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Wrapping Up 2001
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Gone But Not Forgotten
by Bill Ladson
MLB.com


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Photo gallery tribute to those baseball players who we lost in 2001 >>

Baseball said goodbye to a number of beloved people in 2001. A look at the former players, managers, scouts and other members of the MLB family who won't be forgotten.

Tommie Agee (Aug. 9, 1942 - Jan. 22, 2001): Won Rookie of the Year with the White Sox in 1966, but is best remembered for his playing days with the Mets from 1968 to 1972. Agee helped guide the Mets to a World Series title against the Orioles in 1969. In Game 3 of that series, he saved five runs by making two remarkable catches. He also homered in that game.

Agee was a key member of the 1969 Miracle Mets -- watch his Game 3 home run.   56k | 300k

George Archie (April 27, 1914 - Sept. 20, 2001): Played three years in the big leagues for the Tigers, Senators and Browns. His best year came in 1941, when he hit .277 with three home runs and 53 RBIs in 114 games for the Senators and Browns.

Johnny Babich (May 14, 1913 - Jan. 19, 2001): Played five years in the big leagues for the Dodgers and Athletics. His best year came in 1940 when he pitched for the Athletics, winning 14 games with a 4.13 ERA.

Bo Belinsky (Dec. 7, 1936 - Nov. 23, 2001): Was only 28-51 with a 4.10 ERA in an eight-year career that included stints with the Angels, Phillies, Astros, Pirates and Reds. But he is best remembered for pitching a no-hitter against the Orioles at Dodger Stadium in 1962, the first Major League no-hitter on the West Coast.

Curt Blefary (July 5, 1943 - Jan. 18, 2001): The outfielder/first baseman played eight big-league seasons, most notably for the Orioles and Astros. He won the American League Rookie of the Year in 1965 with the Orioles and helped them win the World Series in the following year.

Lou Boudreau (July 17, 1917 - Aug. 10, 2001): Hall of Fame shortstop, who invented the "Ted Williams shift." Was a player/manager who guided the Indians to the World Series title in 1948.

Boudreau in action in the 1948 American League playoff game vs. Boston.   56k | 300k

Ike Brown ( April 13, 1942 - May 17, 2001): Reserve who played for the Tigers from 1969 to 1974. Helped the Tigers win the Division title in 1972.

Bob Buhl (Aug. 12, 1928 - Feb. 16, 2001): Pitched 15 years in the big leagues from 1953 to 1967, posting a 166-132 record with a 3.55 ERA. Helped the Milwaukee Braves defeat the Yankees in the 1957 World Series. Also has the dubious distinction of having the most at-bats without a hit (0-for 70).

Nelson Burbrink (Dec. 28, 1921 -- April 11, 2001): Known as the scout who signed Tom Seaver to a pro contract with the New York Mets. Also played one season with the Cardinals.

Tom Cheney (Oct 14, 1934 - Nov. 1, 2001): Was only 19-29 in eight Major League seasons from 1957 to 1966. But he is best remembered for striking out a record 21 batters in a 16-inning game against the Orioles on Sept. 12, 1962.

Bubba Church (Sept. 12, 1924 - Sept. 17, 2001): A member of the Whiz kids in 1950, but missed the postseason against the Yankees because he was hit in the face by a line drive in a game against the Reds. Church would play another five years and finish with a 36-37 record and 4.10 ERA.

Brian Cole (Sept. 18, 1978 - March 31, 2001): A top prospect for the New York Mets. In 2000, he hit a combined .301 with 19 home runs and 86 RBIs for Class A St. Lucie and Class AA Binghamton.

John Corriden Jr. (Oct. 6, 1918 - June 4, 2001): Had a cup of coffee with the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing one game in 1946 and scoring a run.

Tony Criscola (July 9, 1915 - July 10, 2001): Former outfielder played three seasons in the big leagues for the St. Louis Browns and Cincinnati Reds, respectively. Ended his career with a .248 batting average, one home run and 28 RBIs.

John Dagenhard (April 25, 1917 - July 16, 2001): Pitched only 11 innings for the Boston Braves in 1943 and didn't give up any runs.

Lawrence "Crash" Davis (July 14, 1919 - Aug. 31, 2001): Infielder had minor-league success with Raleigh, Reisville and the Durham Bulls in the 1940s. However, he became famous when Kevin Costner portrayed him in the movie Bull Durham. Davis did manage to play three seasons with the Athletics and hit .230.

Miguel del Toro (June 22, 1972 - Oct. 6, 2001): Pitched two seasons for the Giants in 1999 and 2000. He won only two games and had a 4.61 ERA during his brief career.

Clem Dreisewerd (Jan. 24, 1916 - Sept. 11, 2001): Known as "Steamboat," Dreisewerd pitched four seasons for the Red Sox, Browns and Giants, respectively. His career ended after the 1948 season and compiled a 6-8 record and a 4.54 ERA.

Ferris Fain (May 29, 1921 - Oct. 18, 2001): Best known for winning two batting titles as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1951 and '52. Played nine seasons for the Athletics, White Sox and Tigers, respectively, and finished with a career average of .290.

Ford Garrison (Aug. 29, 1915 - June 6, 2001): Played from 1943 to 1946 for the Red Sox and Athletics, respectively. His best season came in 1944 when he split time with the Red Sox and Athletics, hitting .267 with four home runs and 39 RBIs in 134 games.

Ralph Hamner (Sept. 12, 1916 - May 22, 2001): Played four seasons for the White Sox and Cubs, respectively, from 1946 to 1949. He compiled an 8-20 record with a 4.58 ERA.

Mel Hoderlein (June 24, 1923 - May 21, 2001): Infielder played four seasons with the Red Sox and Senators, respectively, from 1951 to 1954 and batted .252 in 111 games.

Bert Hodge (May 25, 1917 - Jan. 8, 2001): Third baseman played only 11 games for the Phillies and batted .182.

Chief Hogsett (Nov. 2, 1903 - July 17, 2001): The starter/reliever played 11 seasons for the Tigers, Browns and Senators, respectively, and compiled a 63-87 record and a 5.02 ERA. His best season came in 1932 as a member of the Tigers, when he won 11 games and saved nine more.

Wally Hood (Sept. 24, 1925 - June 16, 2001): Pitcher had a brief stint with the Yankees in 1949 and gave up no runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Jim Hughes (March 21, 1923 - Aug. 13, 2001): In 1954, this reliever saved 24 games, a then Dodgers record. For his career, he went 15-13 from 1952 to 1957 and saved 39 games while posting a 3.83 ERA for the Dodgers and Cubs, respectively.

Woody Jensen (Aug. 11, 1907 - Oct. 5, 2001): Played nine years for the Pirates during the 1930s and had a career year in 1935, collecting 203 hits and hitting .324. He also set a record for 154-game schedule with 696 at-bats in 1936.

Sam Jethroe (Jan. 20, 1918 - June 16, 2001): Became the oldest player to win Rookie of the Year honors. At age 32, he won the 1950 National League Rookie of the Year, hitting .273 with 18 homers and 100 runs scored for the Braves. He would play only three more seasons and would have a career .261 batting average. Jethroe had his biggest success in the Negro Leagues with the Cleveland Buckeyes in the 1940s.

Bob Keegan (Aug. 4, 1920 - June 6, 2001): Didn't pitch his first Major League game until he was 32 years old in 1953 as a member of the White Sox, but managed to be an All-Star the following season and pitched a no-hitter in 1957 against the Senators.

Bob Keely (Aug. 22, 1909 - May 20, 2001): Played in only two games in two years (1944 and '45) with the Cardinals, but he would go on to become a coach and scout for the Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers, respectively.

Newt Kimball (March 27, 1915 - March 22, 2001) -- Reliever spent his entire six years in the National League with several teams, including the Cubs and Dodgers from 1937 to 1943. His best season came in 1940, when he posted a 3.01 ERA while with the Cardinals and Dodgers.

Dick Kimble (July 27, 1915 - May 7, 2001) -- Shortstop played only one season with Senators and batted .245 with one RBI in 49 games.

Al Lary (Sept. 26, 1928 - July 9, 2001): A career minor leaguer, this pitcher played only 16 games in the big leagues with the Cubs in parts of two seasons. Best known as the brother of big-league manager Frank Lary.

John LeRoy (April 19, 1975 - June 25, 2001): A former Braves prospect, he played one game for the team before being selected in the expansion draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the 1998 season.

Lou Lombardo (Nov. 18, 1928 - June 11, 2001): Had brief career in the big leagues, pitching only 5 1/3 innings and giving up four runs for the Giants in 1948.

Joe Lovitto (Jan. 6, 1951 - May 19, 2001): Outfielder played four years for the Texas Rangers from 1972 to 1975. Best year was his rookie season when he hit .224 with a home run and 19 RBIs.

Johnny Lucadello (Feb. 22, 1919 - Oct. 30, 2001) Infielder played five out of his six years with the Browns before ending his career with the Yankees in 1947. The most playing time he saw was in 1941 when he hit .279 with two home runs and 31 RBIs.

Jack Maguire (Feb. 5, 1925 - Sept. 28, 2001): Outfielder/infielder played only two seasons and 94 games, while batting .240. However, in 1951, his last season, he saw time with three teams -- Browns, Giants and Pirates.

Eddie Mathews (Oct. 13, 1931 - Feb. 18, 2001): The only man in Braves history to play in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Hall of Famer ended his career with 512 home runs and 1,453 RBIs.

Mathews' stroked a 10th inning home run to win Game 4 of the 1957 World Series.   56k | 300k

Jerry McQuaig (Jan. 31, 1912 - Feb. 5, 2001): Outfielder played in only seven games for the Athletics and batted .062.

Frank Messer (Birth unknown - Nov. 13, 2001): Was a Yankees play-by-play announcer from 1968 to 1984. Broadcast Yankee championships in 1977 and '78.

Jo-Jo Moore (Dec. 25, 1908 - April 1, 2001): Played 12 years with the Giants and guided them to three pennants and one championship in the 1930s. A three-time All-Star, Moore had a career average of .298 with 79 home runs and 513 RBIs.

Bitsy Mott (June 12, 1918 - Feb. 25, 2001): Played one year in the big leagues and hit .221 in 90 games for the Phillies.

Bill Mueller (Nov. 9, 1920 - Oct. 24, 2001): Outfielder played briefly for the White Sox (1942 and 1945) and hit .149 in 39 games.

Hugh Mulcahy (Sept. 9, 1913 - Oct. 19, 2001): Nicknamed "Losing Pitcher," Mulcahy was a 20-game loser in 1938 and 1940 for the Phillies and wound up with a 45-89 career mark with a 4.49 ERA in nine seasons.

Tom Poholsky (Aug. 26, 1929 - Jan. 6, 2001): Pitcher played most of his six years with the Cardinals from 1950 to 1957. His best season was in 1954, when he went 5-7 with a 3.06 ERA.

Eddie Popowski (Aug. 20, 1913 - Dec. 4, 2001): Worked for the Red Sox for 65 years in different capacities, including as a third-base coach for seven seasons, starting in 1967.

Hank Riebe (Oct. 10, 1921 - April 16, 2001): Backup catcher played four years in the 1940s with the Tigers and hit .212 in 61 games.

Bill Rigney (Jan. 29, 1918 - Feb. 2, 2001): Played eight years for the Giants, from 1946 to 1953. Also managed the Giants (1956-1960, 1976), Angels (1961-69) and Twins (1970-72). Guided Twins to a division title in 1970. Later became a special assistant for the A's.

Alex Sabo (Feb. 14, 1910 - Jan. 3, 2001): Catcher played only five games in two seasons (1936 and 1937) for the Senators and hit .375.

Hank Sauer (March 17, 1917 - Aug. 24, 2001): Outfielder played most of his 15 seasons with the Cubs and won the National League MVP in 1952, hitting .270 with 37 home runs and 121 RBIs. Wound up hitting .266, with 288 home runs and 876 RBIs during his career.

Dick Selma (Nov. 4, 1943 - Aug. 29, 2001): Pitched 10 years from 1965 to 1974 for six teams, including the Mets and Phillies. Ended his career with a 42-54 record and 3.62 ERA.

Barry Shetrone (July 6, 1938 - July 18, 2001): Baltimore native played for the Orioles from 1959 to 1963. Played in only 60 games and hit .205.

Bill Stafford (Aug. 13, 1939 - Sept. 19, 2001): Known as a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1960 to 1965. Had his best season in 1961, going 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA, while helping the Yankees defeat the Reds in the World Series.

Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 - April 9, 2001): Hall of Fame outfielder/first baseman starred for the Pirates from 1962 to 1982 and hit .282 with 475 home runs and 1,540 RBIs during that period. Known as "Pops," Stargell guided the Pirates to championships in 1971 and 1979.

Stargell in action in the 1979 World Series. At 38, he went on to become the oldest man to win the MVP.   56k | 300k

Joe Stephenson (June 30, 1921 - Sept. 20, 2001): Had a brief career in the 1940s, but is known as the Red Sox scout who signed Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans.

Frank Stewart (Sept. 8, 1906 - April 30, 2001): Played in only one game in 1927 for the Cubs and allowed four runs in four innings.

Leo Thomas (July 26, 1923 - March 5, 2001): Third baseman played two years mostly with the Browns and hit .212 in 95 games.

Eric Tipton (April 20, 1915 - Aug. 29, 2001): Outfielder played seven seasons for the Athletics and Reds from 1939 to 1945. Most productive season came in 1944 for the Reds, when he hit .301 with three home runs and 36 RBIs.

Sandy Ullrich (July 25, 1921 - April 21, 2001): Pitched briefly for two seasons (1944 and 1945) for the Washington Senators and won three games with a 5.04 ERA.

Butch Wensloff (Dec. 3, 1915 - Feb. 18, 2001): Pitched three seasons (1943,' 47 and 48) mostly with the Yankees and complied a 16-13 record with a 2.60 ERA in 41 games.

Hal White (March 18, 1919 - April 21, 2001): Pitched most of his 12 years with the Tigers and posted a 46-54 record with an ERA of 3.78.

Gene Woodling (Aug. 16, 1922 - June 2, 2001): Outfielder played for seven teams during his 17 years in the big leagues, but his best remembered for helping the Yankees win five consecutive championships from 1949 to 1953.

Joe Zapustas (July 25, 1907 - Jan. 14, 2001): Played briefly for the Athletics in 1933 and managed to get one hit in five at-bats.

Bill Ladson is an editor/producer for MLB.com.


 


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