/2009 2008 2009
James Atkins Hanceville, AL Birmingham, AL 2/28/2009 1950 1952
Del Bates Spokane, WA Seattle, WA 9/24/2009 1970 1970
Stan Benjamin Harwich, MA Framingham, MA 12/24/2009 1939 1945
Ed Blake Swansea, IL East St. Louis, IL 4/15/2009 1951 1957
Johnny Blanchard Robbinsdale, MN Minneapolis, MN 3/25/2009 1955 1965
Buddy Blattner Chesterfield, MO St. Louis, MO 9/4/2009 1942 1949
Nino Bongiovanni San Jose, CA New Orleans, LA 1/6/2009 1938 1939
Earle Brucker El Cajon, CA Los Angeles, CA 3/28/2009 1948 1948
Ron Cash Tampa, FL Atlanta, GA 4/22/2009 1973 1974
Jackie Collum Grinnell, IA Victor, IA 8/29/2009 1951 1962
Gene Corbett Salisbury, MD Winona, MN 1/28/2009 1936 1938
Frank Dasso Seattle, WA Chicago, IL 6/8/2009 1945 1946
Mike Derrick Lexington, SC Columbia, SC 1/14/2009 1970 1970
Dom DiMaggio Marion, MA San Francisco, CA 5/8/2009 1940 1953
Bob Dillinger Santa Clarita, CA Glendale, CA 11/7/2009 1946 1951
Alec Distaso Macomb, IL Los Angeles, CA 7/13/2009 1969 1969
Cal Ermer Chattanooga, TN Baltimore, MD 8/8/2009 1947 1947
Mark Fidrych Northborough, MA Worcester, MA 4/13/2009 1976 1980
Ben Flowers Wilson, NC Wilson, NC 2/18/2009 1951 1956
Herman Franks Salt Lake City, UT Price, UT 3/30/2009 1939 1949
Lonny Frey Coeur d’ Alene, ID St. Louis, MO 9/13/2009 1933 1948
Gabe Gabler Overland Park, KS Kansas City, MO 2/7/2009 1959 1961
Purnal Goldy Denver, CO Camden, NJ 9/21/2009 1962 1963
Preston Gomez Fullerton, CA CUBA 1/13/2009 1944 1944
Ray Hamrick Nashville, TN Nashville, TN 6/9/2009 1943 1944
Gene Handley Tucson, AZ Kennett, MO 4/12/2009 1946 1947
Woodie Held Dubois, WY Sacramento, CA 6/11/2009 1954 1969
Tommy Henrich Dayton, OH Massillon, Oh 12/1/2009 1937 1950
Ramon Hernandez PUERTO RICO PUERTO RICO. 2/4/2009 1967 1977
Jessie Hollins Trinity River, TX Conroe, TX 7/9/2009 1992 1992
Larry Jansen Verboort, OR Verboort, OR 10/10/2009 1947 1956
Roy Johnson Campeche, Mexico Parkin, AR 1/26/2009 1982 1985
George Kell Swifton, AR Swifton, AR 3/24/2009 1943 1957
Bill Kelso North Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO 5/11/2009 1964 1968
Jim Kirby Nashville, TN Nashville, TN 7/17/2009 1949 1949
Bill Kirk Lititz, PA Coatesville, PA 10/26/2009 1961 1961
Jay Kleven San Lorenzo, CA Oakland, CA 6/30/2009 1976 1976
Ron Klimkowski Plainview, NY Jersey City, NJ 11/13/2009 1969 1972
Barry Lersch Aurora, CO Denver, CO 10/4/2009 1969 1974
Bill Lillard San Luis Obispo, CA Goleta, CA 6/9/2009 1939 1940
Jack Littrell Louisville, KY Louisville, KY 6/9/2009 1952 1957
Whitey Lockman Phoenix, AZ Lowell, NC 3/17/2009 1945 1960
Jack Lohrke San Jose, CA Los Angeles, CA 4/29/2009 1947 1953
Eddie Lyons Winston-Salem, NC Winston-Salem,NC 1/25/2009 1947 1947
Ron Moeller Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati,OH  11/2/2009 1956 1963
Danny Morejon Miami, FL Habana, CUBA 4/27/2009 1958 1958
Joe Pactwa Hutchins, TX Hammond, IN 3/10/2009 1975 1975
Gene Patton Lancaster, PA Coatesville, PA 6/25/2009 1944 1944
Len Perme Hayward, CA Cleveland, OH 1/24/2009 1942 1946
Jack Phillips Chelsea, MI Clarence, NY 8/30/2009 1947 1957
Brian Powell Tallahassee, FL Bainbridge,GA 10/5/2009 1998 2004
Luis Quintana Lake Park, FL PUERTO RICO. 7/27/2009 1974 1975
Herman Reich Fallbrook, CA Bell, CA 10/22/2009 1949 1949
Tommy Reis Ocala, FL Newport, KY 11/6/2009 1938 1938
Dusty Rhodes Las Vegas, NV Mathews, AL 6/17/2009 1952 1959
Dave Roberts Short Gap, WV Gallipolis, OH 1/9/2009 1969 1981
Humberto Robinson Brooklyn, NY Colon, PANAMA 9/29/2009 1955 1960
Eduardo Rodriguez PUERTO RICO PUERTO RICO. 3/6/2009 1973 1979
Freddy Rodriguez Miami, FL Havana, CUBA 6/11/2009 1958 1959
Bob Roselli Rocklin, CA San Francisco, CA 11/5/2009 1955 1962
Johnny Schaive Springfield, IL Springfield, IL 5/11/2009 1958 1963
Bob Scherbarth Presque Isle, WI Milwaukee, WI 1/31/2009 1950 1950
Howie Schultz Chaska, MN St Paul, MN 10/30/2009 1943 1948
Craig Stimac San Marino, Italy Oak Park,IL 1/16/2009 1980 1981
Tom Sturdivant Oklahoma City, OK Gordon, KS 2/28/2009 1955 1964
Joe Tepsic Bald Eagle, PA Slovan, PA 2/23/2009 1946 1946
Don Thompson Asheville, NC Swepsonville, NC 9/28/2009 1949 1954
Ted Uhlaender Atwood, KS Chicago Heights, IL 2/12/2009 1965 1972
Elmer Weingartner Elyria, OH Cleveland, OH 3/15/2009 1945 1945
Bill Werber Charlotte, NC Berwyn, MD 1/22/2009 1930 1942
Carl Willey Ellsworth, ME Cherryfield, ME 7/21/2009 1958 1965
Davey Williams Farmer’s Branch, TX Dallas, TX 8/17/2009 1949 1955
Frank Williams Vancouver Is. CN Seattle, WA 1/9/2009 1984 1989
George Williams Detroit, MI Detroit, MI 5/14/2009 1961 1964
Ed Wolfe Modesto, CA Los Angeles, CA 3/8/2009 1952 1952
Hal Woodeshick Houston, TX Wilkes-Barre, PA 6/14/2009 1956 1967

Player Played for
Nick Adenhart Angels
James Atkins Red Sox
Del Bates Phillies
Stan Benjamin Indians, Phillies
Ed Blake Reds. Redlegs, KC Athletics
Johnny Blanchard Yankees, KC Athletics, Braves
Buddy Blattner Cardinals, Giants, Phillies
Nino Bongiovanni Reds 
Earle Brucker Philadelphia Athletics
Ron Cash Tigers
Jackie Collum Cardinals, Redlegs, Cubs, Dodgers, Twins,Indians
Gene Corbett Phillies
Frank Dasso Reds
Mike Derrick Red Sox
Dom DiMaggio Red Sox
Bob Dillinger Browns, PA Athletics, Pirates, White Sox 
Alec Distaso Cubs
Cal Ermer Senators 
Mark Fidrych Tigers
Ben Flowers Red Sox, Tigers, Cardinals, Phillies
Herman Franks Cardinals, Dodgers, PA Athletics, Giants
Lonny Frey Brooklyn Dodgers, Cubs, Red, Yankees, Giants
Gabe Gabler Yankees, Senators
Purnal Goldy Tigers
Preston Gomez Senators 
Ray Hamrick Phillies
Gene Handley PA Athletics
Woodie Held Yankees, Atletics, Indians, Senators, Orioles, Angels, WhiteSox  
Tommy Henrich Yankees
Ramon Hernandez Braves, Cubs, Pirates, Red Sox.  
Jessie Hollins Cubs 
Larry Jansen Giants, Redlegs 
Roy Johnson Expos
George Kell PA Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles
Bill Kelso Angels, Reds
Jim Kirby Cubs
Bill Kirk KC Athletics
Jay Kleven Mets
Ron Klimkowski Yankees, Oakland Athletics
Barry Lersch Phillies, Cardinals
Bill Lillard PA Athletics, 
Jack Littrell PA & KC Athletics, Cubs 
Whitey Lockman Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Reds 
Jack Lohrke Giants, Phillies
Eddie Lyons Senators 
Ron Moeller Orioles, Angels, Senators
Danny Morejon Redlegs
Joe Pactwa Angels
Gene Patton Boston Braves,
Len Perme White Sox
Jack Phillips Pirates
Brian Powell tigers, Astros, Giants, Phillies
Luis Quintana Angels
Herman Reich Senators, Indians, Cubs
Tommy Reis Phillies, Boston Bees
Dusty Rhodes Giants
Dave Roberts Padres, Astros, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Mariners, Mets
Humberto Robinson Milwaukee Braves, Indians, Phillies
Eduardo Rodriguez Brewers, Royals
Freddy Rodriguez cubs, Phillies
Bob Roselli Milwaukee Braves, White Sox
Johnny Schaive Senators
Bob Scherbarth Red Sox
Howie Schultz Brooklyn Dodgers, Phillies, Reds
Craig Stimac Padres, 
Tom Sturdivant Yankees, KC Athletics, Red Sox, Senators, Pirates, Tigers, Mets
Joe Tepsic Brooklyn Dodgers  
Don Thompson Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers
Ted Uhlaender Twins, Indians, Reds
Elmer Weingartner Indians
Bill Werber Yankees, Red Sox, PA Athletics, Reds, Giants
Carl Willey Milwaukee Braves, Mets
Davey Williams NY Giants
Frank Williams Giants, Reds, Tigers
George Williams Phillies, Colts .45s, KC Athletics
Ed Wolfe Pirates
Hal Woodeshick Tigers, Indians, Senators, Colts .45s, Astros, Cardinals 

 Four of these players played for the Brooklyn Dodgers:  John Tepsic, Loney Frey, Don Thompson and Howie Shultz.   Preston Gomez played for the Senators but he was the third-base coach for the Dodgers in 1965 when the Dodgers won the World Series.  He passed away last year January 13th due to a car accident.  

77 MLB players passed away in 2009.  Rest in peace gentlemen.  

 

ref: baseball-almanac  

22 Comments

Emma, this reminds me of the Academy Awards when they do a montage of all the Hollywood biggies who died that calendar year. I’m sure they’ll do the same sort of thing on Sunday night at the Golden Globes. But any time a baseball player dies, I always picture them in heaven sitting around talking to other players and remembering old times.

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George Kell actually was a St Louis senior instructor for a long time down here in the St. Petersburg, Florida area.
He was always a fixture at High Scholl games and at pratices trying to teach fundementals and better skills at the plate to the talented players surrounding the region.
His death from an auto accident that he was not even driving is so unexpected and tragic.
He was a constant advisor in the Srping for Tony LaRussa, and will be sorely miseed by all in the Cardinals administration and the local St. Pete residents that saw here year after year locally when the Cardinal has their Spring Training camps in the city.
Go Bless you George!

Rays Renegade

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Emma,
I see you took this list straight out of the baseball almanac site. This is interesting, I hope those players have a happy afterlife.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

Jane,
I love watching that tribute of all the Hollywood stars that died during the prior year. And yes, I picture all those players in heaven sharing stories.
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Oh Cliff, that is sad how George Kell died. Rest his soul. Thank you for sharing this.
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Matt,
Yes, I found it from the baseball almanac. I clicked on each player in order to add the column in white. It did not fit all into one line so I created two. Isn’t wonderful the information we find in baseball almanac?

Nice tribute, Emma. R.I.P., fellas. I guess none of them will feel as real as the Adenheart death (at least, to me anyway) but they’re all worthy of mention. There’s no doubt about that. Thanks!
–Jeff
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http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Jeff,
yeah Adenheart was so close to home and the youngest of them all.

Emma! This was awesome. I spent yesterday afternoon in a cemetary locally, a famous one where so many of the “Fathers of Baseball” rest here in Brooklyn. I was there gathering pics for a couple of posts I’m working on. Great list!

Mike! Thanks! I will look forward to those pictures and your report! I think is great what you are doing from that famous cementary! Can’t wait to see who they are.

I never read the obituaries in fact I don’t even know where they are! That does make me sad so I guess i’m better off not knowing. This reminds me of a movie starring Tony Shalube where his 6 yr old son had a habit of reading the obituaries everyday while eating breakfast before he went off to school. What a creepy hobby lol! Anyways RIP to all those who played this grand game of baseball. May they be playing their own sandlot game up in heaven :)

nice post

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Great records, Emma!
The top line featuring Nick Adenhart was especially impressive to me (I’ve read about him in a Japanese newspaper). At that time I knew nothing about MLBlogs or even about MLB website. But now, what the difference!
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thanks for the list emma. still hard to believe Adenhart passed away. so young and talented. he would have been a great pitcher.

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Mimi,
I did not used to read them. I think as you get older you start checking that. Yesterday that man that invented Spaghetti-OOS passed away. Tony Shalube? Hmm, don’t thik I’ve seen that movie.
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Nao,
Good to see you are posting again! I remember the first time I saw your posts. I believe I was the first person that posted in your blog.
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Matt
Adenhart was the saddest death. He was so young.

Hard to believe in a 100 year old ballplayer. My attachment to the Dodgers despite being in Arkansas and not LA is partially due to my cousin Preacher Roe who played for Brooklyn in the 50’s. He passed away a little over 2 years ago now around the age of 92. He was one of the oldest living baseball players at that time. Not too many of them make it to 90 and up. There are only 33 players over 90 and only 7 living 95 or older. Roe could sure tell some great stories about the Dodgers…

Emma,
Thanks for your comment. Yes, you are the first commenter to my first blog in English. I learned from MLBlogs the importance of the blogger community as an integral part of a blog hosting service. That’s why I am continuing to blog here in a non-native language.
BTW, has anyone read a book entitled “The Heavely World Series”?

Aducker,
Maybe you could share with us some stories told first hand from your cousin! That would be awesome! The Dodgers have the oldest living MLB player at 100 years in Tony Malonosky. I had the honor of watching him throw out the first pitch at a game at Dodger Stadium last year.
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Nao,
You are so welcome. Is a wonderful way of communicating with so many baseball fans that share the same love for the game. Thank you for being part of the MLB community.
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I have not read or heard of the book but I’ll add it to my list so I can check it out!

Emma,
Thanks for your very prompt response. I’m sorry I mistyped the book title. It’s “The Heavenly World Series”.

Nao,
Now that I looked it up, I want to find this book. I could order it, but I am going to stop at the Downtown L.A. library and check if they have it. Actually I should do that online.
thanks!

Hey Emma-
Nice blog!!! I’m amazed at how many big league ballplayers- former and current- died this year.
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I forgot libraries are closed today because of Martin Luther King. I am glad that I did not get off the train and start walking that way. I did that once forgetting the library closes early on Fridays.
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AG,
77 seemed to a high number with Adenhart being the saddest one. he was so young, his whole life cut short.

Thanks Emma!
It was just easy to link my name to my blog URL. I should have done this earlier.
http://nao.mlblogs.com/

I’ve tried writing about Roe on my blog but I haven’t come up with anything good yet. I’ll try to start a series about it this season maybe after I speak to my father who has written down some of the stories in a diary where he records stuff about his father and other family related stories.

Oh Aducker! That would be wonderful! I can’t wait to hear those stories!

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